Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The next step

Taking in the Key West sunsetImage by bearclau via Flickr

I would have never imagined the turn my life would take when I drove down to Key West.

In just two months I have found the man I have waited my life for, I fell in love and am following my heart to North Carolina. To stay.

My New Jersey townhouse goes on the market Thursday. My first open house is Sunday. All this will be going on while Charles and I frolic at his mountain house near Boone, NC. While people are wandering my hallway, peeking into cabinets and criticizing my paint color choices, I will be hiking, horseback riding and star-gazing in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

About a month ago we talked about the direction we were heading in -- forward: me in North Carolina. We knew we wanted to be together and we weren't concerned about timelines or the quickness of it all. But when I was at the airport last week waiting for my flight back to Jersey the futility of plane tickets and extended airport parking hit us. Why are we doing this?

We had come to a point where we ask ourselves. Is this for real? Do we see a real future here? And if yes, then what will waiting a year, six months, six weeks really accomplish?

Through my tears I asked Charles, "what do you want me to do?"

"I want you to call a Realtor this week."

Monday afternoon I sent Charles a text. "We have an appointment with a Realtor Thursday."


I knew I'd be selling my house to go and live with him. I didn't know that I would be doing it so soon. But the great thing is that I'm not scared. I'm excited to go and start my new adventures with this man who loves me. And I have no doubt in my mind that he does. Its not overwhelming or smothering, but energizing and comforting.

Friday, on my 37th birthday, I signed the contract with the Realtor. Charles sat next to me as I held the pen, grinning because he knew the big step we were taking together. He came up to visit me for my birthday, and now was looking forward to a few days of cleaning, painting, fixing, and packing.

Slowly my home is become less mine and turning into something that looks like it belongs on an HGTV show. And I couldn't be happier!

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

2010: So far

I was just looking at the photos I've added to my 365 Project set on Flickr. I'd say its a pretty good year so far.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Going home

He watches over me
I like it that recently, the days we are apart are much shorter than the days that we spend together.

I got back from Raleigh on Sunday. I'll admit that my eyes were not entirely dry. But I need not worry too much. Charles will be here Thursday morning. Just in time to celebrate my birthday with me.

My time in NC has been comfortable. Very comfortable. Like I wonder why I ever have to leave. The reasons are getting less and less. I think soon that my travels to NJ will be for short trips and not for coming 'home'.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A (very) good visit

Yeah, so I've been pretty silent about what's been going on lately. But I've been busy.
Just a week and a half ago Charles drove up to see me for a few days. It would be an understatement to say that we both had a great time.

In the 5.5 days he was here, he:
  • met my parents
  • walked my dog and picked up his poop
  • help me make dinner for my brother and his girlfriend
  • made some minor improvements on my house
  • attended his first baseball game, complete w/fireworks
  • met my extended family at a BBQ
  • visited my hometown and all the places I went to school
  • picnicked in Princeton
  • lunched in Times Square
  • rocked out to Rock of Ages
  • relaxed in Central Park

Times Square
Central Park

A line in the sand

I'll be back in NC tomorrow night!

In the meantime, I'm getting busy with work and Charles is taking care of some stuff at his family's beach house. (Yes, beach house. Don't get it confused with the mountain house that I'll be at over Memorial Weekend.)

Hugs and kisses in the sand
He sent me some pictures to let me know he's thinking of me.


Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Surfing Sheep

I wonder. Does the sheep actually enjoy surfing, or is he like WTF?

(from PhillyD.tv)

Monday, May 03, 2010

Today's Horoscope

You are definitely feeling that it’s time to take things to a deeper level, and it ought not be too hard to convince your partner you’re right. Don’t worry about the consequences just yet.

From Astrology.com