February 14, 2011 by 8junebugs
In January, I marked as “in progress” item 45 on my Life List and began actively planning my move back to the Bay Area.
We’ve been planning it, plotting it, saving for it, and counting down to it for…longer.
I didn’t tell you about it. I’m sorry about that. There are layers to these things and an appropriate order in which to inform family and friends and landlords and bosses and Netflix. (Damn it! I still need to tell Netflix.) But most of you know me in real life and this comes as no surprise, even if I haven’t had a chance to talk to you about it.
Because it’s a long time coming.
In June(-ish), we’ll have been back together for three years and we’ve lived in separate zip codes the whole time. We decided last summer to start figuring out what The Future is going to look like and put some dates (and zip codes) around it.
Life in DC has been a gift. The bad days, the traffic…even the big mistakes fade away when I realize I’ve just spent 10 years living within 15 minutes of the White House. I came here for a bachelor’s degree and I got so, so much more — great friends, excellent education and experiences, and a career I really love — but there was no question which coast would win out. I’ve gone back and forth to the Bay Area so often in recent years that people have started to notice. Hell, I was there three times before the middle of last year (if you count the stopover from Australia, and little Jack Tipton and I think it counts).
I’m grateful for these DC years…although perhaps a little more grateful for some than for others. They’re as much a part of me as Vermont, even though that hasn’t been home in a really long time. Living in Virginia has also legitimized the place “y’all” holds in my personal patois; I no longer have to explain it with “I lived with a girl from Georgia for a year.” I own it, y’all.
Regardless, it’s time to live intentionally and turn “someday” into “now,” and “now” is very, very soon.
It’s time for us to go home.
I’ve spent six months not talking about this. I’ll fill you in on the whats and the hows, the exact whens, as we go along. Right now, I’m packing (and selling), chipping away on that thesis, and working on a smooth transition with an employer that has been very, very good to me for the last six years.