Saturday, August 31, 2013

Saturday + {Moving Day}

I woke up today to a text from the apartment supervisor/handyman informing me, quite politely, at 12:03 a.m. that it was "Quiet time." The text was also quite ineffectual, considering that I was in bed, asleep, and Gooligan and Maddi and everyone who came to wish us goodbyes were the ruckus-raisers. 

The rest of the day went surprisingly well. I opened at work and by the time I got off, my parents had arrived, Pumpkin Spice Latte in hand for Gooligan, and they and Gooligan had loaded almost all of our moving truck.

After a quick stop at Starbucks to load up on more coffee and hot chocolate (I'm on day six of being coffee-free, which I'll get into in another post I'm sure), Gooligan and I accompanied my dad to Home Depot to get supplies to fix a hole in our wall left by a previous tenant. Note to renters everywhere: newspaper is not an appropriate substitute for drywall.

We drove down to Seattle and spent the evening unloading, reconstructing our furniture, and feasting on Indian food and coconut ice cream with frozen blueberries. Wake-up time is five-thirty, since I have to be at work in Bellingham at eight. Only three days left at work, which is exciting and scary simultaneously. I'm sure it'll pass even more quickly than usual, considering that Sunday and Monday are huge Labor Day sales events.

On our drive down, Gooligan napped, having worn herself out from all her stupendous work. I spent the time thinking about my homework. I'm focusing on my lecture this month, since my adviser still has three short stories of mine to give me notes on from last time.

My lecture is about world-building in science fiction and I'm going to discuss the works of Ursula K. Le Guin, Junot Diaz, Michael Chabon, and Karen Russell. I'm pretty excited to delve into the topic more. Right now, though, I just need to get through the final push of work and let my thoughts soak in my brain a little longer.

Overall, today was a great reminder about the importance of family. We all pitched in together and got a really big job done in a single day. There's no way Gooligan and I could have done it without them. We're truly lucky to have their support as we start the next step of our journey.


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