Wednesday, June 28, 2006

ok, so.

i was trying to think of some way to make this little announcement creative and interesting and wonderful. then i realized that was just my pompous self-involvement, and that no one will probably care as much as BoyCat and i do about this, so get over myself already and get out with it.

BoyCat and i are moving to Washington DC.

ahhhh! hooray! whoa. holy shit. but yay! ahhhh. ah.

it's probably no surprise that we've been mulling over whether or not to relocate from chicago for some time now. our lease is up in a few months, and thus we needed to make a decision sooner or later. a variety of destinations were kicked around with varying degrees of enthusiasm (new york city? hmmmmm, interesting. minneapolis? eh.), but we finally settled on DC as the place that makes the most sense for both of us. and as much as i do enjoy chicago, we could really use a change of pace and a change of venue right now. for the reasons discussed in the previous posts and then some, BoyCat and i should both benefit from the feeling of "fresh start" that a 700 mile move is bound to bring.

now, i have no illusions that moving in and of itself is going to do the trick. "wherever you go, there you are," right? but as long as we're mindful of that - the fact that DC is not going to magically cure our problems or confusions - i think it'll be a good paralell for all the other changes that we want to make.

we don't have a set moving date, but it'll be no later than the last week in september that we say goodbye windy city, hello inside-the-beltway. so, over the next few months i'll be freaking out about various things to various degrees, and i'm sure i'll be blathering to you all about it. getting jobs? getting an apartment? where should we live, anyway? and should we do movers, or uhaul? and where do you get kitty tranqs? and what about the vacation flights we've already booked? and how do you disassemble an ikea bed and live to tell the tale?

and........?

so many questions that, regardless of how my irrational anxiety and anal-retentive nature threaten to overwhelm them, i am really excited to answer.

17 comments:

Cinnamon said...

Fabulous! And congratulations! I'm happy that you've both settled on a direction to grow toward. It will be exciting to see how you develop together and see what wonderful changes take place for both of you. And! I'll have someone cool to visit on the odd occasion that I make it to DC myself. And you'll still be writing online, right?

Kate said...

I have some great friends in DC, and they love it. I'm looking forward to hearing how everything goes with the jobs/move/etc...

LaMuerta said...

Do not try to disassemble the Ikea bed. Leave it behind. Buy another. TRUST ME.

kate.d. said...

oh god, don't give me anxiety about the ikea bed yet! because we're going to spend enough money on this move already, i don't know if i can afford abandoning a major piece of furniture...

and cinn, of course i'll still be blogging. my pompous self-involvement necessitates it :)

dorothy rothschild said...

Exciting! Whee! I actually like D.C. It's one of the places that's been discussed as mutually acceptable should Mr. Benchley wish or need to leave NYC for the benefit of his career.

FINY said...

Ok, if I am competent at ANYTHING it is disassembling and reassembling an Ikea bed. Email me, we'll talk. I've even done it with one of the loft beds. It CAN be done, I promise!

And congratulations, that's so awesome!!!!

Roni said...

Well poop!

I will not join in the celebration and rather wallow in my own self-interest and pout. yes, pout. Just as we finally got to hang out, you're leaving. *pout* And to think I was ready to offer you a job. *pout*

OK...pouting over. But I'm still sad! But let me know if you need a hook up with a job. I know someone who you should send your resume to. Just figure out what kind of work you want to do.

Stacy in Seattle said...

Wow!! Big decision - -congratulations. Definitely use movers and sell the Ikea bed on Craig's list before you leave town.

kate.d. said...

stacy! thanks for the thoughts (i remember your choosing-a-mover dilemma from last summer)! and if you're ever in DC for some strange reason, you must visit...

(by the way, for reals, i don't think i can give up the ikea bed. unless BoyCat and i end up coming to blows over the dismantling. which is possible.)

barb said...

wow, that is amazing news! (though I thought you were gonna tell us you're pregnant! lol) that's awesome though. congratuations. you can hang with terance at republic of t. blog!

DancingFish said...

Congrats! That is really cool. Welcome to the mid-Atlantic- it isn't usually as bad as it seems due to the weather right now!

karen gsteiger said...

Congratulations! That sounds so exciting...I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that you and Boycat quickly find excellent jobs and have an easy dismantling of the IKEA bed...

Rachel said...

Hey, not only are you moving to DC, Roni has decided we are going to be friends! Very cool!

Stacey said...

Not to be a copy-cat, but congratulations! That's great news. Scary, but great, right? My friend (also a Kate) is moving to D.C. herself in the fall and is similarly excited/apprehensive/job & apartment-less. I'm sure you'll figure it all out.

e$ said...

yaaaaay :) My little sister lives in DC - crystal city, to be exact, which I think is actually in Virginia or some shit - so if you have any questions, I can pump her for info.

elizalou said...

Congratulations! It's a huge decision to make, but very exciting! The midwest will definitely miss you. (We need to come up with some sort of retention plan around these parts.)

I had a horror UHaul story from this most recent move, but I think you'll find that with any company. With such a long distance move though maybe it would be nice and easy to check out Pods?

Jared Goralnick said...

Kate in DC. Yip Yip! You already know I'm ready to help you and BoyCat out with whatever you need!