Done! It was hard. And I'm still in shock that I did it. I gave them five weeks. I hope that's plenty of time to replace me, but let's be honest, I'm hard to replace. :)
It was a short 90 second conversation with my boss, who I will miss dearly. I really didn't want to tell her, mainly because I don't want to leave her. She's amazing. Supportive, easy, fun, and all the best things in a boss. I've had a few great bosses but my last two were so hard to leave.
And then I told my parents. I think Mom cried. It's getting real. I have an end date with work. I am going to pack up and leave a state I've lived in for a large number of years, I can't say the number because I don't believe it myself, I still think I'm 17 sometimes.
My brother lives about a five or six hour drive from my parents. My plane ride will be about four hours, and with the arriving early to the airport, it'll put travel time at just about six hours. I think six hours is fine. Especially since I don't have to drive. It's totally do-able for a long weekend.
Now that one is done, I have to move on to Step Two: personally tell people before they hear it through the grapevine.