Tuesday, December 30, 2008
This morning we woke at the bright and early hour of 3:30, much to my dismay. It seems that Brent was particularly restless last night and glanced at the wrong clock that read 5:30. He woke me, and I was starting to get dressed when he realized his error. We did go back to bed, but sleep eluded us both until morning.
Darryl & Audrae came with to our house to help Brent with the trailer. I just don't like to show off my She-Ra strength that early in the morning. Chessa returned home from her sleepover, we packed up, said our good-byes and headed out on the road.
We had great roads until the Hutchinson area. The snow started to fall and the roads just weren't great. We took it slow and easy, assuming that this won't be the worst we see in the days/weeks to come. So we kept trucking. Luckily we managed to drive out the snow and roads North of Akeley, and the rest of the way was clear sailing.
I was supposed to have pics to show you, but I can't find my USB cable so I'll have to share them later. It's been a long day, and I'm wiped. I'm off to find a shower and a bed. Ches and Brent are happily snuggled.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
When we packed up and moved to Colorado in 2001 saying Good Bye was easy. I remember lying in bed, both of sleepless with anticipation. I would close my eyes and try to sleep, and then they'd pop open to find Brent looking at me as if to say "how can you sleep at a time like this"? The truth was, I couldn't. We jumped out of bed, threw our clothes into bags and stumbled down the steps to break the news to Brent's parents. I know they weren't happy with our decision, not because they were'nt happy for us, but just a little sad to see us go. But go we did. Without looking back.
This time is different. I have stronger bonds with those in my life. And this time the leaving is truly bittersweet. Being so far away will inevitably cause us to miss important events in our loved ones lives. I just hope we don't miss too many. We will certainly try to come for some, but all will not be possible.
Today we started our rounds of Good Byes. I think I'm still kind of numb to it all really. I don't think it's hit me. I truly don't feel as though it's good bye. It feels to me like I'll see them all at the next holiday or event, even though I know that's not true. The first event will take place on the day we are hoping to arrive in Delta Junction. That will hurt, for just a little while.
So we said good bye, and hugged our hugs, but it still doesn't feel real for me. Brent isn't saying much, though I suspect the Good Byes are just as hard for him. He usually keeps that kind of thing a little more to himself. I know it's affecting our loved ones too. It's hard for them to say good bye, and to watch us go. But we'll be back, at least to visit, and we have email, and phones, and texts, and blogs...
We love you. We'll miss you. Come and visit!
Friday, December 26, 2008
So, this is what I would look like if I were showered and wearing pearls. The fact is, I don't have time for a shower. I also don't have time for blogging, but I'm doing it anyway, to keep myself sane. Sanity is key. Tension is high, and stress is through the roof.
In days, yes, days we will be leaving our home. Sure, we'll get a short vacation at my parents for a few days, but we'll still be stressed out. It's the way our days go these days. I'm excited to be away from errands to run, and items to drop at Good Will, and this to do, and that to do. I'm really looking forward to just sitting on my bum, at least for one day.
However, today is not that day. So I need to go, and pack! The kitchen is nearly done. Only one little spice cabinet to eradicate. Then the freezer. However, since we're existing on frozen fabulousness the freezer won't be completely empty until Monday.
We had a great Christmas. What a great day to recharge and regroup. We managed to get some help in hauling a load to the storage unit, and hauling our chair and a cabinet to Brent's parents. Thank you Bryan and Loren! So, I'm off...to pack and plan and make some more phone calls.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Above is a pic of the kitchen/living area. The unit is small. It's a duplex. But it's new, and efficient and it has indoor plumbing, which is a bonus if you ask me! It's 2 bedrooms, and we should have plenty of room for guests. I guess we'll see in time.
In other news we've managed to get a good portion of the house packed up. There is still much to do. MUCH. but I'm confident now that it will all be accomplished in time. On time. So, for all the positive things that are taking place despite the Southern Minnesota blizzard, I'm so happy. I'm jumping up and down...can you tell?
