As I mentioned yesterday - it was moving day. I've been wondering for weeks where I'd move all (well, most) of my worldly possessions. It has has been living in the garage where I left it in Arizona during my last trip here in January. Not knowing where I'd move it has been part of various complicated scenarios where everything is connected. Anyway, yesterday I implemented Plan B and my stuff found a new home. In a storage unit. Again.
One thing I will share is that I've been offered a position back east that would last thru the end of the year and am going through the background check and all the other screening that happens. I'm superstitious with this kind of stuff so no details will be forthcoming until it actually begins. I've lined up a furnished place to live, as well, and I'm cautiously excited about it all. Fingers are crossed.
The fact that this is done now is a huge burden lifted. I've still got some other significant things to accomplish this week but this was a biggie.
Yesterday was the perfect day around here. The high was probably in the low 80's. No humidity. Amazing deep blue skies. It was just heaven. And early concerns that my storage unit wouldn't be large enough to hold my 3 loads worth of stuff thankfully didn't come to pass. We did an amazing job of packing it from floor to ceiling. By the time we finally locked it at 7:30 yesterday evening I was spent. After a quick dip in the pool, a couple of glasses of wine, a couple of Tylenol PM to soothe the aches and pains, and a little unwind time I don't even remember falling asleep.
I'm thankful my body is still good at doing this stuff. Although it creeks and cracks and groans more it's still a machine when it comes to picking up boxes and furniture for hours on end. Once the adrenaline gets going I'm like the Everready Bunny and the lulls in the action spent driving to or from the storage unit only make it harder to get the engine going again (so to speak...).
Anyway, I'm more than thankful to Kimberly, Julie, and Jenifer for their help. I couldn't have done it without them. More than simply helping me to carry stuff their continued good humor, positive energy, and tireless support helped to make it through the day. Again. It was one of those times when you realize just how important having friends who are willing to help when you need it is. I am truly truly blessed in that regard.
One of the things I've found is the unexpected comfort in being able to bring some of my "stuff" back east with me. Specifically, I only brought a small wardrobe with me when I left last fall and since it was getting towards winter back east I didn't bring any of my warmer weather/summer stuff. I've been spending the morning tying on my dresses and I'm finding comfort in wearing them again and bringing them back with me. Ah, the smaller things...
Another smaller thing - technically I could take the early morning flight back east tomorrow but one thing I've been very much wanting to do is to hike Squaw Peak again. As I've written in the past, it is a place of spiritual connection for me. I went there the day after I learned my father died to contemplate in solitude and I've learned to go there for peace in times of stress. Since this entire trip so far has been about doing things I have to do I want to be sure to make a small window of "me" time. So, tomorrow I'll hike Squaw Peak and I'll fly east in the afternoon. It's all about balance.
Now that that's done - on to the next challenge. All I can say is that if you see me at the Empire Conference this weekend make sure to give a hug. I'll need it.