Monday, September 29, 2008

boxes, boxes, boxes

Oy. So the packers came today and boxed up everything I hadn't boxed up already...nice guys, very efficient. Of course I was kinda basket-casey watching everything be bundled into cardboard, and was indebted to Alison, who came over to hang out, do apartment surveys with me to monitor the growth of boxed-up possessions, and keep me on an even keel. We spent a lot of time in the bedroom while one of the guys (abt age 30 at the oldest) was packing things, and he'd chime in every once in a while. It ended up coming out over time that he'd been with the first crew of soldiers to go into Iraq. Pretty amazing stuff--we kept it superficial, asking about how hot it got, and how long he was there. Apparently he'd been in Kuwait on standard tour of duty, and when he was on the plane, the whole crew was informed that instead of going home they were going to Iraq.

We talked about the debate some, about Barack (who he seemed to support) and McCain, who he'd had respect for but was disappointed by. He was quite shaken by the fact that was revealed in the debate that the US borrowed more than $300 billion from China for the war. "It doesn't make sense," he kept repeating.

Went to Grimaldi's tonite with Greg and Sophie. We stood in line and were brought in ahead of a lot of others b/c we were a party of 4 who would easily fill up a table. Had my first pizza with anchovies tonite--Y.U.M! Thanx, Soph!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Crap weather...

It's raining outside--yesterday was sticky and gross, the day before raining pretty heavily. I'm sitting here contemplating going to the liquor store to get more boxes to continue packing...but I think it doesn't open until noon. If I'm lucky the rain will stop long enough for me to cart back a largish haul. I'd consider complaining, but Diane (my ex-roomie) is moving today, and has called all hands on deck to help her out. So if anyone has a reason to complain, it's her, not me! Wishing you the best of luck today, lady Di! And to everyone helping her out.

Friday, September 26, 2008

good bye to office life...

At least for now! I've been at the same job for 6 (six!) years...3x longer than any other job I've ever had. It was pretty surreal to leave, and to say good-bye to some really awesome people. At the same time, I've been chafing under the cubicle environs, but let's admit it, I'll be pretty desperate to find something similar once we've settled in on the West Coast. We'll have to see how things go down--but in a new place I'm hoping to become hungrier, professionally. I need some new challenges. And I'm sure as hell about to get 'em. Eeep!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sunday, September 21, 2008

let's hear it for friends

Steve and I met up with a bunch o'pals at Von on Friday, and proceeded to enjoy Kurt's ability to get us free drinks all night. Had a great time, but we were paying for it yesterday. Rob called and begged off helping me pack until today due to a hangover, which I could completely relate to.

Gotta say, nothing compares to having a friend with a passion for organization...especially when dealing with a slob with me with a head full of 80 different details and difficulties with making decisions about what to keep and what to throw away. He put my possessions into some semblance of order, helped me clean up, and made it downright pleasant.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Yet another freakin' blog

So I've been thinking for ages of starting a blog. Now that I'm moving from the East Coast (where I've spent my whole life) to the West Coast, I figured this would be as good a time as any.

In addition to whining about the agida of moving, culture shock, and unpacking loads of boxes, I'll also blog about the wonders of my new city (Seattle), my obsessive crafting tendencies (knitting, quilting, jewelry making, a little sewing), my evolving political awareness (GoBama, stop voter suppression) and various Seinfeldian observances in my day to day life.

Today, I'm hangin' with some friends after work, and gearing up for a weekend of boxes and bubble wrap. Yee ha!