Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Settling But (hopefully) Not Settling




Cincinnati.  Yep, we're moving to Cincinnati, Ohio in a few short months.

Excited, nervous, trepidatious, sure, eager, scared, unsure... I think we've felt all of these emotions during the course of making this decision.  In our almost 9 years of marriage this will be our 4th move.  The difference in this move is that 1) we chose the place as opposed to a school/residency program/Air Force choosing for us and 2) this is where we're planning on settling, putting down roots and raising our family.  This is it.  Home.  That feels weird to type.

As many of you know we actually lived in Cincinnati for 2 years before living in San Antonio.  So in a way it doesn't feel totally out of the blue that we're choosing to move back there.  However I will never forget opening an email almost 5 years ago telling us that we would be spending our 2 year residency in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio.  I was not thrilled.  Cincinnati seemed like the most random city I could think of... not to mention a little blah.  Of course moving away from New York City made everywhere else on the planet feel a little blah.  I just remember thinking, "I cannot believe we're moving to Cincinnati."  Which is why years and years later, it feels even more strange that we are going to be calling this city home.




If I sound unexcited or negative it's just that we're in the thick of house hunting (not going super well) and I feel that we're starting to mourn the loss of the home we've made for ourselves here in San Antonio.  You know, change and stuff.  It can be hard.

But as much as I was not thrilled about our initial move to Cincinnati, I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly we liked it.  And we really, really liked it.  Cincy (as the locals say) is a hidden gem in my opinion.  I know the coasts get all the love and attention, not to mention the scenic mountain states two of which I've called home.  I mean who doesn't love a beautiful sandy beach or a breath taking mountain vista?  Truthfully the idea of not living near the beach, something I always wanted, is kinda hard.  But the midwest has it's own romance.  Sure it's a more understated romance, but also more laid back.  Flying under the radar comes with less pressure... you don't have to try so hard.  They know they're not the glamorous costal states and cities that everyone is always clamoring about, and they're OK with that.  In fact I think they prefer it that way.  The midwest is not the tall, dark and handsome captain of the football team oozing with confidence and charm that everyone already knows is cool.  No, the midwest is the quiet, slightly nerdy kid who sits in the back and never purposely draws attention to himself, but eventually wins everyone over with his sarcastic wit and impressively broad musical repertoire and you kick yourself for not noticing him sooner because you could have been hanging out with him all this time???   
              



Restauranteur David Falk recently wrote a Love Letter to Cincinnati published in the Huffington Post.   His last two lines sum up Cincinnati perfectly:

You are no longer that embarrassing girlfriend I don't tell my friends about, insecure and self-conscious. You're alive and breathing in gasps of energy and I scream my love for you from the Italianate rooftops.


Here we come Cincinnati, ready or not.


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20 comments:

  1. Yes! I love this post. Congratulations on such a huge decision. I hope you find the perfect house for your needs AND wants!

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    1. Well said Jenn--needs AND wants would be great. :)

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  2. yipee! so excited for you all!

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  3. My dear I live in Cincinnati! Maybe we will cross paths. I had been living in LA and NYC just before moving here and am surprised how much I like the mixture of city life and a more " regular" life. What areas are you house hunting in? Anderson/Cherry Grove ward has a lot of young doctors and great schools just FYI. But I'm sur you know the areas already. Good luck house hunting!

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    1. Maybe we will cross paths Amelia! And glad to hear another big city lover likes Cincy too...

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  4. I'm from Ohio and we vacation the Cincy/Newport area every summer! We love it down there! :o) Best of luck in your plans and travel!

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    1. Well nice to know it's a local vacation favorite. It is really pretty there--thanks for reminding me.

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  5. I lived in Cincinnati for 5 years while my husband was at the University of Cincinnati for his PhD. Our 21 year old daughter was born there and we will always have fond memories of our time in Clifton, eating Skyline and Graeters ice cream, spending time on Ludlow Avenue in the Gaslight District, and just enjoying all of the free family activities the city has to offer. Good choice! I hope you spend many happy years there.

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    1. Love Clifton, Graeters and that whole Ludlow scene...also partial to Northside just over the bridge. Ah memories....

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  6. Katie Blomer12:18 PM

    Yaaaayyyy! I've been avoiding commenting on any posts because I didn't want to spill the beans! I'm so excited that you all are coming back and I promise that Cincy is even better than it was when you left!

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    1. Haha! Glad you held out Katie! We're excited to be seeing you guys again too. That will be really fun to already know some peeps. And you'll have to tell me where all the cool kids hang out. :)

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  7. Um...hellooo....fellow Cincinati-resident here! So exciting! Maybe our paths will cross! :) I always wished we would have met when you lived here before! LONG LIVE THE QUEEN CITY!!!

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    1. Well hello fellow Cincinattian...maybe we'll meet as well!

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  8. YAYAYAYAYAYAYYAY! You're coming BACK! WOOOOOOT!
    Let us know how we can help! Need somewhere to stay when you house hunt, etc? I haven't even read this whole post yet, ha but I will before I bombard you with questions. YAY!

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    1. Carri--I know we'll have to get together! Thanks for the offer and I'll let you know.

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  9. I grew up in Cincy! I love this little city. I live in AZ now and people are always skeptical when I go on and on about what a great town Cincy is -- but it is! Your girls will have such fun growing up there! My childhood memories are so intertwined with that city, it's not even funny. Reds games, Kings Island, lazy picnics with LaRosa's pizza. I could go on and on!

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  10. Welcome! If you need daycare for your girls, I worked at a good one up in Sharonville (near 75/275 on the North). It is called Youthland Academy Enrichment Center and it has a mix of "typically" developing and special needs children with onsite therapy offered through ABC Pediatric Therapy. The teachers are all very good! :) I just "retired" from there after my daughter was born, but if she had to go to daycare, that is where she would go.

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  11. Anonymous1:38 PM

    Congrats on finally finding a place to call home. I've attached this video from a movie clip that I used to watch as a child. It has a Young Keanu Reeves, and Drew Barrymore. This song helped me learn how to spell Cincinnati, and is so funny and fun. I'm sure your girls will like it. Enjoy!

    http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=I+come+from+CINCINNATI+song+Babes+in+Toyland+Song&FORM=VIRE7#view=detail&mid=FC7CB1CD541B8C62B111FC7CB1CD541B8C62B111

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  12. Well... move in just as we leave! Okay, not just as we leave, more like a tad bit later, but still, no fair. no fair.

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  13. Wow! You chose Cincy. How fun. Miss you!

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