Hello! We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! And happy December! I love this month. We spent the past week in Alabama with my family, finally taking a few days to relax during this whirlwind moving process. I don’t think it’s fully sunk in for Johnny or me that as of tomorrow we’ll be NYC residents (again)! Yes, TOMORROW. The past few weeks were crazy. Moving is already crazy, but moving to NYC on a short timeline is downright insane. So I wanted to fill you guys in on what we’ve been up to the past few weeks since my brain is still completely in moving mode.
Getting an Apartment
Johnny and I flew out to New York about three weeks ago and gave ourselves two days to look for apartments. We saw over 20 apartments and walked who knows how many miles. We barely ate or slept. Okay, that sounds dramatic, but suffice it to say it was super stressful. We ended up finding a two-bedroom on the Upper West Side that checked off all of our “must-haves” and even some of our “nice-to-haves.” But choosing an apartment and actually getting it is a whole other story. To be approved, we had to lay down thousands of dollars, give proof of salary, bank account balances, letters of recommendation, tax returns, and our cat’s left eye (sorry, Persie). And the apartment we found is part of a co-op, so we had to be approved by a board, which really complicated the approval process. All that matters is that part is over! Once the dust settles a bit more, we’ll do an in-depth post on finding an apartment in NYC.
When Johnny and I got back to Utah after the apartment-hunting process, we had five days to pack up all of our belongings. In order to guarantee a delivery date of December 2nd from the moving company, they had to pick up our stuff right away! Johnny and I packed day and night and went on a Serial listening binge to make it all more bearable. Since the movers have come and gone, Johnny, Sally, and I have been living off fast food and ramen and sleeping on an air mattress. It’s been interesting, and we are so happy this stint of living like squatters has come to a close.
Getting To the City
As I mentioned, we will be arriving in New York City on Tuesday! We’re selling our car, so we’ll be flying out with just the clothes we’ve needed these past two weeks and a few other necessities. We’ll have both Sally and our cat on the 5-hour flight, and we’re praying all goes well. Persie will be drugged, and Sally will be watching Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas on repeat on the iPad. For everyone on that flight with us, we apologize in advance for any misdeeds done by Sally or Persie. If you see me running toward the airplane bathroom with one of them, that’s probably a bad sign.
Any questions, aside from “Are you guys crazy??” The next time we post, we’ll be writing from our new (much smaller) home in NYC! We’ll share more details and our new (NYC) budget soon. Wish us luck!