Friday, June 13, 2014

ANUSTART

So, we moved. Yep, 2 years and 3 months ago.  Yes, I'm a bit behind on this whole blog thing, but I'm trying.  In my defense, I've THOUGHT about writing a blog post many times in these past 2+ years.  Doesn't that count?  Anyway, due to lots of reasons that I won't bore you with, we sold our home in New York and packed 4 people, 3 cats, 1 dog and enough luggage and snacks for 2 weeks into our Prius and drove down to North Carolina to start our new life.  Now, if you're having trouble imagining all those people, animals and luggage fitting into a Prius, that's for good reason. We were NOT comfortable, but we WERE on an adventure.  We decided that since there was a 2 week gap in time between selling our NY home and moving into our NC rental, we would travel around the south and see some of the more historic areas.  I refer to this time as the "homeless period", which my daughter absolutely hates.  But, we WERE homeless for 2 weeks!  So. we visited Charleston, SC and LOVED it.  It was beautiful, charming, and clean!  Then, we went to Savannah, and I was utterly disappointed.  I had romanticized Savannah for so many years, that I had a hard time seeing the charm past the hideous parking garages, ugly 1980's buildings, sketchy people preying on tourists, and the MOSQUITOES!  Ugh, the mosquitoes were ruthless!  The only part of Savannah I liked was the Bonaventure Cemetery, which was gorgeous!  I love cemeteries!  We wanted to visit St. Augustine after Savannah, but we were growing weary and were anxious to get to know the new town that were were about to live in.  So, we headed up to Greensboro, NC.  Yep Greensboro, not Charlotte, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, Asheville, or any other city in NC that I'd actually heard of, and/or visited!  Nope, we had NEVER been to Greensboro, but we picked up and moved there!  We moved into a gorgeous rental home on 2.5 acres of land in a beautiful community, in the the VERY rural town of Browns Summit.   Browns Summit is 20 minutes north of Greensboro, and IT IS RURAL.  There is NOTHING THERE!  I really loved the house and the neighborhood, but we New Yorkers need a little more TO DO.  I once told a woman (whom I actually know and miss a great deal), that we lived in Brown Summit, and she said, and I quote, "Oh, you live out in the BURBS".  Um, no.  We lived in the freakin' country.  Greensboro, which she thought of as "the city" (HA!), was more like a suburb to us!  Being that we homeschool, I have to really go out of my way to meet people and friends for my kids.  I found one wonderful homeschool group that we joined and loved, but it is a very small group.  I embraced downtown Greensboro, and signed the kids up for activities and classes at their cultural center, went to events downtown, joined the YMCA, etc.  Ultimately, there was still something that didn't quite fit for us.  I think it was mostly the overall "feeling" that we just didn't belong there.  So, exactly 1 year later, we moved again!  This time to Pittsboro.  Yet,  another town that we had never been to, but I had read lots of things about Pittsboro that really spoke to me.  It has an organic food co-op, a big focus on sustainability and supporting local agriculture & businesses, things that I feel very strongly about, so it must be the perfect place for us!  Almost.  It was also equidistant between Greensboro, where my husband was still working, and the Raleigh/Cary area which has a ton of things to do in and out of the homeschool community!  So, we rented a much smaller home, in a much smaller community, that was pretty nice, but ultimately not where we wanted to stay for the long term.  So, exactly 1 year later, we moved again! Yes folks, we moved 3 times in 2 years!  NOT FUN!  But, this time we bought a home.  Risky?  Yes.  But, we found an awesome foreclosed home on 3.5 acres of land, that is the last house on a VERY LONG DIRT ROAD (that part sucks),  and it is so private, I can fulfill my dream of doing naked yoga in my backyard!  I love it.  The best part is that it is an 8 minute drive to Carrboro and Chapel Hill which are both awesome towns!  So this is where we'll stay for a while, since we've done more moving in the last 2 years than some people do in a lifetime.  So, for now I must conclude this blog post so I can put on my sunscreen.... it's yoga time!