I'm so excited for you guys! I have made 4 different moves of 1000+ miles each, and I did it myself via U-Haul (well, and with whichever significant other was around at the time), and I gotta say, NEVER AGAIN. I would definitely go the pods and/or movers route next time. Especially with a baby in tow. I thought having my lazy and mostly self-sufficient Bassett hound underfoot the whole time was bad! Anyway, good luck!
Not cheating! I feel like the holiday season is so filled with unrealistic expectations already, why not ease a little bit of the stress by letting somebody else do the cooking and cleaning? Granted, I'm a bit of a Scrooge anyway, and come from a pretty non-traditional (read: dysfunctional) family, so my perceptions may be skewed. My husband comes from an absolute by-the-book family of traditionalists though, so for much of our marriage, he has gone home for Thanksgiving, while I stay with my mom and we go out to eat and have a lovely time, just the two of us.
I think I must be in the minority here, but I have never had a job that did not have a set "stop" time that was respected by all parties involved. I have certainly held jobs where we were encouraged to work late and/or take work home, but it was never mandatory, and we weren't punished if we opted not to. It is worth noting that I have largely worked for Big Corporate America and/or in the finance industry, not in the service industry, freelance, academia, etc.
I went through the same veterinarian/archaeologist/meteorologist phases as any other red-blooded American girl, but I also thoroughly enjoyed playing "office" as a child (it should go without saying that I was an only child), so, look at me, living the dream! *sob*
My first roommate ever in my first apartment ever decided to invite these Iranian-American (this is pertinent) twin brothers that she had met god-knows-where to live with us while I was out of town for a week, and not only was the place completely thrashed when I returned (trash everywhere, my bedroom had been ransacked, pretty sure somebody had urinated on the carpet at some point), but they had also hung a LARGE Iranian flag on our living room wall. This makes it sound like I have something against Iranian-Americans, but really, I have something against strangers redecorating my fucking house while I’m gone! The whole scene was disconcerting, to say the least. I broke my half of the lease pronto and got my own place. No idea what ever became of the roommate.
Does the Bisbee house come with a vast collection of squash blossom necklaces and a wardrobe from Chico's? If so, SOLD, because that is no joke how I envision my golden years, just being a kooky broad in the desert somewhere.
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@bgprincipessa I sincerely think that I would fall for the free dog paw reading. That's great. "There are sausages in your future!" You are a stronger person than I am. I agree that it's absolutely not legit, but I admire their moxie!
I call shenanigans. We most certainly do have the Taco Bell/KFC combos in Texas. The worst of both worlds! (jk, I love Taco Bell.) We also have scaled-down versions of Pizza Hut combined with Taco Bell or KFC, where you can only get personal-size pizzas. Oddly enough, I have found that the fast-food hybrid restaurants are most prevalent in small Midwestern towns, which I guess makes sense when you consider that real estate is harder to come by, in addition to the smaller demographic that maybe couldn't fully support two separate fast food chains.
@Liz the Lemur I cannot get into Aldi. I have tried! The selection is just so limited, and I have heard other people rave about it, and I feel like maybe I'm just not Aldi-ing right!
@Erica I wouldn't say "behemoth", but it's a pretty big bag! And it seems like I've heard the Smarties/Rockets thing somewhere before. So what kind of candy are your Smarties?