so long farewell auf wiedersehen goodbye

In July of 2014, my sister Jocelyn decided that she needed a change.

She was thinking of relocating to PA, even though my sister Nicole had said, “I claim this land for Cole!” letting us know that the state was now officially off limits for any more Miles girls. She happened on a government job listing in Alaska, and she was intrigued enough to research the state (i.e. cost of living, best cities to live in, etc. ).  While she didn’t end up with that job, she did manage to procure a substitute teaching job with the City & Borough of Juneau. She sold some stuff, packed her truck and she and Johnathan were off to The Last Frontier.  My mother and I tracked her trek across the country with fascination and concern. After five days of driving, 3872 miles (traveling thru Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota , Canada) and a ferry ride from the Sakgway, AK…… she arrived in Juneau on August of 8, 2013. I remember saying to my mother (after  knowing that she arrived safely), “I should have went with her.”

Fast forward a year, and the situation is the same albeit with a different Miles daughter.

Although I loved my job at Crate & Barrel, and had the support of my family and friends, I too was looking for a change. I was tried of the high cost of living, and sitting in traffic 3 hours a day. I happened to mention a particular situation to Jocelyn, and she told me that I needed to come to Alaska. She spoke of the slower pace of life and the beauty of Juneau.  She also mentioned that one of her coworkers was going out on maternity leave, and her company was looking for a new agent. Fast forward a couple of weeks…I have a new job in Alaska with a start date of October 13th.

So that brings me to The Farewell Tour….although I didn’t get the opportunity to see everyone to say goodbye…I did get a chance to say goodbye to a few people. Attached are the pictures of my visit with Nicole, Dinner with the Girls and my Crate & Barrel Family.

Anyone who knows my sisters and I know that we love musicals. So in honor of my departure, and because I love the Sound of Music….I leave you with So long, Farewell!

Monday and Nicole
Monday and Nicole
Dinner at Jaleo's with my Crate family including Rob, Becky, Mari, Jewelle, Alex and Alexis.
Dinner at Jaleo’s with my Crate family including Rob, Becky, Mari, Jewelle, Alex and Alexis.
Dinner @ Magianno's with Toni, Angela, Jenelle, Judi and Shelly (missing Maieka and Lesley)
Dinner @ Magianno’s with Toni, Angela, Jenelle, Judi and Shelly (missing Maieka and Lesley)
With Claudia.....who taught me that "No is a complete sentence."
With Claudia…..who taught me that “No is a complete sentence.”
With Lisa getting ready for Cranford
With Lisa getting ready for Cranford
Dinner at The Cheesecake Factory with Alicia, Natasha and Maggie
Dinner at The Cheesecake Factory with Alicia, Natasha and Maggie
At Cotsco with Kecia
At Cotsco with Kecia
Collin came in on his day off to say goodbye...and brought Kobe!
Collin came in on his day off to say goodbye…and brought Kobe
Goodbye Spring Valley!  It  truly was a great experience....a great product and fantastic team to work with...
Goodbye Spring Valley! It truly was a great experience….a great product and fantastic team to work with…
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