|Our New Home: Green Bay, WI|
The official announcement came out yesterday: we are officially transferring to Green Bay,WI! As announcements go - it was a good one. We had been prepared for a transfer and we knew it was likely to be a Midwestern state, so it wasn't a HUGE surprise. But now that it is really here, all I can say is Holy Smokes- here it begins!
Let me answer a few of the questions asked.
Is it for your husband's job?
Yes. As some of you know, my husband works for Costco. He has been on a upper level management track for years and this move means a big promotion for him (and us!) as he is now the General Manager for a brand new store opening in Green Bay in October. This is especially exciting for him since he gets to staff the entire warehouse and basically - he's in charge!
With Costco, you generally don't have a huge say in where you are transferred. Well, that's not entirely true. If you want to be promoted to higher management, you have to be willing to go where you are needed. Many employees like where they live and are satisfied with staying in the same position (or lateral positions) so they can stay in their own warehouse. We knew from the get go that we were willing to move wherever the company wanted us to go if that meant promotions and upper level management. That's what brought us to Salem six years ago!
Costco is making a huge push to expand their Midwest market and they are intentionally building and opening many new warehouses there. So we knew that if we wanted a GM position, it would most likely be in the Midwest where they are expanding. The Midwest is slated to open 6-10 new buildings in 2013 and the Midwest vice president decided that my husband would be a fantastic fit for the new Green Bay building! So Wisconsin it is.
Wisconsin is freezing! How will you survive that?
Lucky for all of us - I ADORE cool weather. I'm the opposite of most women - my body temperature is stuck at hot, hot, hot. I start sweating at 68 degrees. I keep our house temp at 62-64 degrees in the winter and crank the A/C all summer long. I'm happiest at a cool temperature - I dont' even wear a real coat until it gets to 35 degrees and even then, I often wear a jacket. In Wisconsin, I'm finally going to get to wear a real wool coat - something I can't do in the mild Northwest winters. I love spring, fall and winter and just tolerate summer and even then - I tolerate summer because it produces my wonderful garden. Which leads me to the next question....
What are you doing to do about your garden?
I won't lie, I am supremely remiss about leaving my little backyard victory garden here in Salem. But if we did it here, we can do it anywhere, right? Yesterday, I ordered a few books about gardening in Wisconsin and growing food there. I'm sure it will be a challenge to learn new methods different from the edible gardening I've done here in the NW for 15 years! But I'm up for the challenge.
What does that mean for your blog?
It means I'll probably blog a whole lot more since that is how most of my friends and family will be able to keep up with us. And with this move, I'll probably get a nice camera which means I'll be a whole lot more likely to share pictures with you all.
How do you feel about all of this?
I'm excited! I crave change. When i first met and married my husband, he played professional baseball in the minor leagues and that meant moving around every month or so. In our (almost) 16 years of marriage, we've lived in 7 different places. We've been in Oregon for six years and that is the longest we've lived anywhere. I'm ready for a change and ready for a new challenge. With four kids, two dogs, a passion for homesteading and DIY, and supporting my husband's management career - challenge is right!!
The latest challenge is getting our house decluttered and staged and ready to put on the market by early June. Right now I'm in the THICK of refurbishing our kitchen cabinets. Since we moved in, they have been this ugly honey oak color.
I'm working on staining them with a dark espresso gel stain - as per a post I saw on Pinterest - to match our kitchen floors.
So the adventure begins........