For the most part, I’m really practical. I have spreadsheets, I like to plan things to enough of a degree that there’s an underlying structure with some built in room for things like spontaneity. I’m also old enough now that I learned things like I can’t eat ice cream all the time and not feel like crap, I go to bed early. And, oh yeah, I watch House Hunters religiously and have really strong feelings about all the houses and house hunters. Walk in closets in a turn of the century home? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?
Let it go, Nicole, let it go. Moral of the story: I’m getting to the age where home buying is really interesting to me.
So anyway, my impractical side is manifested in a few interesting ways (like the constant desire to go to Disney World). The other is in my desire to move. Despite being the one who more frequently spends time with my parents and is considered closer with my mom than my sister, (and also despite being the person who always just wanted to live in New York) I’m also the only one who has moved to totally new cities/states like Minnesota and now the District of Columbia and ever since high school there was one city in particular I really wanted to move to: San Francisco.
I went in July a few years ago to visit my cousin who was living out there and I loved it. I’ve been to a lot of cities and none of them have ever left me thinking years later, “I would love to live there.” Except San Francisco, and I’m 70-75% certain that isn’t just because it was so cool and almost chilly in July.
Naturally the impractical side of me saw a perfect job opening where I already work but in San Francisco and I applied on Friday and have everything from an apartment to a boat club and running route picked out for when I move there. Because now I pick apartments and neighborhoods based on running routes, that’s just who I’ve become. I ended up in my current apartment in no small part because it was close to the route I really enjoyed when I lived here as an intern, so I’ve got easy access to Capital Crescent, C&O Canal, Mt. Vernon, and Rock Creek park and basically never have to repeat a route in a given week. My lease is up in September and while I’ve been looking around I keep thinking, “Ugh, but that’s not a runner friendly neighborhood.”
Does anyone else fun fake plan? Is that just me?