House Hunting Story on Seattle Dog Spot

It’s that time of month again: my new blog post is up on Seattle Dog Spot.  This month, I wrote about house hunting with a  senior dog and the difficulties we had especially here in Seattle where a lot of homes sit high up on hills.  Nevertheless though, we found the perfect home and we’re so excited both dogs will now have a yard to run and play in!

New backyard!

New backyard!

We have a HOUSE!

It’s finally official: Alex closed on a house last week in Seattle’s Mt. Baker neighborhood and we move in at the end of the month!  It’s a charming 1912 house and we can’t wait to start renovations and make it our own.  With it’s two decks, lots of space and a yard, we couldn’t be happier or more excited!  It’s been in the making for over five weeks and my parents were able to see it this past weekend when they were visiting.  That meant so much to me and I’m so happy they got to see it.  It’s going to take some work to make it shine so be on the lookout for updates and before and after photos.  Alex will be starting his own blog about the process so I’ll share that when he gets it up and going.  Seattle is even moreso our home now and we can’t wait to get to work!



One year anniversary

Wow!  I can’t believe that it’s been a year today since Alex and I moved out here.  It has gone by so fast.  One this day last year, we pulled up in front of our apartment, met the neighbors upstairs and introduced them to the dogs.  Unpacked the car and ate Pagliaccis’ pizza for dinner, which we also had tonight as well to celebrate our anniversary!  It’s been a roller coaster of a ride, but an exciting one at that and we are so happy to be here in the Northwest.  Who knew that we would ever have moved out here, but we’re here and loving every minute of it.  Alex’s job at UW is going great and mine at Youth in Focus is too.  We are still house hunting to find the perfect place to settle in at and the dogs are better than ever.  We’ve made some good friends over the past year and are looking forward to many more.  Thanks, Seattle, for being the change we wanted and a great place to live!  Here’s my blog post from this day last year.  It’s been fun to re-read about our adventures.

Future Home

Alex and I chat a lot about when we will be moving next.  It’s fun to look at houses and apartments and daydream about what they might look like.  However, I was getting flooded with all sorts of ideas and looks so I decided to finally join Pinterest and organization my thoughts.  My boards are a collection of images that I hope to use for inspiration when we do finally move into a new, more permanent place.  There’s so much out there, that it’s fun to hunt around and find different projects to do.  I especially like the DIY ones!  Enjoy looking around!

6-Month Mark

I can’t believe it but today marks out sixth month out here in Seattle.  It has gone by so fast!  This time back in July we were pulling up to our new apartment, dogs in tow, and realizing that we were now Seattleites.  We were worried about how we were going to get the U-Haul up the huge hill by our house, we discovered that the dogs actually could stand to be around each other, and that summer in the Northwest could very well be perfect.  Seattle has treated us well these past six months; now we can’t wait for the next.  Bring on 2013!


I was dreading today.  I really REALLY did not want to drive to U-Haul, unload our U-Boxes, fill up the truck…blah blah blah.  But it had to get done and at least I did want to get it done as soon a possible.

All of our stuff is in there!

When we finally got the truck all filled, we drove it back to the apartment.  These streets here suck so far just FYI.  Coming from Chicago where the city is pretty much a perfect grid, Seattle’s roads have no rhyme or rhythm to them; at least that we can see as of yet.  And poor Alex driving that big U-Haul; I know he is tired of being behind the wheel these days.   When we got to the apartment, we just started unloading and unloading and unloading.  Alex left after awhile to go return the truck before rush hour and I kept working on bringing the boxes inside.  I finally couldn’t do anymore as the ones left were all super heavy, so I sat outside and waited for him to return. It was another 10 hour day for us, but we got everything inside the apartment and realized that a lot of stuff, we just wouldn’t be able to unpack.  The unit is nice, but there’s not a ton of room so the second bedroom, also the one Blakie sleeps in, will have to be storage for us.  Oh well, we are still super happy to have a place to call home here in Seattle and can’t wait to get everything unpacked and settled in.

