North Carolina, I’ll miss you

These past few days have been STRESSFUL. So stressful that I sent my husband to the grocery store for wine because my nerves and anxiety were insane today.

On Friday the movers came and our stuff is officially en route to Kodiak! The moving process actually wasn’t that bad. Mostly because all I did was direct/watch the movers do everything. The best part about military moves is the movers will pack everything for you. We did keep essentials behind that we’ll be traveling with to Kodiak (mostly clothes and baby items) and have some furniture and a small tv that we’re getting rid of before we move out on Wednesday. Seeing my empty house on Friday night made everything about this move seem even more real. I guess there is officially no backing out now…unless I never want to see my favorite new Tibi tunic that I bought specifically for Kodiak.

Yesterday, Matt, Riley (our yellow lab) and I drove up to Norfolk to drop Matt’s car off to be processed and shipped to Kodiak. My mom was watching Madison because we assumed this was going to be a quick process and we had lots of cleaning to do at our house. Wrong-O. What we assumed would take around an hour took almost 4 hours. Matt mostly dealt with processing the car, but the whole ordeal was a mess. I’m going to be thankful if the car shows up in Alaska and not Japan – no seriously, they tried to send our car to Japan. 

The fact that we have a week left in North Carolina in mind-blowing to me. I’ve spent most of my adult life here and it will always be my home. There are some things in this state that will always hold a special place in my heart.

1. The Outer Banks

I’m a beach girl, always have been and always will be. The Outer Banks can get super touristy during the summer but during the off-season months is a quiet beach town. There are so many beautiful things that you can see here like the wild horses in Carova or the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. My family usually vacations here in the summer and we have made so many wonderful memories over the years. I’m already looking forward to visiting next summer with my family.

2. There are actual seasons

In the summer it’s hot and in the winter it’s cold (or well cold enough). Like I said, I’m a beach girl and I’m going to miss being able to get a tan during the summer months. I guess I’ll have to work on saving up for vacations because pale is not my color.

3. College Gameday is a state holiday

College football Saturdays in North Carolina are basically a state holiday. Visiting your college town during opening day is expected (GO PIRATES). I didn’t make it to any football games last season because I was a walking whale but have definitely spent my fair share of games days in the Pirate Club lot shotgunning beers.

4. Beaches and Mountains

You have the best of both worlds on opposite sides of the state. I love both the beach and mountains. It’s awesome having so many available options just a few hours away.

5. Eastern North Carolina BBQ

TRY IT. You’re welcome. Vinegar based will always trump tomato based.

6. Friends and Family

This is what I’ll miss the most. Majority of my friends and family live in North Carolina and I can’t even express how much I will miss them all. My best friend and parents live here. It’s going to be really hard for me to go from being able to see them whenever I please (even if it’s a mini road trip to Raleigh) to solely relying on facetime. I know I’ll visit and hopefully they will too, but it will be a big adjustment for me personally. These people are irreplaceable and the sole reason why North Carolina will always be home for me.

As our time in North Carolina comes to a close I’m trying to soak up every moment I can. We have an exciting week ahead of us, including lots of beach and family time!

 

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