I knew there was a good reason not to unpack everything when we moved from Florida to California last August and settled in our rental home.
Yes, we are moving again. No, not back to Florida. A much shorter, but necessary move. Down to Orange County, CA. Yep, the OC, the Orange Curtain, whatever you want to call it. The northern/mid part of Orange County is where we will look.
Mr. T has some new territory to cover for his job and fighting the infamous LA traffic would be an incredible time waster and gas waster.
Bye bye mountains. At least close by ones that I can see everyday driving around.
Familiarity goes out the window again. Won't know where anything is.
Got to pack.
Got to find a new rental (wait, that could be a Pro. And fun).
I will truly miss living in the San Fernando Valley, I've really come to love it.
Can't call myself a "valley girl" anymore or casually say "I live in the valley".
Get to look for a new rental.
Closer to the beach!
No more 405/Sepulveda Pass traffic (although I will miss driving through that pass regularly)
Same distance from the kids, just in the opposite direction.
Mr. T will not have to spend half his day driving to appointments.
Summer temps aren't as high as in the Valley.
New places to explore and new people to meet.
Closer to the dog beaches.
Lots of great biking trails.
I will be an Orange County Housewife (Yikes! does that mean I need to get "some work" done?)
In about two weeks The Maven and I may start going down that way a couple of times a week and scout out some rentals. We will have to see how her recovery is coming along. Which, by the way, is going well. We have been walking twice a day and she goes further each time we go and now is able to walk without a cane. Facial muscles are still affected, but even that seems to be easing a bit. In fact she is feeling well enough to meet a new friend for coffee this weekend. So good to see her improving day by day!
So, get ready friends and family for the next great house hunt! We will be on our own this time. No realtor, just a map, Zillow, a phone and a GPS.
We march on into unchartered territory!
Things were getting a little boring around here anyway - you know that's not true!
Panda is not going to be happy to see that big yellow truck again, is she?