So, I guess that I can officially announce that George and I are moving! George has taken a job in his hometown of Peoria, and we expect to move some time during the winter.
We have A TON of stuff to do between now and then. First on the list, finding a place to live. Currently, G and I are thinking that building a house is going to be our best option. There aren’t a whole lot of existing houses on the market to choose from. While building is a great idea, there is a ton of work and stress that comes along with it. I get easily overwhelmed by choosing which color of socks to buy, so deciding between paint, trim, cabinet, carpet and the other 1,000 choices may leave me needing to be medicated.
I will also have to leave my job at St. Francis, which is going to be terribly painful. It is the only nursing job I’ve ever had, and these guys are like family to me. They have been by my side for the past 5 years, and I will cherish my friendships always. As much as I whine about the ER sometimes, at least I’m in the trenches with some pretty wonderful people. I will miss them dearly.
I hope to start a new job at St. Francis in Peoria. The two St. Francis hospitals are not related. Their ER is pretty great from what I hear. They see quite a bit of trauma, so that excites me. Pulling a critical patient out of a helicopter to then help save their life is quite the adrenaline rush, so I’m excited for that. I have all of my trauma certifications, so I’m ready to put them to use!
Leaving my family and friends behind in Indiana is by far the toughest part. I am an only child and so incredibly close to both my parents. I know that they are going to visit a ton (we’ll both go back and forth), but it’s not the same. Besides leaving my parents, I'm leaving behind my closest friends that I have known for many years. (You guys better come visit me...or else :D) I do have the occasional emotional meltdown, but I’m expecting that to happen from time to time throughout this process.
Now, on the flip side, it’s only a three-hour drive from Indy, so I need to stop being such a drama queen. Three hours sure beats an expensive plane ride. Also, George's family is in Peoria. I will be able to spend so much more time with them, and all of our kids will be able to grow up together. That part will be great!
Peoria is a new adventure that I’m ready to make the most of. I’m excited to discover new places, have a new place to live, and challenge myself with a new job. I know this also comes with new stressors, but I’m ready. Peoria is going to be awesome!
At least I keep telling myself that.