Monday, May 30, 2011

...this and that

  • The to-do list is growing smaller.

  • Bit by bit, my life is getting packed up and stacked in the garage.

  • It's getting easy to toss things into the trash or put them into the give-away pile.

  • I fooled myself into thinking I could leave dry-eyed. Not going to happen.

  • The storage unit has been reserved--sort of. (What do you mean, my online reservation only guarantees the price, not that you'll actually have a unit for me??)

  • BBQ and a game of "Apples to Apples" with neighbors was a welcome respite from the to-do list.

  • Why did I decide that the garden bench should be repainted before being stored?

  • I'm glad to have an online friend who knows about carpet cleaning--now I know the right questions to ask.

  • We had a 5 day weekend due to furlough days, and I haven't ridden once because the @#$% wind continues to blow. Grrr...

  • I've learned that yes, there are cyclists in Abu Dhabi, women as well, and yes, spandex in public is ok. I'm going to wait to see for myself before I decide to either have my bike shipped or buy one there.

  • Katie graduates from PSU in two weeks and I have no clue what to do for a gift for her. (Hmmm...funny how putting that thought to print caused some ideas to flit through the brain.)

  • I wonder if anyone on Freecycle will want my old TV? (Yes, it's a big screen...but no, it's not flat.) I hate to have to haul it to the dump.

  • Out of all of my "stuff" that is going into storage, the only item I would truly miss if something catastrophic happened is my grandpa's old Victrola. (But I'd still have my memories of him winding it up and playing "Mean Mama Blues.")

  • Due to budget cuts, I'm not being replaced. Next year my classroom will be a storage unit for ESL materials. I feel for my coworkers who will have to absorb my duties into their already full schedules and I worry about my newcomers who will be tossed into regular classes before they're ready.

  • It looks like I'm going to have to get snarky with the bookkeeper at the chiropractor's office about the refund I've been owed since January. A phone call and a note have had no effect.

  • The oven is clean.

  • I'm scared, I'm nervous, and I'm still a little incredulous that I'm actually doing this--but the smile on my face tells me that it's a good decision.

  • It's probably a good thing that I forgot that Arlene also had an extra long weekend--I wouldn't have gotten quite so much accomplished.

  • Four more school days left in this year...


jeff said...

I can't wait to read about cycling Abu Dhabi. And as for the storage unit, I'm reminded of the Seinfeld episode where they don't have a rental car for Jerry. He tells them they know how to "take" a reservation, but not how to "hold a reservation. Good luck, and keep us updated.


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I read your post the day you put it up, but I had to spend a little time musing about its effect on me. The short version is this: I wish I were currently riding the crest of a wave of energy and adventure as you are. I'm not, as simple as that. I will again some day, I am sure. And it pleases me that you have that going on. Get away without tears? Oh, please!

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