Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Shiz just got REAL

I have been informed that the moving company will be here to pack on Thursday.  As in, approximately thirty hours from now.

(picture me running in circles, eating many, many brownies, fanning myself, and generally having a nervous breakdown.)

*pant pant pant*

Friends of the interwebs, I am waving the white flag of surrender.  I had hoped to get more stuff organized and purged and sorted before moving.....but it is not going to happen in the next 30 hours.

The relocation company will be here to pack all of my stuff Thursday morning.  This is fabulous, in that I don't have to pack it.  So why am I having a nervous breakdown?

I'm just not ready to uproot my entire life yet.   Life will be fabulous in California, I'm sure.  But life here was kind of fabulous too, blog title notwithstanding.  I already miss my family and my friends.  I miss my sisters.  The movers coming on Thursday means that this is really happening. I am really moving three thousand miles from everyone we know.

I'm just not ready.

I encouraged the Mister to apply for this job.  I believe that this is a good move for our family. Its going to be good.  But its also the end of an era. I've lived in New Jersey my entire adult life, and most of my childhood.  Its what I know, its what I'm familiar with.  My encyclopedic knowledge of New Jersey highways and ability to find my way home from any exit off the NJ Turnpike will be useless in California.

The movers will load the truck on Friday, along with my car, and then the kids and I are camping out at Grandma's for two weeks while our belongings wend their way to our new home.  They will be delivered on March 15th.  Greg will continue to go to his old school in NJ during those two weeks.

Tomorrow I am going to focus on packing two large suitcases with enough clothes for two weeks in NJ, and a few days of warmer weather clothes for when we get to California.  I will clean out the fridge, as it will be going on the moving truck.  I have a number of other small errands, like picking up the kids' medical records, and I have to make a number of phone calls, like enrolling Greg in a new school.  And that is all I am going to do before the movers get here.

I will try to remember to put aside some spackle and paint and painting supplies and cleaning supplies so that I can patch and clean after the house is empty.

I should probably go pull all the medicines and the passports.  (I am aware that California is not a foreign country; I just don't want to leave our passports on a truck in someone elses's possession for two weeks.)

For now I am going to have a caramel brownie.  Or five.  And read some blogs.


  1. I've been slowly catching up on life out in the blogs and WOW! You've really got some big changes coming up! How exciting...except for this whole Thursday business! I can't even imagine. I would like one of those caramel brownie to eat in commissearation with you. Yep, I'm pretty sure that's not an actual word, but caramel brownie is a real word, and I imagine, real delicious, so it all works out in the end.

    I also think this whole 'getting ready quickly' business will work out, too. It's a tremendous change, but wow, the opportunities in that new locale and with that new house! Keep in mind, I live, literally, two minutes from the house I grew up in and my mom still lives in, but I'm envious of your new opportunities...and that you'll have no snow.


    You'll do this!

  2. YES WE CAN! Or, um, yes you can. You can do it! In the meantime, have another brownie - it can't hurt. A few of those & some time on the interwebs is just what the doctor (moving company?) ordered.

  3. Congrats on finding a place! And I know all to well what you are going through. You're going to need many brownies! Good luck with it all!

  4. It is kind of scary to uproot your life, but it will be exciting too. You just have a lot on your plate right now. I went through the same thing when I moved to the east coast...though it was much easier at the time without kids.

  5. I once stood exactly in your shoes. It reminded me of the time I stood on the railing of a bridge, tethered to a bungee cord looking at a gorge below me. That moment before I jumped? THAT!


  6. I miss you already!!! :(

    But now I have a great reason to come to California :)

    I love you, and everything is going to be great!!!


    You can always organize everything once you get there- in fact- regardless you would be doing that- I am in full support of your surrender!

  8. Oh sweetie. Yeah, totally justified in every single little (and big) thing you're feeling. And I know how it is with little ones: You don't get to freak out/meltdown/whatever because you need to keep it together so they won't.

    What's helped me through similar times is to keep focused on the day I'm in. Don't have to do it all at once. You can only do what can be done in one day. You don't have to know all the next things to do. Just the one next thing to do. And though I've never met you in real life, I know you can do it. Hang in there.

  9. Hang in there! Change is scary. And moving always sucks. You can do it!


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