Where to start...
Change is hard. "See you later" is hard. It's a good kind of hard, but that doesn't mean I'm good at it.
This week has been a whirlwind. Tom and I left Dallas last Friday on the three day road trip up to Washington. It went pretty smoothly except for my exhaustion and anxiety catching up to me, resulting in a nasty episode of carsickness on the first day. We stopped a couple hours short of Denver (our intended target for the day), and I slept for about 12 hours. I was good to go the next day. Colorado was beautiful; we even took a detour by Mile High Stadium to take a picture for Tom's mom. Montana was incredible too once we got into the mountains, thought it was certainly a relief when we got to the rolling fields of Washington. That is not a drive I'm in a hurry to make again.
The movers came two days late, so we did what we could with the things I brought in my car on Monday. Tuesday, Tom and I checked out a couple of the local wineries. Washington has a fantastic selection of wineries and wine. Both of us are eager to take a trip to Washington wine country. The movers finally came Wednesday afternoon, and unloading/unpacking didn't take as long as I had thought. The organizing is what's taking a while, just finding convenient and appropriate places for everything. I've finally gotten my books and Breyers mostly sorted, though I anticipate some shuffling.
I couldn't have done this move without the help of my parents, aunt, and uncle. My uncle got every picture and mirror hung as soon as it was unpacked. My mom and aunt put the kitchen in order, and Tom and my dad got all the furniture and the elliptical assembled in no time. They all left Thursday morning, which gave Tom and I a few days together to explore and relax. We went to the barn yesterday to drop off my trunk and tack. Now, I'm counting down to the 30th, when Finesse is supposed to ship up here. I cannot wait to see my baby girl!
Tom left this morning, and more than ever I wish Finesse was already up here. Tom and I have seen each other almost every day since we started dating last June. It's weird, now, knowing I won't see him until September. Hopefully this first semester will be the only one we spend half-way across the country from each other. He's eyeing Seattle, Spokane, or Pullman for new job opportunities. I'm so grateful that he's not only willing to move, but excited about moving to Washington. It's certainly a grand adventure we've set ourselves on!
So, I guess the takeaway is that things have gone well. The move went about as smoothly as I could hope for. I'm happy and excited to be up here, but the next week or so is definitely going to be an adjustment period. Orientation isn't until August 16th, but I've got plenty to keep me busy until then. And that's definitely a good thing.