Every time I start a blog I vow to “build a brand,” be consistent, write 3 times a week…EVERY DAY! when I am reaaallllyyy feeling ambitious. In my mind I am going to get my big break- a book deal, a TV show, something of the like – when someone reads my little slice of the worldwide web and realizes I am (obviously) the next big thing. And then I realize in order to get there I have to stay motivated, write when I don’t feel like it, and be creative instead of falling asleep (at 8PM) on the couch binge-watching The Good Wife (priorities, priorities). It’s kind of how I treat working out these days – can’t I just have a bangin’ bod without a daily sweat sesh? Turns out, blogging and working out are the same: no effort, no results. Horseshit, I know.
Anyway, I digress. My big excuse for slacking this time, other than all of the above, is that Adam and I are swapping the sunny Pacific coastline for the snowy winters and killer restaurant scene of NYC. He got a transfer, I got a new job working in food/wine PR (dream come true, I know) and now we are uprooting our lives and heading east. Once the excitement, turned fear, turned stress subsided, we realized cross-country moving blows. Here’s why:
- We need to get out of our current lease by convincing someone else they want to rent our house. Turns out, landlords want their $ through the end of your signed agreement.
- Adam’s idea of “purging” and getting rid of unnecessary crap, is condensing said crap into fewer boxes. True life: hoarders, buried alive. (Update: Communication Arts have, at long last, been eradicated.)
- Moving services are expensive. And, price shopping means your phone will literally ring non-stop all.day.long. And, ironically, no one that’s calling you actually wants to give you a good deal and they won’t out-bid their competitor for your business.
- In NYC you also have to pay your moving service to “shuttle” your shit from the semi into the city. Apparently, New York streets can’t handle all the excitement of a big truck.
- Consensus seems to be you need a broker to find a good
deal on anapartment. Fun fact: broker’s charge 15% of your total annual rent. Cool, I’m made of $$.
Say it with me: when this is all over, it’s going to be worth it.