Current views: Month 1 of the move

It’s hard to believe we’ve been living in North Carolina for a whole month now. We even had our first DMV experience and got our NC driver’s licenses. It’s definitely strange going from being Caitlin Mooney in NY to Caitlin Ryan in NC in just five short months. I think what I’ll look most forward to is the end of paperwork for change of name and address. I’m ready to dig in.

Between working from home and MPR working nights & weekends at the restaurant, I’ll admit I’ve been a bit of a shut-in. I think it will be better once we’re on the same schedule and I start working in an office again. I’ll also welcome the Fall season with open arms. Right now it’s hard to be outside for more than 15 minutes without jumping in a pool or running back in the A/C. Thankfully, we have a beautiful [maintenance-free] pool to jump in right outside where we also grill dinner and spend most evenings together. This has also been a great month for both of us professionally (more on that soon), which confirms that we made the right choice for the both of us.

We strive to take advantage of every free afternoon/evening we have to explore our new city together. Here are some snapshots of what we’ve been up to this last month.

Kate White book

Reading poolside

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Don’t you wish all weekends could be 4-day weekends? I do. This weekend consisted of a lot of rehashing the past and a lot of looking to the future. MPR & I finished our next DIY project (blog post coming soon). I helped my mother clean out my grandmother’s apartment and sort through all of her things for our garage sale next weekend. I excavated layer after layer of mementos from my childhood bedroom and sorted everything into trash, garage sale, or keep. 

Side note: What are the rules for keeping/trashing yearbooks? MPR says throw them all away except for the one from senior year of high school, but I’m having trouble going through with it. The four hardbacks look so neat stacked together. They’re friends. Right? 

I got rid of all my books except for my favorite from grad school, Reputation and Power, and two from Emma Forrest, who was the first author to ever inspire me to write professionally. My last big category to tackle is photos, and I have a feeling I’ll be slowed down by a lot of reminiscing and gawking at clothing and hairstyles I once thought looked good, but it will provide closure to arrange them and tuck them away into albums where they belong. I’m in the middle of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and her tips have really helped me to shed my excess material things. All in all, it feels great to purge, and I’m excited to focus on our future.

In the meantime, here’s 5 details from my past week:

Professional wedding photo album

Our wedding album arrived in the mail and we now have the fanciest coffee table book ever

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While the past two weekends were all business – cleaning out my childhood bedroom & refinishing furniture – this past weekend was equal parts fun & work. The closet clean out continued, but MPR & I also found the time for a quick trip down to Long Island for our nephew’s first communion and to have a BBQ with our friends in Astoria. We wrapped up our Sunday with a birthday dinner for me at my parents’ house complete with Funfetti cake. I can’t believe I turn the big 2-7 this Tuesday, or that I’ve been so busy that I nearly forgot. Oh, how life changes post college 🙂

Here are 5 details from my past week:

clementine

A cute little clementine in my lunch box.

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Another productive weekend down. MPR & I finished our desk refresh project (blog post coming soon) and started refinishing my parents’ old bedroom set. Right now, our mattress and box spring are just sitting on a frame with no headboard or baseboard, and we’re ready to upgrade from the college lifestyle. We hope to finish that this week coming. I also successfully cleaned out my entire closet and dresser at my parents’ house and put a few items for sale on Tradesy (shop my closet here). Lastly, we visited both of my grandmothers for Mother’s Day and enjoyed the beautiful weather. Mondays always come a little easier after a well-spent, productive weekend. Here’s 5 details from my past week:

Writing journal from Target

Found this adorable journal at Target with a pretty reminder.

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Spring is in full bloom and so is my spring cleaning. This weekend MPR & I tackled a furniture refinishing project (blog post coming soon!) and I began the task of cleaning out my childhood bedroom at my parents’ house. It’s strange looking back on all of those memories through the lens of a newly-married woman. It feels like a different lifetime. Luckily, that makes it much easier to clean out the past and focus on our life ahead. I’m very excited to continue my efforts, and my quest towards minimalism (more on that soon), in the week ahead. But first, here are 5 details from this past week:

Wedding announcement newspaper

Status: local celebrity.

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We have officially entered our wedding week. AND WE ARE SO EXCITED!!!!

After a very long (and very fun) two-year engagement, our wedding is finally here. I kind of feel like a little kid the Friday at school before your birthday party, just bubbling over with happiness and jittery with anticipation. Except this party will be huge. And we get to drink. And I get to celebrate with my soulmate. I just can’t wait to see all of our friends &family. It’s going to be the best weekend ever!

But first, 3 more days of work.

Here are 5 details from our past week:

Fun Dip Valentine's

This reminds me of teaching swimming lessons at the Town Park. Sunburns &blue tongues.

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What a perfect, surprise 3-day weekend. We woke up to a foot of snow and a text that said to work from home. Okay, so technically it wasn’t a day off, but it was so nice to work in my PJs, on the couch. I didn’t even take a shower and I’m not ashamed to admit that. Tonight, we get to gorge on Super Bowl leftovers, aka chicken wings & dip. I’d say that’s a pretty great Monday! Let’s hope the rest of this week is just as lovely. Last full week of work before the wedding! Whoot!

Here are 5 details from my past week:

Bridal shower chalkboard

Some leftover decorations in our conference room from my surprise shower last week

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