We flew out to Chicago on Sunday to look at some apartments and interview for jobs. The search went well and we've started to narrow down the areas of the city we would like to live. The job hunt is good because there are apparently a lot of companies in Chicago that need people to push the keys for eight hours each day.
More details to come plus all of the wonderful tales of our drive across the country.
"We regret to inform the whole of San Diego that, due to building restlessness in our young hearts, we will soon be departing sunny California for the flat, frigid winterscape of Illinois. Although we have thoroughly enjoyed our time here, we both feel we are ready to try something new. The 4 years we spent in San Diego amounted to so much--we learned about a whole new world that we will never forget and will always love! We will be departing at the beginning of February and arrival is TBD. Our roadtrip across the United States has a length yet to be discovered.
We will take no further questions on this matter until more information has been obtained. Thank you for respecting our privacy."
-Tara and Justin Adams
How quickly things change.
The last time I (TARA...NOT Justin) blogged, we were saying goodbye to two friends moving off to Costa Rica. Now, as I write this, we are saying goodbye to ALL of our San Diego friends as we make our way to frigid Chicago.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't slightly depressed about returning to the midwest. Not only is it hideously ugly at this time of year, it is also extremely depressing and gray. I hate to say this, but as much as I love my roots, I will never LOVE winter, which may cause the majority of our future to be spent in a warm climate somewhere. As a matter of fact, every cell in my body is trying to resist returning to the gray urban sprawl. Alas, Justin and I are a restless pair and, for now, we're ready to try something new!
So, we lasted 4 years in San Diego. Chicago could be shorter, longer, who knows! I have a list of at least 5 other places I want to live (both in AND out of this country!) but for now, this is the right move.
So, until further notice, that's all you're getting. I'm savoring every moment of my last few weeks in shangri-la. Now, here are the answers to some FAQ's:
1. Why are you moving?
Well, we are both horribly sick of our jobs, and we're both young, and we're both childless. So, what better time to hit up something new before we settle down like old grandmas for life?
2. Where will you live? Do you have a place to live yet?
If you haven't figured us out by now, you never will. We like to do things on a whim/at the spur of the moment. So no, we don't have a place to live, and we're not particularly worried about it. (Well, Justin's not. I am, a little. Ain't that the nature of the boy?) But, we're aiming towards River north, the Loop, Lakeview, or Lincoln Park. As long as I can get to the beach fairly quickly and I have room for all my crap, I'm good to go.
3. Do you have jobs?
Again, no, not yet. We've both had numerous interviews...I'm on round 4 at two different companies, and Justin's got companies throwing money at him left and right to fly out for interviews. So, at the risk of sounding cocky, we will probably have numerous jobs. Again, not too worried! Ah, to be young and careless again!
4. Are you insane? Why would you move out of San Diego to come back to THAT?
Although I ask myself daily if we are insane, and at every interview I am also asked if I'm insane (hopefully this is not deterring them from hiring me), i like to believe we are perfectly sane. As previously stated, we just like many different flavors. Besides, if I can't wear a **** pair of boots without sweating, it'll be a good day. And we can always come back.
5. What about your condo?! Didn't you just buy it? Aren't you just settling in?
Yes and no. We did just buy it...two years ago. Yes, time passes that quickly. And, we're still going to own it, because we've already rented it out, to some nice girls from Michigan, incidentally. So, we can come back if we miss it. And if not...you might all be in luck and have a vacation home some day in your future. For now, it's costing us nothing to keep, so why not?!
6. Won't you miss Nicole and Mark? Won't you be so sad?
Yes, of course, but we are trying to recruit them to make the move with us, cause McDonald's headquarters is there and I totally think they'd enjoy -25 degree wind chills. Plus, Mark could totally boat and fish on Lake Michigan. Seriously though, we will visit back and forth forever more, but I do not look forward to saying goodbye with glee.
7. Why did you wait until now to tell us?!
Because we weren't sure until now! But, now that we ARE sure, we're out like a light! Deal with it. You don't always have to know EVERYTHING the minute it's decided. Geez.
8. WHAT ABOUT YOUR CARS?!?! YOUR STUFF!??!!? HOW WILL YOU MOVE?!?!?! WHAT IF YOU GO BANKRUPT!??!?!!?!? HOW WILL YOU GET THERE?!?!
Geez, calm down, will you? You really need to stop panicking. We aren't. We're selling one car, driving the other across the country, and living with only one car, cause....seriously, who needs a car in a city with a well-built mass-transit system? And we have a moving truck coming to load all our crap and drive it across the country for us. It's fine! Chill.
9. Ok, so I think I fully understand. But seriously, what's the real reason you're moving?
OK, I'll be honest. The truth is, we're moving because Justin bought me season tickets to Michigan football as a gift and I obviously wouldn't be able to go to any of the games if I lived here. So we HAD to move SOMEWHERE...close enough to MI but JUST far enough away.
If anyone gets the urge to hit up a game, make sure you call me, cause we will NOT be using all those tickets. But, we will never give them up either. And yes, i can see the jealousy in your eyes. Watch out.
