[personal profile] seabird78
Only two more full days of living in Chicago. And I still have a bit to do before blast-off, but since I've boxed up almost all of the stuff that is still here, I decided to stop and take a breath this evening.

I still find it hard to believe that I've been able to maintain the breakneck pace needed to handle all of the logistics of this move and Chicago wrap-up tasks for pretty much a solid month. Even more unbelievable is the fact that soon it will all be over, and I'll be settling in to a completely new life.

For the most part, things have gone smoothly. I did go through some heartbreak yesterday though, after having to surrender my cat to the shelter where I adopted him (they will care for him until he finds a new home, since they do not euthanize their animals except in cases of grave illness). I had every intention of bringing him with me, but there were a couple of behavioral incidents, particularly this week, that forced me to confront the full extent of his special needs, and admit that it would not be in his best interest to join me in a place where I do not have friends I can call on to assist me with him. I've been reassured by many that I've done the right thing in this, but I know that I will grieve his absence for a while, and I don't think I'll be adopting another animal for quite some time.

But on a more positive note, I found an apartment that I really like, even though it will require a bit of a commute to get to work. I have some new furniture from Ikea being delivered the day after I arrive so that my place won't be completely barren while I await the arrival of the furniture I'm having shipped. And I got permission from my new boss to go ahead with the short vacation that I had scheduled (a trip to FL with a couple of my aunts from my dad's side of the family) long before I knew I was going to be changing jobs, which means I will get a few days to recover from all I've been managing.

The last real obstacle is securing a tenant for my condo, but since my mortgage is paid for the month of July, I'm going to try my best not to worry about that until after I get back from my FL trip on the 21st. I have a realtor who is going to serve as my property manager, and she's been excellent help to a friend, so I'm hoping she can find me a quality person or couple who will take good care of my place until I'm in a better position to sell.

Somehow, some way, this huge shift in my universe is working out, and soon I will be living a dream!
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