I have escaped from the tangles of bubble wrap and cardboard boxes in our second bedroom to pop in and say hello to all of you! I wish life wasn’t quite so hectic right now, but packing and other move preparations are in full swing. I am a picky, organized, “Wait! Can this thin scarf fit into that tiny unused corner of the plate box before you tape it?” kind of packer, so each box seems to take forever.
I inherited this skill my mom, who has incredible talents in the areas of packing suitcases, loading dishwashers, etc. A few years after I moved to Nashville, I found two forgotten pairs of flip flops that she had stowed inside the hollow of my spare tire. To think, that perfectly useful space could have gone wasted! Seriously though, without her help I would have made it across country with about 50% of what she got me there with. She should be on one of those “America’s Got Talent” shows.
Other move-related developments:
1. I have decided to only listen to music when I pack, not watch movies. I slow down considerably when movies are on, and catch myself spending two minutes watching, one minute packing, two minutes watching.
2. We found a box of bubble wrap from the last time we moved (five years ago) in our outdoor storage closet. Yes, we are the kind of people that save boxes of bubble wrap to reuse.
3. The movers are coming on June 21, which happens to be our fifth anniversary. David’s birthday will be a few days later, on the road. If you have any ideas for how to make a birthday thoughtful and special when you’ll be in a small confined space on an interstate with your black lab in the trunk, I am all ears!
Anyway, I wanted to show you our moving announcement! Being the stationery fiend that I am, of course I initially wanted to order fancy printed cards. But, I also wanted to include a map. California is such a big state, and is so far away. I wanted people to have a mental image of where we’d be. Furthermore (and a bit selfishly, I admit), I wanted to entice our friends and family to brave the distance and expense of visiting us by highlighting some of the neat touristy things nearby. But at the same time, I didn’t want to oversell the sightseeing, so that they’d pull up to our house expecting to be in the heart of San Francisco or Napa and be disappointed. A map seemed the best solution.
I created the text for the announcement in Illustrator, and then drew the dotted lines and simple pictures by hand. It was easy to copy on a copy machine, and I found inexpensive, thin, bright pink envelopes at Office Depot. That was pretty much it! I hope this will make it easy for people to update their Christmas card lists, and also prevent the next residents of our apartment from getting sweet mail intended for us.
I suppose I’ll leave it at that for today, and hope to visit you again soon. I’ve been working on another list of things I’ll miss about the South as well as a simple chocolate shake-ish smoothie. And, tomorrow is my last day of school, so I may be able to carve out more blogging time even despite the whirlwind of extra-strength tape and recyclable foam peanuts. Until then, I hope you are enjoying your long weekend, and the beginning of summer!