There are less than two months left until Ian and I move to Portland, and we are both excited with anticipation, and frightened with scenarios of not being able to find a place to live or a job for Ian. We are trying to remain positive and tell ourselves that everything will work out, even if we have to stay a week or so in an extended stay hotel at first until we can get an apartment, or if Ian has to get a job at Burger King (Bonus: free crack coffee for me).
We are trying to make this move as painless as possible by tackling the cleaning, sorting, and packing of our apartment a little bit each day. You never realize how much meaningless stuff you have accumulated until you try to estimate how many boxes you're going to have to put it all in. We also have to deal with the business of selling things that we aren't taking with us that still have value. (If you are a Utah local interested in buying a complete set of fetching bamboo-patterned China called Yamaka Mandarin, please let me know. It's a valuable set, very charming, and I will cut a great deal.)
Been checking lots of things off the To-Do list:
- My car passed its inspections, after initially failing for the gas cap. Phew! I was worried they would fail my brakes. Much rather buy an $8 gas cap than $500 brake work.
- Ordered a new wristwatch. I've gone a year and a half without wearing one, and I've actually gotten fairly good at estimating the time, but in law school I will need to be a bit more precise. I like this model because it has both analog and digital, plus date. I can be a little slow at reading analog faces, but they are still useful if you want to do a visual on 15 minutes of time, say. I also like that the analog only shows even numbers. An old watch of mine was like this, and I somehow found it easier to read.
- Got an updated eye prescription (-.50 change in each eye since last year - Zoinks!), and ordered some cheap but handsome new frames from Zenni Optical.
- Decided to purchase a new 13" MacBook Pro for school (but will wait until we move to Portland, so as to partake of the lack of sales tax in the great state of Oregon). I decided that it would be beneficial, at the least, to be fluent in both PC and Mac, so I'm making the crossover. Plus, with the student discount, I will be able to get the 13" for $1,100, and will get a free iPod Touch as well, which is great because Ian's iPod seems to have walked off, and he needs a new one.
- Finally got a haircut that is funky and choppy and well-shaped and makes me feel like me again. No one ever seems to understand what I try to tell them to do, but this one I can work with. And I don't feel like a soccer mom or news lady, which is always a bonus. Plus, did you know there is such a thing as a spray wax hair product? Dream come true, this.
In checking all these things off the list, I feel so excited for the rest of this time to go by, but I also realize that there are a lot of people I care about that I'm going to be leaving behind, some of whom I may never see again, some of whom I truly wish to maintain contact with, but I'm realistic about the fact that physical distance can lend itself to emotional distance.
Still, I am eager to get on with this exciting adventure. I'm eager to get my brain moving again. Funny how quickly mental prowess atrophies without proper stimulation. I look forward to this new challenge.