Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Goodbye, Atlanta!

Atlanta is a city of transplants; natives being a rare breed. It leads to a widespread attitude of: I might leave Atlanta tomorrow. Or I might stay forever.


Which is really how I feel. Since moving here last summer, some days I'm in love with the city! And other times I can't wait until we PCS the Hell out of here. 

Oddly enough, my leave will happen even sooner than our next PCS orders ... In fact, I'm leaving the end of May!

After some soul searching and goal setting, I've decided to go back to school to finish my Bachelor's degree. After researching schools and various academic programs, Texas A&M University it is. I will be getting the most bang for my buck as far as tuition rates, prior college credits tranfserring over (I have my Associate Degree from Central Texas College) while majoring in something I'm incredibly passionate about.


It's very common for military wives to get their degree online through Phoenix or some other for-profit college, but that's never been something that's appealed to me. So, while my husband is finishing out his Recruiting assignment here, I'll be able to fulfill my dream of obtaining my four-year degree.


Not only will I be back in Texas, but I will be back among friends - Texas A&M has a Central campus right in Killeen (our previous duty station). This will make the move and the adjustment much easier. (And you know this furturd insisted on coming with me ;)


And that means I'll be back with my Mafia! 
(Because someone has to keep an eye on me ...)


DH and I have lived apart before (when we were first married I had a semester to finish in Oregon) through training assignments and various schools he's been through - so as far as the long-distance-relationship-thing goes, we've got this! (It's a military spouse thing ;) He supports my decision 100% and agrees that it's an opportunity I need to take now (before kids, an overseas tour, etc). Plus, if any of you have ever had husband's on a Recruiting Assignment, you know how little you see them anyways. 



Currently, we live in North Decatur (a neighborhood of Atlanta inside the perimeter), yet my husband's office is 30 miles East, outside the perimeter, in a little town that doesn't offer much of anything. Friday night excitement consist of putting on your Sunday best and going to WalMart. 



He's going to be moving into a house just 5 minutes from his office (he's so excited to no longer be commuting!) so this means we're pretty much saying goodbye to our home for the last year, goodbye to living in Atlanta.

It's bittersweet for both us. As I was starting to pack yesterday (I move in less than a month!), I decided to put together a bucket list, to make the most of this city while I can!

1. Blast 900 ✔
2. Georgia Aquarium ✔
3. Visit the Atlanta Zoo
4. Hike to the top of Stone Mountain
5. Brunch at West Egg ✔
6. Brunch at Sun in my Belly ✔
7. Eat at Farm Burger & Yeah! Burger ✔
8. Visit the CNN Center
9. Tour Coca Cola Museum
10. FlyWheel Atlanta ✔
11. FlyBarre Atlanta ✔
12. Meet The Unicorn at CrossFit East Decatur ✔
13. Atlanta Food Truck Park ✔
14. Taste of East Point
15. Run the ATL Thanksgiving Half Marathon ✔
16. Do a Drive-in movie at Starlight
17. Eat a King of Pops
18. Tour a local brewery
19. Visit the Original Chik-Fil-A Dwarf House
20. Visit the Dekalb Farmers Market 

Everything in pink still needs to be tackled! But don't worry, I'm on it! Tomorrow we're going to tour Red Hare Brewery for Thumping Thursday's, and this weekend is the Taste of East Point.

1. Is there anything I need to add to this list, fellow ATL'ers?

2. Have you lived apart from your significant other before?

3. Where do you/did you go to school? What's your degree in?

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  1. I've been with my boyfriend for 4 years, and we have been 2 hours away from each other the whole time. I see him twice a month. Except during the summer and over winter break. I'm going to be getting my degree in nursing :)

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    1. Good for you on your nursing degree! Happy to hear I have other readers who will be going through a similar situation. ;)

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  2. LMAO at that Walmart pic! lol
    Best wishes and YAY congrats on getting to go back to your CF buddies!! I know it's been a tough year for you...

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    1. People of Walmart - hours of endless entertainment!

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  3. Have you visited Callaway Gardens? It's a must. My boyfriend and I live 3.5 hours apart, long distance sucks but we're getting used to it. He's in Austin, I'm in north Texas but hopefully moving this summer. :) Good luck!

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    1. I have not, will add that to the list! I wish you the best of luck on moving this summer!

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  4. My fiancé and I did long distance for two years. I'm from Sweden, and he is from America, so when I was finishing up some school back home, we had to do long distance. It was definitely hard with a 9 hour time difference and no ability to talk unless we had skype, but it's definitely doable!

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    1. Yikes, that time difference is KILLER! Way to make it work!

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  5. the first year the bf and i were dating we live coast to coast. i was in oregon and he was in DC. like you mentioned it's not fun, but it's manageable, especially if you're both doing something you enjoy while being apart. Cheers to your opportunity!!!

