Saturday, May 20, 2006

I forgot.

Instead of packing yesterday morning, I spent a little while re-doing my blog template with one designed by the amazing Miss Zoot. I really like how it turned out! It definitely jazzed things up around here.

So thanks should go to Miss Zoot for designing such beautiful templates and letting random people like myself use them for free!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Meh.

Just a warning: this is going to be whiny. It's late, I'm exhausted, I'm grumpy, and I hit my head really hard on the sloped ceiling in our guest bedroom tonight, so I am not at my best.

Ok, here we go.

I will be so glad when this whole moving adventure is over.

I feel like I have been going non-stop for a week, packing, organizing, throwing stuff away, running errands. Yet, at the same time, it feels like I'm not getting anythng done. It's as though the stuff that needs to be packed just keeps multiplying or something, and the list of phone calls I need to make just gets bigger, and the list of errands to run increases.

I've been trying to set goals, like: pack everything in this cabinet, or everything in that closet, or consolidate this to take to Goodwill and the recycling center. For the most part, that seems to be working ok. The problem is mostly that I'm essentially doing it alone, with a little help from Brett when he gets home from work in the evenings.

It would go so much faster with even one extra set of hands...but alas, I don't have two sets of hands and most of our friends seem to be busy this week. Which, fine, I get that people have lives and that helping someone else pack probably isn't how they want to spend their spare time, it's just that it's tough to be doing this with little help, especially knowing that we have multiple offers for help on the Seattle end of things, and none on this end.

If I could, I would fast-forward until this packing up portion of moving were over and we were on the road already, on our way to the moped bbq, ultimately on our way home. The road trip part of moving is kind of fun: being in the car, seeing new places, hanging out with Brett, listening to good music...that part, I like.

This part? Going through all of our stuff, packing, throwing away, living in a state of chaos...this part I don't like.

I guess I should stop complaining. Overall, even though it's getting increasingly hard to be motivated, it's going pretty well, and I'm making good progress.

I took this picture earlier tonight. (There are more boxes there now.) So anyway, welcome to my chaos.


Only four more days, and we can load the truck up and have this part of the move be OVER. Thank goodness!

We had a great time at graduation.

I'm so proud of Brett for graduating with honors. What an accomplishment!

Here are some photos from the day.

The two of us at Flatbread Pizza after graduation

Brett, just after receiving his diploma

A picture of Brett and me that Brett's friend Anita took while we were at dinner. I like it a lot.The oft-talked-of, finally completed, beautiful and sexy Puch moped.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

An update, in haiku.

One week from today, one week from right now, we will be on the road.

Yikes.

There is SO much to do before that can happen. I have been packing pretty steadily for the past few days but I feel like I need to step it up if I'm going to get it all done. As soon as I post this, I am going to the store to get some boxes they saved for me and to buy lots more packing tape.

The past week has been insane. I thought it would be fun to fill you in in haiku-form, because I don't have much time to write.

Wednesday, May 10:
Jet lag really sucks
Fun concert in the evening
I really miss sleep

Thursday, May 11:
Lots of packing done
Yes, it's raining cats and dogs
Yummy Indian food

Friday, May 12:
Lots more stuff is packed
Dinner out with 'Nita's fam
Yummy soup and fries

Saturday, May 13:
Still it's raining hard
Family drama sucks big time
(Un)Happy Birthday

Sunday, May 14:
Graduation day
Brett graduates with honors!
So, so proud of him.

Monday, May 15:
Goodbye little cat
Goodbye to the in-laws too
Chill with friends at night

Tuesday, May 16:
Meet new baby Ryan
So little and so snuggly
More Indian food

Wednesday, May 17:
Feeling very meh
Then I feel better -- Car sold!
Again, Indian

So that's it...my life, in haiku. Now I'm off to get more boxes and tape...

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

the lattes are sooooo good here...

I don't even know where to start...

