She says with her hand dramatically flung across her forehead.
Piles of crap. Or at least I wish they were crap. Then I could just straight arm the whole counter and throw it all away. That would really simplify matters right now. I have been throwing away stuff left and right and we still have way too much stuff. I opened the medicine cabinet in the back bathroom which we don’t use. It was full of stuff that I am pretty darn sure was here when we moved in while I was pregnant with Otto. Into the trash that all went. Along with the contents of a few closets. I’ll admit, I love getting rid of stuff, but this is crazy. We are renting the house out while we are gone so in addition to packing the things we will need to take, I also have to make room for the renters to store their stuff. Plus, I don’t want weird stuff lurking in cabinets. Like I said, it is a good thing, but wow, I am really looking forward to living in a small flat with no crap!!!!
With any amount of luck, next week at this time we will be enjoying a lovely meal courtesy of Virgin Atlantic Airlines on our way to London. Between now and then, there are a lot of piles. And Lists.
Lists of things to do.
Lists of things to take.
Lists of notes to make.
Lists of things to give to people.
Lists of Lists.
I know, I should not complain. This is an amazing opportunity and we are so lucky to do this. I am also not trying to do all of this packing and schlepping with a small baby as two friends have done in the past year. Otto and Mette are old enough to play on their own and let me get stuff done. It would be really rough around here otherwise.
As it is, it ain’t pretty.
I broke down and vacuumed today. It had been quite some time. It’s the last time I will do that before we leave. I will save the mopping for closer to our departure. No matter how I try, laundry eludes me. I now have packed away all my clothes I am not taking, eric is close to that. In order to maintain a sense of what is where, I have to be on top of the laundry. HA!
Side note, Eric has 47 (!) pairs of socks that he is NOT taking to London. The boy loves him some socks. His response, “you knew that when you married me”. True, I did. It still cracks me up.
We are getting close to being ready. I still have a bunch of stuff to do, but I seem to have a timeline to get it done. But as I sit here in bed I see four suitcases in the bedroom where I continue to pack and repack them and then weigh them to see if it will all fit. My dresser is stacked with clothes to be packed and a few that I may want to wear this week but don’t want to take. My vanity has been emptied but the top has three dop kits, make-up, soaps and kid stuff. Then there are piles of washcloths and small things I will pack if there is room. Eric’s dresser is filled with clean clothes and stuff I don’t know what to do with just now.
And then there is the emotional part. Today was Otto’s last show and tell at preschool. This is his last full week. When we get back it will be summer vacation and then he starts Kindergarden. How did we get here!!! He seems to know that he is leaving. He wants lots of playdates and getting him to leave his friends and walk home after school gets a little harder each day. He really loves Kinderfolk so much. As much as I know this spring will be an amazing experience for him. I also and sad that he will miss half of the year there. What a great experience this has been for him. I am looking forward to Mette going for the next two years, I am not ready to be done there!!!
Now I am going to continue getting the house ready by working through the gin in the freezer!!