I can't breathe for the fiiirst time. No, really, I can't!!! I have been sick for four days. Ever since Michigan trip noted in last post. Apparently the gigantic lack of sleep and constant alcoholic consumption did not bode well for me. Either way, we've managed to use the rest of the time off from work for some decently fun activities, as follows:
1. Our friends Chad and Erin are moving to Costa Rica in a week!!! Chad is Nicole's brother and Erin is what I like to call her future sister-in-law. How cute are they!?
Actually, how cute are WE!?
Hot, I know. Bye Chad and Erin!! HAVE THE BEST TIME EVER! Good luck in the BURB.
2. Moving on...the next fun thing we did was, obviously, New Year's Eve. HAPPY NEW YEAR by the way. (Did anyone out there notice you didn't get a Christmas card from us? Yeah, sorry about that. After the gigantic number of thank you notes we had to write, that just wasn't happening. Better luck next year. And thanks for thinking of us, don't stop sending them!) Anyway, we hit up BIG NIGHT SAN DIEGO at the Sheraton the San Diego Bay. GLORY BE, 3000 people crammed into 2 ballrooms and a tent, drinking their lives away. Sadly, I was sick, so Justin drank triple overtime in honor of me. But we all still ended up looking pretty cute:
Notice how my hair grew a foot in like two days, since the previous post. Also notice how big of a difference 4 years can make--this is us from New Years 2004!!!! Why do Mark and Justin look the same and Nicole and I do not? And HOW WEIRD is it that we stood in the same order NOT on purpose!?
Like ,seriously, do I look 12 or what?! And do Justin and Mark look like literally no time has passed? WTF? Nicole is marginally different due to hair but GOOD GOD I dont even look like ME! OH, and in case you were wondering, that stray on the far left there is Andy, Justin's boy from Michigan!
3. I saved the best for last. And I do mean best. Need I say more:
Lloyd carr is so cute. I could literally die. I cried for 10 minutes after they won this game. Anyone who did not watch this game in its entirity needs to immediately obtain ESPN Classic and find out when it will be replayed, because, mark my words, it WILL BE an Instant Classic. Beating the Florida Gators is a glorious accomplishment, even moreso when it's Lloyd's last game. And my boss is a Gator. Ahhh the glory! I'll be wearing my Michigan gear on Friday. And, just so you all know--I almost didn't even watch this game. That's right, Tara, who BLEEDS Maize and Blue, almost didn't watch because the idea of reliving any sort of misery even CLOSE to the loss to Appalachian State (Thank you Justin for the LOVELY gift of tickets to that game...me and Leah really appreciated being at the biggest loss in college football history) was too much for me to handle. Luckily, I overcame that. Not that it would have happened. I probably would have lasted a good 5 mins trying not to watch and then caved.
Anyway, GO BLUE, cause you rocked the little house and the Big House is ready for a fresh start next year with Rich Rod. R2 in A2!! WOO
4. We're both back at work now. Here ends our vacation. Time to take a long long nap at my desk.
Tara here. Anyone who is shocked by the fact that it's me YET AGAIN, please feel free to raise your virtual hand by making a comment.
Anyway, Justin and I just returned from our yearly trip to the warm fuzzy mitten we call home. I thought I'd quickly write a recap, particularly because my lovely cousin Natalie noted in her Christmas card to me that she wanted to be included in the "deranged" family blog...i think it was deranged. Anyway, it was something along those lines. So I thought I'd oblige. The GPS tags below show our respective parents' houses and the surrounding area. Love those glaciers.
The George family had our yearly family Christmas party this year courtesy of the Middlebelt Georges. Seeing as my mother spins into a small panic when hosting parties, I tried to help as much as I could. The outcome was decent save for some panic about seating--but really, who DOESN'T want to eat at a TV Table in our basement?! Right!?!?!?
Anyway, enough of that, you were all there so really, what do you care? But Nat, at least you got called out and pictured in this lovely blog.
We had the Adams family Christmas shortly aftervery fun! We went to Real Seafood in Ann Arbor ( GO BLUE GO BLUE GO BLUE!!! And, just so we are all awareI got The Hills on DVD. Dont' be jealous.
Patrick, Tara, Kelly & Justin on Main Street in Ann Arbor
Christmas Eve in Plymouth
Anyway, the rest of the break was mildly uneventful. A lovely Christmas, happy days, wonderous gifts, etc etc etc. We did wake up one morning to a sight rarely--wait no, NEVER seen in San Diego. It was a full-on ICY morning...branches covered in ice, grass, everywhere you looked, ice. Very cool:
P.S. I just want to mention that due to a gigantic snowstorm,it took us 12 hours to get home from Michigan. And you all wonder why we don't come back more often?!?!?!??!
Justin (& his loving wife, Tara) roam the countryside recording their escapades using state-of-the-art photographic and geo-positioning equipment (thank you Sony). Destinations include but are not limited to: California, Chicago, Michigan and Arizona.