For those of you just catching up with this blog, here's my history: I've lived in Escondido, in 10 places now, in my 31 years of life. I've traveled all over the world - England, Australia, Mexico, etc - but I've only lived in Escondido, California.
There are some great things about growing up with a town. Escondido is FAR from the farm town it was when my parents moved here. I've seen things grow and change over the years. So saying good-bye isn't the easiest thing in the world. It's odd to see a poster for some summertime event and think "I won't be here for that."
But at the same time, the new life and new town that awaits my exploration is deeply exciting. Instead of spending precious time moping about what I'm leaving behind, I'm looking forward to getting settled in the new place.
I'm making a to-do-upon-arrival list to help me keep looking foward:
* Find a gym I like.
* Find a coffee shop.
* Locate Farmer's Markets
* Locate health food stores
* Locate pet stores that carry Clydas' food (my dog has some allergies)
* Find a movie theater
* GET A MOUNTAIN BIKE! (This one is pretty high on the list, since its the perfect way to get around and get to know a new town.)
* Get Clydas an orthopedically awesome bed so his old joints will be eased in the cold.
* Find a browsable book store
* Invest in sweaters and nice thick socks and jeans.
Anything else you guys can think of? I'd love some insight! The new place has some hiking trails I already can't wait to explore.