Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Going Home

Though I live in Texas now, that hasn't always been the case.  I moved to Texas in 1999, when I was almost 21,  to be with Matt.  The decision that I should come here, rather than the other way around, was made because his grandfather was very old and Matt didn't want to leave Texas at that time.  We've lived here ever since, 10 1/2 years now.  Matt's grandfather has since passed away (actually, he passed away years ago), so there's not a lot to keep us here.  Right now, it's school.  We can't leave in the middle of school, especially once I begin my Master's degree as master's courses are non-transferable.  Once you start a program at a school, you have to finish it there.

So, after talking to my mom the other day,  I decided that it's time to go home. I actually miss Southern California. I miss being able to see my family on a regular basis.  I talked it over with Matt and when I graduate with my Master's Degree, we're going to pack up and move out west.  I'm really looking forward to it!!

Of course, there are a lot of considerations.  We're going to have to look for jobs, for a place to live, and move everything.  None of that is going to be easy or cheap, moving is ridiculously expensive.  We're going to have to do something with the house we currently live in, which belongs to my FIL right now, but I think he's going to give us when Matt graduates with his BA.  We're going to have to rent a Uhaul and pack it all up.  It's not going to be quick or easy, but it's something I really want and need to do.

It occurs to me we should start saving some money now, and over the next two years, so that when the time comes, we're prepared, but it's also possible my FIL will help us when he finds out we're moving to California.  I just don't know and it's not something I'm going to count on because there's no real reason to believe he would, or will.  I'd really like to put back like $100 a month over the next two years.  That way, we have a little bit of moving funds.  I'd like to move out there with enough money that we can pay for an apartment for a few months, say 6 or so, while we get situated.

There's a lot to think about, a lot, but there's plenty of time to plan between now and then.  The soonest we could move is early 2012.  I should, if everything goes okay, graduate grad school in the Fall 2011 semester.  After that, we'll have to go out and look for work and a place to live, before we can ever move there.  Thankfully, when I go out to look for work, I can stay with my mom and dad.  So, it's not like we're moving somewhere where we're all alone.

So there you have it.  Now we just have to get done here and figure out how to get out there and we'll be all set!