We move into our new house tomorrow!! We are so, so, so excited and ready. This apartment was such a blessing, as it’s free to us and has been a lifesaver in so many ways. But I have to say, it’s also presented it’s challenges. It’s…small. Going from a comfortable-sized home with a huge backyard to a one bedroom apartment has been quite the adjustment. We had our routines, hobbies and go-to activities if we were bored. Now, we don’t have any of those things. The other part of the adjustment is that I haven’t started my job yet (although I did get word yesterday that my license has been approved, yahoo!!), so that leaves me in the one bedroom apartment with Barkley and not much to do with my time.
But with every negative comes a positive, I think. Eric and I have come up with new hobbies. We bought a puzzle last weekend. That’s right, we’re putting together a puzzle. All of our board games are in storage (with 99% of our other belongings), so that was immediately ruled out. Puzzles make for endless hours of fun. When I say endless, I mean it. We must’ve bought the most impossible puzzle ever…all of the pieces look the same!
I have also had lots of hours on my hands to read. Reading is something I’ve always enjoyed and make time to do every night before I go to bed. But having time during the day to read is quite the luxury. I have also taken the time to explore Clinton Lake with Barkley. This is, admittedly, something I wouldn’t have “found the time” to do ordinarily. But with all this extra time, we’ve had fun finding trails and waterfalls! Eric and I have also gone on a few walks around Clinton Lake (like tonight! The sunset was beautiful!) to get exercise.
All in all, January has presented it’s challenges but has also opened up new possibilities. I continually remind myself that this is part of our journey. We’re making memories every day! We have been dreaming about our new house and all that goes with it for what seems like an eternity. So, this is a BIG week. We’re hoping it goes as seamlessly as the move-out did.