Thursday, January 24, 2013

700 Miles

The trek from Ferndale Michigan to Richmond Virginia is approximately 700 miles and according to Google takes just over 11 hours.

Thrown in 4 stops for gasoline and food and a quick 6 hours of trying to nap on and off at a hotel and we come to a grand total of about 20 hours to make the trip (12.5 hrs driving time).

We spent Saturday and Sunday packing the truck- luckily everything was already in boxes and we had a couple guys my boyfriend works with come over to help with the furniture. The boys got free beer and food for helping from One-Eyed Betty's in Ferndale. Fantastic place btw- check it out if youre ever in the area- theyve got a very large selection of beer, and great food.

We attended Mass at Assumption Grotto in Detroit for likely the last time (which maybe the most beautiful church Ive ever attended services at- plus they do the Tradition Latin rite which we love.) Then picked his mom up at the airport.

We left at about 8:30pm Sunday night and drove until 3:30 in the morning.

Adieu Detroit and Ferndale! (Its so much prettier in pictures than it is in real life)

One of the Happiest moments of the trip was getting out of Michigan!
Another was when we finally stopped for the night. 3:30 am- 7 hours of driving and we had made it to West Virginia; just a bit over halfway and officially on I64 which would take us the rest of the way on our trip! (Thank goodness for a warm bed and continental breakfast!)

I didnt realize it but my first grade best friend (who I unfortunately have not seen in years) lives in Charleston. Its a pretty place- we'll have to go back and visit her.

The Biggest Highlight other than arriving in Richmond was the appearance of this sign! So Happy to be back in Virginia!

And Finally 5.5 hours after beginning our second day of driving we arrived in Richmond! (Stock photo obviously). And proceeded to pass out on the couch for the remainder of the evening.

Tuesday- the coldest day so far this winter in VA was our unpacking day. So the three of us plus my boyfriend's best guy friend in the area spent all day from 10am-7pm moving things in, rearranging furniture and packing some stuff up in the attic for storage. Needless to say- were all exhausted.

Arriving in Richmond on Monday was probably one of the happiest moments Ive had in recent days. My boyfriend and I officially live in the same state!!! I could not be more giddy at the thought of getting to see him every weekend at minimum! (I know that may not seem like alot- but it's one hell of a jump up from one a month!).

In Other News.

My dad had his back surgery for the bulging disk on Monday while we were driving. While I was a bit upset at not being able to be there with my family, this move had been planned for close to 2 months and his surgery got moved at the last minute about 2 weeks before this new date. My mom kept me updated though and I talked to him Monday evening. The doctor's said that everything went as planned, and he came home Tuesday morning. Now we just have to wait through the 3 weeks of recovery time to see how much this helped him.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Ive always felt that New Years Resolutions were wishful thinking.

Im going to lose weight... Im going to exercise more... Im going to eat healthier... Im going to quit smoking... drink less coffee... stop swearing.... and on and on and on.

Well you know what- Im not really gonna put more effort into any of those things than I have in the past. Im going to exercise alot in fits and spurts, maybe ill lose weight, maybe ill just stay in the same place ive been since I graduated college. Ill eat healthy right after I go to the grocery store- then two weeks later when im avoiding going again cause its rainy and gross or really cold and I hate going to the store when its gross outside- then ill be back to whatever I can throw together- lots of soup and rice and potatoes. I dont smoke, but there's not a ice cube's chance in Hell that youre getting me to give up coffee- I did it once for Lent and I was a miserable person.

After 28 and 3/4 years I can easily say that I know myself better than to think that I would ever be able to stick with any of the typical resolutions. Im sorry but this time of the year there are way too many people in the gym, the grocery store etc.. etc.. trying to do the same damn thing. And if theres one thing thats going to dissuade me from doing something faster than any of the other inconveniences, its being surrounded by lots of obnoxious people who have disillusioned themselves into thinking 'this is the year i'm actually gonna stick with it'.

So this year Ive decided my resolution will be something Im already pretty good at (so I can't fail)- but I could always be better. Something that does not extend my interactions with ridiculous people!

My resolution for 2013 is to save more money.

(My driving force here is that I hope to be planning a wedding and buying a house within the next year or so! We've certainly talked about it in detail.)

As of 01/10/13 I have absolutely no debt.
College and Grad school have been paid off for quite some time (Im lucky enough to have had work pay for graduate school). And I sent in my last car payments on the 10th. I have nothing that I really need or want at this time and my boyfriend is moving back to VA so I no longer will be spending money on plane tickets. Which means I should be able to put all of that money I was spending on those bills and tickets towards savings. My goal is at least $500/ month and on the more hopeful side-- Id like to make my final goal to be about 8-10K by the end of the year (figuring in bday, taxes and (hopefully) a bonus from work on top of the monthly additions- So far Ive gotten one each year at this job).

So there it is. A resolution I can actually keep, without much difficulty at all, that will benefit me greatly. Plus I get bonus points because I mentioned it to my Mother and she's decided to do the same thing!

Most people don't stick with their resolutions  because they dont make realistic goals. BUT to those of you who make the normal resolutions I wish you the best of luck.