Moving is on the mind over at the RevGals. Here's my play:
1. A big move is looming, name one thing that you could not possibly part with, it must be packed?
My collection of journals that I have kept just shy of DAILY since 1985.
2. Name one thing that you would gladly leave behind...
The crickets that have infested our basement this spring. My bedroom is in the basement.
3. How do you prepare for a move
Poorly. Very poorly.
Spending a lot of time with people to be sure I make the most of my time. This is part of my problem with part A of this question. Also, I think moving is INCREDIBLY exciting, so I spend a lot of time thinking, planning, imagining what life will be like in a new way and find things I want to get involved in when I get there. Whether I do or not later on doesn't matter too much. It's finding the new things I MIGHT do that's exciting.
4. What is the first thing you look for in a new place?
Fastest routes to the grocery store/wine store (if it's a state that separates those things out).
5. Do you settle in easily, or does it take time for you to find your feet in a new location?
I settle in very easily. Granted I haven't lived anywhere for more than 5 years since I left home after high school. I wonder what will happen when I hit that point in this new place. We've been here a year and plan to stay for an indefinite while. I wonder if I'll get the moving itch, and how, if I do, I'll overcome it.
The bonus for today; a new opportunity has come up for you to spend 5 years in a new area, where would you go and why?
Africa, without thinking twice, and with no regrets. I have lived for 3 months each in Ghana and Kenya. I'd go back there or just about anywhere else at the drop of a hat. I think I could even convince my husband if it were for a definite period of time.