Random thought... I will never need to buy another kitchen towel, napkin or coffee mug. Ever.
And I'm not moving again anytime soon... unless I get rid of some of my stuff - more of my stuff. Oy vey.
It's done. At a few minutes after 4:00 pm, Wednesday, December 17th, I closed the garage door, hugged the dear, sweet friend who had helped me get everything packed and cleared out of the house and pulled out of the driveway.
It was odd driving away... and a little bit sad. This is the house my Mom had called "home", and I could still see her there. And Rosie had lived here - with furniture being pulled out, there were random tufts of dog-hair to be found. No matter how excited I am about the adventure ahead, this was still an ending to a good, happy chapter.
I wasn't sure how far I would get but I made it to Lordsburg, New Mexico that evening. There was some rain along the way but the conditions were good and there wasn't much traffic. Thursday was a longer drive - but not a longer day - with my goal being Abilene, Texas. That left a relatively short drive to Dallas on Friday morning - I arrived a few minutes before Noon.
I went from "empty" to "empty".
And yes, I spent Friday night in my apartment. I'd planned ahead and brought some "camping" equipment - an air mattress, a couple of quilts, towels, a stereo, a couple of forks, a plate, a bottle of wine and glasses, and my favorite scented candle. Though with electricity, I didn't need that last one but it was sure nice for a little ambiance.
Okay, so I also ran to the grocery store. The movers were coming early Saturday morning and I didn't know when I'd have the chance. Or the energy.
Long story short - the move went really well. While it did take me almost a week to find the power cord for the bigger television, nothing was broken. A week after, I'm settled enough to be comfortable, only my sewing room remains to be unpacked and put in order. (That's it in the picture.)
And then there was Christmas.
Casey and Mark - brother's dog and brother - arrived Wednesday afternoon and I actually managed to make Christmas Eve dinner! A Prime Rib Roast - Mark's request - that came out perfectly, thank you very much. The pie, bread and green bean casserole were from Central Market. Christmas Day was nice, quiet and really relaxed... naps were involved for all present. While we had plenty of leftovers available, we decided to venture to a nearby sushi restaurant for dinner on Christmas Day. It was perfect - dinner was great and the restaurant was a very short walk from my apartment.
I'm off to get my license plates today - and then I'll try the "getting the driver's license" thing again. It turns out I need to register the car before they'll let me drive it. Then I have to run by Home Depot, the Container Store, Staples and I don't remember where else before trying to finish the unpacking. I hope to be able to do a little bit of sewing by next weekend.
Groceries! I need soup! It's definitely soup-weather in Dallas right now. The high temperature on New Year's Day is supposed to be 34 degrees. With a chance of ice pellets! Ice pellets?
I was excited to spend the day watching the NHL Winter Classic - the Chicago Blackhawks at Washington Capitals... I just didn't think they'd be able to play the game in my apartment.
And no, it doesn't make me feel better that it's almost as cold in Phoenix.
Okay, maybe just a little bit.