All about how my life got flipped, turned upside down. Raise your hand if you know the next verse! If you just rapped, “And I’d like to take a minute just sit right there” you get a gold star. And now I’ll tell you how I become the princess of moving cross country twice in one year. Yep. True story. But, first here is a video tour of Sunny, our FL apartment, before I started packing it up!
Note: It’s real life folks, my sports bra is hanging on the hamper, I say “freakin'” and “awesome” way too much. And our bedroom is ugly. That’s all.
NOTE: If you follow me on instagram, then you’ve probably already seen most of these pics. Road trip 1: We actually drove from Texas to Florida twice in 2 weeks. We drove Andy and his car back right before Thanksgiving because he had to start his job pronto. I drove with him in his car and flew back to Ft. Lauderdale. We drove from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to New Orleans in one day. Wowzer. We stopped for din at Chik-fil-a, ate chocolate and took a stretch break in Wal Mart at midnight!
I hadn’t been to New Orleans since I was a kid so I was pretty stoked to spend a few hours wandering the french quarter, having a coffee, and meeting an old man who claims he his a professional boogie dancer and carves crazy awesome canes. He is also the only person I’ve ever met who writes in English cursive from right to left. #Igothisautograph #dontbejealous We wandered through art galleries and walked along the Gulf.
After New Orleans we had a few DQ treats, stopped for pics at the Texas sign, and made it to our sweet friends house where dinner and dessert were waiting : ) The next morning was breakfast at Bouldin Creek (another one of my faves!) and a one way flight back to Ft. Lauderdale for me.
Road trip 2: The weekend of 12.7.12, Andy flew back to Ft. Lauderdale to drive the Budget back to Texas once and for all. We had a moving quote done just to compare prices and it was going to cost $3,364. We decided to DIY the move once again. The only difference is this time we hired 2 guys to help us move the furniture and boxes out of the Sunny and into the Budget. I did it the first time around, and I almost died. Not being dramatic. The route from our apartment to the Budget truck includes multiple doorways, an elevator, a couple of stairs, and lots of maneuvering around corners. We used movinghelpers.com, and it was totally worth it. At $25 an hour, I was sold.
I packed up all of the boxes, and wrapped all the mirrors and furniture for the movers to move (that saves you a bunch of money). Luckily, I saved a ton of boxes from the first move to Florida. I used a lot of my old moving tricks. Here’s a post I write the first time around called Packing 101: Tips on moving for free. Here are a few of my favorite packing tricks:
- Grab free boxes from the Liquor store to use for glasses
- Using throw pillows, towels, and rags as cushion for breakables
- Wrap large frames and mirrors in quilts
- Don’t buy mirror boxes (they are super expensive!) You can use a regular box and tape it up.
- Keep out a few essentials until the very end: packing tape, zip locks, paper towels, and a cup.
After the movers moved everything out of our apartment, we hooked up the car trailer, ate the last bowl of Captain Crunch, took one last elevator picture and we we were on our merry way, back to Texas!
Traveling in the Budget is slow going, we did not make it to New Orleans. In fact, we did not even make it out of Florida the 1st day! I did a lot of instagram-ing. (I’m thecraftblog if you’re an insta- addict too!) The next day we ate lunch at a yummy little BBQ place in Gross Tete (that’s really the name!), LA called Big Head’s BBQ. We totally suggest it if you’re road trippin’ on I-10. And they have fried okra!
The top left pic is me on hour 24 of driving from Ft. Lauderdale to Austin. I scared myself in the public bathroom mirror! We made it to Austin, TX at 1:30am on Dec. 9, 2012. We woke up that morning and moved into our new home, AKA a storage unit. The highlight was returning the Budget truck and chowing down on breakfast tacos at our favorite taco joint, Mi Ranchito.
And that’s the story of moving to and from Florida all in a year. As of now, we’re homeless! We’ve been looking at homes in Austin with a realtor and having some sticker shock! How much can a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home be? I guess it’s all about location. We want a home that needs some love, but has things like a roof! Anyone else ever moved to and from a state in the same year? How do you feel about the moving process? Are you a DIY mover? Do you love breakfast tacos? I’d love to hear…