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Map Moving Announcement

May 27, 2013

I have escaped from the tangles of bubble wrap and cardboard boxes in our second bedroom to pop in and say hello to all of you! I wish life wasn’t quite so hectic right now, but packing and other move preparations are in full swing. I am a picky, organized, “Wait! Can this thin scarf fit into that tiny unused corner of the plate box before you tape it?” kind of packer, so each box seems to take forever.

I inherited this skill my mom, who has incredible talents in the areas of packing suitcases, loading dishwashers, etc. A few years after I moved to Nashville, I found two forgotten pairs of flip flops that she had stowed inside the hollow of my spare tire. To think, that perfectly useful space could have gone wasted! Seriously though, without her help I would have made it across country with about 50% of what she got me there with. She should be on one of those “America’s Got Talent” shows.

Other move-related developments:

1. I have decided to only listen to music when I pack, not watch movies. I slow down considerably when movies are on, and catch myself spending two minutes watching, one minute packing, two minutes watching.

2. We found a box of bubble wrap from the last time we moved (five years ago) in our outdoor storage closet. Yes, we are the kind of people that save boxes of bubble wrap to reuse.

3. The movers are coming on June 21, which happens to be our fifth anniversary. David’s birthday will be a few days later, on the road. If you have any ideas for how to make a birthday thoughtful and special when you’ll be in a small confined space on an interstate with your black lab in the trunk, I am all ears!

Anyway, I wanted to show you our moving announcement! Being the stationery fiend that I am, of course I initially wanted to order fancy printed cards. But, I also wanted to include a map. California is such a big state, and is so far away. I wanted people to have a mental image of where we’d be. Furthermore (and a bit selfishly, I admit), I wanted to entice our friends and family to brave the distance and expense of visiting us by highlighting some of the neat touristy things nearby. But at the same time, I didn’t want to oversell the sightseeing, so that they’d pull up to our house expecting to be in the heart of San Francisco or Napa and be disappointed. A map seemed the best solution.

I created the text for the announcement in Illustrator, and then drew the dotted lines and simple pictures by hand. It was easy to copy on a copy machine, and I found inexpensive, thin, bright pink envelopes at Office Depot. That was pretty much it! I hope this will make it easy for people to update their Christmas card lists, and also prevent the next residents of our apartment from getting sweet mail intended for us.

I suppose I’ll leave it at that for today, and hope to visit you again soon. I’ve been working on another list of things I’ll miss about the South as well as a simple chocolate shake-ish smoothie. And, tomorrow is my last day of school, so I may be able to carve out more blogging time even despite the whirlwind of extra-strength tape and recyclable foam peanuts. Until then, I hope you are enjoying your long weekend, and the beginning of summer!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Gay Katilius May 27, 2013 at 12:37 pm

What a great ”new address/locale” idea! I love the time estimates on the dotted lines between landmarks. And, can’t wait to visit!!!


granolagrits June 14, 2013 at 8:45 am

Yay! We can’t wait to host you!! Did Mom tell you about the gluten-free focaccia at the farmer’s market on Saturday mornings? The guy drives all the way down from his bakery near the Russian River! It is GOOD. Glad you liked the announcement! Yes, thought the estimates might be helpful… didn’t want to mislead anyone into thinking we were like IN Napa or SF. :) :) :) Thanks for visiting, AGG!


katie May 28, 2013 at 10:20 am

i thought your announcements were great. they just fit you so well.
and i did appreciate the information it gave me.
even having lived in california, i wasn’t sure exactly where you would be.

i am excited for y’all’s adventure.


granolagrits June 14, 2013 at 8:50 am

Yay, I am so happy you liked them, especially since you have such good taste! :) They were fun to make, I love stuff like that and I hope others enjoyed them as much as you did. And I am glad you found the information helpful too. I TOTALLY agree- even being from CA, I am often not sure exactly where certain places are. Huge state with so many different nooks and crannies. Though I did look up Yosemite after our conversation. :) I totally do the same thing to my friends from Florida; I am like “Wait, so Miami is at the bottom? And Orlando is…. somewhere in the…. um, middle?” And they are like “Um, yeah… but I am talking about a totally different part of the state nowhere near any of that.” :) Thank you for visiting, friend!


Shayla June 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm

So excited for you with your move, I love California!
Your friends are crazy if they don’t go and visit you, especially after this cute card and map. :)


granolagrits June 14, 2013 at 8:21 am

I am thrilled you think so!! Lots of friends have said they would, but it is too far for a quick weekend for most of them and the flights are expensive, so we’ll see what happens. We have high hopes though! :) Glad you thought the map was cute! Your compliment means a lot to me since you are so talented with paper goods. :) Thank you for stopping by, and also for your excitement. I hope we love CA as much as we think we will, even with the crowds and expensiveness!


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