Enjoying Summer and Planning the Next Move

It has been a little over four months since we sold our house, moved, and started renting the upper level of a duplex. It’s been an interesting experience thus far and lately I’ve been dealing with some conflicting feelings. I’m still enjoying my time off from work and grateful that I get to coordinate the last parts of our move and enjoy the summer without any work commitments, but I’m also very excited to move to Portland, Oregon and explore the next phase of my life.

I feel a bit like I’m on a long vacation that involves many connecting flights to get to the final destination. It goes a bit like this: You rush to the airport and then wait for the flight to leave. Then you get off the airplane, rush to the next gate for the next leg of your flight, only to wait again for the plane to be ready, etc., etc.. Our life mimics that a bit right now. It goes a bit like this: We rush to pack, sell our things and find a new place to live. We live in a duplex for six months and then rush to pack, sell our things and find a new place to live, etc., etc.. We expect to go through this process at least 3-4 times in the next year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely not complaining, and my excitement runs deep as we make this change. I am reminded frequently that this is a long and arduous process and I understand more fully why it is so uncommon for people to act on a dream that includes moving to another state.

The great news is that we have secured a rental home in Portland, OR.  Our situation is a bit unique because we have most of our belonging in storage, so we were looking for a home that was fully furnished.  I started by looking online at executive housing in the area and found that you truly pay a premium.  I decided after looking at the prices that this would definitely be “Plan B”. My “Plan A” was to start searching on Craigslist and see if there were any furnished options that would meet our needs.  There were a few, but not many that were advertising for the latter part of summer. There was one that kept catching my eye, but the ad clearly stated “no animals”.  Since we have the two cats, I initially bypassed this house, but the more I looked and kept seeing the ad I decided to take a chance and contacted the owner. I sent a short email explaining our situation (selling our home, following our dream, etc.) and included that we have two cats. I got a phone call that same night from the owner and she was very interested in renting her home to us. We talked on the phone with the her, did a Skype session to see the house and traded emails back and forth until we came to an agreement that we would rent her home.

Sunnyside Piazza- Annual street painting event down the block from the house we are renting in Portland, OR.

Over Memorial Weekend, we took a quick trip to Portland to meet our future landlady and felt confident that we had made the right decision.  We will be renting in the SE part of Portland just a couple of miles outside of downtown. It reminds us a lot of NE Minneapolis with lots of old homes and a nice selection of restaurants and shops within walking distance. We got a tour of the house, signed our lease and got the key.

The next step for me is to start liquidating all of the things we’ve been living with in the duplex and packing up the things we will be shipping to Portland. Even though we have been talking about this move for a long time, suddenly the days seem to be speeding by and there isn’t enough time to do all of the moving activities and see friends/family to say “until we meet again.” It is definitely a bittersweet time, but Portland here we come!

2 comments to Enjoying Summer and Planning the Next Move

  • Deana

    Bittersweet is right! So exciting, but we’ll miss you two! Do you have a leave date yet? We need to get together soon!

    • kimberly

      Deana, we are planning to leave right near the end of July. Exact date is still a bit in flux. Our last days here are pretty booked, but maybe we can find time for a cocktail some weeknight. Let’s connect soon. We will miss you both!

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