Thursday, September 9, 2010

Goodbye Sacramento

Tomorrow's the big day!  As of Saturday morning I will officially again be a resident of the bay area for the first time in 10 years.  I am excited and sad all at the same time as both places seem like "home" to me.


Tuesday morning as I sat in silence in my almost empty house I thought about everything that made Sacramento "home" to me.  In our last few months of college we adopted our very first dog together, Kassi.  We shared "custody" of her during the week since we both lived in different cities and different apartments.  When we graduated a few months later, I moved up to Sacramento and the three of us moved into a dinky little apartment in the ghetto, and I mean ghetto.  It was not until I drove back there recently that I realized how ghetto it really was, but it was ours and we made it home.  That year between undergrad and law school was one of the best of my life.  I was planning our wedding and my job was strictly Monday - Friday, 8 - 5 and when I left for the day I didn't have to think about it again until I sat down at my desk at 8:00 the next morning. 

At the time Kevin had to work every Sunday and I remember as soon as he left I would spent a few hours shopping and then the rest of the day was devoted laundry and cleaning.  We didn't have a washer and dryer in our apartment so the laundry was an all day event. 

After we got married and I started law school we decided we needed a bigger apartment so we moved into a two bedroom.  Our rent jumped from $650 to $850 and I remember thinking how in the heck we were going to afford it!  Oh how I would kill to only pay $850 now! :)

Our first married Christmas!
A year later I got my first real job and we bought our first house!  We were real grown-ups now with real jobs and a mortgage.  We adopted Griffey and became a family of four.

Watching our house being built.
We have found restaurants in Sacramento - restaurants worthy of a special trip over the causeway just to indulge in them.  We found entertainment in Sacramento - countless nights singing the 80's with Tainted Love at Harlows, endless rounds of shuffleboard and 21st birthdays at Club 2 Me, and an infamous post-holiday party at Old Ironsides in Old Town.

Out on the town!
I found running and cycling in Sacramento and have spent hours upon hours running up and down the American River Bike Trail.  That trail has seen me cry during a particularly miserable and hot 17 miler.  That trail has also seen me triumphantly power through my one of my favorite training runs to date - my 22 miler for CIM.

Running in Sac
One of the hardest things to leave our the friends we made - BBQs, sushi, superbowl parties, concerts, babies, cocktails, hours of chatting when we should have been studying.  Many will be friends for life.

Floating down the river
We have floated down the river, been to the theater, the zoo, the fair, concerts, baseball games and festivals.  We have sweated in your 100 + summers and even woken up to snow.  We laughed, cried, celebrated successes, failures, grieved the loss of a beloved pet and truly "grew up" in Sacramento.

Many nights at Raley Field
As I looked around my house I got teary eyed thinking of someone else living in it.  I will never climb these stairs, cook in my kitchen, host another party or spy on our crazy neighbors through our third story window again.

As sad as I am about all I am leaving behind, I am equally excited for what is to come - being close to family and old friends, new friends, a new career, eventually a new home, an expanded family.  I am excited to get to know the running trails and the roads.  

Sacramento gave me my twenties, my first home of my own, my first career that I am eternally grateful for having the opportunity to experience and wonderful memories and experiences I will cherish forever.

I am lucky to have two places to call "home."  
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6 comments:

  1. Good luck with this new chapter in your life! It is so hard to move on, sometimes (and I think that's a testament to all the good times you had there), but the new places will make just as many & just as good (if not better) memories!

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  2. What a great post! I think I may need to do a similar post on all the places I've called home.

    I'm glad you're not going to be too far away that when I come down for the holidays, etc that you're still only a little bit away!

    I smiled and got slightly teary at "expanded family." We are really grownups.

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  3. It's amazing how close our story is with Sacramento - but I think we have discussed that a zillion times ;)

    Good luck with the move. If anything, I'm super excited that you're back in the Bay. Change is hard, but it feels sooo good when you get your groove back in that new place. Big things are going to happen girlie! Big hugs!

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  4. Hi Kristen, you or your friends might be interested in joining us. It would be great if you could join us this Saturday, Sept. 18 at Clark's Corner. We have a bike ride going where you could also meet Chris Horner :) More info here: http://clarkscornerione.com/pages/cycling_challenge.cgi Another reason to come back to Sacramento :)

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  5. Hi Kristen, you or your friends might be interested in joining us. It would be great if you could join us this Saturday, Sept. 18 at Clark's Corner. We have a bike ride going where you could also meet Chris Horner :) More info here: http://clarkscornerione.com/pages/cycling_challenge.cgi Another reason to come back to Sacramento :)

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  6. Looks like you guys made some amazing memories there. I can't wait to see your new adventures!! Good luck with starting this new adventure :)

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