I'm still in Seattle; right now I am sitting in the gorgeous and fantastic Seattle Public Library, which wasn't finished when we lived here before. It's really cool, and I can't wait to come here. It's right across the street from where I'll most likely be working...but more on that later.

Anyway. I fly back to Maine tonight, and will arrive at 6 a.m. tomorrow into Boston. I'll then take a bus back to Maine and Brett will pick me up at 10 a.m. My in-laws will then arrive at 4:30 p.m. That evening I am going with Brett and his parents to see Jon Shain play at Chicky's, which should be fun. And then it's graduation goodness for a few days, and then I'll be in major packing mode.

So, that's what the next few weeks look like for me.

Ok, now about the trip.

I can't even describe how amazing it feels to be here, to be home. So many amazing things have happened over the past few days. I don't have much time left on this library computer, but I'll do the best I can.

It was wonderful to see my mom, and I have also been able to see several good friends. I was able to sit down with my journalism professor for a while and chat (he was completely thrilled I stopped by). I'm hoping to see some more of my old profs today.

Also, in the flukiest fluke ever, I have run into two families I used to regularly babysit for.

One of them had been on my mind a ton lately, but the email address I had for them was bad, and I googled the dad and found his work email but never sent one there. Anyway, I was talking about them to my mom all day on Friday, about how I really needed to call them.

Well, my mom and I were at an intersection in Ballard (a completely different neighborhood than they live in) and I SAW THEM!!! I jumped out of the car and screamed the mom's name. Her mouth dropped open and she yelled, "OH MY GOD!" It was fantastic. So now I have their info and they have mine and we're going to get together when I get back here permanently.

Also, I signed a lease this morning on a 1 bedroom apartment in Ballard. My mom and I had seen two, both of which we liked a lot. One of them was bigger than the other, not in as great of a location (still the same distance from the library and the neighborhood's downtown but not near our friends), and more expensive. We liked that but then we saw another apartment, literally a block from some of Brett's best friends from the Moped Army. (Whom we later saw in front of their house as we were driving by...again, another kind of random sighting of some friends.)

There were 2 available in that building, one upstairs and one downstairs. The upstairs one wasn't very nice, but the guy on the phone when we called said they wouldn't consider renting the newly-remodeled downstairs one to us b/c we have a cat. The guy said he was sending his rental agent over to meet us at the apartment. Well, the rental agent drove up, and it turned out to be a good friend from college!!! After we saw the upstairs apt -- which was gross -- we decided we didn't want it.

My friend called back an hour later and said that they would offer us the downstairs apartment anyway, and that they would knock $50/mo off the rent if we'll sweep the common areas (which are not big at all) and keep our eyes peeled for maintainance issues. The apartment is a lot smaller than the first one, but I think we can make it work for a year or so since it's cheaper and we like the location. It is remodeled, has 10 units, and is pretty cute, AND it has a dishwasher!!!! There's onsite laundry, free storage, and free parking. Plus, it's only 8 blocks from the library, the grocery store, coffee shops, a movie theater, a drugstore, etc, 2 blocks from the bus stop, about a 25-20 min walk to church (5 mins on a bus), and like not even a full block from our moped friends. You can see their driveway from the driveway of this building.

So, that left us free to play on Saturday. We went shopping downtown, and my mom got me some adorable shoes at Nordstrom for my birthday, and then my mom and I went to one of my favorite restaurants for dinner.

Sunday, we went to church, which was great, and I got to see several friends there. After church I got a haircut (finally!) and my mom went back home to Portland.

Yesterday, I interviewed with two temp agencies, both of which said they would be able to give me work if I need it when I get back, and had lunch and then went window shopping with my friend Minda, which was so very much fun.

While we were in Anthropologie, one of my favorite stores ever, we ran into the mom of the OTHER family I used to nanny for!!!! And, she and her family are living five blocks from us this summer, while they are having an addition put onto their house. HOW COOL! I swear, you'd think Seattle wasn't a big city the way I'm running into people!

