I was so excited at the idea of going back to work that I didn’t stop to think about some of the logistical problems associated with my impending geobachelorhood.
Ok, I did. And then I felt a little panicked and changed to thinking about how I’ll be getting a paycheck, using my degrees, and living near lots of good friends instead. Ahh, panic gone.
So what are these logistical problems, you might ask? Well, I’m moving on my own in a few ways.
(1) I’m not getting any kind of dislocation allowances or movers to pack my boxes and take them to my new house. All costs will be out of pocket and everything I take with me with have to fit in the back of my Hyundai Accent hatchback. With the dogs.
Have you ever seen a Hyundai Accent? Yep, they're this big.
(2) Chris isn’t coming with me, which means we’re maintaining two households. Which means that even if I did have military movers, I couldn’t take our couch, tv, coffee table, bed, dresser, etc. The only thing I can take are the pots and pans, because he doesn’t cook and we actually have an extra set that his mom gave us anyway.
(3) When I move, Chris will be far away under the sea somewhere. My dad said he was never coming back to GA again in the summer, but I’m going to bribe him (tickets to a Nationals game maybe?). And he can take up some more space in my Hyundai. Or maybe I can rent a U-Haul and he can drive that… and my extra pots and pans. Maybe a few boxes of romance novels.
On top of those issues, there’s a few more things that make me panicky.
(1) We’re going to pretty much wipe out our savings paying for the move up there, setting up a new apartment, and putting down the deposit and first month’s rent. It’s not a huge deal, because we can build it up again quickly. We’re debt free and pretty frugal. But having no savings makes me nervous.
(2) Speaking of places to live… do you know how much more expensive it is to live in DC than GA? What we pay for our house will get me the top floor of someone else’s house up there. I wish I could live on one of the bases up there (Ft Belvoir has some awesome housing!), but since I’m not there on orders with Chris, that’s not an option for me. Luckily, I have found some affordable places (with yards!) that will consider dogs so once I have my actual start date I’m going to start emailing.
(3) Dogs. The idea of finding a new vet, new kennel, and leaving my dogs alone all day makes me nervous. On the plus side, our trainer from down here just moved up there, so that’s a bonus. And come to think of it, she has a dog so might have recommendations for vets and kennel. Nice.
Actually writing down everything that makes me panicky somehow made me less panicky. Now if I could just get my start date set in stone, so I can start crossing things off the list.
Anyone out there ever gone the geobachelor/ette route? Have any helpful tips for the move?
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