Last month, my only goal was to get through the move. If you missed my play-by-play on how that disaster went down, you can read it here and here. Suffice to say, I’m so glad we’ve settled in! I was just commenting to R last night that it feels like we’ve been here for months already. Our old life back in NY is a distant memory. Yet, at the same time, it feels like we just got here. About a week or so after officially moving in, R was saying how it felt like we were on vacation.
It still doesn’t feel real! After wanting to be so close to my parents for almost a year, we’re now a three and a half hour drive away. If I needed to, I could leave right now to go see them. In a way, it really does feel as if we are on vacation.
This is going to sound slightly pessimistic, but throughout most of my life, I’ve dreamed and wished for things to come true, and they haven’t. I guess I didn’t dream or wish hard enough, because R and I really wanted this move to happen, and with his hard work, it did. For two people who had seemingly dreary futures if we had stayed, we couldn’t be happier, and it’s given us some hope as to where we can go in the future.
So with the move over with, we can look to accomplish some other worthwhile goals, and some not so fun ones.
- Get things sorted out with the DMV. NC requires a written test before you can get your license, but we’ve heard the news that they’re possibly doing away with this, so we have to find out. If so, we just need to do a vision test and road sign recognition test.
- The license has to come before everything else. After we receive our licenses in the mail, we’ll be able to register our cars and get NC plates. We’ll also have to pay property tax on our cars, which was not required in NY. Boo. This means one-time expenses will be up slightly this month. I also have to jump through some hoops, because my car’s title is under my mom’s name. She has to gift it to me and we have to get the title signed by a notary. Fun.
- Possibly entertain the idea of getting furniture. I am pretty happy with the way things look, but there are a few odds and ends the apartment could use. We did not expect 1,041 sq ft to be this big. I honestly feel like I’m in a house most of the time. Our guest room has one desk and a futon in it. That’s it. The living room – my desk, couch, and TV. And it’s huge. I’ll be sharing a tour soon, I promise! Needless to say, we could finally use a coffee table and perhaps a bookshelf. Ideally, I’d love to have my dad make us these items, but the issue is bringing it back from their house to ours. I don’t know how much it will cost in lumber to make, but I doubt it’s worth it to rent a truck. I’ll be discussing this with my dad this weekend.
- Paint! This is silly, but I am setting a goal for R. He has had these two little canvasses for at least a year now, and hasn’t painted anything. He managed to paint me a cute picture for one occasion, and we need some more things to hang around the place. Our walls look really bare. Back in the old apartment, there was no room, but now that there is, he’s interested in taking painting back up. He did go to college for it!
- Look for a job. I am still undecided as to the path I want to take. I’ve also been entertaining the idea of taking the police exam down here, but I definitely need to work out and train for that. For those that don’t know, I went to college for Criminal Justice. I never wanted to be a cop; I always wanted to be a detective. My actual dream was working for the FBI (a la Criminal Minds; I also love NCIS). However, I’ve scrapped that, and in order to become a detective, I clearly need to put in my time.
- For now, I am going to look for part-time jobs. I feel like I might have an easier time getting my foot in the door that way. The other night, R and I sat down and made up our shiny new budget for May. On a normal basis, his expenses should be around $1,500, and mine around $700. I figured out what I need to make in order to comfortably cover my half of things, and part-time work should do the trick.
- This will enable me to take some time to decide where to go. I can start going to the gym and working out on a consistent basis for the police exam, I can work on freelancing, and I can also keep my eye out for full-time work that looks promising.
- Exercise. This is going back on the list. R has already gotten into a routine of going to the gym every other day, and since he is getting out of work an hour earlier than he used to, he’ll be attempting to run at night. He’s been waking up at 4am to try to run, which has been failing more often than not. Can’t blame him! So, does anyone have any free resources they recommend? I plan on looking up some YouTube videos this week.
- Eat healthier. Again, going back on the list. I want to find a way to compile all the recipes I’ve bookmarked into an easy accessible list. I’d like to copy and paste into a Word doc, but that might take some time to format properly. The lack of variety is killing us, and if I have more time to cook, I don’t have an excuse.
- Read at least three books. I’ve still been slacking on reading, and I am disappointed in myself. I also need to start making a schedule for myself for blogging, commenting, writing, reading, working out, etc. This way I have blocks of time dedicated to certain things. I could spend all day reading blogs and commenting!
Those are my goals for May. What are you working on this month?