Friday, April 10, 2009

UPDATED: Important announcement: And this is what we call a Yellaphant freak out

I have an announcement.

I love Philadelphia. I love it with every fiber of my being. I love the smell of Kelley Drive in the spring. I love sliding into a bar stool at Bridgid's in Fairmount. I love imaging myself inside any of the beautiful houses on Pine Street. I love gliding past the Art Museum on my bike. I love walking through Headhouse Square. I love that I can be down the shore or in the mountains in an hour. And more than anything, I love that I'm surrounded by my family and some of my closest friends.

When I was away for long periods of time in college, I'd always get a rush of excitement on my way home when the car approached the city. It would grow and grow as the car ride wore on. And as soon as we got within city boundaries, the dam would break and a wave of ease and home would overtake my body.

B and I are getting married in September. You already know this. Probably. Unless you're an asshole. Get with it, asshole. Here's the part that you don't know. That part that keeps me up at night gnashing my teeth. The part that has my simultaneously peeing my pants with anxiety and anticipation. The part that one day has me giddy with excitement and the next day crying on my couch. If you know me, you know how much the idea of not being with my family hurts.

After the wedding, B and I are moving to Massachusetts.

Have you caught your breath yet?

I know.

The big moving talk has been on the table for quite some time, but balls are actually rolling now. Yes, BALLS. Grow up, Falko.

B is a tennis pro. His family owns a couple tennis clubs. On the South Shores of Massachusetts. It's time for him to get into the family biz. Unless he wants to hang out down here with Candy and the other country club biddies. It's kind of like being a freelance journalist or the owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Okay, that was a bad example.

For a while we debated between living in the city of Boston or in the town B grew up in on the South Shore, which just so happens to be on the beach. With a harbor. That has boats. And other boaty beachy things. A house at the beach. MY GAH. Naturally, as soon as we decided on renting in the city for a few years, we turned around and decided we'd be crazy not to buy a house in this market because the economy is broken and blah blah blah. So now here we are. House hunting. For a house. At the beach. Oceandoggy would be proud. It's kind of like having a permanent vacation home, right? A mere 40 minutes from downtown Boston.

Needles to say, we have absolutely no idea what we're doing. That's why B is up in Massachusetts for a long weekend taking a look at things for himself. And thank gah, B's parents are pretty excited to have us on our way, and are more than willing to help us find the perfect first home. I'm serious. THANK GAH.

And here's where I get excited. I'll admit it. I can't wait to see the houses that might be ours in less than a year. I've already been browsing decor sites and have picked out the colors of my future kitchen. I can't wait for Rooney to have a yard that he can spaz around in. And backyard barbeques. And other house things. But I'm also freaking. FREAKING. What about my family? What will that be like in five years? Ten years? Can I even imagine being a six hour ride away from them? What about the day I come back to Philadelphia and don't recognize the new bars and shops? When it no longer feels like my city?

For now, I'll take it a day at a time. All I have to do is not get fired from my job between now and then. In an effort of self preservation, I've compiled a list of things I will attempt to stop doing or cut back on at work:

1. Name calling
2. Prank calling
3. Napping
4. Eating other people's lunches
5. Watching porn
6. Stealing toilet paper
7. Lighting my desk on fire
8. Googling ways to make odorless, tasteless poison out of common household items
9. Screaming profanities
10. Shoving

So now I don't even know what I'm going to DO with myself at work all day and this is totally gonna blow for the next eight months. GAH.

UPDATE: Thanks to a recommendation from Bradford Pearson, I've decided that said future house must be constructed with at least one hidden room that can only be accessed via a moving bookcase. This might take a while.


Lora said...

I don't know why I'm having such severe anxiety about you bring so far away. Considering, you know, we've never met. Holy crap!

That's awesome and exciting and I'm jealous but making myself feel better by telling myself that the weather is nicer here. Except, of course in the dead of summer when its really gross here.

iconjohn said...

I love Philly as much as you do. Been hanging in Philly since I've been old enough to take the bus in 1972 and remember Cornbread and Cool Earl grafitti. But Boston is a great place, similar to Philly in history and middle class hoods. And it's real nice that you can drive in less that 6 hours. In the early 90's I had one brother in Hawaii and one in England. Now that was a haul. Best to you and B.

Lauren R said...

Congrats on the big life decisions! I can imagine how scary it is... but exciting! From a born & bred New England girl, I hope you'll grow to love it as much as I do :-)

Falko said...

Your forgot one more thing to cut back on...

11) Farting in your office

Bradford Pearson said...

You should only look for houses with rooms behind bookshelves. Make sure the real estate agent knows that, otherwise they'll lead you to a bunch of lame houses.

well read hostess said...

I'm not sure if marriage is a valid enough reason to leave your philly blogging grlllzzz. Is it? He'd better be VERY nice to you.

One of my best friends lives in Cohasset.

Who's going to run my husband around the court once a week??!!!

BillFoxeveryone said...


Paul said...

Wow...exciting stuff. Now about that work thing...

Maryanne said...

Good luck with the move! I'm sure you'll find a lot to love about your new location. Philly will always have my heart but there's a lot that I despise too. Having lived in the actual city my whole life I've been exposed to the "Filthadelphia" side as well. I heart my historic locations, sports teams, soft pretzels, and cheese steaks, but I won't be finishing out my days here either.
Best of luck to the both of you!

Amanda said...

HUGENESS. Wow. Well, congratulations on moving to a beachy town...I'm jealous of that! And since you'll be closer to my lovely state of CT, you can come hang w/my dogs. Perhaps I'll lend them to you for a while! So you can get that multi-dog feeling! And then you'll never see me again...mwa ha ha ha...but seriously, I know this is huge news for you guys. Don't worry - home always feels like home, no matter how long you're gone or far away you are.

rory said...

Good on ya!!
You are gonna love, LOVE, living at the beach and, yes, it is just like being on a permanent vacation.
It really doesn't suck.

Avitable said...

That's awesome - Boston is far superior to Philadelphia!

B's sister said...

Do hidden rooms in closets count? If so then that one we looked at with B this weekend is perf. cuz it has two!

Anonymous said...

Oh boy...
Well, you know I lived in Philly (and LOVED it) and it broke my heart to leave (for love). It's one of those cities that just sticks to you haha. And it's not even the city where I grew up! I'm a NE girl, MA to be exact, and you will, I hope grow to love it there, too.
I get the homesick thing big time. You will find a way to work it out- if you need any advice, drop me a line :)


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