Making Moves: From Miami, FL to Athens, OH

22 Jul

As most everyone knows, Addam and I recently packed all of our belongings into heart-shaped boxes and made the move to Athens, Ohio, where we will both be attending Ohio University this fall. I’ll be working on my Ph.D. in journalism, and Addam will be earning a bachelor’s in music production.

While we will always miss Miami and all the beautiful memories it brought us, we are happily turning the page to the newest chapter in our lives. We are, once again, becoming novices in the search for self-improvement — chasing the horizon in the hopes that it will bring us to bigger and better things.

This post outlines our journey and introduces followers to the town that I now call home.


After an hour of biking and bussing across North Miami, Addam and I picked up our Penske around noon on June 30. We had one last lunch at Dogma Grill, then headed home to pack up the truck and clean up the apartment. Once everything was in order we headed over to John’s house for a quick goodbye, then hit the road — leaving Miami behind us.

Since we knew we were going to get such a late start, we made arrangements to stay at Addam’s Aunt JoAnn and Uncle Lenny’s house and arrived in Fort Meyers around 8:30 or 9 p.m. JoAnn was asleep, but we were able to catch up with Lenny over spaghetti. After a quick dip in the pool, Addam and I headed to bed to rest up for another day on the road.



After spending the morning with JoAnn and Lenny, Addam and I hopped in the Penske and headed north around 8:30.

Since I hadn’t seen my sister in years and I was driving by her place on the way to my mom’s, we made a slight detour to Seminole to visit with Lenora, Shelby (4), Cash (2) and Lilly (2) — my little nieces and nephew.




The kids were incredibly cute, and it was great to finally catch up with my sister. We discussed how everything has been going with our families, Addam and my move to Ohio, and what we’ve been doing for the past couple of years. I brought the kiddies some candy, crayons and a coloring book — so I spent a lot of time unwrapping wrappers and watching as Shelby drew pictures for Addam and me. (Trust me when I say that they’ll always have a spot on the front of my refrigerator.)

Even though we couldn’t stay long, I was glad that Addam was there to meet everyone. Not many people in my life have had the opportunity to meet my sister, and since Addam will never be able to meet my dad, it meant a lot to me that he could share in the moment.

From Lenora’s Addam and I headed to Brooksville for a lunch date with my mom and Aunt Terry.



After meeting up at my mom’s house, we ran over to Golden Corral, where my Aunt Terry was waiting with Natalia, my cousin Brittany’s  little girl. I’d never met her before, but she was such a cutie and looked just like Brittany.

We hadn’t eaten much all day, so Addam and I maxed out on the buffet while catching up with the family. While I wish more people would have been able to make it out, I had a great time discussing OU, the move and all the hype behind Fifty Shades of Grey (which my mom had just finished reading.)

Once Addam and I finished eating and said goodbye to Aunt Terry, my mom bought us a load of snacks for the road and took us back to her place to pick up the Penske. I hated to leave, but we were back on the road around 4:30 p.m. I’m hoping I can convince my mom to move closer so that we won’t have to wait so long between visits.

Addam and I drove until 2 a.m., stopping only to use the restroom and pick up food. Even though we had planned to sleep in the truck, we were so tired by the time we reached Tennessee that Addam caved and let us rent a room at a Holiday Inn. As soon as we were settled we fell into bed and didn’t wake up until 10:30 a.m. the next day.

The next day’s drive was not nearly as brutal. We only had to drive for about eight hours and were able to stop at Mellow Mushroom for lunch. Once we reached Ohio we purchased some fireworks for the Fourth of July and continued on to Athens, arriving at Addam’s parent’s house around 5:30 p.m.


Since reaching Athens, Addam and I have been extremely busy getting settled and enjoying the town we’ll call home for the next four years.

In the two and a half weeks we’ve been here Addam and I have signed a lease on a little house near campus, gotten our OU student IDs and checked out my office at the university. I’m in Sing Tao, which is right next to Emily’s sorority house, meaning we’ll be really close next year. It’s nice to know that she’ll be popping in from time to time. 🙂


I’ve  interviewed with The Athens News, which I should begin freelancing for this week, and Addam has been working as a chef for Ruby Tuesday, which he seems to be enjoying so far. He has his OU orientation this week, where he will find out more about his program and register for classes. I can’t wait to see his schedule!

While we’ve been getting a lot done, we’ve also been having a lot of fun. The family had a great Fourth of July cookout, and Daniel visited the weekend after. We’ve been boating, hiking, biking and zip lining. We’ve built a campsite, explored the woods, went to the movies and celebrated my 26th birthday.


Even though Judy is in Cape Cod for the month, every Friday the family meets for dinner at Casa Nueva — a local restaurant that has a wide variety of vegan options. (Everywhere I go seems to cater to vegans. I finally have a choice in what I can order.) Leave Corp, which our friend Brandon — who I used to work with at JMU — drums for, recently played there. It was a great show, so make sure to check out this link for a clip from their performance.

In fact, the entire music scene here is pretty cool. Last night Addam, Ben and I went out for Boogie on the Bricks — which featured acts like Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Elemental Groove Theory. It was a good time, which we followed up with Big Mamma’s Burritos.

Since Addam and I have done so much, and I cannot begin to do Athens any justice in this post, check out the slideshow of photos of compiled of our first two weeks. We have so much more planned for this summer, so make sure to check out this blog for future updates on this new phase of our lives.

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“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ― Augustine of Hippo, Latin philosopher and theologian (354 –  430).

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2 Responses to “Making Moves: From Miami, FL to Athens, OH”

  1. Steven Evans July 23, 2012 at 6:21 am #

    We are so glad that you are here! I think that both of you are really going to enjoy the next few years.

  2. Moma July 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Hope the move is all you have dreamed it would be. Cant wait for you to get into your house and start teaching at the University. I love and miss you so much!!!! I wish I could do so much more for you.

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