We moved here a little more than 2 years ago from north Jersey. My husband used to work for a translation company in NYC. His company got sold and the new company offered him a job in the Seattle suburbs. He wanted to continue being employed so we moved. We have no family here (our nearest relative is my sister in Detroit). For so long I still felt like the East coast was "home" and Seattle is just where we were living, kinda like when you go to college and your parents' house is still "home" even though you live in a dorm many miles away.
So for the first year, I was constantly getting lost out here. I couldn't find any stores I needed to go to, I had no idea where the DMV was (and yes, I did find out that it's no longer called the DMV). I had to find all new doctors, dentists,
There really should be some kind of tutorial for people moving to Seattle. I mean how would else would I know that Fred Meyer sells groceries and Fishing Licenses. Or that you can buy beer at the gas station?! And the first time I ordered a "plain" slice of pizza at the mall food court, it took about 10 minutes for the person to understand that I didn't really want it plain, I still wanted cheese and sauce.
So now 2.5 years later, I can finally call Seattle "home." And after being on the East coast for 8 days, it feels good to be back home where people don't jaywalk, everything gets recycled, it rarely gets about 80 degrees in the summer, there is almost no humidity or mosquitoes (although plenty of slugs!) and the sun stays up till 10pm in July :)