I'd say congratulations but it sounds like you're hyperventilating so maybe I'll save it for later?I am from NC - Asheville is a great town.Anyway, for now, keep breathing and just think... no more MI winters!Hang in there-Emily
Emily,Where do you guys live?That makes me feel better...
Omg you'll love NC. My Uncle lives in Raleigh. And Dad in Sc. It's so beautiful there. Congrats!
Hoooo-eeee! I just felt my blood pressure go up a little, then I remembered it wasn't me moving. Again.Congrats to Mr. F, who we already knew kicked ass, but must have kicked ass harder than usual with his yankee accent.You'll need my to-do list. I'll dig it up. Big hugs from here. I wish I could come help, but uhh... well... you know... it's moving. But I'll be there in spirit!
What an adventure! I actually love to move, but man, it is a lot of work. Especially when you have kids, too.I wish I could still put my kids in a pack'n play...that was such a great idea to do so you could walk the dog.
I just got so excited for you, right after I hit "publish your comment"! Think of the purging opportunity! (Few home-related things make me happier than purging.) I might be convinced to come for a visit if I get to help with the purging. Yes, it's a sickness.
wowzsers !!! i will be looking forward to hearing all about how it goes while you settle in ashville. i have no idea about it, but I know Mr. and Mrs. F will make it interesting !!
Congratulations!! I am no where near Asheville (I am in CA) but moving is fun and an adventure :)) Enjoy it.But I also totally feel for you. so I am not gonna stress on teh congrats too much for now :)
I also don't want to stress congratulations too much because of the havoc.But, Asheville is great, NC is warm, my brother and sister in law live in Raleigh, and the Smoky Mountains are truly a national treasure.Good luck!
Looking forward to the "official" word. Don't panic, it will be a good thing. Maybe they'll even have a school with a full time nurse (though I know you may still want to homeschool)! Have you been in that area before? I kinda had a feeling things were going okay when you said Mr F had the sleep over at the owner's house-that's usually a good sign :)
Gigs,seriously?!? You've heard of the sleepover before?!I guess they also went out to dinner & a movie. They had more date action then we've had in years! ;)
Mrs. F- Asheville is only 3 1/2- 4 hours away from Kiki and me! We could meet:) Now you might REALLY be hyperventilating! Oh, think of the possibilities!
Mrs. F,I've read your blog for a while now, and am so excited to see you'll be moving to Asheville that I just have to post. I live about an hour away in Elizabethton, TN. Just told DH this morning that you guys might be moving nearby. The winters will be so much milder. A'ville is a beautiful area that is growing; it is an artsy, eclectic town. We like to go over on the weekends for concerts and such. Just to give you a heads up, there is no TJs or Whole Foods, but they do have a regional chain called Earth Fare. They also have a good farmers market. I think once you get settled in you'll really enjoy living in this region. Congrats and good luck as you prepare for the move! Mr. F must have rocked the interview!Cindy
We currently live in Northern VA (right outside DC)... would love to get back to NC though.I grew up & my parents still live on the Outer Banks (Nags Head area), and I went to UNC-Chapel Hill... 3 of my brothers live in the Raleigh/Durham/Ch Hill area. We were just down last weekend for a baby shower for one of my SIL's! I did not want to come back - NC is so beautiful and uncrowded compared to DC, yet still with lots to do.I went to Asheville for a school trip, loved it and have always wanted to go back. Little known fact... NC is a great state for homeschooling. I think I might have mentioned that my parents homeschooled 3 of my brothers, and have run a home-based homeschool related business for many years. Just in case you're still thinking along those lines for Kid.Looking forward to hearing the final word! Hope Mr F returns soon so you can have a BREAK.
That is amazing news! I will definitely be jealous as I've tried to get my husband to leave MI for a better climate since we arrived here eight years ago.
Thanks everyone.Mr F has been known to be a poor read of people... but this time it does seem like a pretty done deal.But you all have seen our basement... so there is a little stress involved in getting this place ready.Yes, Deb, I am excited about the purging opportunity. Kenady I'd totally be excited to meet you guys!Cindy,Thanks so much for commenting. I feared there'd be no TJs or Whole Foods! What will I do without my security blankets?! ;) God willing there is a Target nearby!!I do feel better knowing some of you guys are out that way though. :)Emily,I had a feeling the homeschooling was a big deal out there. There is a school Mr F found and we would like Rainbow Mountain Children's School... but we'll see...I am happy to know there would be a good homeschool community if we have to go that route.
Amy,At least we're having an unseasonably warm spring to make up for that ridiculous winter we had this year... right?I hope you get out of here ;) We've been trying for the last 3 years!
Ohh. . .Earth Fare is WAY cooler than Whole Foods. And since Charlotte just got a TJs, I'm sure that Asheville will have one soon. There is a Target off of Tunnel Road, right off of the highway. Much easier to find than Wal-Mart, which I'm sure you won't be shopping at!! And the Farmers Market kicks butt!! There is also a nice little Colemans type place, but I can't remember the name. It's awesome.I'm psyched for you! But I also cannot imagine the stress of moving. . .I'm sorry for that part. Do you need help???
