away we go

The movers came on Monday, and suddenly our house was empty. We kept our sleeping bags, all of our travel needs, and the fragile/valuable/irreplaceable items we'd carry ourselves; but that was it. Our home of the past 10 years was empty.

Tuesday the carpet installers came. Suddenly the carpets we'd despised for the past decade were gone. In their stead a durable, neutral without being bland, new carpet. Something that would hide dirt and pet hair nicely, though we would neither get the chance to dirty them, nor would Daisy even set foot on them. Oh those repairs we make in preparation for the next person.

It all made me a bit sad, and I had to fight tears at points. But the excitement was there too.

Wednesday we gave all the rooms one last look around, walked out the door, turned the key, and left for the last time.

There was no fighting the tears that time. 

Since then, we've been crossing the country! I'll write more about our journey later, but I hope you'll forgive me if there are some breaks in posting. Busy times, but much to report soon.


Semi-Wordless Wednesday {left behind}

It may seem silly to get sad about plants, but these particular plants have been sitting behind me at work for at least the past 8 years.

The orchid in particular was a gift from Travis, and has lasted so long, it pains me to leave it behind... but it was so big and heavy, and we just didn't have the room.

I did find it a sweet new owner to take care of it, so hopefully it creates beautiful flowers for years to come.


boxed in

My life last week was boxes. Honestly, by Thursday it felt like I was in packing purgatory. Like all my life would ever be from that point on was packing. Maybe I was a little melodramatic at that point.

I knew it would get done in the end. I knew everything would eventually get where it needed to be, but it was a long long week.

Another week and we will be in Colorado. Another week and I will instead be unpacking those boxes. Maybe then it will all feel real.

I guess we'll see.

Right now it feels like my grasp of the reality of it all, and my emotions covering everything are as boxed in as our dining room.

But, we're getting there...


endings and celebrations

Last Friday was my last day at work. It was also the day I picked Babs up from the airport to celebrate my birthday! You can probably guess that it was a very... surreal day.

Eleven years went so fast. I guess that's what happens when you get to work with an amazing, smart, fun group of people that you really genuinely like.

I'm lucky in that regard.

I may not have always loved the work (in fact, I frequently didn't), but the people and the mission were ones worth working hard for. Leaving at the end of the day was really, really hard. In a way that surprised me. I teared up more then once, and walking down the street it felt like everything should be different.

Its not, but I guess I already am.

I will miss this place. 

That night it was time to pick Babs up from the airport. It was good to have her there that evening.

Saturday was my birthday!
33 is shaping up to be a pretty big year already, wouldn't you say? I celebrating by getting up early and spending a long, hot day manning our yardsale with Trav, Babs, and Gwen. We did get visits from some neighbors and friends, which made the day really nice.

That night Babs took me to dinner.

Sushi + Babs = a happy birthday indeed.

It was a good and exhausting set of days.

Just one of many!  5 days to go...