Ever since I switched my calendar over to 2013, there's been this little excited feeling jumping up and down in the back of my mind saying "this is it! this is the year! this is the year everything changes!" So, that's not helpful.
But the truth is, my heart's been beating a little faster ever since my New Year's kiss at midnight with Katrina (first time we've been actually able to kiss at midnight, because we were with friends who accept us as a couple!), because THIS IS THE YEAR!!!
I catch myself thinking at work "at this time next year, I won't be here for this or that...." or I get a little lost in apartment searches online. I find myself looking around my apartment sometimes, mentally sorting things I'd like to pack, or things I'd like to get rid of to streamline for the move. The fact is, I'm a planner. I am constantly thinking ahead about things, coming up with scenarios and solutions before they've even had a chance to happen. I've conjured up a budget just to fund the moving expenses.
|The courtyard at some of the loft apartments we've looked at.|
I'm sure there will be an adjustment period for us, to get used to living together. After being long-distance for most of our relationship, we're used to spending our coveted hours together lounging in bed, or splurging on fun little outings. It's always "how can we make the most of our time together?" We're not used to doing practical day-to-day living. But it's actually those day-to-day little monotonies that I'm most looking forward to. Being there when she gets home from work, coffee in the morning, packing lunches, watching our favorite shows, kissing her goodnight, having friends over, and even cleaning the house. I know someday I may take all of that for granted, but I hope I can remind myself not to.
|A windy walk along the Indy canal last fall.|
It will be a bigger change for me than just living with Katrina. I'm picking up and moving my whole life. We'll be living in the 12th largest U.S. city, Indianapolis. Which means new everything for me. New neighborhoods, new stores, new places to go out, new library (always a priority for me), new streets. And new friends. That's a lot of "new" all at once. But considering I've been waiting years, I'd say I'm ready.
|I'm excited to become an Indy resident and start exploring!|
It will be a big change for Katrina as well. She's still not out to certain people in her life, and us living together kind of takes away the ambiguity of our relationship.
So, perhaps I am a little bit mentally putting my life on hold right now, although I am trying not to. What are you looking forward to in 2013? Any big changes on the horizon? If you've been in a long distance relationship, how have you managed to transition into living together? Any advice?