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Moving on Left

This May will mark four years of living in Chicago. At times that feels crazy, as if I blinked and four years went by. Other times it feels about right, like when I visit Indianapolis. The city has changed a lot and while I will always love it, it does not feel like home currently. It definitely feels like I am visiting.

Soon I will blink again and be living elsewhere. This May also marks my move to Bellingham, WA to be closer to Amanda. We started talking about the move last summer. I tried to convince her to move to Chicago, but she loves her some ocean and mountains. She is definitely more in her element there than in a big city.

It is exciting, scary, bittersweet, and approaching very quickly. My lease is up at the end of April. The move will probably be the last weekend in April. Initially I was going to hire movers and drive my car out, but Jon recently volunteered to come with me. My mom and stepdad love road trips and want to come, too, so we have enough people to drive a moving truck and my car.

I have loved living in Chicago and all the opportunities it has provided. Now it is time to make a bucket list of things to see and do here before I move. Here is what I have so far, in no particular order:

  • Go to a Cubs game. Yes, I live 1.5 miles away and still have not gone. I know, I know.
  • Go to the planetarium and aquarium. I have not visited since before I moved here.
  • Go to the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio.
  • Go by the Home Alone house. Maybe knock over the statue.
  • Eat all the food! Including: Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co. (pizza pot pie), Giordano’s, Gino’s, Lou Malnati’s, Portillo’s, Paciugo gelato, La Amistad.
  • See Book of Mormon.
  • See Blue Man Group. I might wait to do this on a return visit, actually.
  • See Chicago and Indianapolis friends.

I am sure I am forgetting things. Let me know your ideas and if you want to come along!

Update 1: I forgot to include the video extolling the virtues of Bellingham! “In Bellingham, the city of subdued excitement”

Previously: Moving on Up

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Sheryl Hugill, Alanna Faith Abrams, Mary Sue Ragsdale, and 23 others

Sheryl Hugill Sheryl Hugill
I am so excited for you! I know you aren't necessarily moving that close to me, but I love seeing other friends take the same plunge we did to move across the country.

Alanna Faith Abrams Alanna Faith Abrams
You're going to love it out here. Washington is beautiful!

Ron Mad Smitty Smith Ron Mad Smitty Smith
Portland for Ronnie and myself.
I'm with you. Indy feels foreign to me now. It's still my hometown, but I don't want to stay in the midwest.

Jennifer Moody Jennifer Moody
I knew 4 years in Chicago would make a Democrat out of you!

Brenda Dawson Brenda Dawson
Happy trails to you! Portland over Chicago sounds much better to me! It is beautiful there!

Caryn Levy Caryn Levy
Good luck to you! Moving across country is highly underrated! It's good for the soul!

Chris Magnusson Chris Magnusson
Like the saying goes, go west, young man.

Christopher Siler Christopher Siler
Erica and I are going to miss having you so close by!

Mommer Mommer
We’re excited to be going along on the journey. Excitement!

gRegor Morrill gRegor Morrill mentioned this –

Christopher Siler Christopher Siler
Sold, we're moving too.

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