Life update: moving 12 hours away

Last month and recently I have not been able to put my full energy into my blog, so in this post, I’m going to tell you why. A lot of things happened quickly, andΒ I now live in Alabama (just in time to be in the vicinity of Hurricane Irma).

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Flying down for the interview.

Long story short, Damien had an interview here for a role in his dream job as sports editor for the paper in town covering a big college football rivalry. Earlier in the month, I was offered a position to work remotely doing newspaper design with Gatehouse, so when he was offered the opportunity to move down here, the timing was great and we made it happen.

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Last time in our old apartment parking lot.
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And saying goodbye to Lake Michigan for a bit.
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I love our new green door!

I found out about his offer while I was in Michigan, so I extended my trip there for longer to visit friends and family. On that trip, I ended up getting a chance to go through a lot of my home state, visiting my good friend Shannon up in Grand Rapids, then drove east to Metro Detroit. I saw my friend Rachel of Life of a Female Bibliophile and we tried some hilarious looking sheet facial masks and had dinner with her Mom. I am really glad I got to take a trip to the cider mill and pick some apples β€” a total Michigan tradition. I also got to go to Frankenmuth for the chicken dinner (buttered noodles are my favorite). It was a pretty decent week of Pure Michigan fun.

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Enjoying the ultimate chicken dinner. The buttered noodles, stuffing and mashed potatoes are my favorite. If you’re ever in Michigan try to make a trip to the little German town of Frankenmuth for tasty food and Christmas vibes.
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Picking apples and raspberries with my brother at Blake’s Farms.
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A tasty afternoon meal at The Lunch Box in Ann Arbor with Clare during the eclipse.
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The awesome view of Grand Rapids from Shannon’s apartment.

I haven’t experienced a lot in Alabama yet since we’ve only been here a little over a week, but it’s definitely a different lifestyle than what I’ve been living the past couple years in the Chicago area/Northwest Indiana area, as well as in the Midwest in general. The cats seem to be getting used to it, though it’s been a big transition and a long car ride for them. (If you guys want me to see do a post on how to move or travel with cats, let me know!)

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The cats didn’t like being cooped up driving through mountains.

I had my first waffle house experience, have already driven through tons of mountains and we took a hike on a steep hill with a water fall. There’s also a really awesome Asian Supermarket in my town that I will be spending a lot of time at (they have a bubble tea bar!), and I am hoping to find some cool tea rooms around me.

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Waffle House breakfast.
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The falls at Chewacla State Park.
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Tons of tea at the Asian Supermarket in town. I’m very excited about this place πŸ™‚

I had my first Waffle House experience, have already driven through tons of mountains and we took a hike on a steep hill with a water fall. There’s also a really awesome Asian Supermarket in my town that I will be spending a lot of time at (they have a bubble tea bar!), and I am hoping to find some cool tea rooms around me.

So that’s what’s been going on with me! I’m excited to get back to doing tea reviews more regularly, and sharing stories about life here.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever done a long-distance move before! Also, if you know of any cool places to visit near Alabama, tell me about those below.Β 

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3 thoughts on “Life update: moving 12 hours away

  1. It’s probably a bit far from where you live, but if you ever get a chance for a day trip or weekend getaway, I recommend Golf Shores, Alabama. It’s a beautiful beach town.

    They had a big Mardi Gras parade when I was there with tons of cool floats and beads galore. The beach looked just like Florida’s coast, and the water was warm enough (for a Michigander like myself) to swim in, even in February! And there’s this fun restaurant nearby called Lambert’s Cafe – “home of the throwed rolls” – where the servers literally throw dinner rolls at you. Plus, the food is good. There’s a zoo, adventure parks, an alligator farm, a music fest called “The Hangout,” summery souvenir shops, and seafood galore!

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