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23 November 09

A really big moving truck came to our house loaded the remaining furniture we are shipping and then they loaded the Hummer. That was fun to watch.

And now I am driving a rental car, cleaning closets, getting ready to pack my suitcase, getting the dogs ready for their flight, and baking pecan pies and cookies for Thanksgiving. Whew.

23 November 09

A really big moving truck came to our house loaded the remaining furniture we are shipping and then they loaded the Hummer. That was fun to watch.

And now I am driving a rental car, cleaning closets, getting ready to pack my suitcase, getting the dogs ready for their flight, and baking pecan pies and cookies for Thanksgiving. Whew.

23 November 09

A really big moving truck came to our house loaded the remaining furniture we are shipping and then they loaded the Hummer. That was fun to watch.

And now I am driving a rental car, cleaning closets, getting ready to pack my suitcase, getting the dogs ready for their flight, and baking pecan pies and cookies for Thanksgiving. Whew.
Well it's official. The movers came today to get our stuff. We wanted to get it on the truck and out of our condo early so that we could spend our last week here getting the rest of the condo straightened out. It will also allow us to enjoy a relaxed Thanksgiving feast with friends before we leave the following week. We're having our Hummer shipped since we didn't want to chance a drive in unpredictable winter weather, so we'll leave Florida and arrive in Colorado all in the same day!

I can't begin to describe how tired I am, but also how thrilled I am that the boxes are gone and with them there is a finality that this is really real, no looking back!
Well it's official. The movers came today to get our stuff. We wanted to get it on the truck and out of our condo early so that we could spend our last week here getting the rest of the condo straightened out. It will also allow us to enjoy a relaxed Thanksgiving feast with friends before we leave the following week. We're having our Hummer shipped since we didn't want to chance a drive in unpredictable winter weather, so we'll leave Florida and arrive in Colorado all in the same day!

I can't begin to describe how tired I am, but also how thrilled I am that the boxes are gone and with them there is a finality that this is really real, no looking back!
Well it's official. The movers came today to get our stuff. We wanted to get it on the truck and out of our condo early so that we could spend our last week here getting the rest of the condo straightened out. It will also allow us to enjoy a relaxed Thanksgiving feast with friends before we leave the following week. We're having our Hummer shipped since we didn't want to chance a drive in unpredictable winter weather, so we'll leave Florida and arrive in Colorado all in the same day!

I can't begin to describe how tired I am, but also how thrilled I am that the boxes are gone and with them there is a finality that this is really real, no looking back!

Journals: The Quick and the Cheap

I've kept a series of journals since childhood. While my record keeping regularity runs in fits and starts, if I have a big move or a broken heart it's a certainty that I will be journaling about it. One of my favorite books on the profound results that come through journaling is Julie Cameron's The Artist's Way. If you are an aspiring writer or artist, chances are great that you've read TAW or at the very least are familiar with Morning Pages, a delightful writing excercise created by Ms. Cameron in which you are encouraged to write three pages every morning to unload baggage, unblock, and clear the way to create.


My collection of journals has ranged from a big beautiful red leather journal that I filled with postcards of my travels to a one dollar composition book I recently bought at Target (shown in the pictures here). Some of the big journals chronicled years of my life. Recently I've worked with a series of slim, short-term journals that I chose to use for…

Hot Flashes and Middle Aged Angst

Okay, enough about the big move, the job hunt, the next house hunt, or my never-ending search for meaning. Today let's discuss what's really vexing me....the inexplicable reason why as a grown woman I suddenly turn red-faced and break out in a sweat while standing in the middle of a store having a breezy conversation!?

While we're at it, can we also have a little chat about why it's ten times more difficult to lose weight now than it was when I was in my twenties? That the changing shape of my body when I stand naked before the bathroom mirror is changing the way I look at myself? That I'm beginning to look more like the woman on the left rather than my old self, the woman on the right? That by some freak of irony, middle age means you start developing the voluptuous rounded belly of a fertility godess at the very same moment you start losing your fertility?

Or why I may be mid-sentence in making some very profound point and suddenly lose the entire train of though…

14 November 09

This has been a very productive week. We now have 40 packed boxes and last night I  made arrangements for all the utilities, cable, and internet to be placed in my name. Incredibly I was able to accomplish all of this over the phone and online. Yes, I am old enough to remember when this same project would have entailed car trips to each service provider, long waits in long lines and inevitably tears of frustration. Yet another reason to celebrate the joys of progress and the Internet.

