At long last, I’m happy to announce that Paul and I have a move date! We’ll be moving to Buffalo the last weekend in July.
When I started this blog in January, I told everyone why I choose Buffalo. Back then, our hope was to move in the March-May time frame. Although we missed that goal by a few months (which means I haven’t been able to attend some of the summer events I was looking forward to), I can’t complain too much. Paul has a new job, we have a place to rent, and we have four weeks to say our goodbyes.
We’ll be packing up our DC apartment on Saturday, July 27th. The plan is to start our long drive that afternoon, and depending on our progress we will either stay overnight in a hotel or complete the drive all at once. We’ll unpack the truck on Sunday, July 28th.
We will be renting the townhouse that we originally contemplated buying. Long story short, a few things came up that didn’t make us feel comfortable following through with the purchase. However, it should be a fun place to rent for at least a year and we’re looking forward to living right in the heart of downtown.
What will happen with my job? My employer has agreed to let me work remotely for a period of time (to be determined later) while they look for a permanent replacement. I’ve been told they won’t rush into it, so I’m hoping to have at least a few months where I can work for them from my home office. When they hire a new person, I’ll fly back to DC for a few days to train my replacement.
As you all know, I’ve been impatient to start packing for quite some time. We got a jump start on that process over the weekend: we started going through closets; brought out all of our (flattened) moving boxes so we can start taping them together; took apart the bed in the guest room (which we will be selling instead of transporting); and took some photos of a few things we want to post on Craigslist.
It was August 2011 when I first brought up the idea of moving to Buffalo. Almost two years later, we’ve succeeded in making that conversation a reality. It feels pretty darn good.