Almost there! Part 2
It’s been such a busy time since we last wrote. Since getting back from China, I’ve finished work, and we’ve moved all of our worldly possessions out of our apartment.
On the work front, I finished my last day at work last Friday April 15. The company was kind enough to throw me a going-away party that included pizza and (so much) beer, and it couldn’t have been a nicer day for it. We have a small patio at the office that we use on occasion, and I had a nice time parking myself out there for the afternoon to think about the travels ahead. I can’t wait to see all these folks next year, with all my travel stories in hand! (Side note: My favorite beer of the day was definitely the Singlecut Does Anybody Remember Laughter IPA. Singlecut is a local brewery here in Queens that doesn’t distribute far outside New York City, but if you have the chance and see any of their stuff around, I highly recommend it. This goes double for hopheads who manage to find any of their IPAs, which they have a lot of. I’m a particularly big fan of their Billy series. Yum.)
After work ended on Friday, I thought we might get a little breather to relax and have a nice weekend, but with the moving truck arriving Monday, it turned into a frantic weekend of packing. Charley’s been an incredible mensch about doing all the packing; my biggest job was just to stay out of the way. Still, in the one or two days before the actual move, I think everyone has the same thought with all of the random s*** that’s left: There’s no time to be organized anymore; just throw things into boxes and figure it out later!! Charley uses a great packing system where different rooms use different color-coded box labels, so movers don’t need direction and guidance after you’ve posted a legend, but by the end, anyone will end up with boxes labeled “WHO KNOWS” and “CHRISTMAS TREE STAND AND EXTERNAL MONITOR AND WINTER COAT.” Sometimes you just have to go with it. In the end, the movers complimented Charley’s packing job, and we managed to get moved out of our apartment and into our storage unit near Harrisburg in record time.
Now, we sit in a mostly empty apartment, sleeping on the Murphy bed and lounging on a cheap inflatable sofa we found on Amazon. It’s funny to me that we can all picture the first few days after a new move-in, where we sit in empty homes and eat take-out all the time, but we don’t often think about it happening right before a move-out as well!