Now that our big move back to Cleveland is official, with two weeks given, movers booked, job acquired, it seems like it's getting harder every day to really accept this reality. It's strange to be simultaneously excited about the move, but sad that our time in Seattle is almost over.
As I've said before, the decision to move was not easy. There were many pros and cons that went into making the decision, and ultimately it was those issues of around our social circles and the financial and real estate situation that pushed us in this direction. But again, it's not like we hate it here. It will be a sad day for me when I get in the car and start the long drive on I-90.
Work was hard today. Diana and Simon came in today for lunch. We ate in Commons, the shiny newer area on the west side of campus where I took many family members early on. After that, we stopped into the Microsoft Company Store for some logo stuff and another "future employee" ID for Simon. I took another walk through the employee area for software and hardware (didn't buy anything). I felt that excitement that I'll always associate with starting at the company. Pretty soon, I won't be a part of it.
We also stopped to see my friends in 5. Diana dropped off a hat she knitted for one of my BFF's, Simon did some high-fives with my former officemate, and we swapped parenting stories with the newest father among my work friends.
That's definitely our biggest tie to Seattle: Our adventure with Simon began shortly after we arrived. We've shared that almost exclusively with people here, in locations around town. Our son was born in downtown Seattle, and that will never change. Now, the ironic part of all of this is that we're moving so our long-term friends can also be a part of his and our lives.
I felt this way when we moved here two years ago. It was a little different though, because at that time I only had one "realm" that I was intimately familiar with. Now, there are two. It reminds me of the time after college. Needless to say, I'm going to do my best to make the next three weeks or so count.