He got it!!!

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He got it!!!
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Mon, 04-12-2010 - 5:20pm

If I had any gymnastic abilities I would probably be doing cartwheels right now. DH has officially been accepted into UCLA!!! We are SOOOOO excited!!! I'm a little nervous in that I've never lived outside of Oklahoma, much less California, so it will definitely take some getting used to. But we are both ready for a change.

BTW, any teachers, if you have suggestions for how I can gently break the news to my students. A couple of them already know, but there are a couple that I know have gotten somewhat attached to me as their case manager so I really hate to let them down. Trying to think of the best time and situation to tell them without causing any major meltdowns for anyone....I do know there will be tears for me. These are HS SPED students by the way, one of them is prone to anxiety/low self-esteem so I'm most worried about breaking the news to him.

Oh, and anybody who has ever moved out of state: I would greatly appreciate any suggestions you have. I know it's do-able, I'm just trying to figure out the logistics of everything.

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Registered: 02-11-2009
In reply to: ruthieb85
Thu, 04-15-2010 - 11:58pm

Haha, Adrienne, no offense taken! ;o)

Ruth, yah, the traffic is a big consideration... the best trick is to find a job that is reverse commute so that most of the traffic is going the opposite direction.

I spent the first half of my life in southern california, and so far the second half in northern california (which I love so much more than So Cal), but both are great (different, but great). I think you're going to love it! :)

Andi



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In reply to: ruthieb85
Thu, 04-15-2010 - 9:28pm

Thanks everyone for the warm wishes and helpful hints!!

I think what I am most worried about is the driving. Here I call DH a crazy driver, but when we visited last summer, he fit right in and I was like I have NO IDEA HOW TO DRIVE IN THIS STUFF!!! And it seemed that no matter what time of day, the traffic on the highway was sloooow or standstill. (Then again, we were staying in Anaheim and trying to drive everywhere from there LOL). I think the traffic will probably have a factor in where I want to get a job... In Oklahoma, what yahoo maps calls a 30-minute drive, you can probably make it in 20. In LA, its probably longer?

BTW, DH is studying film production/directing. But that being said, he's really not into "Hollywood" type movies. He's more into making independent films focusing on social realism.

Adrienne- Before we visited last summer, I kinda had that stereotype in my mind too, that it would be all glam and superficial, but I was really pleasantly surprised by how "normal" it seemed. Of course, I know there will be some people like that. We chuckled as we watched the people riding the little bus to tour famous people's houses, like what's the big deal?

We both really are excited about starting a new life. Just hoping and praying everything will transition smoothly.

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In reply to: ruthieb85
Wed, 04-14-2010 - 11:00pm

Sorry Californians if my "advice" was insulting at all I totally didn't mean it to be! I was actually born in CA and lived there until I was one, and my Mom is from there and everything, but all from Northern CA which is pretty different from LA area.

My hesitation is totally related to my best friend because she had a hard time with the "culture" when she first moved there--but maybe she just had a crazy experience and it isn't reflective of the overall culture, idk!

But she also loved it there for lots of reasons so I didn't mean to be weird, hopefully no one is offended, :-P

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In reply to: ruthieb85
Tue, 04-13-2010 - 11:53am
That's fantastic news!! Congrats to you and DH!!




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Registered: 12-18-2007
In reply to: ruthieb85
Tue, 04-13-2010 - 11:42am

Congratulations!


I'm not a teacher and have never moved out of state, so I'm no help with your questions.


Good Luck and good job to DH!

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In reply to: ruthieb85
Tue, 04-13-2010 - 9:48am
YAY CONGRATS!!!!

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In reply to: ruthieb85
Tue, 04-13-2010 - 9:21am
Congrats .. that is wonderful news .. thanks for sharing and WTG to your Dh! What is he studying?!
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In reply to: ruthieb85
Mon, 04-12-2010 - 10:10pm
That's awesome!!! Congrats! I know you were hoping he would get into UCLA!!








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Registered: 12-17-2007
In reply to: ruthieb85
Mon, 04-12-2010 - 8:10pm

What great news! I've moved from Kansas to California and then from California recently to New Jersey, so I'm all over the major moves. Let me dig into my barrel of advice...

1. Enjoy it! It'll be a major change, but also really fun to get to explore a new place. I was in Northern California, but I know that coming from Kansas, it was really fun to have a lot of stuff to go do and new things to see (not to mention the awesome weather). And it was fun to have visitors and show them around!

2. It'll be different, but like Andi said, not THAT different. Go in with an open mind and I'm sure you'll find people/places you love.

3. This is probably the most important: Try to get involved and meet people. My DH had a job from day one, but since I was working from home, most of the people I met were through him. You'll hopefully meet people at work, but if you have to look for a job for a bit, try to get out and make friends outside of DH's. They won't be like your OK friends, but it's nice to have those connections in a new place.

Good luck with the move...and if you have any specific move-type questions, feel free to email me!

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Registered: 03-08-2008
In reply to: ruthieb85
Mon, 04-12-2010 - 7:58pm

Woohoo!!! I'm so happy for you! At least now you don't have to worry about your giving notice deadline!

I agree with Adrienne to try to wait to tell your students until later in the year. I also think that really emphasizing that it is for your DH that you are leaving is important too- so they don't think that you necessarily want to leave.

I have to say though, not EVERYONE is obsessed with the entertainment industry! I could really care less, as could most of my friends. Although, I did grow up here and got used to seeing celebrities on a regular basis and evening having some friends become 'famous.'

If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know. While I live outside of LA (not even in LA county), I have lots of friends who still do and might be able to give advice about neighborhoods to live in and such. I think I already gave you the website to look for teaching jobs.

Also, I have a really good reproductive urologist for you-- he's one of the top 4 in southern CA and fairly close to UCLA.

I'm so happy that you have this all settled! What a great feeling it must be!















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