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!|
|Watching our house being built.|
|Out on the town!|
|Running in Sac|
|Floating down the river|
|Many nights at Raley Field|
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."