My Silly City Dream Is Coming True

I don’t remember exactly when the dream began, maybe the first time I visited New York City, but it is crystal clear.

It involves walking to pick up groceries for dinner. It is strolling by shops and laying on a blanket in the park. It is feeling the pulse of a city and knowing that I am a part of it – not just as a visitor, but as someone who knows the place intimately as a resident.

Of course, this fantasy is only something I’ve seen on television shows and movies. I have wondered a few times if this vision I have of city life is just an illusion; it’s so far from anything I’ve ever experienced living in a small town in Iowa or a suburb in Florida.

I hoped it was real.

It was this hope that prompted us to abandon the suburbs.

It’s why we chose Pittsburgh.

And now, it looks like my dream may be coming true.

On Tuesday morning, after a horrific week of hunting, we got the call that we had been approved for a three-bedroom duplex in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, a part of town that is extremely walkable and sandwiched between two magnificent city parks. It is my New York City Lite.

It is my chance to live the fantasy.

I am… in awe. Overwhelmed. Counting down the days and unable to concentrate on anything else. Obsessively pinning decorating ideas.

I feel like Carrie Freaking Bradshaw without the bad boyfriends, shoe collection or cosmos.

And I know that Pittsburgh isn’t Manhattan and I know that tons of people live in cities and this is no big deal, but this life we are about to move into is so vastly different from what our reality has been and so damn near exactly what our fantasy has been – and I’m just shocked that it all seems to be turning out this way.

I can’t believe we’re doing it. We’re doing it. We’re doing this crazy, unthinkable, totally imaginary thing that we’ve only ever seen on TV.

We’re doing it.

I am the luckiest girl in the world.

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  1. the muskrat says:

    Excited for y’all!
    the muskrat’s most recent post: running with the bulls in pamplona

    • Miss Britt says:

      Thanks!! Hopefully your travels will bring you up that way soon and I can show you around.

  2. OHmommy says:

    So happy for you guys!!!!
    OHmommy’s most recent post: Guest Post: "I am not after your coffee"

  3. Dick Carlson says:

    I’m really sorry, but — “Squirrel Hill”?
    Dick Carlson’s most recent post: How Can I Force Students To Spend More Time Learning?

    • Miss Britt says:

      Hahahaha – and that’s just the beginning of the funny things Pittsburghers say. I’ve already decided I will not be adopting the local language.

  4. Ally Bean says:

    Congratulations on ending up exactly where you want to be. Squirrel HIll is cool. You’re going to be very happy there. I just know it!
    Ally Bean’s most recent post: Dream A Little Dream

  5. Kent says:

    That’s awesome. You’ve got a big month ahead :) Take it all in, and we can’t wait to read about it.
    Kent’s most recent post: A Perfect (Food!) Day in Portland

    • Miss Britt says:

      Oh my God you have no idea. My husband heads out for a week-long bike ride this weekend, then we go to Costa Rica for a week, and then we are supposed to move. I may be freaking out just a little.

  6. Vikki says:

    Congratulations! So happy for you.

  7. Bob Mooney says:

    Sounds awesome! Pittsburgh seemed like a great place when Becky gave me the nickel tour. Also had a cousin from small town Iowa that lived there for a couple of years and he loved it. Best of luck on your move!
    Bob Mooney’s most recent post: How to get your car stolen

    • Miss Britt says:

      Well there is definitely no better person to show off Pittsburgh than Becky. She’s the one that kept pushing me towards Squirrel Hill, too – and she was so right.

  8. I am so excited for you- going through something so very similar- we just found out we are moving to Canton, OH- my new city and I’m going to MAKE it mine. I am sure there are people who live there that are probably “she is in for a surprise” but I don’t care. It has an Arts District and it’s all new to me. Now WE are waiting to find out if we can get into the house(s) we have picked! Jeff starts work there NEXTWEEK!

    Stephanie Precourt’s most recent post: What Do The Kids Think About Moving?

    • Miss Britt says:

      WOW. Nothing like a mad dash move, right?

      I’ve found that transplants almost always appreciate a locale more than the natives. That’s how it was in Florida, too, and we always thought – why don’t those people who hate it so much just MOVE?

  9. Megan says:

    So not silly. Of course I’m biased because I’m chasing the same dream.

    Thrilled for you – can’t wait to visit!
    Megan’s most recent post: A Change In Plans

  10. Allyson says:

    So… how long until you’re accepting visitors? Squirrel Hill is lovely, and it’s on the opposite side of the city from where I grew up, so you’ll totally be the native showing the tourist around.

    • Miss Britt says:

      September 2nd? :-) No, wait, it might take me a little longer than that to get furniture. lol

  11. Lisa says:

    I’m so happy for you!! I love to see the people I love living their dream.

  12. Miriam says:

    This gives me so much hope. Your entire journey has been an inspiration to me, and I’m so glad you are getting your happily ever after :)
    Miriam’s most recent post: On Going Paleo: Day One

  13. Dory says:

    Yay, you!!!
    Dory’s most recent post: Dare I dream?!

  14. So excited to have your family in Pittsburgh! As a non-local who moved here from Atlanta sight unseen 12 years ago, I can’t rave enough about this city.
    Eleanor’s Trousers’s most recent post: A Very Important Date

  15. Lisa says:

    I meant to ask in my comment – why are you calling your dream silly? It’s been your dream for as long as I’ve known you, and it’s not silly. Dreams are important, and it doesn’t matter what they are. I feel like you’re doing that thing where you might think other people think its a silly dream so you’re going to call it that first to take the sting out, when really if someone dares to call your dream silly you should tell them to f*@k themselves. Or point them in my direction and I’ll do it. I’m feisty today. I’ll totally do it.

  16. Becca says:

    I am so happy for you!!! :0)

  17. Awesome…no dream is silly if it’s your own!
    D.J. – The World of Deej’s most recent post: The Peachtree Road Race From The Sidelines

    • Miss Britt says:

      You’re right. I shouldn’t use the word silly to describe my dreams; what a bad example that sets for other people.

  18. fiwa says:

    It’s not silly at all. It’s fantastic – and I’m so happy for you. YOU called this into being. Way to go!

    • Miss Britt says:

      I still kind of can’t believe it. I mean, you dream up stuff and then it happens and it just seems so surreal!

  19. Allison says:

    OMG yay! It’s sooo exciting! Can’t wait to have you hear in wonderful Pittsburgh!

    • Miss Britt says:

      Can’t wait to be there with yinz!


      And that is probably the one and only time I will ever say yinz.

  20. Poppy says:

    It is a big deal.

    And it’s awesome.

    And NYC is just one city. You are close to so much stuff in Pittsburgh, *including* NYC! :))))
    Poppy’s most recent post: Train pants*

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  23. Melissa says:

    Welcome to the ‘Burgh … from another newcomer!
    Melissa’s most recent post: I Was Amelia Earhart, by Jane Mendelsohn

  24. Robin says:

    I’ve always wanted to live in the city, though my husband isn’t really interested. I have a feeling if it ever happens it will be when my dream comes true and I move to London.
    Robin’s most recent post: 50 Shades of Ugh

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