This morning, I interviewed for a job working for the company I worked for before I moved out here. It is similar to what I was doing before (commercial property management in a downtown skyscraper) and working with a lot of the same people. As of right now, if the property manager can work some things out timing-wise, it should work for him to hire me -- even though I'm going to France for a month!!!

I think I need to buy a MegaMillions ticket or something with the luck I'm having this week.

So, everything is great. I absolutely love being here. This is so cheesy, but I was standing downtown at a bus stop yesterday, waiting for the bus, looking at people, and listening to The Postal Service on my iPod and I teared up. I just can't believe that our time in Maine is over and that I can come home. I don't feel a sense of belonging anywhere else like I do here. It is so wonderful being here; I can't even describe it.

Well, I need to go meet my friend Bree and then hang out...I'll update more when I get home!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

"[I'm] positively unemployed"

"I'd like to thank you all for nothin' / I'd like to thank you all for nothin' at all / I'd like to thank you all for nothin' / Nothin' / Nothin' at all..."

I'M DONE! I am sitting at home, in my pajamas -- completely unemployed. It's wonderful.

It's also really, really strange, and really bittersweet to be done with the Gazette. It's been my baby for the past year. I am sorry to leave Gorham and Westbrook. I feel truly invested in those communities. It's weird; there were so many times I couldn't handle it anymore, that I just wanted to be done and gone. But now? It's sad! I'm going to miss all of the people I've met and interviewed and gotten to know. If you're reading this and you are one of those people, thank you for trusting me with your reputation and your words. I hope I did them justice. I will miss having that privilege.

So I guess it's on to bigger and better things from here on out.

I leave for Seattle tomorrow, so the blog will probably go dark for a week or so, unless I can grab a few seconds to update from there.

Until then, I'm going to enjoy my unemployment! Yahoo!

Monday, May 01, 2006

I'm busy, busy dreadfully busy. You've no idea what I have to do. Busy, busy, shockingly busy...

Yeah. So, I'm busy. And stressed out. And I feel like now that the new reporter started on Wednesday, the "I'm really leaving" ball has started to roll...and everything is starting to snowball really, really quickly.

I feel like I'm staring at a hurdles course (not that I would know what that's like, since, you know, I hate to run and all) about a gajillion yards long. I can just see the end (living in Seattle in a new apartment, paying off debt, not worrying as much), but barely.

The hurdles are piling up and I just keep telling myself to take them one at a time.

Hurdle one: Getting through the next few days of work -- through Wednesday (May 3) -- without killing someone.

Hurdle two: Fly to Seattle Thursday (May 4), find an apartment, interview for temp jobs, meet with the group that's going to France

Hurdle three: Fly back from Seattle, arrive in Boston (6 a.m. on May 10), and greet my in-laws a few hours later, since they arrive for Brett's graduation that afternoon

Hurdle four: Hang with the in-laws (May 10-15), do the birthday thing (May 13), do the graduation thing (May 14)

Hurdle five: Pack the house!!! In 10 days! (May 15-24) AAAAH.

Hurdle six: DRIVE HOME! (May 25-June 1)

Interspersed in there are all the financial hurdles, including the fact that we need to fill our oil tank, the fact that we need our tax return for an apartment deposit, the fact that gas is at THREE freaking dollars a gallon, and the gas to get us back home is probably going to cost twice as much as the truck rental.

So. Lots going on. I may not be around much the next few weeks.

It hit me the other night that we are really leaving Maine, and soon. And I felt sad about that, oddly enough. I mean, this is the thing I've wanted, the thing I've looked forward to for two years, and now it's finally happening, and I feel sad?! I started to pick apart my emotions, and realized that I'm already starting to detach to a point where I can look back on our time here with nostalgia more than anything else.

And, too, I will miss my friends, a few in particular, and I'll miss certain aspects of my job. I know that I'm going to be so happy to be back home in Seattle that I'll get over this weird sadness. Until then, I guess I'll keep expecting it to surprise me by popping up every now and then.