Three Years and Big Changes

It took me close to a week to put this post up. I wasn't sure if I wanted to share it, but figured it couldn't hurt. To my friends that already know all of this, thank you for spending the past week cheering me up when I felt down and reassuring me that four months will fly by. Y'all are the best! xo

Now, I don’t share sappy and personal posts very often, but this is such a huge part of my life at the moment that I can’t imagine not sharing it. Many people know half of what is going on, and I would like to share the details because if you’re even half as curious (or nosey) as I am, I know you’re wondering. On February 1st, Cody and I celebrated our three-year anniversary in the midst of the biggest changes we have ever had to face together. They’re all good though, I promise.

Three weeks ago, Cody was offered the amazing opportunity to work as a software engineer for JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) with NASA in Pasadena (about 5 hours from Monterey, where we are now). We couldn’t agree fast enough that he had to take it because WOW, HOW AWESOME!!! We were so excited as he put in his two weeks notice to his current job and we started planning for the move. They set his start date for January 9th, meaning we had three weeks to find an apartment and move down.

We left Monterey two days later to spend the weekend in Pasadena looking for a place. The first place we looked at was gorgeous, everything we wanted and more ... and out of our budget. Typical. We looked at about seven more places that weekend and went back to Monterey still excited and ready to come back the next weekend. That’s just what we did, too. We drove back down, looked at two more places, and decided on one that was decent, within our budget, and would work. On February 1st, we celebrated our anniversary and our new apartment with a five-hour drive back to Monterey.  That night, we were laying in bed watching Netflix, exhausted from two weeks of traveling, packing, and work + school, and Cody started reading reviews on the apartment we had just rented. I’m sure you can guess where this is going. The next morning we called to cancel our application after finding out that the complex had roaches (EWWWW) and homeless people living in the underground (gated) parking garage. NO THANKS!

Fast forward to this weekend. We drove down, yet again, to move Cody into temporary housing until we found a place. Saturday night we were at dinner and on a complete whim, decided to look at the site of the first apartment that we loved. What are the chances, they had ONE unit available that was everything we wanted (and more) and was in our budget! WHAT?! Of course, we jumped on it, saw it the next morning, and are now the happy renters of an apartment we love! We would have never guessed that the first complex we looked at would end up being the last one we looked at!

The plan is (and always has been) that I will stay in Monterey, finish school, live with my nana, and move down to Pasadena after graduation in May. Now, this is the obvious solution and seems so simple when you’re three weeks away from actually having to do it. But as Friday the 6th approached, and we came closer to having to have our entire apartment packed and moved, take Cody down, and return without him, I decided that this was actually really hard.

I’m writing this on the 9th (Cody’s first day of work) from the airplane after leaving to head back to Monterey without him. As the plane took off, I had the strangest feeling of sadness, but also excitement as I looked down at our new home. In just a few short months we will be there together, in our adorable little apartment, with our kitties. After seeing Cody everyday for the past three years and being with him at least 15 hours a day, this is going to be hard for me, but I know it will be SO worth it!

So that’s what has been going on. It’s fun, exciting, sad, emotional, rough, challenging, exciting, and… exciting. This is one of the (many) reasons the blog has been slower than normal. Thank you for sticking with me! - I have a schedule of dates I will be visiting him. A few of those times, I will be down for close to a week. If you live in the area, I would love to grab a coffee!