It has been 5 Years, 1 Month, and a few days. 3 States, 8 or so addresses, and too many hotel stays to even begin to count. This has been the nomadic life of Molly and Me since we got married in March 2007.
We were living in Redondo Beach at the time, with Flower dog. We were a few blocks from the beach, and living in an apartment we affectionately called the closet, because it was all of one bed/one bath, and about 700 square feet. But then again, we were near the beach, and village, and work, and happy. What more could we want?
A little extra living space? Some career growth? To be closer to family? A second bathroom?
And so it was that we jumped at the opportunity to go back to Dallas a year after the wedding. We were going to start our own family soon, and being near family in Dallas made a lot of sense. So we moved into temporary housing in Los Colinas, TX, and our second address on our five year journey was added to the list.
Temporary housing only lasts so long, so Molly, Flower, and I settled into an apartment in Lower Greenville (Dallas). We were within walking distance of a great record store (Good Records), a terrific burger and beer (The Libertine), and a few places to see live music (The Granada). Molly settled into her new role as a Consultant, I grew into my new work role and got involved with Theater in Dallas again, and Flower got sick. Real sick, and died. (Read any of the Flower related posts on this page)
Then Molly’s Dad got sick.
And Bizzy and Bill.
And we were on the move again, and it’s only 18 months later.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
We’ve never been to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
We settled into temporary housing on Corporate drive in mid-town (4th Address), and tried to discover our new town. We found a great record store (The Compact Disc Store), a couple of good places to have a burger and a beer, and pizza (George’s, Fleur De Lis, Oscars), and Cake Balls. We found Cake Balls at Brew Ha-Ha! Oh how we ate in Baton Rouge.
And, we found a House on the Northeast side of town (5th Address). Our first House!
But Molly’s Dad got sicker, and left us in May.
We started looking for a Church; we needed a way to meet people. Did I mention we’d never been to Baton Rouge, Louisiana? And we did find an amazing place and amazing people at First United Methodists Church-Baton Rouge.
We adopted Wally and Ash, two new pups to place some more joy in our new home.
And then Tommy Schmuck showed up!
And we started going to Sunday school, and started an indoor soccer team.
And, had an amazing Oscar party.
We were in Baton Rouge for about 18 months, and people came to visit, you couldn’t help people showing up when you are that close to New Orleans.
Then the phone rang.
Wow. That was quick. We were really starting to love Baton Rouge, because as Rhett Miller says, “Love feels good when it sits right down, puts its feet up on the table, and sets up all around.”
But we were headed west, to the left coast, to California, a place that makes us happy.
Wally, Ash, Molly, and I on the forth floor of an apartment complex (6th Address) in Westchester for temporary housing. Do you know what 2 puppies that are less then two years old don’t care for? Living on the forth floor. And apparently pro basketball players, Ash decided to bark at Greg Oden as he was walking by us one morning on his way to the gym.
And we started looking for a house.
And Molly is pregnant.
MOLLY IS PREGNANT!
We really need to find a house, with a nursery for the baby, and a yard for the dogs…
And we look for housing.
And we look.
So, it’s an apartment in Rancho Palos Verdes (7th Address) until we can find a house. The dogs like it here better then they did the temporary housing, but we keep looking for a house. Even though our view of Catalina Island is amazing, and the neighborhood is quiet, and we are really dreading packing and moving again, but we keep looking.
Several deals fall through. And Molly is not getting less Pregnant.
And I’m training for a marathon, because I really want to finish a marathon.
And we find a house, in Long Beach (8th address).
It’s perfect. We are the second owners of a house that was built in 1950. We have a nursery, and a yard for the dogs, and it’s a quiet neighborhood that the perfect place for us to live and start our little family.
January, I participate in the Pick of the Vine festival.
February, the Spirit Awards. And Molly makes one last trip to Baton Rouge.
March, the LA Marathon!
April. April 14, Miles arrives.
It has been 5 Years, 1 Month, and a few days. 3 States, 8 or so addresses, and too many hotel stays to even begin to count since we got married, and now, Molly, Miles, Ash, Wally, and I live in Long Beach.
Until we move somewhere else.