So, for now, I'm looking forward to making it ours. I will certainly have a lot of shopping to do! Have a very happy, merry, safe and warm Holiday!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I never said all the parts of moving were easy. Some of them really suck. (Sorry Mom- I know you hate that word). Sometimes saying good-bye is really hard, even though you know you have to.
I'm a lucky girl. I've been blessed. It's true. I have a lot of great friends. Some are part of my daily life, others are in my thoughts a lot, and some others I see sporadically. All of them are important to me.
Shannon, the bride on the left, is a very close, dear friend. She knows she means a lot to me, well, at least I hope she does. But we're not the gushy, huggy type of friends. Though I think that in some ways we are huggy, gushy people, just not together. I know, it's weird.
Anyone that knows us, knows the story of how we met. I swore we'd never be friends, and ate my words. You see, we're different. In a lot of ways. She wears high heels and skirts to clean her windows, and I'm more of a tee shirt and flip flops girl. However, 4.5 years ago we fell into a fast and easy friendship.
As with most relationships we've had our ups and downs. We are strong-willed, opinionated, independant women. Of course we've had ups and downs. Along the way, our UPs have far surpassed our downs. We've laughed so hard we've cried, we've cried over baked potatoes at the mall, and we've wondered and conspired about the most intimate and special of secrets. With her I was free to feel pure joy and extreme sorrow.
Our relationship is probably mystifying and intimidating to some. We are fiercely loyal, and wildly different, yet synonomus. From the get go we preferred eachother's company to others. It was comfortable. At a certain neighborhood picnic one neighbor made the mistake of assuming we were "partners". I never wore those damn shoes again! In the early days on the loveseat side-by-side in the "nursery" to house to house to house to house to house. Did I get all the moves Shan? Ha!
We spent the majority of our time togerther. First every Thursday and Sunday, then nearly every night during a particularly hard time, then back to Wednesdays and Sundays. Which brings us to today. Today is Wednesday. Just a normal Wednesday to some. But for us, it was the last Wednesday. Next Wednesday is Christmas Eve, and we'll be in seperate cities spending the holiday with family. The following Wednesday I will be gone. Moved.
I cannot begin to explain the void I will feel without her (and Savannah and RJ) in my daily life. But I know, that we will stay close, as close as you can with 3000 miles between you. But we have email, and facebook, and phones, and letters. But ultimately our relationship will change. I will miss Wednesdays.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
The next two photos are of our living room. Now the main show room at the House of King. And yes, the room is as small as it looks. But we have enjoyed living here, in the quiet, of the country, with no one around but the squirrels, turkeys, and deer.
I'm feeling good and positive. My friend Tammy (the Rockstar) is coming out to help me maintain my sanity. Since she's planning to be here bright and early on a Saturday morning, I owe her DOUBLE BIG TIME. The house is chopped up, and since I won't be able to be in two places at once I'm hoping she will be able to assist anyone with questions, purchases, or whatever else needs to be done.
I'm off to do a last minute sweep. See you soon!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
So, if you're local, come on out and buy my stuff. One step closer. Tomorrow marks 6 days of work left for me. I thought I'd be less hesitant to leave the job behind. But that's for another day. These posts aren't very exciting lately. Hopefully some things will get nailed down and then I'll have something REAL to report.
On a personal front, Mom had surgery today and is resting. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
We have found a potential subleaser for our property. Potential because I have to make sure he's legit, and also because we have to him okayed with the landlords. He's a geophysicist, from the UK. So potential, we'll see if it's legit. I'm certainly not counting my chickens before they hatch.
I also called on another rental. They don't want pets, and would require us to kennel Ches if we're not there, not gonna happen. So I think tomorrow I'll call the boarding house and see what they're weekly rates are, and then perhaps wait around for the February 1 opening at the tri-plex. The apartment, aforementioned, is for sale and would require a 4 month lease. Blech. But I'm not going to turn it down just in case. We'll see...