I decided to fly and have my car shipped, so yesterday I bought one-way plane tickets to Denver and arranged a rented car while we wait to mine to arrive. I also spent a great deal of yesterday searching for a reliable auto transporter and a mover, which seems like an oxymoron given the consumer horror stories one reads about cars held hostage or lost or delayed or household goods broken or lost in transit or held for ransom when the original cost suddenly doubles once it reaches its destination. This sea…

14 November 09

This has been a very productive week. We now have 40 packed boxes and last night I  made arrangements for all the utilities, cable, and internet to be placed in my name. Incredibly I was able to accomplish all of this over the phone and online. Yes, I am old enough to remember when this same project would have entailed car trips to each service provider, long waits in long lines and inevitably tears of frustration. Yet another reason to celebrate the joys of progress and the Internet.

I decided to fly and have my car shipped, so yesterday I bought one-way plane tickets to Denver and arranged a rented car while we wait to mine to arrive. I also spent a great deal of yesterday searching for a reliable auto transporter and a mover, which seems like an oxymoron given the consumer horror stories one reads about cars held hostage or lost or delayed or household goods broken or lost in transit or held for ransom when the original cost suddenly doubles once it reaches its destination. This sea…

14 November 09

This has been a very productive week. We now have 40 packed boxes and last night I  made arrangements for all the utilities, cable, and internet to be placed in my name. Incredibly I was able to accomplish all of this over the phone and online. Yes, I am old enough to remember when this same project would have entailed car trips to each service provider, long waits in long lines and inevitably tears of frustration. Yet another reason to celebrate the joys of progress and the Internet.

I decided to fly and have my car shipped, so yesterday I bought one-way plane tickets to Denver and arranged a rented car while we wait to mine to arrive. I also spent a great deal of yesterday searching for a reliable auto transporter and a mover, which seems like an oxymoron given the consumer horror stories one reads about cars held hostage or lost or delayed or household goods broken or lost in transit or held for ransom when the original cost suddenly doubles once it reaches its destination. This sea…

Imagine Your Future With Vision Boards

Last January when I began the journey to find my 'perfect home' I did a couple things to help me focus on my ultimate goal and to keep me on track as I pursued it. The first thing I did was to create a blog called "Every Day Do One Thing". Thanks to blogger, setting it up took five minutes. The purpose was to create a journal that encouraged me to do one thing every day toward meeting my goal. By creating it in a public forum, my intention was to hold myself accountable to make and record my progress as well as to share it with others who might be traveling the same road.
The second thing I did was to create a vision board. Anyone who has watched Oprah, read The Secret, or has even a passing interest in goal setting has probably heard of vision boards. They are much like child's play: take a stack of magazines, cut out pictures that capture your interest or illustrate your goal, cut them out and glue them on poster board. As simple as it sounds the outcome is rem…
Packing packing packing. Even though I'm only taking six months worth of stuff AND moving to an already furnished home, it's amazing how much there is to pack. There is adelicate balance between taking what I want (Christmas decorations) and what makes sense (don't pack the tree, buy an inexpensive one there). I'm so looking forward to having a home to call my own, I just have to remind myself that this, while temporary, is still one step closer to my goal. Patience, Suzanne, patience. Take a breath and savor the journey. And with that sage advice, I'm off to enjoy a nice glass of red wine.
Packing packing packing. Even though I'm only taking six months worth of stuff AND moving to an already furnished home, it's amazing how much there is to pack. There is adelicate balance between taking what I want (Christmas decorations) and what makes sense (don't pack the tree, buy an inexpensive one there). I'm so looking forward to having a home to call my own, I just have to remind myself that this, while temporary, is still one step closer to my goal. Patience, Suzanne, patience. Take a breath and savor the journey. And with that sage advice, I'm off to enjoy a nice glass of red wine.
Packing packing packing. Even though I'm only taking six months worth of stuff AND moving to an already furnished home, it's amazing how much there is to pack. There is adelicate balance between taking what I want (Christmas decorations) and what makes sense (don't pack the tree, buy an inexpensive one there). I'm so looking forward to having a home to call my own, I just have to remind myself that this, while temporary, is still one step closer to my goal. Patience, Suzanne, patience. Take a breath and savor the journey. And with that sage advice, I'm off to enjoy a nice glass of red wine.

5 November 09

Since we've chosen a six month furnished rental, we really don't need to bring much with us other than our toothbrushes and a change of underwear. Okay, there's going to be a few boxes of clothes as well and maybe a couple boxes with Christmas decorations because while not practical, who wouldn't want to decorate for a White Christmas in Colorado? Given small amount we're taking we'll just ship it out.

Now the question is: what's the best way to get ourselves out there?  Should we ship the car by auto transport and fly out with our two yorkies? Or should we drive the 2000 miles? Currently I'm gathing info on what the actual dollar costs would be under either option.

Here's some considerations for each scenario:

Ship and Fly:

Pros: It's convenient, especially given the unpredictability of winter weather.

Cons: It's expensive. Any way I crunch the numbers it will cost more to pay an auto transport company to ship the car, buy one-way tickets for …