Todd and I have now been in Albuquerque a little over a week. We said our goodbyes to our friends and family in Nebraska and almost made it to the end without crying (almost). Our jobs in Omaha ended almost two weeks ago, we left our house we have known for 3 years, and moved into a quaint little neighborhood on the west side of Albuquerque. Within an hour of arriving with our uhaul Todd was greeted by a lady across the street who told him that if we did not have dogs yet, we should get them because it’s a rough neighborhood… Our jobs in Omaha ended almost two weeks ago, we left our house we have known for 3 years, and moved into a quaint little neighborhood on the west side of Albuquerque. We went through a great leasing company who had everything together for us and ready for us to move in. No, that’s not right, they actually neglected to inform us that our mailbox key will take 2 MONTHS to pick up, that our house would be a pit when we arrived and that we needed to bring a certified check for our first months rent and deposit… yup, we are definitely not in Nebraska anymore. I am aware of the fact that just like anywhere else, Nebraska also has it’s quirks and probably someone moving from Albuquerque to Omaha would have just as many barriers as Todd and I have had so far. But it’s that I know those quirks, to me they are just life, I don’t think of it any other way. Todd and I were chatting on the way back to Nebraska after traveling to Albuquerque the first time talking about what we are going to like about Albuquerque and miss about Omaha. Hands down one of the things I’ll miss about Omaha is the predictability of it. After living there for 10 years, it was comfortable. But in the same breath, something I was going to enjoy about Albuquerque is the unpredictability of it all. Starting fresh, new opportunities, new things to experience. However, the cost is high, this is also a place where I can’t just go to a friends place to hang out, or invite people over. Where my brother is not just a phone call away when we broke something and need to borrow a power tool of his what Todd and I have yet to purchase. Where I can’t just go to Grand Island on a whim to sit at my grandma’s kitchen counter and have a cinnamon roll she just pulled from the oven. It’s an adjustment, but it’s a good one. I have lived in places further than a afternoon’s drive away from home 2 different times in my life, both times were terribly hard, but both were times I learned more about myself that I ever though possible, and I can’t wait to see what Albuquerque holds for both Todd and I.
Where Everybody (Doesn’t) Know My Name September 2, 2010