First of all, thank you, xoFriends–your packing advice was magnificent. A friend came to visit (and by "came to visit" I mean "came to save my life") and we put your tips to excellent use. We got an awful lot done in a short amount of time.
Now, after two days spent driving and listening to ill-advised songs that made me cry, I am in Alexandria, VA. I've already viewed some places to live but am crashing on a friend's couch until I settle for a real landing.
Pro tip: maybe don't pick a selection of the saddest songs possible by Morrissey, Mazzy Star, and Mia Doi Todd to listen to as you drive away from your long-time home. Of course, I also cried listening to Christmas carols. You haven't felt pathetic until you've sobbed while driving and listening to Andy Williams croon "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year."
Stevie Wonder's "What Christmas Means to Me" is another good one for feeling like you are abandoning everything that's good in your world while in vain pursuit of a foolish daydream. It's usually such a happy song but all it made me think of this time was what I was leaving behind.
Yes, that's melodrama. But it's been that kind of emotional rollercoaster around here lately (I've also been to a funeral and two weddings in the last three weeks) and sometimes a little melodrama really hits the spot. When you're feeling out of control in that hand-to-forehead sort of way, what's your favorite way of coping with it? To paraphrase Mr. Rogers, what do you do with the feels that you feel? Are you an angry exerciser? A stress baker? Do you scrub the grout with a toothbrush when you're sad?
Having gotten all those feelings out of my system during the drive up, I'm super excited to be having this new adventure. I'm also super excited to find out what you think about the following:
- What's the most important room in a living space to you?
- Do you wrap gifts or prefer to use gift bags?
- When you have control over the thermostat, what do you set it to?
- What's the number one song guaranteed to get stuck in your head if you so much as think about it? (Also, sorry if that just ear-wormed you with it.)
- What's your all-time favorite single-use kitchen gadget? (I really love those garlic roasters shaped like a head of garlic.)
And now it's time for the best part of an Open Thread, which is (obviously) all of your comments. Happy Wednesday!