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    1. Where abouts in Oregon? That's where I'm from :)

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  6. Hey, I've been secretly admiring your blog for a while, like a creepy lurker in the shadows.. I love your writing and always look forward to a new post.

    I just wanted to say congrats on getting back into school, I know how challenging it is to go back and how some people might not understand!

    As far as your third question goes, I go to the University of Waterloo and have my degree in kinesiology, and am in the process of applying to medical school. I absolutely looooove this stuff; its such an awesome feeling to pursue your passion :)

    Anyways, have a great day!

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    1. It is so intimidating going back to school at this age, it's a good thing I look like a 12 year old. ;)

      GOOD LUCK with med school! That is so ambitious, I admire that so much.

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  7. You definitely need to check out Cafe Intermezzo http://www.cafeintermezzo.com/ - there's a couple of locations in Atlanta, but the original is in Midtown on Peachtree street in the center of Atlanta - has the most amazing desserts and coffees, and if you happen to be there on a late night you might catch a celebrity! Also, you should swing a visit to the High Museum of Art. http://www.high.org/ If you like art at all, its Amazing. And lastly, if you haven't been yet - anything in Little Five Points is great. The Vortex bar and grill has some out of this world burgers.
    Congratulations on following your dreams! I'm still trying to figure things out myself. I've done long distance, deployments, etc... and its hard. But worth the hard work. My boyfriend recently moved to central Florida where my parents live (yippee!) but I still live a couple of hours away, and its tiring. Not in the sense of the relationship, but of the distance. I'm considering relocating closer to them (for multiple reasons - such as school and work, and closing the gap is a huge bonus, and a bit of a motivator as well). How do you keep from getting tired out of the long distance (outside of trainings and deployments)?

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    1. Good calls, Leah!

      I actually went to the new location for Cafe Intermezzo on Sunday evening and I love it. It's in midtown across from 1010 Peachtree. They closed the location further down Peachtree on the way to Buckhead for the new location.

      I also *love* the Vortex (I usually go to the midtown location, but the one at Little Five Points has the coolest entrance), such a badass atmosphere (in a good way haha). They used to have bison burgers as an option, but not anymore.. Still worth the splurge, and it would be a sin not to split some tater tots with the hubby.

      You can find a lot of package deals that include the High Museum+Zoo Atlanta+other spots of interest, may be worth checking out.

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    2. Burgers at The Vortex, I've head about them! Will have to check out Cafe Intermezzo when we're in Midtown again!

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  8. I love reading your blog!! Good luck on the move :) I have never lived away from the hubby...I went to school at Husson University in Bangor, Maine and received my doctorate in physical therapy.

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    1. Fantastic! Then maybe you can help me with my low back pain! I've been out of the gym and just resting for the last two weeks, and I still have TERRIBLE low back pain, that radiates down my left leg. :( I thought it was all of the heavy squatting I was doing inflaming my piriformis maybe, now now I'm thinking my scoliosis is the issue.

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  9. I've been following your blog as a lurker for a little while, but coincidentally, I work for Texas A&M! I just thought I'd throw out there that if you ever need anything transitioning to A&M or anything at all, feel free to let me know!!!

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    1. That's awesome! Thank you so much!

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  10. I went to Texas A&M as well! You made the right decision! Enjoy and Gig 'Em!!!

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  11. I only lived in ATL for 3 months when I did a rotation there for school. Although brief, I do actually miss it. I'm from small town Canada, and really those 8 laned highways are crazy! I loved the coca cola museum, when you do the taste testing at the end, I loved this Bebo soda, it was great. Be prepared for the biggest sugar high and crash from it!!!

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    1. I think I would love it if I was only here for 3 months, too! There's always so much going on! But the daily grind of ATL is just TOO much for me. :) I'd take a quiet town in Canada ANY DAY! I'm 25 going on 85, what can I say?

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  12. My boyfriend and I have been long distance for 1.5 years. It's hard but it can work when both put in effort. Enjoy your final days in ATL! My major was information technology! Good luck with packing :)

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    1. Yikes, packing! Don't remind me ...

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  14. Congrats!! MY ex-boyfriend was in the Navy, so we did the long distance thing. Although that's a bit different than a spouse and he was only about an hour drive away. Anyway, I think that's awesome that you are going back to get your degree! What degree are you getting?

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    1. Ah, the Navy life! They always have THE BEST duty stations near the ocean!

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  15. Hi there! I live/work in Atlanta too and my husband and I try to make it out to Kennesaw Mountain each week. It's great cardio and you can get a 5.6 mile hike in (Visitor's Center to Kennesaw mountain, over Little Kennesaw and down to Burnt Hickory Road (2.8) and back to Visitor's Center. On pretty weekends around lunch it's pretty busy (people in bedazzled jeans and flip flops in the way) Not that jeans and flip flops are not cool, just not cool when there are people trying to get some cardio in. WE count on Kennesaw to get us ready for our hiking trips out West and it does a pretty good job! Red Top Mountain near Cartersville is also nice for trail running. Oh and if you really want an adventure, take a trip to Chattanooga! My old home and alma mater, there's lots of fun things to do there!

