Three years ago (at the ripe old age of 37), I had a mild freak out about turning 40. All sarcasm aside, the mild “mid-life crisis” moment in my own brain triggered some really brave and fantastic decision making on my part. I realized I wasn’t doing a great job at being an active participant … More Brave Choices and Red Lipstick
September 13, 2018 my dad and I packed up our dogs, my stuff, and drove to Minnesota. By the end of September my condo in California had sold, and I had an offer on a house in Minneapolis. By October 23, 2018, I had closed and moved into my new home. I have now reached … More 1 Year Minnesota-Versary!
When I purchased my home last October, I knew it needed a little work. Some of the work was REALLY IMPORTANT to the structural integrity of the home (e.g. the new roof and gutters). Other parts have been purely to put my own stamp on my house (new kitchen updates galore). At the end of … More Sweat Equity
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, our version of “winter” was some rain, a few grey skies, and some 40 degree temperatures. If you lived in the city of San Francisco, you got tons of bone chilling fog. That being said, when I decided to move to Minneapolis, I knew I knew NOTHING … More 5 Things I Didn’t Know about Winter Until I Moved to Minnesota
This will be my first Christmas away from my immediate family. And to be honest, I hadn’t experienced any home sickness until last night. When I FaceTimed my parents and saw the Christmas decorations up in their house, my mom prepping the soups for Christmas Eve, and seeing their dog Nikko trying to find scraps … More Merry Christmas 🎄 Everyone!
When I chose move to Minnesota, I openly admitted to people it sounded crazy. I’ve been to Minnesota many times to visit family, but I’ve never lived here. And I recognized early on that “visiting in winter,” is VERY different than living here during Winter. Which, coincidentally, can last until May. 😳 Today is November … More I Am Capable & I Am Home
So I moved to Minnesota 10 days ago. In the last 10 days I’ve done the following: Bought a car (Subaru Forrester) Put my belongings in storage House hunted and…… Bought a house. OMG I BOUGHT A HOUSE IN MINNESOTA!!!! Needless to say I’ve been busy. If you haven’t received s personal … More So you moved to Minnesota
On Saturday, August 25th, I accepted an offer to buy my condo. Today (August 30th), the buyers backed out of the purchase. Needless to say I’m sad, disappointed, and want to cry. Real Estate is a giant Roller Coaster Ride. Sometimes it means saying to yourself “Hang on to your hats and glasses kids, ‘cuz … More The Roller Coaster Ride of Real Estate
Yesterday, I stopped by my apartment to leave a check for the stager. (Did I tell you I’m moving?) As I walked through my empty apartment looking for stray items left behind, I began to grieve a little. The full impact of my decision to move became suddenly real. My apartment was empty, the walls and … More The Last Chapter
Hi Everyone & thanks for joining me on this adventure! Welcome to Adventures With A Pitbull. This is my personal blog documenting my newest and most epic adventure…moving to Minneapolis 2 months before winter. YIKES! The road in front of me is full of unknowns, and most likely many funny stories. I’m taking with me the … More The Journey Begins