At the beginning of the month I question how the month went by so quickly. September is no different but it is the most whirlwind of a month I’ve had in my entire life. Even just writing that out seems intimidating. At the beginning of September I thought I would be moving to Texas for a lot longer than a month My plan had been find a temporary job, unless we stayed here for four more years then I find a full time. It sounded easy in theory. (I’m not saying finding a job is easy by any stretch but having a decent plan was not too difficult).
I did not actually write a post the first day of September nor did I make any goals because quite frankly with going into a move I didn’t know what to expect. I still don’t know what to expect. The move itself went well and the 1700 mile drive was actually not nearly as bad as I thought it would be (good for me since I’m doing it again in a couple of weeks).
Towards mid September I found out we would be going to New Jersey. I tried to remain calm but truly it was not anything I was expecting and it was a huge shock for me.
After giving it a day to sink in I realized I was excited for the move. A lot of people(both real life and blogging life) are surprised that I was and truly am excited. It has never been a secret that I hated the cold in Potsdam, NY and hated the snow in Oswego, NY. So it doesn’t quite make sense that I’m excited to move to New Jersey where we will get snow and it will be a lot colder than here?
In New Jersey, we aren’t going to get -30 degree temperatures and I’m also going to be with Tim. It isn’t that I hated the town I went to college in but when running started to be a bigger part of my life, the town seemed to get less and less interesting to me. By year four I had done all the activities that the town had to offer and bars were not my scene. I had outgrown the college mentality. I had no problems sitting in most Friday and Saturday nights watching movies or hanging out. When you don’t relate to going out and would rather road race, that get’s to be hard. It is even harder when most road races are 2 hours away.
The same was with Oswego, NY. I loved my job there and if you could teleport it to where I am now I would be happy. However, being the new person in town and not a college student I was not going to go out with college students (I already didn’t binge drink when I was in college). Sure I could get a casual beer with friends but in a city based around bars and the college scene it was not enjoyable for me. I loved my friends dearly and if I had lived in a bigger city (Rochester or Syracuse were about an hour away) I would not have minded living there despite the cold. I didn’t hate the snow but did hate I was in a long distance relationship and had a hard time relating to people. Plus when I say there was 2 feet of heavy ice and snow on the ground, it means I spent the entire winter running on the treadmill.
So with my tangents about the real reasons I was not truly happy in upstate NY, I am excited to go to New Jersey. I will be close to major cities, the area has plenty of job opportunities for me, and also has plenty of road races. Not to mention it isn’t far from my friends in NY, my friends in VA, Tim’s family and my family. It is a very central location to do everything I want to with my life. So yes I am very excited for New Jersey. With anything I have heard both positive and negative thoughts about the state in general but each city and area has positives and negatives. While I might not have cared for upstate NY towards the end of my career there, many people love it.
I also wanted to thank everyone who has reached out to me living in the NJ area. We are looking to live somewhere between Trenton and Philadelphia. If you live around there I would love to meet up eventually. Hopefully I can say that with the thought process of I’ll be there for four years.
Questions for you:
What are the positives and negatives of your town or city?
Your favorite aspect of college?
My favorite part of college was the flexibility of class schedules and not having to sit still or be in an office for 8 hours daily.