On January 3rd, 2019, we packed up all of our belongings and left Austin, TX, with Jason’s parents. We headed east to our new hometown of Chattanooga, TN. We made the big move because Jason got a good job offer at a local startup and we were both ready for a change. Chattanooga’s quite a bit smaller than Austin, with only about 200,000 people. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss Austin, but we’re having a fun time exploring this new place and making new friends. Jason loves his new job and I started working at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.
Chattanooga is located right in the middle of a river bend that looks like a horseshoe. We live on the north side and are just about a 1-mile walk from the river. Surrounding Chattanooga are a couple of different mountains: Lookout Mountain, Signal Mountain and Raccoon Mountain. All of them offer hiking and biking trails and beautiful views…if it’s ever a sunny day. Oh yeah, it rains a lot here! In 2018, Chattanooga set a record for rainfall and it seems like 2019 won’t be far behind.
We first came out to Chattanooga for a visit in November. Jason applied for the job online and got a call the same afternoon inviting him to fly out and interview in person. I went for the visit too, to see if I’d like it.
After our quick trip to Chattanooga, we flew back to Austin and waited to hear if Jason got the job. He did! They made him an offer and suggested a start date of early January, so we could spend the holidays with family and have time to pack up. After Christmas, we spent a few days packing up our apartment and trying to find a place to live in Chattanooga. Once we’d signed a new lease for a cute little 2Br/1Ba house and rented a moving truck, we were ready to go. Jason’s parents, Denise and Jay, very generously drove out with us and helped us unload and get our house set up.
Once we got to Chattanooga, we were greeted with some family from the Seaborne side–my Dad’s cousin, Karen, and her husband, Kelly. They also helped us unpack and we all shared a meal together. With such a crew, unpacking went by fast!
After the family left, I got down to business applying for jobs. I had a couple of interviews, but none of them worked out. Then I applied for a Digital Project Coordinator position with a temp agency and ended up joining BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.
Our house is just below a park called Stringer’s Ridge, which has a couple of miles of hiking and biking trails and some great views of the city. We can walk to it from our backyard.
I’ve still been trying to do some running, but it’s not as big of a city as Austin, so you really can’t go too far. Plus, it’s hilly!
For Valentine’s Day, we took a ride on an old train and were served a meal in the dining car. It was a fun experience, especially because the dining car was decorated with white tablecloths, roses, garlands and more. The servers even wore bowties! Since it was already dark, we couldn’t see a whole lot from the train car, but it was just fun to think about how all travel used to be like that.
Our first month has been an adventure and we’re just getting into a regular routine. When spring rolls around, I’m sure we’ll have a great time taking road trips (Nashville and Atlanta are within 2 hours!) and exploring trails, swimming holes and campsites.