Friday, May 11, 2012

Transitioning and Stress

Life has been crazy over the past several weeks. Once we got the news that Adam got a job back home, we've been going non-stop. First it was painting. Painting trim. Painting the porch. Painting the basement. Painting doors. I am so damn tired of painting! But, our house looks lovely. We're hoping that we won't be holding onto it for that much longer.

If I am being perfectly honest, I am sad about leaving. I love this house and I love the life that we've created here on the east coast. I am completely baffled at how quickly four years have flown by. We have had an amazing time and created memories that have meant so much to me. I am torn somewhere between extreme sadness and extreme excitement as we plan the next phase of our life. I am looking forward to getting settled back in the Pacific Northwest and being close to our family and friends. I cannot wait for you all to get to know Gavin and Olivia. That said, it's hard to give up what we've had here.

I manage stress way differently than Adam. Mostly, he just doesn't stress out at all. I turn into a neurotic wreck trying to manage all of my emotions. I'm confident that he thinks I'm crazy. Oh well... he's stayed with me this long, guess he can manage through this transition!

We're pretty certain we're going to rent a house in North Tacoma. The neighborhood looks reminiscent of the neighborhoods we loved in Seattle. I like the idea of being able to walk everywhere. I always think I'm ready for the suburbs or the country but I don't think I'll ever be able to give up urban neighborhoods or old homes. We'll see...

Anyhow, Adam graduates six weeks from today. I'm sure this is why he is feeling that life is far too sweet to be stressed out! It's a huge achievement for him after a decade of hard work. This blog is definitely winding down. I hope to post more frequently as we wrap up our time on the east coast. We have a lot of fun stuff planned for our road trip back. I will make sure and post daily so you can come along on our journey. I am most excited for the upper peninsula of Michigan and driving along Lake Superior.

Talk soon.



5 comments:

Daniel Thies said...

Best of luck with the transition! I can see why it's sad and stressful for you, but I can't wait 'til you're back in Washington!

Missy said...

You're moving back in the summer so be thankful for that! I'll wish that we have lots of beautiful days for you (and us) to enjoy!

Michele said...

Lots going on Jenny! But you will get through it!! I have a feeling some of your future vacation plans will be to venture back to NY! :-)

Emily Adamson said...

I don't blame you, what you guys are going is so exciting, yet incredibly stressful. And so bittersweet to finally be coming back to the NW but leaving the amazing life and friends you've created there. Congratulations to both you and Adam - it's a huge accomplishment! Can't wait to have you back! And I hope your rental house doesn't need a drop of paint. :)

Eileen said...

thoughtful post, jenny! know it will be hard to leave ny--so glad you've had this experience though. the nw is my all time favorite place to live, but what a marvelous lot of memories you'll have from your east coast sojourn! can't wait to have you close--of course, in awhile i'll think it's way too far, also!