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goodbye atlanta, hello dc.

April 12, 2013

When you have three weeks’ notice to pack up your things and leave behind the life you spent two and a half years building from scratch, a lot of emotions bubble to the surface.

I’ve been in DC for thirteen days and I feel like I have a bit of perspective on said emotions. Mostly it’s been relief. Relief that I found a new adventure, relief that I landed in a city that I love, relief that it was relatively painless and inexpensive to fulfill my desire for change.

The sadness and regret trickle in too, of course. Sadness at leaving behind some amazing people in Atlanta. Regret that I didn’t have more time with others.

Uncertainty and insecurity about finding my place in a new environment and proving myself in this office.

Eagerness to experience it all and jump right in and find my new routines and grooves.

These thirteen days have been full of brunches and new yoga studios and logistical challenges and figuring out the best route to work and unpacking and settling in and a surprisingly minimal amount of tears.

(And the tears can mostly be blamed on a certain 8-pound ball of meowing fur who decided it would be a good idea to find an impossibly secret hiding spot to camp out in for an entire weekend, thereby inducing an off-the-charts meltdown on my behalf and resulting in at least a week shaved off my life expectancy.)

(Cats are assholes.)

I miss my people down south, but I know I have people up here too and I am indescribably thrilled to throw out my recent hermit-like ways and absorb everything this city has to offer me. It’s springtime and the cherry blossoms have bloomed and the sun keeps shining and everyone is emerging from their winter hibernation and I couldn’t have planned a better time to replant my roots than now.

It’s going to be fun. You should come visit.

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Stevie April 12, 2013 at 4:19 pm

So excited for you! I have family in DC and it’s one of my favorite cities ever ever ever. Good luck getting totally settled in, and congrats on your new adventure :-)

And yes, cats really are assholes. But we love ‘em anyway!

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Kate @ Suburban Sweetheart April 12, 2013 at 5:36 pm

WOO, YOU LIVE IN D.C. NOW! Hope to see you there on one of my many visits. :) And I hope you’re loving it!

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suki April 13, 2013 at 2:44 am

crazy business, everyone’s moving to DC these days! :p

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terra April 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm

I still can’t believe you’re actually in DC and I’m so happy that this all worked out in the best sort of way. <3

And yeah. Cats are assholes.

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Sarah April 29, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Man I admire your even keeled-ness about moving. I’m more of a, “OK, I’ve moved, now I must lie unmoving on my floor for a month while I adjust” kind of person.

Also, I just listened to your Petecast, and it might have been my favourite yet. The story about your folks and the suburban animal kingdom slayed me.

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Sarah Von May 9, 2013 at 11:21 am

Congrats on managing your move so seamlessly! You’re going to have soooo much fun!

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