“I have felt a definite shift in my life over the past few months and I just know that 2014 is going to be chock-full of amazing things.”
That is a direct quote from my last post, and wow, I really had no idea the events that would be taking place almost immediately after that blog. Those of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook are already privy to the massive amount of change I have experienced, but just for sh*ts and giggles, I wanted to do a post compiling everything. Just because it’s nuts. And amazing. But borderline unbelievable.
Also, (SPOILER ALERT) I don’t have a job right now, so I (yet again) have time during the day to blog.
January was a month for the books. We rung in 2014 with a bang in the VIP section of the Greenville Hilton, and then decided to start planning a game night party for all our friends. This is always a bit selfish on mine and Shelton’s part, because it’s our personal mission in life to introduce our friends to hobby board games like Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, Dominion, the list just goes on. The point is to get them addicted, which is so easy because these games aren’t of the Monopoly variety (snore). Our game night was a huge success — apparently I won Cards Against Humanity, but I don’t remember that part (oops).
With the holidays over and the new year in full swing, all my personal vacation days for 2014 had kicked in and we decided to take a weekend trip to Washington, DC! It was an incredible experience — we totally fell in love with that city and did everything we could in the 3 days we were there. It was an unforgettable trip, and has only reinforced our addictions to Homeland, Scandal and House of Cards. Like, majorly reinforced these addictions.
We hit the following spots/museums:
Busboys & Poets / The Holocaust Museum / The Museum of American History / The White House / Ted’s Bulletin / The International Spy Museum / National Archives / The Lincoln Memorial / Korean War Memorial / Vietnam War Memorial / Washington Monument / Jefferson Memorial / The Pentagon / Arlington Cemetery / The Capitol / Georgetown
We got around via the Metro, Big Bus Tour Routes and our feet. I would recommend the Big Bus tour to anyone — it was a fantastic way to see the whole city in a short time frame. Also, going in the winter meant less tourists, so we never felt herded around and got to spend as much time in the museums as we wanted. The Holocaust Museum was my favorite, and the moments we spent together eating delicious treats (especially the homemade pop tarts and authentic French macaroon) I will treasure forever.
A couple days after we got back from DC, Shelton’s regional manager emailed him and said that there was a promotion available at a property in Texas, and if he was interested she would recommend him for it. The great thing about Shelton’s company is that they are literally everywhere, so we have always known that moving back to Texas could be easily coordinated. After discussing it, I told him to throw his name in the hat — who knows what would happen? Right? He applied that night, had an interview the next day, and then the following day, they offered him the job. Let’s just say that I felt like the proverbial rug had been ripped out from underneath me, but in a good way. (If that makes any sense at all?) I went from thinking “Oh yeah, we’ll move back to Texas eventually,” to “Holy smokes, your start date is WHEN?” Also, on top of all this, I had told no one that moving back might be a possibility, so that meant that none of our family and friends knew, and most importantly… no one from my work knew. The day I found out about Shelton’s promotion, was literally the day I had to put in my two weeks notice. And then we do what we do best, we put our heads down, figured out everything that needed to be accomplished in the next two weeks, and made it all happen.
It was all extremely surreal though, and as I sit here in our nice, new apartment in Waco, Texas, the craziness that has been the past 4 weeks has not really sunk in yet. I don’t think I’ll really know how I feel for a while longer, but I can tell you this: without a shadow of a doubt, this was the right move for us. I know it deep in my bones. Texas has always been where we belonged, and crossing that state line felt like a true victory. Our time in North Carolina was so incredible special, and I will treasure it always. It defined us in every single way: personally, professionally, and as a couple. We made it on our own out there, and for the rest of my life I’ll romanticize those memories. Unexpectedly, I was really sad to leave, but Shelton said (quite sagely, I might add) that I was sad because I’d done North Carolina right. If I wasn’t sad to go, then the past year and a half was a waste. It most certainly wasn’t. We built incredible bonds there that will last a lifetime, and I know we will travel back as often as we can.
Our last week in North Carolina was madness. We had going-away parties (so fun!), busy last days at work, and so much packing to do. Tuesday, February 4, was going to be our last “quiet” night at home, so we decided to take it easy. Little did I know that this would be THE night that Shelton proposed to me!
(SPOILER ALERT: I said yes. Obviously.)
The proposal story deserves it’s own blog — which I will post very soon! I will say though, that I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to close the North Carolina chapter and really begin the Texas one. The adventure continues! Stay tuned, as always.
Your Texas gal,