The Badlands

Ah, today was simply amazing!  We drove through The Badlands National Park and it took our breath away!

Day 2 June 30

Stay night in Rapid City, SD (Best Western Town ‘N Country, 2505 Mount Rushmore Road S Highway 16, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701)

Our hotel tonight is a stark contrast that the Residence Inn we had last night; however, our drive today made it all worth it.  Six hours on the road wasn’t too much and The Badlands were beautiful!

I think now it’s setting in more that Alex and I will soon be making a life in Seattle.  I was thinking about that today while on the road.  It’s going to be much different living together, in a new city and exploring our new surroundings.  Although neither of us are sure what will happen, we are both in it for the long run and are ready for the new possibilities.  Now, bring on Mt. Rushmore tomorrow!

And We’re Off

It’s June 29; two weeks since I gave my notice at work and the day that Alex and I left Chicago to make our way to Seattle.  Today was day one of our journey across the country and we couldn’t be more excited about what comes next.

Day 1 June 29

Stay night in Sioux Falls, SD 
(Residence Inn, Sioux Falls, 4509 W. Empire Place * Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 57106)

Alex did a great job at planning out the trip and booking hotels along the way.  We just had to make sure we were always on the ground floor, Blake, the 13-year-old dog can’t use stairs.  Tonight, we are in a Residence Inn which is perfect for the two pups as they are able to have their own rooms.

The drive today was pretty uneventful other than the fact that it was our first day on the road.  It was also one of our longest driving days so we loaded the dogs up on sedatives to help with their nervousness and made our way into South Dakota.

After a long day in the car, he’s ready to sleep.


The boys enjoying the room.

A Penske Truck and a U-Box

Today is the day: we loaded a Penske truck with all of our belongings and filled up a U-Box (random side note: driving a Penske truck to a U-Haul facility is quite awkward).

We both have dogs, an American Bulldog mix and an Airedale Irish Wolfhound mix, so we decided that shipping our things to Seattle from Chicago and making the 35 hour drive in our car would be the best route to take, especially with our buds in tow.  With this, the U-Box became our best friend and our worse enemy all in the same day.

Between reserving the freight elevator in my building and taking multiple trips down a long hall in his (oh, and we can’t forget driving the Penske truck into an EL train post), it was a long 10 hour day for us.  But we made it.

I was a bit taken back though at seeing my entire life in the back of a Penske truck.  My belongings, those that have been with me for the past six years didn’t take up much room.  It was rather refreshing, though, knowing that I didn’t have a lot.  I was moving across the country after-all and space was a precious commodity.   Alex felt the same way, especially looking at his empty condo and realizing that he too was leaving his Chicago life behind.

Whether you live in a condo, studio apartment or a mansion, when all of your possessions are scattered about, in their places and tucked away into closets, you really don’t think about them.  Sure, you use the coffeepot every morning and lay in the same bed every night, but you never really see your stuff.  At least I didn’t; until they were piled into a Penske.

That’s my entire life right there.

Seeing all of our boxes and furniture loaded into the U-Boxes, though was a different experience.  It made our move more real.  That was it; once those boxes were filled and locked, our things were scheduled for shipment to Seattle.  Today was when it hit me the most: we were actually doing this — and I couldn’t wait.

He was so happy it fit inside the truck.


U-Box #1

U-Box #2


Not only am I moving across the country, but my current work is moving too; across the city that is.  Between the packing tape, boxes and permenant markers at my job, when I get home at night I want nothing more than for all the cardboard boxes to have disappeared from my tiny studio apartment.  But they haven’t.

Alex and I have been packing feverishly the past couple of days and I seriously want nothing more to do with it.  Alex owns his condo and has lived there for six years; me on the other hand, has been renting for the past few years so I’ve slimmed doing my belongings.  But I still have more than I’d like.  Goodwill here we come!