Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Missive Movin'...


I have exciting news. (It is actually terrifying and exciting all at the same time, but I'm focusing on the exciting part.) This has been brewing for a while, and if you've noticed that I've been blogging a little less, my apologies... I've been busy in a whole new way.

National Zoo backyard bird mailboxes

Sometime soon, most likely in June, I will be moving.

The White House

I am tantalizing you with photos of my new location-to-be.

The National Postal Museum!

Have you figured it out yet?

Washington, DC postcards in a DC hotel

Washington, DC -- here I come!

We spent most of the week there last week, checking out the scene and specifically looking at apartments. We need to find a place to live, and oh yes, a little detail - I need to find a job. Any DC folks with tips, I'd love to hear them! We are familiar with the city but it's still a big incredible exciting ($$$EXPENSIVE$$$) move.

Though I'm still in Newport for a while yet, I definitely feel like I'm already in transition. It's a fluttery, strange feeling. I've done cross-country moves before, but never to a city this big.

So a few notes as relate to this blog and my correspondence:

I don't know my new address yet. I won't for a while. I'm trying to be patient. I've gotta find a place to live first. I will keep my Newport address well after the move, and I will use mail forwarding from the U.S. Postal Service as well as a backup option from my UPS Store mailbox service. Never fear, I am hoping the mail transition will be a fairly smooth one.

Space is going to be at a premium. I live in a fairly spacious house right now (that I don't own, so no worries about selling it - whew!) with incredible amounts of storage. I am going to move to a tiny apartment, which will be half the size of my house if I'm lucky. I am doing a lot of downsizing. I will be listing a lot of items in my etsy store. I will be putting a lot in storage, and divesting myself of some other possessions in various ways. For all of my blog readers and lovely pen pals who send me surprises, I love them, but please don't send me stuff now. Everything I look at is regarded as more expensive pounds to move or to store, and I am trying to get rid of stuff in a major way.

I am going to be on a much tighter budget. (WAY poorer until I find a job!) Right now I'm pretty comfortable, I don't make all that much money but my housing and utilities are provided by my employer, so my expenses are nearly nil. This will not be the case come June. DC is a very expensive city, the process of moving alone will be costly, and money worries are starting to set in already. I have run this blog for the past four years as a labor of love, and I've kept it ad-free because I can. I am considering a change to allowing ads on this blog. I welcome feedback as always.

You'll be hearing plenty more from me in the future about moving plans, and I'm curious to see how my letter-writing life will transition to my new home. One of the most exciting things about Washington, DC is all the culture and museums, though, and sometime soon you'll be seeing my blog post about my first, fantastic visit to the National Postal Museum!

25 comments:

  1. How exciting!! My husband and I are looking at a big cross-country move, too, sometime in July! I can't wait to read your updates... such a big adventure. =)

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  2. Exciting! What kinds of jobs are you looking for? usajobs.gov is always a good place to look for jobs in the area, but I've also found plenty of opportunities by networking through LinkedIn and Monster (Monster is how I got my current job).

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    1. Thanks so much for the tips, Michelle. I'm probably looking at Nonprofit / Arts Administration, and I'll definitely check out your suggestions.

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  3. Best of luck to you! Done a few cross-country moves. Know what you're talking about when looking at your stuff knowing you have to move it...

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  4. Wowser!! (as they say in the deep south, Australia actually :-) This is quite the move. All the best to you and your sweetie. May you find the perfect place to live and just the right job(s)!!

    Hugs,
    StoneZebra

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  5. I wish you luck. I moved seven months ago (wow, it seems a long time now!) from Spain to Morocco. I was also worried about the "post transition", but all was finally ok: in Spain I keep my parents' address, and here I hired a post box office.

    I'm really happy here, I started to feel at home. So I wish you the same. And a good job, of course!

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  6. How exciting! I wish you the best of luck with a smooth move and transition!

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  7. That Postal Museum is fantastic. And to be living near it and all the other sites in DC will be great. Good luck with your move. When our daughter was little, we were in DC nearly every month.

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  8. Such wonderful news! I love DC and would find it an amazing place to live. While you are job hunting you might want to look into doing some volunteer work at the museums or other non-profits.

    Congratulations!

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    1. I am thinking the same thing about potential volunteer work - lots to do there!

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  9. Wow--I just got home from a trip to DC and a visit to the Postal Museum. What a great city. Congratulations on your move and keep us posted!

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  10. so happy I should be moving now instead we have to wait for another year again Ugh !!! But Im not in control of it , God is and Im sure it will all work out soon enough for us . Oh well at least we have narrowed it down to two places , florida or south carolina and Im hoping I will have more news later on in the year . take care and I know you are excited to be going .

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  11. I wonder if we were at the Postal Museum the same day?????

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    1. Oh my golly, wouldn't that be TOO, TOO MUCH? I was there on Friday afternoon. I was the single gal who was madly grinning and snapping photos at everything.

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    2. I was there on Thursday madly grinning and snapping pictures -- and loading up my bag with every single piece of free postal ephemera I could stick in it. i am so mad we missed each other by only one day.

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    3. Oh wow, only missed by one day... Alas, for me Friday afternoon was my only chance. It was a much farther distance for you to travel, though!

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  12. Thank you all so much for your good wishes!

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  13. OMG I've been out of touch but so happy I checked your blog this morning. I'm so excited for you, okay, and a bit selfish, cause you are moving closer to MOI!! Good luck with the job search, wish I had suggestions for you or contacts, but I don't. If you want a place to bunk sometime when you want to explore my town, let me know. I'm excited for you. Yay, Postal Museum.

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    1. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm, Mim! I appreciate your kind offer. :-)

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  14. That's so awesome! I grew up in Maryland so I've been to d.c. A lot. And here is a great song about it from one of my favorite bands!!
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UYLLNhTiQZc

    Lots of luck in the job hunt!

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  15. How exciting! I am only a few minutes away from DC in suburban VA. It's a great place, but it can definitely be on the pricey side! Let me know if you ever need a tour guide! :)

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    1. Thanks, Allison - I appreciate the offer! I am so cheered by how many awesome postal-mail-loving folks are in the DC area.

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