Almost Familiar

There are moments where I almost feel like I have adapted to the pace and rhythm of my new surroundings and then I remember that I am only here for just a moment.

That’s because this hotel has always been the first stop in my new home and now it has served its purpose. Tomorrow I am going to move to a new place which is still just a rest stop, but better suited as a base of operations.

It sounds so serious, “base of operations” but that is how I see it. It is set up for an extended stay and what I will use for the “longer short term” period in which I look for a good rental property.

I didn’t want to rent anything sight unseen so I made a point to set things up like this so that I could put some boots on the ground and figure out where the best place to live will be.

The net result of all of this is I haven’t found my groove yet nor adopted a new routine. I have mixed emotions about it.

I like the dynamic environments I am in now but I also like having my “creature comforts” attended to so I am anxious to do the things I need to do to make that happen.

Besides, I am desperate to find a new gym and place to play basketball and I can’t focus on locating that until I have a more “permanent home.” There are bigger problems than this so I suppose I am grateful to be worried about just these things.


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  1. Jens P. Berget February 4, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    I haven’t moved much in my life, and that’s probably because I don’t like it. When we moved, I felt that I was in no control and I didn’t know what was going to happen next. I have lived in the house where I live now for 11 years, and I’ll probably be living here until I retire 🙂

    • Jack February 5, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      Hi Jens,

      Moving can be a bit awkward and uncomfortable. It really does make you feel like things are out of control, but sometimes there aren’t any other options so you do what you have to do. But if you have a choice and are happy where you are at there isn’t a real need to rock the boat.

  2. Ron Whitaker February 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Sounds like you’re on the right track.

    When in a new situation, one of the best things you can do is get into a rhythm. Writing, going to the gym, et al are great starts.

    You’ll eventually find your groove!

    • Jack February 4, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Ron,

      Thanks. I feel pretty good about things. It is just a matter of time before everything begins to fall into place.

      I have been so busy running around doing the little things that have to get done I haven’t had time to adjust, but I think that will begin soon.

  3. Tim Bonner February 4, 2013 at 11:31 am

    We moved back in August but literally across the road!

    I thought I’d struggle going back to not owning my own home but it really doesn’t bother me. We can save all of the money that we were paying on the mortgage and bills. Now we live on the school campus where my wife works we live rent and mortgage free.

    It surprising how quickly you can settle into a place. I feel more settled now than when we lived in our previous apartment and we lived there for 7 years!

    • Jack February 4, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      Hi Tim,

      Rent and mortgage free? That sounds like it has potential to be exceptionally awesome or if nothing else an easy way to save a big chunk of money.

      Not to mention it sounds like your wife’s commute is probably one to be jealous of. 😉

      I think much of our ability to grow accustomed to our living arrangements is based upon our own attitude.

  4. Betsy Cross February 4, 2013 at 3:54 am

    Funny, the one stable thing in my life right now is social media! LOL! I find that extremely amusing as well as comforting. So…no matter where we go, there they (online friends) are.

    • Jack February 4, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Hi Betsy,

      It is one of the nice things about social media. You don’t have to worry about moving away from your online friends because they travel with you.

      It really is comforting.

  5. Larks ( February 3, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Being in flux can make it almost impossible to get in your groove. It’s amazing how much having the basic ‘stuff’ grounds you. ‘My gym,’ ‘my place,’ ‘my workspace.’ I’m excited for you, though! Chance can be exhilirating especially in hindsight.

  6. Stan Faryna February 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I’m going through the adjustments at the moment. It just doesn’t happen fast enough.

  7. Jamie February 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    As a person who’s anti-anxiety medicine is an hour of cardio daily, I completely understand the last thought about wanting a home base for basketball. It’s those little things that become the big things if the rest of our world in flux. Good luck on finding a place for your roundball needs.

    • Jack February 3, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      Hi Jamie,

      It is amazing how a little sweat can make such a difference in our days. I have been playing ball with the same group of guys for years now so it is not just the sweat, it is the friendship. But things change and we’ll adapt, or should I say, I will. 😉 I am sure things will get settled soon. Hope you had a great weekend.

  8. Kenya G. Johnson February 3, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I feel ya Jack. I hate moving. We’ve been settled now for 8 years and its wonderful. For me I always felt like I was spinning my wheels when we (as a military couple) had to stay in transition housing. Even though I could still do things, I didn’t want to (such as go to the gym) until I could leave from my own permanent residence. I wanted to establish my routine from “home”.

    • Jack February 3, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Hi Kenya,

      I have friends who wandered the earth from base to base. I can only imagine how nice it must be to say you have had roots for 8 years.

      That routine is important for some people and I am one of them. Can’t wait to develop one again.

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