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Twenty-one days. That's it. I only have 21 days–OMG–left in Alabama!

I'm not knocking Alabama, but northern Virginia is definitely more my style. I'm ready to go back.

This assignment to DC will be the first time we've been stationed someplace we've already been. Normally, I wouldn't be very happy about it–I like to explore new places–but it was our favorite assignment in my husband's 14 years of service. Our to-do-list for the National Capital Region is still long and daunting in spite of the 3+ years we already spent there.

Just to infuse it with a sense of adventure, we're going to look for a house in a different area this time around, closer to DC.

And, in spite of months of anticipation, today the reality of the move finally clicked. Of course, we knew which week we'd be leaving before we even arrived last year, but knowing it and feeling it are two different things.

Why did it finally sink in today? Because I spent the whole day making it real. I had to schedule my son's follow-up dental appointment for tomorrow because the next available date was the day we leave town. I canceled all of our utilities. I applied for a mortgage pre-approval. The move estimator surveyed the house.

It's all coming together at the last minute, as it must.

We're trying to make dinners that use all of the condiments in the fridge and food in the pantry. We're making lists of things we need to take with us because we won't have our stuff again until August. You know, little things, like my clothes for the RWA conference and passports for our trip to Europe in July. Good timing, huh? 😉

And just like that–bam!–it's real. We're moving.

In 21 days.

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  1. Reply

    Sounds great. Be sure while you look for a house you find the kids a pool. They need a swimming pool. Swimmers need one. Really, they do.

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      Most of the neighborhoods have pools there, which is how we got started with competitive swimming in the first place. One way or another, they’ll keep swimming.

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    Get as CLOSE to where the husband needs to be for work as you possibly can, like right on top of the office LOL. Traffic is absolutely horrible around here lately even with all the road expansions. I thought it would have been better, but I was mistaken a few weeks ago when I tried traveling during rush hour. Note: doing 6 miles on 495 to Tysons WILL take you over an hour during rush hour.

    It’s ridiculous.

    On the plus side, all the culture and ability to get any where at any time is a true blessing. Plus, I’m a suburbanite…I want to be able to get to Borders when I want 😉 Can we say spoiled?

    It’ll be awesome having you up here! We’ll have to make sure to get you to a Sparkling Hearts lunch 🙂 Just a few romance writer’s making time to get out of the house, away from the computer and kids…and talk about our progress and goals.

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      That’s the plan. He’ll be at the Pentagon, so really, we just need to be close to an express bus stop. He doesn’t mind “riding” to work. Unlike me, he can read while in a moving vehicle. 😉

      I’m a total suburban girl too. I don’t want to be smack dab in the middle of downtown, but I want everything close by.

      I look forward to seeing you!

  3. Christine


    Going to miss having you in AL, but supremely excited for you to move back to the best place I’ve lived as well. Despite traffic congestion and the loads of people, DC is awesome. There’s so much to do and see there.

    Now when I head north to visit my friends, I’ll have one more to visit!!


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      Thanks, Carla. I’m going to miss you and all my writing friends. Southern Magic was my first writing chapter and I’ve learned so much. I’ll definitely be on the loop and the RM blog. And, hopefully we can meet up at Nationals.

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