The day we have been counting down to is finally here: I am a California girl again (insert Katy Perry tunes here). To be perfectly honest I am not 100% sure how I feel about it. It is so entirely new and yet familiar. Before I get to the now of it all, I want to share some details of the drive down.
The most important fact you should know is that we drove straight through. No sleeping. It was bananas. We left Seattle at 6:30 am Friday morning and drove up my childhood driveway in Orange, CA at 8:30 am on Saturday. Can we say bananas again?
1. Washington sent us off with a goodbye hot air balloon. No really, we just happened to have the best view from my Uncle’s backyard. Crazy beautiful!
2. The trailer my car lived on for the drive was a tad tight, so once my dad drove it onto the platform we learned the door couldn’t open more than an inch. Solution? Climbing out the sunroof and ducked taping it shut for the remainder of the journey. That silver tape really can fix anything!
3. All set to head out.
4. Gas station fun.
5. Me and my dad taking a break by a river at a rest stop somewhere between Seattle and Orange County.
6. We for sure got stuck in time-to-get-out-your-car traffic.
7. What’s a road trip without gambling? I have no idea!
8. Hello sun and palm trees and California!
It is a relief to be home. To be here. To be not moving. It is wonderful being around family and friends. I think it’s going to feel like vacation for a bit. I just traveled not even a little bit close to lightly.
I have been giving it some thought, and I came to the conclusion it would be extremely unfair of me to invite all of you to join me for the countdown of my move and not fill you in on what’s happening after. So, I will be continuing Monday Move for awhile longer. I’m sure you want to hear how it is moving back in with my parents after living in another state for 6 years. There are some laughs, frustrations, and probably tears to come.
Future topics to look forward to? Applying to substitute teach, starting grad school, decorating my room, and welcoming a new neighbor I have known since I was in elementary school (he is literally moving next door) are just a few.
Adventures are to be had! Excitement is finally shining through now that all my goodbyes are over. Finally! Also, the simple act of blogging is giving me a sense of comfort and routine. Thank you readers for giving me a reason to be writing right this moment!