At the advent of my adventure, I’ve decided to start a blog to record my move from my home red-state, where Personhood Bills pass with ease and increasing state income tax doesn’t seem like a a viable solution to budget shortfalls, but repealing it does, to the Great Windy City, the land of Rahm, “Chicago Style Politics”, not to mention pizza, and who could forget Blagojevich? Also, I’m hoping we’ll get to see a certain someone at a celebration in Grant Park in November!
After dreaming of moving to Chicago, for more than four years, Sidney and I are following our dreams! (I promise future blog posts will be much less corny, but I have to explain our optimism, hope, bravery, and, even, naiveté in making this huge move!)
We rented our apartment sight unseen. Seriously. We saw some tiny thumbnails on Craig’s list, but the previous tenants’ crap was still there! I just had a strong feeling this adorable Garden apartment was the place for us!
We chose the neighborhood as the most important factor. We’re going to be living in Andersonville, which is an adorable Swedish neighborhood. We first became familiar with the new “hood” when visiting my brother in November of 2010, while I was in the city to climb the Willis Tower (formerly Sear’s Tower) with my climbing team, Vertical Adrenaline!
I’m attaching pictures that my lovely, local friend was able to snap this week of the new digs! I’m more than excited about the kitchen storage. I think this is the first time in my life when I will actually have space to keep all of my kitchen tools and appliances!!
I can’t say enough good things about Craig’s List. We’ve sold lots of stuff, including our car!! (Wow, the feeling of being debt-free is amazing.) We found our apartment, and I have three interviews lined up next week, all from Craig’s List postings! Of course, there has been some attempted scamming, like needing $250 to list the car to “potential buyers,” or needing me to go to a third-party site to have a credit check performed to be considered for a position. But that’s to be expected, there’s just as many, if not more, legit posters!
We’re leaving town Saturday, and are planning a leisurely trip, by stopping at Mom’s for Saturday and Sunday night, and then waking early Monday morning to complete the final leg of the journey! I’ll blog from the road, so stay tuned.
For now please enjoy these musical stylings. . .this song happens to be my current ring tone! Of course, I’ll change it when I get to Chicago, so I won’t be recognized as super-whack when my phone rings on the el!