To New Orleans.  We are moving.  To New Orleans.  We are.  Moving to.  New Orleans.  We. Are. Moving. To. New. Orleans.

We’re moving to New Orleans.

No matter how many times I say that, it still scarcely seems real.  But it does, at the same time.  We are ridiculously excited!

Last Friday, I was standing there with a decision in each hand.  Through the course of the day, the decision became more and more clear.  My last straw, weirdly enough, was an image that was going around on Facebook of a sign that said, “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.”  And that was kind of that.  “ALRIGHT!” I said, to the powers-that-be.  “I GET IT!”  It’s just time to take a chance and start this next big adventure together.

The opinions and advice offered from all quarters was hugely appreciated, by both of us.  Now, the support is hugely appreciated.  In our hearts and in our guts, we know this is the right thing to do.  We also know that, while we’ll be uprooted and things will be a little tight and crazy for a bit, that we will succeed.  THE biggest thing is that we’ll be catching up to our souls, which have already been there for quite some time.

The news has come as quite a shock to most that have already been told.  The main phrase that I have heard so far has been something to the effect of “Man, it’s been on the radar for SO LONG, and has always seemed so far away, even now, so now I can’t believe it’s actually happening!”  We could easily express the same thing.  I think that, no matter how long it would have taken, whether this month or in May or in another year, it would have felt like that.

SO EXCITED.  We’ll be on home turf in less than a month.  We’re already cruising on preparation.  Packing has begun.  U-Haul has been reserved.  First month of lodgings (out in Metairie due to cost) has been booked.  We’ll be packing and packing like the wind in our waking moments at home.  Boss has finally been notified.  I’ll have to start training my protegé’ asap!  It has helped, having a supportive boss.  He kind of rocks, that way.  Meanwhile, J and I’ve got a handful of social outings in the works, to spend some time with those we love most.

I can say, though, that it will feel mighty strange, walking out the work door on the 16th.  It will be the first time in 11 years that I have been unemployed.  Wild!  But it feels like the future will finally be wide open

We’ll be hitting the road on March 20th, arriving down yonder March 22nd.  Then we will take the remainder of that week and weekend to steal a couple-day vacation of sorts, roam around town, try to convince ourselves we’re actually there.  Then we will begin to tackle the employment angle, and the establishing-of-selves.

It was neat – I’ve been in the occasional habit of scrolling through New Orleans photos on one of the larger Flickr groups, just to enjoy the imagery and put myself there from time to time.  It’s always made me sad, in a way, and I’d start pining for the place, wishing I could reach through the screen and just touch it.  Yesterday, my mind was scattered to the point of no focus, so I took a break and scrolled through…and didn’t feel sad, for the first time.  Instead, it was, “SOON!  I’LL BE THERE SOON!!!!”

So, now?  Is it now yet?  By golly, Now is, truly, at hand.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Will says:

    Congratulations! We’re getting antsy for our annual trip down there in April. If you’re up to it, the wife and I will buy you guys a beer at the Avenue Pub when we come down. Otherwise good luck and enjoy Nola!

  2. Thank you! And, your trip is right around the corner, I definitely know that antsy feeling! Sounds most excellent, feel free to ding me here and we’ll get ourselves beerily sorted! ;D

  3. 😀

    So excited for you. What a tremendously wonderful ~change~ and new road to be on… dream chaser, dream maker, rainbow’s end dancer, be on your way home.

    Scarlett & Viaggiatore

  4. …so, you ARE Following Your Crazy.


    1. I guess I AM following my crazy after all. A whole TON of it! ;D

  5. Cindy says:

    I. Am. SOOOO HAPPY for you two!! Isn’t it the best thing when you take flight off a steep cliff and just know you aren’t going to fall?! And….when can I come visit? Lol. Love to you both. Dreams coming true is what makes everything else worth it. *HUGS*

  6. bayoucreole says:

    WOOHOO!!!! I AM SOOOOO Happy for the both of you!
    I’m gonna have to put the welcome banner out on my blog on that date!
    And you’re coming home just in time for all of the festivals! The French Quarter Fest is April 12th-15th…be SURE to go! Walk around and just take it all in and then say to yourself,”THIS is my home”…your soul will answer you. It can get crazy but, that’s what I love most about the city….she’s a unique ole’gal.

    1. Oh SQUEE! Yay banners! 😀 😀 😀

      SO excited. She IS crazy and unique, and so am I – that’s why I love her so much and can’t wait to finally be there. I think my soul’s been there for a loooong time, my body’s just finally catchin’ up!

      I noticed that too, that we’re actually rolling in just in time for FQ Fest and about 90 million other things I’ve always wanted to be there for. I’m jumpin’ up and down over here!

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