Asheville is a great place and I think you'll love it once you get settled. It's one of my favorite places...over the years we've lived in close proximity to Asheville, so visited often. Since 2005 we live farther away and haven't been to visit in awhile...so I envy you getting to live there. The mountains are beautiful, the weather is wonderful and downtown Asheville is very eclectic with lots of great eating places and shops....a true mountain town. Downtown in close proximity to the Mast General Store are some great eating places. On of my faves is Salsa..not Mexican...the food is more South American and Cuban...sort of a cross between exotic and gourmet health food...many vegetarian choices, but also meat is served too...and everything is prepared from fresh whole foods...you'll find pumpkin seed pesto and fried plantains as sides and most menu items are served with wonderful leafy green salads with freshly prepared dressings...the iced tea offering one day was Red Zinger herbal tea with banana and ginger...quirky but fun.It's very popular so if you decide to go, get there early...it's not a huge place and there is usually a line waiting to get inside...it's casual and very reasonable...Also, there are a gazillion other great eating places.And you won't be far from the Smokey Mountain National Park and Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge...we never tire of it and once you adjust if you are like most people you will never want to leave.And the Biltmore House...you won't want to miss it...fabulous summer home of one of the Vanderbilt's..it looks like a European castle...the mountain setting and view is out of this world...and it is surrounded by Biltmore Village which sort of runs together with Asheville...the Village has lot of charming little shops too...Wish I were the one moving there!
HOLY SHIT! HOLY, HOLY SHIT! Congratulations! The logistics will work themselves out. Really. I've moved 100000 times and it's alwayshyperventilatey at the beginning, and everything works out. I'm so happy for you! Now if Pete gets a job in Detroit I am going to be super pissed. :)
Hey! That's great news. And I bet you'll love the weather (no snow in April down there). NC is a beautiful state, and I've always heard wonderful things about Asheville. My sister lives in Charlotte, and I'd move there in a second. Good luck!
Wow! That has got to be super-exciting and super-scary all at once! Mrs F., I can really "see" you guys in Asheville, though. It is such an awesome place. I honestly think that you are going to love it. And there is a Target! Shopping is one of the things I love about Asheville. Lots of non-chain boutiques and non-chain restaurants...just very cool local stuff. I'm sure you're freaking out, but I really think that this is A Good Thing.
Torey,I'll let you know. I might need help with the kids.PS You didn't hear it from me... but you can come to Baby Class while you're in town... no one will report you ;)Dinah Soar,That restaurant is my dream come true. Seriously. I haven't had any good latin food since we moved from NYC.You're description of A'ville is making me a little more excited and a little less nervous...Heather,Let this just fill you with hope that a real job for Pete is a possibility ;)Marilyn,Yes... the no snow in April is a definitely a positive!! Hicktown Diva,I've been wanting to move for a long time. And I definitely see the adventure side of it and am excited about that. Mr F deserves this and I'm really happy for him. BUT the house!!! Yikes!! Having the house on the market with the two crazy ladies running around and trying to pack & keep it clean... nightmare!!Last time we moved we didn't have kids and we were moving from an apartment... so we didn't have to show it or sell it or anything.Breathing....
No. No. No. Noooooooooooooooooooooo!Seriously, no, no, no.And all you fans of Asheville, how much will it cost you to start telling Mrs F how much it sucks there. She can't live without TJ or Whole foods. So I guess they just can't go.Okay, selfish one has left the computer. Mr F, I am so glad someone finally got their head out of their asses and offered you a job you deserve. You are so talented and I am so glad you found someone that has finally seen they are getting a great person. I am very happy for you. I just wish your fucking employer here could have seen that. Then we all could be happy.And if (let me hold out hope it's only if) you guys move, you will have to deal with the sappy shit later.
Yes, Asheville has no Whole Foods or TJ but they have Fresh Market and Earth Fare and ( drumroll please) scratch and dent stores that sell all natural, whole foods. So you can get cheap, healthy stuff. Best of all, they have Farming co-ops galore, farmer's markets, etc. It's a healthy living paradise.
Having the house on the market with the two crazy ladies running around and trying to pack & keep it clean... nightmare!! Yup, it is very stressful. But I have a feeling your house would go fast, even in this market.
Fresh Market!! That's what I was thinking of! That place rocks my world!!There is also this great bar that is totally smoke free that we like to go to. . .I'll have to look up the name. It's fab!We might just swing by baby class this week. . .It was a lonely Wednesday!
I'm scared.....plus Mr F came home and is pulling one of those hard adjustments back into the fold... aka pissing me off... which is not helping matters ;)
Asheville? What a wonderful community. Count yourself blessed and congrats!
Asheville is actually on my "would like to move" list. On the pro side of the list...at least you're closer to Disneyworld!
Congratulations and condolences...?
Holy moly that is great! Right?
Amy,Oh believe me... I thought of that ;)thanks everyone... of course I'll let you know as soon as we know it really is official!
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