Meeting People In A New City: Part 1 – Online Social Networks
There’s no denying it. We’re new in town and we need friends. Remember the good ol’ days when you made friends simply by turning to the guy next to you in class and making a smart ass comment. Then bam. Friends. Nowadays as an adult, not so simple. Sure you can make friends at work, but if you’re job is at all like Auston and my former careers, that can vary. Most of the people we worked with were significantly older than us, married with kids or grandkids, and paying a mortgage. Sure they’re nice people, but I just don’t see us tossing back beers together at the bar on a Friday night.
Thank You Video: We finally made it to Arizona!
We’ve finally reached our destination after 9 days of driving with a few stops on the way!
We spent the last night of our trip in El Paso visiting my aunt and cousin. We also finally had the chance to meet my cousin’s daughter, Rowan. She showed us her excellent drawing skills and I showed her my lack of such abilities.
Then we continued our drive to finally arrive in Phoenix yesterday evening to be greeted by these little
So thank you to everyone who hosted, fed and entertained us! We loved spending time with all the family and friends.
Weekend in Texas
We spent the weekend in Round Rock visiting family. Lots of sitting. Talking. Eating. Little frisbee golf. Farmers market. More eating. Absolutely the most relaxing place to be with the best people. But time to continue on with the rest of the road trip. El Paso here we come! Time to see more family for a night. Then we’ll finally get to Phoenix tomorrow! :-)
Roadtrip Across the US
We had an excellent time catching up with my cousins in Alabama and got some great travel tips from them yesterday. Today we arrived in New Orleans for a night. This is our progress so far:
Auston continues to work on the drive…
And I continue to drive like a badass.
Moving Weekend: Selling Our Stuff to Travel the World
As everyone knows, moving truly brings out the best in a person and is something we look forward to every chance we get. It’s one of the most enjoyable experiences in life. Except that it’s not. It’s a terrible terrible thing and sometimes I just have to scream into a pillow to get through it. However, get through it we did! We sold all of our furniture and filled up about 5 of these bins at Goodwill. Thank god for Goodwill. Every time we dropped stuff off I felt like saying “See ya suckers! Thanks for taking our junk!” [Disclaimer: we did not give Goodwill junk, only quality items]
Peace Out Chi-town
We just left the city to commence the road trip to Phoenix! First stop: Nashville, TN. We already missed a turn. We’re the blue dot and we’re supposed to be on the blue route. Oops. I need to hone my navigation skills.
The Farewell Celebration
The time finally came for our last day at work! I had mine on Thursday and when Auston came home from his last day on Friday, we began the celebration (champagne courtesy of Auston’s coworkers). We were also lucky to have our friend Lucas visit for a night just in time before we left.
Unfortunately, the time came to say goodbye to the great friends we’ve met in Chicago. Saturday night was the farewell dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. Excellent food, BYOB, and belly dancing. What better way to say goodbye? (or more accurately, until next time!) Thanks Erik for taking all the photos and for being the only one bold enough to dance with the belly dancer! We’re going to miss everyone!
Quitting Our Jobs to Travel the World
At long last, the time has come to make one of the biggest changes leading up to our trip….quitting our jobs. This past week marked a big milestone since both David and I gave our resignation.
There was a lot of anticipation leading up to this moment. It was a sigh of relief to unload our minds with this secret and it is very exciting to be leaving our jobs. Don’t get me wrong, we have both been very happy with our jobs and the experiences we have gained. I have spent the last 9 years with my company, and have had great opportunities and growth. After all, this job is what brought us to Chicago in the first place just three and a half years ago.
The conversations with our bosses went very well and they were happy for us and supportive. In fact, at least 15 co-workers have approached me over the past few days to express their excitement and to learn more about our plan.
The clock is counting down. With our last day fast approaching, there are just 4 weeks remaining before we break away to start our journey.