So…….I don’t know how many of you have had the lovely experience of having to pack, but it  sucks! And I only have on room to pack essentially. I can’t imagine what it must be like packing a whole house.

Anyway, a couple of tips that might be helpful….become best friends with your local grocer. We have a mom and pop deli down the road from us where I practically grew up, and they’ve given me countless boxes that I’ve been using for packing. VERY handy. :)

I finally found out that my cat gets to go with me too, which I’m super excited for! So not only do I have to pack my stuff but hers too now, lol. Her packing is easy, but moving her? Not so much….she’s one of those cats that will literally meow for the entire five hour drive, so someone suggested to me Benadryl……she literally sat there coughing until she coughed it up. So now I’m trying children’s benadryl liquid stuff. Any other suggestions??????????

More soon!!!!!!!!!!!!! And pics of the apartment too!!!! Five days til moving day! :)


First Step: Packing

Is anyone else shocked by the amount of crap you have when you start to pack? BECAUSE I AM!!!!! Seriously, I knew that I had a lot of stuff, I just didn’t realize how much until I started to go through everything.

I’m in the lucky situation of having a house in New York where I can keep the stuff that I don’t need/want to lug to Vermont-my parents are awesome. :)

So, the first thing I did was make a list of everything I could think of that I was going to need that I know is not already there.

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Needless to say, it took me awhile, and it also took me the help of a mama bear. :)

One I had my list, I set to work on seeing what I had in my hope chest, and buying the rest of it. I decided early on that paper stuff/cleaning stuff I’m going to buy up there. (There’s a store nearby where I know I can get it cheap-but if you can get it cheaper then wherever you’re going, pch, save the cash!!!!)

Soooooo, I’ve started packing. :) And yes, I’m not leaving until the 30th, so I’m QUITE proud of this accomplishment. :)

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Luckily, I’m BFF’s with the owner of  a local deli, so he’s letting me take tomato and banana boxes…..very handy. :) Also, I read online that it makes your life A LOT easier if everything is clearly labeled by room, so….

It says “Kitchen” for those of you who can’t see it.

Let the labeling and packing commence!!!! :)

Living On My Own

Life Trip-VT

So…..I’ve always kind of wondered and pondered what my blog should be about (as everything in past posts kind of varies depending on current moods/topics/interest, etc.), and I found something to keep me busy for the next few months. About two or three months ago I received a significant promotion at work, which has been absolutely incredible! :) However, the company I work for is small, and sadly, the owner’s just don’t care as much as they should…so, I will be moving on soon (my notice is going to be put in, in eleven days and counting.

About two weeks ago, I got a job offer in a bed and breakfast in Vermont, which I am taking. :) I’m super excited because I’ve never lived on my own before (I’m not really counting Disney as I had three roommates), and it’s something completely different.

So, for the next few months my blog will concentrate on my new job, how it is living on my own, and hopefully I can give some advice (or at least some tips on what not to do) to other people moving out on their own for the first time.

Good luck movers!!!!

Daily Prompt: In the Summertime

Kayaking. Kayaking is one of my favorite summer time hobbies. (My aunt is a die-hard that will kayak even in the dead of winter-as long as there is water and no ice) I’m a normal person that only goes during the summer. :)

Driving the car with the windows all the way down…..that’s another thing that I’ve missed that I can’t wait to do again. I LOVE to drive, and my first trip is in two weeks, I’m really hoping the weather is going to be good enough for my windows being down. *fingers crossed*




Daily Prompt: If You Leave

Life is a series of beginnings and endings. We leave one job to start another; we quit cities, countries, or continents for a fresh start; we leave lovers and begin new relationships. What was the last thing you contemplated leaving? What were the pros and cons? Have you made up your mind? What will you choose?

Oh my God!!! My life right now!!!!!!!! lol

Sometimes I get so sick of life drama that I just want to pick-up and move somewhere where I know no one, and no one knows me. But then I have to remind myself that drama and “life situations” are every where.

However recently, my chance at “leaving” came in the form of a job offer. I currently work at a fairly large hotel property in Albany, New York. My title is Sales Coordinator, and I LOVE my job. I sell overnight rooms to large groups, and I get the chance to sell our banquet space for parties, weddings and meeting/conventions. (We have about 8,000 sq ft worth of banquet space) So even though I work with the “bride-zillas” and stressed out soccer moms every once in awhile, I’m always working with the people so excited about their wedding or vow renewal, or pumped to win their sports game while knowing they have a clean hotel they can come back to when they’re done.

The job offer I got was for the position of Catering Sales Manager at a completely different property (not the same brand either). The offer over the phone sounded amazing. I would finally have a manager title (something I’ve been waiting for, for about 6-months now) and it was essentially a $10,000 raise a year from what I’m making now.

I went down to the property (it’s in the heart of downtown-one of my cons, because I already live about 20-30 minutes WITHOUT drive-home traffic, and this adds another 10 minutes to my drive) and of course, it was gorgeous. It was only about six years old, and they’d done some pretty extensive renovating.

Then I sat down with the person who would be my manager and learned the full story. Yeah, I would be making that extra bit of money, but not only would I be driving further and through more traffic, I would be doing the job of three people because they’re short-handed (their Sales Manager had quit that morning) and I had to be at every event. There were a few other cons also, but honestly, my list would be to long, lol. :)

Anyway, I went back to my hotel, and I had a few people question how it went (I’m really close with my coworkers and we all want what’s best for each other-even if it means moving to a different property to better ourselves). After I told them my pros and cons, they all kind of nodded, made a few comments but didn’t say anything.

I went home, slept on it and decided to stay where I was. Even though I was getting that extra money, there were just too many cons, and I didn’t think it was worth it.

Even though sometimes we want to leave and start over, sometimes it’s just better for us to stay where we are and wait for that “awesome-something” to come along.

Everything happens for a reason, and I believe that. :)

P.S. My dream? Move to Disney. <3

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