If all I post about is clothes I just bought or complaints about work/clothes/life, does it still count as a PF blog? No?
Good thing I’m about to go totally financial on your collective ass then, huh?
My boss finally approved my transfer dates, so the past week has been a flurry of moving-related activity. I’m juggling movers with doctor appointments, trying to remember to tell my landlord and my utilities, all the while planning a civil ceremony wedding, a fluffy white dress wedding, a road trip across the country, and a honeymoon in France. There’s also some anxiety about being smart enough for my new job, being dressed well enough for my new job, finding friends, finding an apartment, and (hopefully) finding a new puppy.
Civil Ceremony Wedding
Since Chad isn’t going to have a job right away when we move, it seems prudent for us to get married in a small civil ceremony so that he qualifies for healthcare under my plan. This has the added bonus of him qualifying for spousal relocation benefits, including money during travel and temporary living, and some job placement services.
Marriage license: $70
Ceremony @ County Clerk’s Office: $25
Nice tank for the ceremony: $78
No COBRA for Chad: probably around $500/month savings?
Per diem during travel/temporary living: $30/day
Job placement: $no idea, maybe a few hundred?
Big Fluffy White Wedding
Costs (just so far this month!):
Wedding rings: $625
I am going to get so drunk.
Road Trip Across the Country
FREE! Lodging is paid, food is paid on a per diem basis, $30/day, gas will be covered.
3 nights in Paris, 5 nights in Cannes
Flights: $1200 + $150 (not spent yet)
Food/Etc.: $2000 (saved thus far, no idea how realistic this is!)
I have also somehow spent $500 on clothes so far this month. To be fair, that includes a winter coat (I don’t think you know how big of a wuss California has turned me into!) and some very much needed new work clothes. I wavered a lot on whether to include the amount, but to be honest, I don’t really feel guilty. My new workplace is much more conservative and less casual than here in CA so it’s essential that I rebuild my wardrobe to fit in. (This doesn’t explain the turquoise knit pencil skirt or the floppy navy beach hat, I admit, but MOST of it is legitimate wardrobe upgrades!)
I’m going through major mood swings of nostalgia, anticipation, sadness, elation, and self-doubt. I’m sad to be leaving, excited to be going. I am very worried about being smart enough for my new job (which is why I think all the clothes – if I can’t actually be good at my job, perhaps I can look the part!) and about getting along with my coworkers. I know some people in the DC area, but not anyone I’d consider a great friend; of course I’ll have Chad but I still worry about being isolated. I have trouble making friends; I’m too shy.
On top of everything else, there’s the legitimate costs and stress related to moving. The movers hired by my company are great, though. You’re actually not allowed to pack anything by yourself! We’ll just need to pack for our road trip, which shouldn’t be too terrible. We’re slowly but surely telling the utilities and subscription services that we’ll be moving. Still working on it…
10 days until go time!
Any moving tips or road trip recommendations? Leave them in the comments!