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Safari Across America

Thursday, June 27, 2013

OK, life's about to start picking up speed for us here.

Tomorrow (Friday) we've got packers coming to our house to start boxing up all our household goods. The plan is to box everything up Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Simultaneously, on Sunday, the moving truck is coming, where another crew of guys will load our stuff all up on the truck, which should then depart for Virginia that night.

Saturday, in the middle of all this, SWMBO, #2 son, and I (as well as one fat, white cat) will move into a 2-bedroom apartment (furnished) nearby for the next 10 days. Monday we clean out this house and turn over the keys to the owner.

Meanwhile, I've still got a bunch of things to finish up in the office between the 1st and the 10th of July when we hit the road. Stasi guy and I agreed that our last ST session will be next week on the 5th....he gave me that evil interrogator's smile as he described our next few workouts ("Zince you vill be drivink so longe, ve vill vocus on legs (Since you will be driving so long, we will focus on legs)"

Bring it Comrade!

Once we hit the road, we're taking about 5-6 days to get there. We're taking 2 cars; SWMBO takes the mewing cat, I take the mewing #2 son. We're a good team, I keep her in sight in the rear view mirror and she calls me every 20 minutes on the cell telling me to slow down. SWMBO's usually only good for about 6 hours of driving a day, so we make plenty of stops and ususally get checked into a hotel by 5:00 PM.

As we head up I-95, we're stopping in North Carolina for 2 days to see our #1 son (the 25 year old gym rat....can't wait to get him in the weight room to see if he can out dead-lift his old man!). If all goes well, we should arrive in northern VA around the 15th, get settled in to a Residence Inn near our new place, take possession on the 17th, and hopefully.....HOPEFULLY, take delivery of all our packed up household goods on the's hoping!

That'll give us the weekend to get settled in then I'll start the new job on the 22d

Then will come all the usual relocation hassles; finding good grocery stores (I'm digging the Wegman's chain in's like Whole Foods on steroids!), getting #2 son registered for school, learning our way around the neighborhood, finding a gym, and, yes, maybe even finding a trainer!

Bottom line is we're an adventurous family, so this is like going on Safari across America....just need to make sure we don't start fattening up by eating out for the next month or so!

I'll be on SP as much as I can, but it might be episodic at best....or I might get bored out of my mind in hotel after hotel and have to blog all about it!

Have a great night Spark friends!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DOUGDC 7/31/2013 9:37AM

    Sounds like you're pulling things together very well. Lovely house, time with family, and avoiding becoming a pasta balloon in the process. Also great that you're getting your experience out for others to share. Good tools put to good use.

Enjoy NVA


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CLAIREINPARIS 7/11/2013 3:37PM

    My goodness, you really don't have a boring life, do you?! I wish you all the best of luck for your fantastic move and your settling in to a new area and a new job... I love changes and big adventures, so I am a bit jealous! :)

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HAKAPES 7/9/2013 12:22PM

    Wow, that is some serous holiday logistics! :-)

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DDOORN 7/1/2013 9:46AM

    Beautiful country in northern VA...I'm sure all your efforts will pay off nicely!


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LJCANNON 6/29/2013 8:23AM

    emoticon Congratulations on a Great Plan! Safe Travels!!!

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CBLENS 6/29/2013 8:20AM

    Wegman's is the BEST! You will get use to the traffic and there are some good bike trails.

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RACEWELLWON 6/28/2013 9:58AM

    Congrats on your new residents. Sounds like you have it all under control !! Love Road Trips - looking forward to the next update blog ! emoticon

Comment edited on: 6/28/2013 9:59:54 AM

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BILL60 6/28/2013 9:19AM

    Hang tough, my friend,

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STRONG_SARAH 6/28/2013 1:46AM

    I'm moving too. This weekend actually. We are moving 4 adults, 1 child, 2 dogs and 6 cats. Yikes!
Good luck to you and your possessions, I hope you all arrive safely.

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PROT358 6/27/2013 11:43PM

    My goodness I would be stressed out of my mind just thinking about everything that needed to get done! You seem remarkably calm and collected. Enjoy Stasi and good luck with the move!

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KA_JUN 6/27/2013 11:33PM

    Good luck and safe travels!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 6/27/2013 11:09PM

    Best of luck on Safari - can't wait to hear about your adventures!

Take good care of you and yours!


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SKINNYINMYHEAD 6/27/2013 11:07PM

    Sounds like a plan... I'm soooo gonna miss Stasi.. but I do like Woubbie's idea of a Swede!... You don't sound stressed which is cool.. I've moved around a lot (lived from Florida to Alaska)... and always had the same atittude "this is an adventure"... you won't have the cool view you had in your Florida home.. but there will be special things about your new home you'll appreciate as much.. can't wait to hear about the challenge with your #2 son!

Have a great time! build some memories!

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WOUBBIE 6/27/2013 9:08PM

    Hope all goes according to plan and you and your family (and your stuff!) all arrive safely!

Bye bye, Stasi-man! Maybe you can find a big silent Swede in Virginia to tower over you and take his place!

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DOUGDC 6/27/2013 8:58PM

    Love your attitude for a cross country move. Sound's like it will go well.

Welcome to Virginia!


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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 6/27/2013 8:57PM

    Sounds like a whirlwind...Virginia is beautiful.

After 22+ years in the military and 7 moves I'm happy to plant a tree and watch it grow!

Good Luck!

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