I'm putting together a moving sale for Saturday. I was going to do it the following weekend, but frankly I just want to be done. So, it's all up for sale, and I"m hoping that we get a lot of lookers. A lot. OF BUYERS. I just want the stuff gone. I'll sit on the floor. Really. Don't care. :) So, that's my week.
I didn't update yesterday because I had some oral surgery done. Tomorrow will hopefully bring more progress, and I have 7 days of work left. Count them, 7!! I have a lot to do in the days following them. Unfortunately.
Pray for my mom, she fell and broke her ankle today. She'll find out tomorrow if she needs surgery or not. Bummer.
Have a blessed day!
Monday, December 8, 2008
So, I will admit that the stress is getting to me a little bit and I'm finding it hard to fit everything in. So, I've decided to make everything semi-easy on myself. I'm having one moving sale, on Saturday. Am I prepared? Um, at this moment no. But things will change and we'll make it work. I'm almost there, at the brink of having everything ready, or ready enough to go. I have a lot of work in the next couple days, but we're ready, set, go. I hope. Ha!
In addition, I'm having oral surgery tomorrow. Nothing major, but it does put a little kink in my timeline. So, that portion makes me nervous and my goal is to recover quickly and get my stuff together. I'll keep you posted on that.
In other good news we managed to get a head's up on a rental, two, in DJ that are available now, and so we'll see what we need to do, and if we're interested in those. The tri-plex isn't available until Feb. 1, so that's not totally out yet. I'm hoping it's as nice as it seems and I'm thinking we may still try to acquire that rental in February.
It's snowing. It's beautiful, and worrisome. But I'm taking the time to just enjoy the look and the feel of it, and if nothing else, it truly is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
I know in the end everything will come together. Things will truly be fine. But right now I'm going to take my freak out and run with it. Because it's my prerogative and I just need to. So, now I'm off to plan a freakin' moving sale.
Today I have a dentist appointment, tomorrow I have oral surgery. Then I'm done. With all of it. Oy. This moving crap is hard. I don't want to do it for quite a while. Ha! Wishful thinking.
Have a happy day!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Still no place to live. I'm hoping we'll here very soon on something. Anything. I'll be calling more people and seeing what I can find. So, why don't you all just say a little prayer, and keep your fingers crossed. Ha!
This weekend is busy with activities, and with stuff to get accomplished. I'm hoping to get a lot more stuff cleaned out, off and packed. I plan on working like a dog. Or maybe a pack horse/mule would be better. :)
That's about it. I'll update again...soon... I hope.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Well, I gave my notice at work. I wanted to give them enough time to prepare for missing me. Okay, so I'm just kidding, though a lot of them said they would! I will say that as much as the job itself frustrated me some days, I really am going to miss the people. I have been so fortunate to work with some of the nicest people I have ever met. It's nice to share everything with them instead of holding it all in.
This past weekend we were able to get a lot accomplished. The house is in a state of total disarray, but there is definite progress. We have packed up quite a bit of stuff, and sent more of it to storage. Now I'm working on getting anything that we're keeping out of here and into storage so we can sell, sell, sell. I did drop off all of the clothing we are parting with at Good Will, and let me say, the red kettle will be a lot fuller this year. We had a lot of stuff just sitting around, just in case. I feel lighter, literally.
We've been scheduling maintenance and other appointments. So we have some of those to finish up, but that should be all wrapped up by early next week. Except my gift certificate for a massage, I'm planning to use that on my week off before the move. Although I'm really feeling like I could use it now.
We have a potential lead on a rental. It's a 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment in a tri-plex. THANKS DAD! The owner is going to call me when she has a date that the current tenant will be moving out. Hopefully everything will line up. It's a newer place, 6 miles out of Delta, though the owner couldn't tell me which direction, lol. And heat is included. Thank goodness. So, I'm hoping...and keeping my eyes open for others.
I still have some Christmas shopping to do, but I'm a little afraid that it will get lost in the chaos of this house, so I'm being a procrastinator there. I'll keep you posted as we go. Have a happy day!