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    1. This is fantastic! Thanks for the tips, will definitely add it to the list!

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  16. Good for you for going back for your degree. It's really my only regret that I never finished. :/

    The hubs is also military and did the drill sergeant thing so I can totally relate:)

    Best of luck in you're new adventure. I can't wait to read about it:)

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    1. Yikes, I think the only MOS more challenging than Recruiting would be DS; such long hours!

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    2. And you know what girl, with or without a degree, you're still one awesome girl and a total inspiration. I know a lot of people with a degree that CAN'T say that.

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    3. Yea, the hours were ridic. But, it's just one more thing you add to your long list of "we made it through"!
      And, wow, thank you. That means a lot coming from you:)

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  17. Good for you deciding to finish your degree!

    My boyfriend and I have been 4 hours apart for the majority of our relationship. (My fault, I went away for college to MO State, and he's back home working in St. Charles County.) It's definitely do-able, I can say that! I can't wait until I'm finished with next semester, though- I'll be going back home for my student teaching, so I'll actually get to see him more than every month or every other month.

    Your bucket list looks like a lot of fun! I hope you enjoy checking the last items off!

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    1. What grades are you teaching? That's fantastic! My husband wants to teach History when he retires from the Army.

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    2. I'll be student teaching at both the elementary and secondary levels, since my degree is K-12 (I'm a music ed student :) )

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  18. This gives me hope! My hubby and I may have to live apart for a few months this fall if he gets into med school while I finish things out at my current position. Good to know people can make it work!

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  19. Good luck to both of you. I work in the medical field in a level 1 trauma hospital

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    1. Goodness, you are kind of my hero. That takes guts.

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  20. You MUST go to Antico Pizza! It's amazing and you can bring your own wine/beer and order pizza with friends. It's so yum. Glad you enjoyed Atlanta while you were there, I miss being there.

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  21. Hey, Groupon is doing an Atlanta Zoo special right now. It has to be purchased by April 30, then you have until the end of December to use it. Have fun going through your list!

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    1. I just saw that! Love me some Groupon and Living Social!

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  22. That is so great you have the opportunity to take advantage of! I'm also a military spouse and I'm getting my degree through Cal State, Chico because it's a local school. And also because I'm prior military so I get to use my GI Bill LOL I'm pursuing a degree in education. It's actually a dual major program, Liberal Studies/ Child Development. I want to teach elementary school :)

    My husband and I have been through several deployments and TDYs together. The worst one was his deployment right after our daughter was born. Super sucky but, as you know as a military wife, you suck it up and get by.

    Good luck to you at school!

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    1. It's so nice to know fellow Milspouses; one of the things I struggled with the most moving to ATL was being away from a post and away from like-minded women who knew what I was going through! Civilians just don't get it. ;)

      Good luck to you, too! I thought about becoming a teacher for a long time, too!

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  23. So glad you are taking advantage of this opportunity and going for it! I'm seriously considering moving to Houston in they very near future, but I am scared, nervous, and a little overwhelmed right now. I went to the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and got a Masters in Science and a degree in Kinesiology. Proud to say that I am using my degree! WOOT WOOT Good luck with the move!

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    1. That is so awesome! You're an inspiration to so many women, myself included! Listen to your gut - you only live once!

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  24. I'm glad you get to move back to Texas and finish your degree! My husband is also in the military so we did long distance for 2 years because he was overseas, and another 6 months of distance while he was deployed. While he did that, I knocked out my Bachelors degree in Marketing from San Francisco State University. And I totally agree with you, I wanted to get my Master's degree but my only options were online schools and it didnt appeal to me either. Your campus looks gorgeous btw!

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    1. So nice to know another Milspouse! I am hoping that I'm able to "knock-out" my degree pretty easily, too.

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  25. Congrats on school! You sound so happy that things are falling into place.

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  26. sounds like exciting opportunity! we just finalized plans to move in less than a month as well, so I need to put together a similar must-do list for Nashville! :)

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  27. My boyfriend lives in Florida and I live in Boston... Not going to lie, it totally sucks!Especially because I work full time, teach fitness classes 5 days a week and blog, so it's hard to get our schedules in line to make visits happen. But, it makes the time we do spend together so much better! Good luck- proud of you for pursuing your degree!

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  28. COngrats on your decision! My hubby and I did LD for several years while he was scouting, then again when I had a good job and he returned to coaching--it was challenging, but we appreciate the small things so much more! Glad you have a supportive community waiting for you!

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  29. Have you been to the Iberian Pig in Decatur? It is AMAZING for tapas! Just make sure you call ahead for a reservation!

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