About the Author:
Jenn Kalchik is a lifestyle blogger and digital marketer currently living in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Her blog, Jenn & Tonic, highlights her take on life through lifestyle topics, book reviews, her experience with Generalised Anxiety Disorder, and social media tips. She’s fuelled by chardonnay, cast recordings, and chocolate.
Around June 2019
I moved in with my boyfriend. He owned a small two bedroom, 1 ½ bathroom house in a small city near Chicago, Illinois, United States. Fast forward to June 2020: the world is combating a global pandemic, he was permanently laid off from a job he got less than six months ago, and I was furloughed. With all of these things happening, the last thing we were expecting was to have to move to a new state during a global pandemic.
When my boyfriend was laid off, he posted on Facebook asking for help looking for a new job. His job is niche-specific; he helps boat mechanics troubleshoot mechanical repairs. It’s one of those jobs where you can’t really do anywhere since not every company requires this skill set or position. Fortunately, his aunt had some connections at Mercury Marine, an outboard motor supply company. After a couple of interviews, he received an offer to start at the end of June. The problem was that Mercury was about 120 miles (193121.28 metres, sorry we don’t use the metric system in the United States) and located in the state of Wisconsin, which meant we would need to move.
When preparing for the move was to find a new place to live. While my boyfriend owned the house we lived in, we didn’t have the luxury to house hunt to buy a house, so we opted to find a place to rent for a year, just to get settled in the area until we had more time to find a house. Let me tell you, it’s hard to find a place to rent in a town you don’t actually live in. After searching on Google and contacting some landlords, we found an apartment complex that was accepting new tenants. We were also fortunate to be able to hire a moving company to help us move everything from Illinois to Wisconsin so we didn’t have to move everything ourselves. However, we had to travel to Illinois every weekend to prep our house to be ready to sell to a new owner.
For anyone not living in the United States, there are no consistent guidelines on a national level and a state level when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19; each state is different. Before we moved to Wisconsin, Illinois was one of the few states that had a step-by-step program for combating the virus: always wearing a mask inside, no large public gathering indoors, outdoor seating for events had to be spread out, etc. In Wisconsin, everything that the CDC was advising people to do in order to prevent the spread was “just a recommendation” and it was up to different companies and businesses to enforce these measures how they wanted. Now in Wisconsin, you are required to wear a mask if you’re entering an indoor public space or if you’re in a large crowded outdoor area like a farmer’s market.
As I’m writing this
We’ve lived in Wisconsin for almost two months. I was recalled to work for my current company last month, and they were accommodating for letting me work remote in Wisconsin since everyone is working from home anyway. We are slowly switching everything to Wisconsin like our drivers licenses, doctors, dentist, veterinarian, etc. Even without a global pandemic, this process can be time consuming. But since we’re still practising social distancing, we’re in no rush to switch everything to Wisconsin until absolutely necessary. By this time next year, we will be going through the moving process again once we purchase a house, but luckily we won’t have to move across state lines.
Thank you to Jenn for her guest post and be sure to get in touch if you’d like to guest post on my site!