The most common comment I got from people who read my inaugural post was, "Where are you and your family moving?"
I wish I knew.
No, it's not really as chaotic as that sounds. When my husband and I decided we were leaving Fargo, we decided that we would make this move with the intent that it would be the last one — the last across the country, that is. In the past ten years, we haven't lived in a city for any longer than four years. The reasons why had to do with my husband and I going back to school in our mid-twenties, and following that, jobs. Now that we're in our early thirties, we're much more established in our lives and know what we want out of life. As we discussed what we liked about the places where we've lived and what we haven't, we developed a list of what we were looking for in our new location:
- Must have mild winters. I'm allergic to the cold. :)
- Must be near a hub airport. More often than not, we fly when we travel. A major airport provides more (and usually cheaper) options for air travel. Also, the less connections, the less hassle.
- Must provide career options for my husband, who teaches at the collegiate level.
- Should be big enough to host major sporting events, concerts...you know, fun stuff.
More things factored into our thinking, of course, but these were the biggies.
We narrowed our target to the Southwest since we're both fond of that part of the country. We miss mountainous landscapes, and I absolutely adore palm trees and cacti. So naturally, the first place that came to mind was Phoenix. We visited the city in January not only for some R&R, but we also wanted to be sure that living there was doable for us. Turns out, it definitely was, and we thought for awhile that we were almost certainly headed there.
Then an employer in Salt Lake called my husband about a job he had applied for a couple months back. They wanted to schedule an interview. Suddenly, living in Salt Lake became a possibility.
Patrick is still in the process of interviewing with the folks in Salt Lake, which is why we aren't sure where we're headed. If he gets the job in Salt Lake, we'll move there. If not, we're venturing out to Phoenix.
The one thing that's for certain right now is that we are definitely leaving Fargo.