I haven’t blogged for a couple of months. I’ve done some really cool stuff I wanted to share, but I’m having a new website built so I thought I’d wait until it was all finished. It’s taking longer than I’d planned and the break has been too long, so I’m back to blogging.
I want to start with the huge news. We are moving to Texas! The Lone-Star state. It’s a massive move from North Carolina, but we are really excited. It took me a while to come around to the idea, but Jim had been planning to move to Texas even before we met. Once we met and knew we wanted to be together, it made sense for him to stay in North Carolina until I could immigrate. After all, Jim had been in the same job for years, I loved his apartment and being in such a beautiful part of the country, and I looked forward to the small town living. Honestly, the thought of Texas terrified me. I haven’t been, even though I’m moving there.
We all know a lot of stereotypical stuff about Texas — guns, steaks, ribs, cowboys, serial killers (don’t judge; I studied Criminology), and everything being bigger. It’s a big state, with lots of people, crazy traffic, insane humidity, and border problems. That’s what my concerns were — it’s just so big and busy. But there’s so much more. It’s a beautiful state with diverse landscapes. It has a great church we will be going to, amazing food and shopping, and Tex-Mex. We’ll be living north of Dallas and there are a number of lakes and parks, as well as being so close to Oklahoma and Arkansas. So much to explore!
We’ve hired a U-Haul truck, and we’ll do the sixteen-hour drive over a few days, towing our car. We drive from North Carolina, through Tennessee, then Arkansas, and into Texas. So many different landscapes to see. We had talked about doing the trip over a week, but it’s very hard to stop at tourist spots and check out places like Nashville and Memphis in a huge U-Haul mover whilst towing your car. Our route has been carefully planned and all accommodation booked.
The move is ten days away. There’s still a lot of packing and sorting to be done, but I’m really excited. We won’t be driving huge distances each day so we will have a few stops and some great scenery to check out, but they won’t be in the middle of a city. I’m really looking forward to seeing three new states, and watching the landscape change as we go. America is beautiful. I really love this country and all the different things it has to offer. And once we get to Texas there’s so, so much to explore that I don’t even know where to start!