it’s so funny how things change.

Brady told me he was landing at around 9:00pm on Sunday and I planned on picking him up from the airport.

I woke up in the morning to have brunch with Lexi, Preston and Preston’s friend, Mikayla. I arrived wearing distressed joggers, a bodysuit, mules and Gucci sunglasses.

“I think Hunter blocked me,” Lexi said.

Lexi and I hadn’t hung out since that night.

“Why do you think that?” I asked.

“He’s not responding to my messages,” Lexi said.

“Why would Hunter block you?” Preston asked.

I gasped, realizing I hadn’t even told him the story. “Let me tell you what happened.”

“It’s not as bad as it sounds,” Lexi prefaced.

“This drunk mess FaceTimed Hunter at 4am one night,” I said. “And his wife answered.”

“Oh my God! The bitch?” Preston exclaimed.

“Yes! And to make matters worse, I was sitting next to Lexi when she called and the bitch totally saw me. She probably thinks I set the whole thing up!”

Preston cackled.

“What luck you have, baby doll!” he shouted.

“Like, I can understand how it’s kind of funny, but it’s not funny to me yet!” I said.

“Did she say anything to you?” Preston asked.

“I don’t know. I got a text from Hunter later, but I deleted it before I opened it,” I said.

“Wait, you didn’t tell me that,” Lexi cut in.

I ignored her. “So now I don’t know if I should address the issue or just pretend it didn’t happen.”

“Pretend it didn’t happen. Don’t admit guilt,” Preston said. Lexi nodded. “‘FaceTime Hunter at 4am? Why would you ever do such a thing!’”

Two hours of cackling later, we were all happily drunk and on the verge of getting kicked out of the restaurant. Lexi wanted to take our party elsewhere, but I really needed to do the sixteen piles of laundry I had all over the floor and go grocery shopping to prepare for Brady’s arrival.

I got in the house and sang, “Tucker! Come here you snickerdoodle, so I can take you outside for a potty.”

He didn’t immediately come running so I called out again, using Scott’s British/Australian accent. “Tucker, my boy, come to mummy so we can go to the loo.”

Tucker came strutting around the corner looking super proud that he was with his daddy. Brady was home.

“Ah! I wasn’t expecting you until later!” I said. He looked so fucking good in his crew neck and glasses and shorts and haircut.

“Thought I’d surprise you,” Brady said. He came and hugged me and that’s when it hit me that he was actually home.

“Oh my God, I can’t believe you’re here! You’re finally home!” I squealed.

“I really missed you,” he said.

“I missed you like a ton,” I said. “I have so much to tell you.”

“I have so much to tell you, also,” Brady said in a way that made me step back to look at him.

“We can talk about all that later,” he said and grabbed me by my hips closer to him. “God, I’m so glad to see you.”

“What do you have to tell me?” I demanded, assuming my worst fear had come true and he had gotten some bitch pregnant.

“Don’t worry, babe,” Brady said, looking serious and cute. “Help me unpack and we can talk about everything.”

We went to the bedroom and Brady started unloading his suitcases, throwing clothes into the colorized piles for laundry. He was telling me about everything he did, the trails he hiked and what he ate. I had so many questions.

Mostly things like, “Who all was there?” and “Was she pretty?” and “Did you take your shirt off? Who were you trying to show off for?”

I was being a little bit annoying, but Brady missed me and loved it. Again, it was so nice to see Brady excited about something and so excited to tell me about his trip. I loved that he was so enthusiastic to tell me stuff especially because usually things are all about me and not about Brady.

Later that evening, after lots of catching up and sobering up and hooking up and tidying up, we showered and got ready to go out for dinner. I was so amped that I had a date and was hitting the town with my hot man that I needed to dress accordingly. I put on a beautiful Alice + Olivia mini dress, clear heels (sorry) and red lipstick.

I’d forgotten about Brady saying he had stuff to tell me mostly because I thought we’d covered everything. But after we finished a whole bottle of wine at dinner, Brady had more to say.

“So I think you’re really going to like this,” he said.

I took a break from my gnocchi to look at him.

“I was offered a position in New York. I really want to take it.”

I just blinked, feeling my heart sinking. Brady was leaving me again.

“One of my old professors reached out to me and-” I spaced out, the feeling of betrayal taking over. “I want you to come with me.”

“I thought you hated New York,” I blurted out.

Brady smiled. “I don’t love it. But being in Peru made me want to do a little more career wise and I do think this is the move I want to make.”

I didn’t say anything, but I must have looked sad because he said, “I want you to come, Reese. I know this seems random and you should probably have a think about it, but-”

“Of course I’m coming, but you’re right. It is super random.”

“Um, I need to be there by the 27th so I plan on being there the weekend before. I still have a lot to figure out…”

“Of this month?” I exclaimed.

“Yes. I am going to stay in my aunt’s apartment until I find a place which I hope to do soon after getting there,” Brady explained.

“What!? And what are you going to do about your house?” I continued exclaiming, shocked that Brady was being impulsive.

“Probably rent it out. Alex knows some people who are looking to move. I don’t want to sell yet – it’s not the right market.”

“Oh my gosh, you’ve really thought about this,” I realized.

“Well yeah. I wanted to make sure it was feasible before coming to a decision,” Brady said.

I was quiet for a moment, processing everything. I don’t have a job lined up in New York, but my company has an office there. I don’t have an apartment lease to worry about and my bigger furniture is in storage anyway. Like, it could totally work.

“You don’t have to decide now if you want to come. I just thought you’d be excited.”

“Oh, I’m coming,” I let him know. There was no way Brady was moving halfway across the country – to my favorite city – without me.

