I don't usually do blog posts using the phone app, so this might end up oddly formatted. I'm writing this from a really comfortable hotel room in Conway, Arkansas, just west of Little Rock. I think we are going to sleep well tonight. The last few days have been BUSY!
Wednesday was the boys' last day of school. There were tears and hugs, but after a shoe pause for touchy-feely stuff, we went to work to get the last few action items on my list accomplished. My list had been multiple pages long when David left for DC on Monday, and we were down to the nitty-gritty by Wednesday night.
All the non-essential items in our house, garage and storage shed had been taken to Goodwill or put in storage. We ended up needing two storage spaces to hold everything! All the things that I could easily pack myself, or that I thought we'd need during the 10+ days it will take for our belongings to be delivered were in a holding area in the garage (inside a measured and taped off area David made to show me the dimensions of the Uhaul trailer). My goal had been to get our household goods down from the estimated 8600 pounds to the 4000 pounds that Sandia would pay to move. I have no idea if we accomplished this goal, but the house was feeling very empty.
Thursday was the day that the movers came to pack up everything left in the house - mainly the kitchen and off-season clothes and furniture. It ended up being a pretty relaxing day. The boys and I spent most of it sitting on our (beautiful!) back patio watching movies and reading books. The movers finished at about 4 pm, so we checked into a nearby hotel for the night. The boys swam for a bit and we had some dinner and then went to bed early.
Of course none of us slept much. We kept waiting for David to arrive, but his plane was horribly delayed, and he didn't make it to the room until 1 am. I was pretty much an exhausted wreck by that point. I may have snarled at the boys for thrashing around in their hotel bed and keeping me awake with their restless limbs. It wasn't my proudest moment. I hope that's the worst meltdown of the move! It's good to set the bar early.
Friday was departure day. From 8 am to 1:30 pm, we loaded the Uhaul, signed my car over to the transit company, and watched the movers fill their truck with our furniture. Then we got on the road! I wish we'd known that the movers would be loading most of the morning on Friday. We probably wouldn't have planned to drive quite so far if we'd known the plan in advance. It took us until 9 pm (10 pm OK time) to get to our pre-paid hotel room in Elk City, OK. The boys slept much better that night!
Friday was a crazy, exhausting day. Today was lovely. The boys and I ate a big hotel breakfast while David exercised in the hotel mini-gym. Then we had a lovely and leisurely drive from Elk City all the way across Oklahoma and a bit into Arkansas before stopping for the day at a civilized 4:30. The boys swam. I read my book. We had some dinner. It's been a good day.
If I think of this drive as costing a dollar, then we have already earned about 40 cents. Only three days and 60 cents left to go!