And the Tour de Tatum has begun!
I'm sitting at my in-laws sipping Mother Lode coffee and finally able to take a few minutes to write. Over the past few days (week, actually), the words have been piling up inside of me and I write and write in my head without the time to write it out on paper or my computer, and now that I have the time to sit down and write I've forgotten most of what I intended to say! Drat!
Writing is necessary for me. Like eating dinner or brushing your teeth. I write in my head constantly. Now I just have to remember what I've already written!
Our pods from U-haul were unloaded last Saturday and on Sunday, in true Seattle fashion, it was cold and drizzly all day. We hired a mover to help us fit everything into our two 5' x 7' x 8' pods. He arrived on a motorcycle with a pony tail and long beard and looked like someone right out of Hell's Angels. He also happened to tell Matt he was a hoarder and had to work to make pathways through his house...interesting. But he was awfully nice, and really did bust his butt to fit as much as possible into the pods.
Sadly, those pods are not as big as P.O.D.S. ones and we were forced to leave a lot of things behind for donation. Our coffee table that held all our games, dining chairs I had lovingly painted robin's egg blue, TV from my dad (it was really large and heavy), TV stand I had re-stained, the beautiful bassinet we were given second-hand, and a truck load of other things had to be left for the donation truck since there was no time to try to even sell it. We even posted it on Craigslist.org for free but there still wasn't any takers in the short amount of time we had.
Its true its just "stuff." But even though it was mostly second-hand I still had poured some energy and time into that "stuff," and it was sad to leave it behind knowing once we get to Oklahoma we'll need to spend more time and money to find replacements. Looks like I'll be garage sale shopping soon! And I think I'll buy some more robin's egg spray paint because I loved our painted Ikea chairs.
And now, a moment of silence for my chairs:
We originally meant to pull out on Monday morning, but with so much stuff left over we were trying to do the math of whether it was cheaper to try to get a hitch installed on my car and pull a trailer (it was a whole other pod's worth of stuff, basically. U-Haul lies when they say an apartment can fit in two U-boxes!), or ship it or donate it. We also hadn't even started cleaning the place and had a goodbye party for Matt that evening. So we decided to stay one more day.
The next day we cleaned and hauled more stuff to Goodwill and I crammed as much as I could into every available nook and cranny of the pods. We had to have some friends come over to help move the TV and base into the car since I probably shouldn't be lifting anything super heavy this soon after delivering a nearly 10 pound baby...
That night, with three full bottles of breastmilk in the fridge we went to our last Seattle dinner at our fav Mexican place, Torero's and I indulged in a "regular" sized margarita for the first time since finding I was pregnant.
So. So. Good. And appreciated.
The next morning we started loading the car. But as it goes with a crazy dog and a baby and only one of us being a Tetris master to make everything fit in my car (me), and having used all our bottles of milk so I had to breastfeed every hour or so and finish cleaning the apartment...we didn't finally drive away until 2ish.
Then the tarp I had tied over the things tied on top of my car wouldn't stay down, and we were so tired and fed up with it we went to FedEx and shipped it to Oklahoma.
Then we finally got on the freeway and pulled off when we saw a sign for Taco Bell and tried to get some lunch, and there was no Taco Bell to be seen! Seattle had to get us lost just one more time! You can read my first driving experience in Seattle that I wrote nearly three years ago on the Ups and Downs and Waiting post.
That night we stayed in Meford, and the next day headed to Paradise, CA to meet up with some of Matt's family.
Everyone was so excited to meet our little Tatum, and she did so good being passed around to all the different family members.
Even Roy had a good time the next morning with Belle the dog.
The next morning while hanging out with Matt's Aunt Teresa and cousin Jacob I got to borrow Jake's 50mm camera lens and drool...
Jacob also took some pictures and as he's light years ahead of me in photography skills I can't wait to see them!
Thursday (was that only yesterday?!) we headed to Matt's parents with a stop in Sacramento to see some more of my family. The last time I'd seen most of them was our wedding! We had fun catching up, despite Tatum being a little grumpy.
Tatum thought Aunt Candy was pretty funny!
Beth and Dave (my in-laws) are both elementary school teachers, and today we went to their school to show off Tatum.
And the rest of the day we have just rested. Well, nursed, did laundry, made a cup of coffee, wrote a paragraph of this blog, held Tatum, changed the laundry, grabbed a bite, wrote another paragraph...you get the picture...
Sorry this was such a long overload, I'll try to do shorter blips for the rest of the trip!