It’s so funny how things change. Do y’all remember when Brady got that offer in New York a couple years ago and he was so against it and there was all this drama? What a nightmare.

The rest of the night was so much fucking fun. We were happy to be back together and excited for New York. Brady told me more about what he’d be doing and who he would be working with and how he’d have to travel to Connecticut like twice a month. I’m so happy for him for taking a leap of faith and doing more of what he wants. You only live once and shit.

At the end of the night I asked, “So are there any pregnant girls in Peru I need to worry about?”

I’d decided in my head that I was 100% going to New York with Brady before I even sat down and thought about the logistics of it all.

On Monday morning, I cornered Scott to let him know what was going on.

“I need to transfer to New York,” I told him.

“Okay. Why? And how was your weekend?” he replied.

“Brady got a job and I’m tagging along. My weekend was obviously great,” I said.

“Wow, I’m surprised you’d want to go anywhere with him,” Scott said.

“What is that even supposed to mean?”

“Well, nothing really,” Scott shrugged. “I’m not sure what openings we have in New York, but let me do some research.”

Later in the day, Scott texted me, “We only have sales jobs in New York at the moment. Is that the route you want to go down?”

His text seemed condescending so I decided to do my own research and reach out to Keri in HR. She let me know that there was a sales manager position open. Technically it is sales, but Scott was obviously being petty by not at least telling me about it.

I reached out to recruiting, introduced myself and threw my name in the hat. Thanks for literally nothing, Scott.

Brady and I have been looking at apartments nonstop this week. Surprisingly he is the one being super particular and picky. If I had a dollar for every time he said, “Yeah, that kitchen is not going to work,” I’d have like $18. We have it narrowed down to about five.

Anyway, I know this seems rushed and y’all are probably wondering the same thing Brady keeps asking: “Are you sure you want to do this?”

I think the more important question is, is Brady sure he wants to do this? I’ve been ready.


21 thoughts on “it’s so funny how things change.

  1. Delilah says:

    Seems like taking some time apart helped him figure out what he wants. I think it is a right move for you guys…sometimes a change of scenery is great for a couple. Hope the move goes smoothly! And can’t wait to hear all about your New York adventures!

  2. Luita says:

    Wow! That’s a pretty big move. Are you guys ready for it? I feel like he doesn’t let you in on any of the decision making process…. you had no idea Peru was even a possibility when he decided to go and now New York with no warning for you….
    If that works for you great, but I would need to be part of the decision making in a relationship, not just informed.

    Hope you guys are doing well, hope it all works out.

    • yeah, I get what you’re saying. I don’t mind the ny thing because I know he was thinking of me when he decided it. and I would have felt horrible if I stopped him from going to Peru since he had such an amazing time there

      • Luita says:

        It’s not about stopping him from doing things that are good for his career is about supporting him in the decision making processs.
        It’s great he thought of your love for New York, but he didn’t discuss the opportunity with you so you could plan accordingly.
        Maybe it’s just me, but couples support each other and when you are in a committed relationship you discuss with each other everything career opportunities, moves, any change that could involve the other person.
        I’m glad he’s involving you in the house search, that’s good.

    • Sarah says:

      Agree with this 100%. If my boyfriend told me he was moving and I could come if I wanted, I would be like where was I while you were deciding this? It’s obviously really great Reese wants to go anyways, but it definitely doesn’t sound like a couple decision. It sounds like Brady decides what he’s doing with his life, and Reese can come too if she wants. In my opinion, in a serious relationship it should be: Are we moving to New York?

  3. Mandy says:

    It does worry my a bit that he just decided this without talking to you -both just expecting you to be ok with it and not really caring about your job.
    I am happy he wants you to go and I do think it could be a good thing for your relationship, especially deciding on a house together and actually being more committed.
    Perhaps this leap of faith gives you both the clarity you need to decide the fate of your future

  4. Sara says:

    Brady definitely didn’t hesitate about you coming with him, which is positive. Also, this move will allow you two to leave some baggage behind – exes and weirdness and all. It will be sad to leave your Chicago friends behind, but you always visit or they can visit you. This move will be a fresh start for you both. And aren’t Carly and Chris closer?

    Frankly, it sounds like Scott is trying to hold you back…again. He has been more of a hindrance than a help to your career. He plays games, thinks with his johnson and sounds very immature. Good riddance. Besides, if the sales manager job doesn’t work out, you will already be in NYC and poised to find a job in another company.

    I hope this all works out well for you!

  5. Kristen says:

    As a New Yorker be prepared because everything is super expensive and it isn’t as easy to find a great job as one might think. My rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in midtown is $2700! I work in a very high demand industry and when I was job hunting it took close to a year to find a suitable job with decent pay. Please be realistic about your expectations for New York. A lot of people move here thinking it’s the city of opportunity, and sometimes it is but it’s quite competitive.

  6. Jade says:

    Umm, YAY! Wow you should let Brady go away more often! Look at the progress haha (don’t actually let him leave, EVER again hehe jk)

  7. Maia says:

    Reese! This is so exciting. I still haven’t been to New York yet but I hear its great.
    When you said you were moving I instantly started thinking about the new things you’ll get to but for your new apartment. I love home shopping.Homegoods is life lol. Not sure why Lexi is surprised Hunter blocked her. Didn’t he tell told her he did not want anything serious? The fact that he was married should have been a dead giveaway. I like that Brady included you in his decision to move. He has shown some growth. Much better than when he decided to go to Peru and told you at the last minute. Scott is annoying. I’ve disliked him ever since that nosy office gossip girl made comments about you guys meeting for lunch and shit. He clearly likes drama and is a sleaze.

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