NORTH CAROLINA BOUND!

Decisions they are so difficult for me.  I wish I could tell you that I make quick decisions and once I make up my mind it's a done deal. Unfortunately, it takes me ions to make a decision and then once I do I agonize over whether I made the right one. It's an affliction I tell you. The decision of where to move was a very difficult one. I love Northern California, love it, want to marry it.  I always have and I probably always will.  After writing out our laundry list of pros and cons, which surprisingly came up about even, it felt like a coin toss decision was in order (metaphorically speaking).  I felt like I was on one of those home shows where I get three choices and have 45 minutes to choose the biggest investment of my life. Oregon we loved, but more as a place to visit, I couldn't see us living there (now Seattle where we didn't visit, I could totally see myself living there, but I digress...). Napa Valley will always hold a special place in our hearts, we honeymooned there and it was pure magic.  After going through every scenario ten million times over we decided on North Carolina. We could live really nicely in North Carolina. We could have a beautiful home and I could have a mini farm and a studio. My husband thinks my decision was based solely on my desire to have a miniature cow and fainting goats, he's partly right, he also promised me a pony. It's hard not to be bribed by a pony, just sayin'. Things are full steam ahead, we sold his car today (a huge deal not to have a car in Los Angeles), we are selling mine next and getting a car with future kids in mind (I said no way to the mini van).  We will be off to drive cross country the first week of May. I would tell you that I am thoroughly looking forward to driving cross country and if you asked me a few months prior I would be doing a happy dance, but after driving with my husband these past few months around the country, well, the cross country trip does not seem as appealing.  No, he will not stop so I can shoot a once in a lifetime photo opportunity, nor will he allow me to drive, do we share the same taste in music? Absolutely not. Will he be obsessed with the GPS device? Why, yes indeed. Will I be able to close my eyes because driving long stretches makes me sleepy? Not a chance. This will be a challenge to be sure. Wish me luck...

Donaville (March 30, 2012 at 11:33 PM)  

Wishing you the best of luck, Miss B. A farm and studio sound amazing — two things that are awfully hard to come by in Southern California! If most of my family didn't live in SoCal, the Mr. and I would be hard-pressed to move our family to Seattle or Canada, heh.

Donaville (March 30, 2012 at 11:34 PM)  

erm, *wouldn't be hard-pressed that is.

Naomi Shiek (March 30, 2012 at 11:42 PM)  

I am just like you re indecisiveness. The real clincher is living with the decision once it's been made. It takes me ions to decide, but once I do, I forbid myself to think 'what if'. The 'what if' will kill ya...

What an announcement to make, a grand move! This is what I love about blogging, eventually across the globe we all experince the same things. Well, while my move is a small one in comparison (but one I still agonize over, of course) - I'm staying in the same city, even the same neighborhood if I can help it! - I wish you the best on your relocation. I had my big life-changing move 2 years ago, and IT WAS WORTH IT. Yours will be, too. I can be decisive on that much:)

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family (March 30, 2012 at 11:57 PM)  

Safe travels and well wishes,dear Tristan. I will follow.
~Lynne
w/L.

Spiral Style (March 31, 2012 at 8:13 AM)  

I envy you with a farm. Good luck with all your packing and plans. I love driving and listening to audio books...justa thought.
Safe travels.

claireH –  (March 31, 2012 at 9:02 AM)  

welcome to the east coast! what fun, planning a new life, new house, new studio, and fainting goats...what more could a girl ask for? best of all things for you and your Mr. safe travels!

em (March 31, 2012 at 9:37 AM)  

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek. how exciting. a little farm and some place to run your studio out of.
can not wait to see how you plan to decorate! xo

Susannah (March 31, 2012 at 10:39 AM)  

So very exciting for you! I spent most of my childhood in North Carolina and I miss it dearly...haven't been back since middle school. My husband and I have often debating moving back there ourselves one day. And who could resist the offer of a pony :)

Miss B. (March 31, 2012 at 1:56 PM)  

Thank you everyone for the well wishes! I am really scared but excited too. A huge change indeed. I pinky promise to take lot's of photos of the new surroundings and you can be sure that I will be documenting this experience, so you shall all be along for the proverbial ride;)

P.S. Audiobooks I agree are amazing, we listened to two of them when we drove to Oregon. One was a little scary though and traveling through the Redwood Forest at night whilst listening to a scary story is NOT receommended!

RosyRilli (March 31, 2012 at 7:58 PM)  

Those fainting goats are hysterical!! Tempting, but I bet a pony would be even cuter :)

Emme (April 1, 2012 at 12:13 PM)  

Good luck! My husband promised me a horse for our move to Virginia/DC. Now I know it's nearly impossible to have a horse in DC. LOL. But I'm starting to like it a lot more now. I honeymooned in Napa too; such a beautiful place to be, seriously. You can always come back and visit Napa if you ever get homesick!

jaime (April 2, 2012 at 8:50 AM)  

Tristan,

I am over the moon excited for you. I have always wanted to move to NC and have a mini animal farm. My husband thinks I am nuts. Since I will not be making the move to NC anytime soon, I will just need to live vicariously through you.

Enjoy!
Jaime

Amy (April 2, 2012 at 4:35 PM)  

Fainting goats part me asunder! :) Congrats! Best of luck! So exciting! Can't wait to read all about your grand adventures . . .

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Susan (April 5, 2012 at 8:32 AM)  

Aha, answered my own question! ;)

Congrats to you both, it will be lovely!!

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