I'm writing this ahead of time (Monday night) and setting it to publish itself automatically since we'll pack up the computer Tuesday morning. If something goes wrong and we don't get out of here Wednesday morning as planned, I'll find a way to update here.
But here's to thinking positive and saying, on Wednesday morning, September 30th:
The movers called yesterday: they'll be here between 8-10 a.m. We finished packing everything last night - 145 boxes, 30 artworks, furniture, garage/basement stuff - and I can't believe there is this much stuff in such a teeny house. The movers will not like the fact that, since we packed ourselves, there's all these little boxes, but I think they will appreciate that we're not taking any appliances and what little furniture we do have is so old that it's nearly balsa-wood weight.
My back is killing me, my feet are sore too. I think a 2,500 mile sit-down sounds de-lovely right now.
Of course we have to have a Road Trip Soundtrack! Here it is (in no particular order because my iPod keeps shuffling it around) - see if you can pick up on the theme:
Walk on the Wild Side - Lou Reed I'll Fly Away - Alison Krauss While You See A Chance - Steve Winwood Holiday - Madonna Learn to Fly - Foo Fighters Misty Mountain Hop - Led Zeppelin Runnin' With The Devil - Van Halen Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles I Own The Road - Don Campbell America - Yes If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out - Cat Stevens I Will Survive - Cake Paradise City - Guns N' Roses I'm So Bored with the U.S.A. - The Clash Ramblin' Man - The Allman Brothers Band Million Miles Away - The Plimsouls You're My Home - Billy Joel Never Going Back Again - Fleetwood Mac Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh In a Big Country - Big Country Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen Changes - Yes Peaceful Easy Feeling - The Eagles Drive My Car - The Beatles This Land Is Your Land - Woody Guthrie Dirty Blvd - Lou Reed No Sleep Till Brooklyn - The Beastie Boys Truckin' - Grateful Dead If I Don't Be There By Morning - Eric Clapton Over The Hills And Far Away - Led Zeppelin Take the Money and Run - Steve Miller Band Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac Keep On The Sunny Side - The Whites Anticipation - Carly Simon Ready to Run - Dixie Chicks Shiny Happy People - R.E.M. (featuring Kate Pearson) Blue Sky - The Allman Brothers Band Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz Welcome To Paradise - Green Day Breakfast In America - Supertramp Close To The Borderline - Billy Joel Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) - Billy Joel Walk This Way - Aerosmith King's Highway - Tom Petty Kings of the Wild Frontier - Adam and the Ants Livin' On The Edge - Aerosmith Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan Move To The City - Guns N' Roses Wide Open Road - Johnny Cash The Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani Face The Change - INXS No Place Like Home - 4 Non Blondes Gotta Get Away - The Offspring Going Mobile - The Who Jamming - Bob Marley & The Wailers Here and Now - Letters to Cleo This Town - The Go-Go's The Best Is Yet To Come - Frank Sinatra I Feel The Earth Move - Carole King Celebration Day - Led Zeppelin Don't Stop - Fleetwood Mac Movin' On - Bad Company Road To Nowhere - Talking Heads Let's Go Crazy - Prince Under the Milky Way - The Church Couldn't Stand The Weather - Stevie Ray Vaughan Big Rock Candy Mountain - Harry McClintock Crossroads - Cream Take The Long Way Home - Supertramp Marrakesh Express - Crosby, Stills & Nash Keep the Car Running - Arcade Fire All That I Know - Collective Soul Runnin Down A Dream - Tom Petty Where The Streets Have No Name - U2 Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones Blue Highway - Billy Idol Young Americans - David Bowie You Wild Colorado - Johnny Cash Ramble On - Led Zeppelin You Make My Dreams - Hall & Oates It's My Life - Bon Jovi She's Leaving Home - The Beatles
I think I've mentioned that it's taken a really long time for our moving west dream to come true (hasn't quite happened yet/don't jinx it) due to our house being on the market for over a year before finally going under contract. Here's a picture of the For Sale sign out front. Not only has the sign been there long enough for a little maple tree seedling to grow on top of the signpost, but the teeny leaves have just started to change color with the season. Also note the cobwebs.
Where I live there are a lot of yard sales on the weekends. But I think there's an even better way to get rid of usable but unwanted stuff without the hassle of a yard sale: putting stuff out on a busy road with a sign that says "FREE." Everyone wants something for nothing.
The first time I did it, H was appalled, embarassed, like I'd put a rusted-out pickup on blocks in the front yard or made a planter out of a 'sploded truck tire. But I'd just traded in my 1992 front wheel drive car for a 2002 AWD car, and I had no more use for my four studded snowtires anymore (and I was darned if I was going to pay the dump to take them). So I rolled them out to the main road on the end of my street and put up a big cardboard sign that said, "FREE, as-is, good for one more season." And within two hours they were gone.
Since then H has come around and we have also used this technique to get rid of two wheelbarrows, two garbage cans, three lamps of various age (and dubious wiring), a slightly warped coffeetable, a birdbath pedestal, a whole bunch of plant pots and gardening sundries and, most recently, our nine year old gas grill. The grill went just this morning: out on Route 26 at 7:30 a.m., and gone by 9:00 a.m. Never, repeat never, underestimate the power of free.
Finish packing, see family, take crazy dog to groomer, get haircut, doctor's appointments, oil change, close bank account, see friends, one last run to Goodwill, AAA for road-trip books, call two more SLC apartment complexes for appointments, call SLC job placement agency to set up interview, grocery store for road-trip supplies (diet Coke, dog food, Wheat Thins), back up computer hard drive, finalize road-trip playlist and update iPod, put Netflix account on hold, scrounge more boxes, offer up gas grill on the main road with "free" sign, clean house.
I'm pretty stressed about packing - although H assures me everything will be done on time - so I won't be posting much before the Move; and it'll take us a little while to find an apartment and hook back up to the internet once we get to SLC, so please bear with us. (There will be plenty of time for posting once we're settled, however, since I don't have a job yet.)
So to keep you entertained, here are links to posts I wrote about Utah on my other blog, Friend Mouse Speaks:
It's been a long road, but it looks as though H and I may actually be moving to Salt Lake City. This is the timeline he constructed for me:
July 2007 - his trip to Colorado - I was open to the idea of the move October 2007 - our trip to Utah - I liked the idea June 2008 - we made the plan - pretty sure I loved the idea July 2008 - another trip to Utah - definitely loved the idea August 2008 - we listed the house - excited about the move November 2008 - Thanksgiving - sad we hadn't moved December 2008 - pre-Christmas ice storm - frustrated we hadn't moved January 2009 - another major snow storm - depressed we hadn't moved March 2009 - the weather finally broke - hopeful we'd eventually move April 2009 - when I pay $31 to license the dog - over the edge
I should maybe explain that "over the edge" thing. It cost me $31 (instead of $7) to license the crazy dog because we were in the "second tier" of forgetting to license her and the town no longer sends reminder postcards because of budgetary cutbacks. So, they raised our taxes and cut services, and I had Just Had It at that point. (Luckily I remembered in the second tier and not the third, which would have run me closer to $100.)
Anyway, finally, at the beginning of August 2009, after 77+ showings and a year on the market, our house went under contract. And now the closing is in one week and as soon as that's over, we're heading west.
If you're planning to visit SLC and find yourself here, specifically looking for information on restaurants, click on the labels below - "beer," "breakfast" and "non-breakfast eating" - and all my posts with those tags, and thus restaurant reviews and/or addresses, etc., will come up.