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post #161 of 222
I love it here, I don't think I would ever leave! I know the cost of living is a bit higher, and our job market really sucks right now. It rains...a lot. But everything is always green. It's pretty liberal in western Washington area. Where are you thinking of going? Do you mean moving here?
post #162 of 222

I'm not in WA, but BC is pretty close. Pros - most everything. Cons - it's not just that it rains a lot, but it's also really dark in the winter. Those susceptible to SAD need to get a light to survive. And Vitamin D. The climate is nice otherwise, really temperate, and hardly any snow in the winter (usually just a few days a year) at low elevations. And almost never horribly hot either. But then you can easily get summer months that are not really summer - June felt like February this year. Winter just dragged on until July. And yes, cost of living is high. 

 

But really, those things are fully tolerable when you look around you and everything else is so great. 

post #163 of 222
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Originally Posted by dashley111 View Post

I love it here, I don't think I would ever leave! I know the cost of living is a bit higher, and our job market really sucks right now. It rains...a lot. But everything is always green. It's pretty liberal in western Washington area. Where are you thinking of going? Do you mean moving here?

The surrounding area of Seattle, and yes, moving there. orngbiggrin.gif I was looking at some rentals there and they're better priced than here, but I'm sure prices are higher for groceries, gas. I have a friend that just moved back there after years of being in Montana. It's been my dream to live in WA, but it wasn't in the cards for us.

post #164 of 222
Would you feel comfortable PMing me a more specific area? I could probably tell you a bit more info if I had a better idea.
post #165 of 222
Hey! I don't usually manage to follow the chat threads because I get overwhelmed by the size of long threads, but I did manage to catch the WA post! I LOVE it here. Curious what area you're looking to move to? The only time the rain bothers me is if the bottom of my jeans get wet. I bought some cheap boots so even with loads of rain this past week, I've been quite content. For any ap/natural minded families, it really is paradise over here. It makes the world feel more sane to have this community. To NIP and have old ladies smile and say things like, "I fed all 5 of mine that way" I never want to leave

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post #166 of 222

Somewhere close to Everett. There's a Famous Dave's there and there's possibility of transfer for my husband.

post #167 of 222
I also love love love it here. I'll never live anywhere else, I don't think.

It is rainy and we are really starting to get it, but I don't care. I quite like the nice cozy indoors during fall/winter. And our summers are usually pretty nice! I live in the general Seattle area and Rachel is right, it is AP paradise here!! We are in a pretty active group and there are quite a few more, too.

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post #168 of 222
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I also love love love it here. I'll never live anywhere else, I don't think.
It is rainy and we are really starting to get it, but I don't care. I quite like the nice cozy indoors during fall/winter. And our summers are usually pretty nice! I live in the general Seattle area and Rachel is right, it is AP paradise here!! We are in a pretty active group and there are quite a few more, too.
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HAHA I have a friend that recently moved back there and she was like "This would be PARADISE for you, you little hippie!" haha I wouldn't say HIPPIE, but I'm definitely not silky. lol

post #169 of 222

I agree with the others.  The cost of living is high, but the culture, activities, people and geography all make it a lovely place to live,  We mostly left because of the cost of living though.  We sold our small 3 bedroom ranch house for almost $300k, where here in TN the same house would cost around $75k!  We just put in an offer on a fixer-upper for $22k, it's almost an unbelievable small amount for a house after living in OR.

post #170 of 222

Aren't wages higher, though, to compensate for the higher cost of living?

post #171 of 222

I would not say its completely comparable.  I have had family move out here, only to move back because they couldn't maintain the same lifestyle even with the higher wage. 

post #172 of 222

I agree, Western WA is a nice place to be for all the reasons listed above. I lived in E. WA for a long time. One thing (other than the traffic) that I haven't gotten used to is the wet cold. Here I am from places where it snows a bunch and gets so cold your nose hairs freeze complaining about wet cold. Oh and if it does snow it seems like all hell breaks loose (a slight exaggeration) because people aren't used to it/prepared.
 

post #173 of 222

Sara, my thoughts were similar to yours RE: my friend not wanting her baby around Sora unvaccinated. Babies aren't even fully vaccinated in one swoop anyway, so her baby could still be vulnerable to ANYONE around her, even her own mother! My friend also said she delayed vaccinating her 2-year-old boy. He is fully vaxed now, but she is of the "delaying" mindset I take it? It just really caught me by surprise, that's all. She is due to have this baby in January and is hoping to breastfeed. I gave her some information on the Dr. Sears' The Vaccine Book mostly for my own sanity because I didn't want her so uninformed that she's afraid of my daughter. Isn't my daughter the one at risk anyway usually? Jeez! I'm pretty sure we'd know if she were sick with something REALLY bad. Which brings me to my biggest point: I told her I'd be way more afraid of the illnesses our kids get in daycare than the VPD's. Hell, Sora has been sick 3 times in the past 2 months and I have gotten each illness along with her... one that put ME in the ER! Sure, rotavirus has a vaccine, but campylobacter doesn't, and look what happened to us. I'm getting worn out from being sick so often and taking care of a sick baby. greensad.gif This cold we have right now is the worst I've ever had. It just won't go away! This particular friend's son gets sick at daycare every other week, LITERALLY, so my guess is she'll have a sick infant on her hands fairly often whether vaxed or not or around my kid or not...

post #174 of 222

Yes, that whole argument about vaccines really bugs me. I feel like people don't take more than a second to think about things like that... they just blindly follow government recommendations. 

post #175 of 222

Joanie, I never heard - how did you and Sora do coming out of your ER visit regarding breastfeeding? Were you able to bounce back after that?

post #176 of 222
Perhaps she will come around, Joanie.

Today I learned that my big kids were exposed to chicken pox. A girl at their sleepover broke out with them the day after, so accidental exposure. The idea that I could have 1 sick kid at a time for the next two months is not thrilling but not huge, either. I assume the big kids will be better equipped to complain. The friend caught it from a case of shingles and her sister hasn't broken out yet, so I assume this will be going around our community all winter.

Anyone have easy wheat and dairy free meal ideas?
post #177 of 222
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Joanie, I never heard - how did you and Sora do coming out of your ER visit regarding breastfeeding? Were you able to bounce back after that?

 

Unfortunately I wasn't able to bounce back from it. Sora had very little interest in the breast after a few days without. She fought me when I tried to get her to nurse, probably because she wasn't getting anything out and had better things to do. I tried for a week to increase my supply but then I got sick with something else and there was no going back at that point. I'm proud that I made it to 10 months at least! Sora weaned without incident or upset, so I'm happy that part went well. I was so afraid of how this would change our relationship or that she'd be inconsolable in her high-strung moments, but surprisingly we've been better than ever! smile.gif Just a tad bummed about entering cold/flu season without being able to nurse her. Ah well.

post #178 of 222
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Somewhere close to Everett. There's a Famous Dave's there and there's possibility of transfer for my husband.

ahh, yeah, went there for dh's birthday :) Check into Lynnwood and Mill Creek for close to everett. they're  less expensive areas. 

post #179 of 222
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ahh, yeah, went there for dh's birthday :) Check into Lynnwood and Mill Creek for close to everett. they're  less expensive areas. 

Thank you!!!!

post #180 of 222

Well, no one should plan a move to the Northeast!  Half our town has been evacuated.  Keep us in your thoughts.

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