Written by Lee Ann Monat
Monday, 30 April 2012 00:00
I've been saving Fresh Direct boxes for a year...
Or rather, it isn't really. Not as much as I thought it would be. Don't get me wrong...I do have the occasional pang of "Oh, this has been my home for 5 years..." but on the whole the process has been a lot smoother than I had annticpated. In fact, I keep feeling like I'm forgetting to do something...
It helps that my friend Kim came over to help me and she basically packed a bunch of sentimental stuff quietly in the background while I agonized over how to properly box up all my art supplies (I wanted to fill the boxes yet keep a central theme). Before I knew it there were boxes full of I-don't-know-what all around and that was cool by me.
Then we went out for pizza.
I have another packing/hangout session planned with my friend Sara this weekend. I'm sure it will be filled with beer breaks since I need to empty my fridge before I move...the hardship, I know ;) Although I'm not sure how carefully the boxes will get packed if too much of that occurs...
Right now, I'm writing this post from my cousin Elana's sunny kitchen in CT. I almost canceled "Cousin's Weekend" in favor of packing because I was worried that I wouldn't get everything done...but then a friend reminded me that it will all get finished because it has to. These momonts are more important.
I also need to pack up my cubicle at work, after 11 years :( But every day the idea gets easier, because it's time. But that's another story.
Don't get me wrong, I know packing is important and I still have a lot of things to square away...but I am really super calm right now. I've been talking about it with other people who took a leap or are in the midst of said "risk" just like me and they said they feel/felt the same way.
It shows that we are making the right choices. No angst...just a lot to do.
I'm more stressed out trying to see if I can fit in a trip to New Jersey to see Paul Gross in a short running play before I fly out! I don't think it's in the cards, kids...but I won't say no until the end. I'm guessing, though, that unless Mr. Gross himself will comp me tickets and give me a ride to Princeton...I should really continue packing :)
That's one thing I'll miss about the city...the ease of geeking out to all kinds of random things (Harry Potter 3D opening night, anyone?). It wouldn't be the farthest I've gone for fandom (An Appointment with The Waterboys).
But I digress.
It's so funny because so far I've prepared less for this trip than I have for a "quick" 2-week vacation...but there really isn't a lot to DO to prepare for it...besides clearing out my whole State-side life...and I figure that's more than enough.
I really just need some clothes, my visa and I'm off on the next leg of my life. Funny how simple it all seems after years of worry and planning.
I can't tell you how much I'm looking forrward to living simply for the coming months. Once my apt is empty, all the utilities turned off and my bags packed...oh the relief.
Simple as that.
I broke and bought binders for my dvds...the cds are next
Tomorrow the one month countdown begins...