The Next Chapter

Open-Book

The next chapter of our life is about to unfold and it’s about time I start documenting it. I’ve been so busy lately with my never-ending To Do list, never making any time to blog and that needs to stop. It’s so easy to find excuses to not write and I don’t want to let that happen. This upcoming year will be an important one, a life-changing one, and one that I will want to remember for many years to come. So . . . it’s time to start the documentation.

Let me just start by saying how happy I am that last year’s Project 365 was a documentation of my wardrobe. This weekend we came to realization that we will be living out of suitcases for nearly 6 months. I know I’ve been through this before (for 4 months) and it wasn’t easy. I am certainly not looking forward to be separated from most of my wardrobe for 6 months, but it’s the price I must pay to move to the next chapter,

This next chapter has me so overwhelmed with emotion. I’m not sure how I could be so excited, terrified, happy, and sad all at the same time. One thing is for sure, I’m not going to get a good nights sleep for the next 6 months. Despite my body being completely still, my brain refuses to take a break. I’m in non-stop planning mode and most of my energy goes to trying to update my paper and electronic lists to match my endless mental lists. If I could just figure out a way to sync my phone directly to my brain I would be all set.

At this point we are completely consumed with packing up our house. Packing is never an easy task, but the way we are doing it is even harder. We are moving in several stages and have different categories of items to move:

  1. Things that will be in long-term storage that we will likely not be able to access for 6 months. Is there ANY question that half of that stuff will be needed within the first 2 weeks?
  2. Things that will be moved to our temporary housing. This needs to be the bare bones basics and it’s nearly impossible to think ahead 6 months to try to determine exactly what we will need. Factor in the fact that we are moving in the cold weather, staying over the Summer, and possibly into the beginning of Fall means I need a lot of clothing options.
  3. Building items that we have been buying for several months that will be needed for the construction. These items are scattered all over the place and by the time they are needed we will probably forget that we even own them, let alone where we put them. I really need that brain syncing app!
  4. And possibly some items that might stay in Eastford (due to the fact that we sold our house to saints that will allow us to use part of the garage) until we gain more storage space in Maine. Karlo is determined to drive his motorcycle to Maine and I don’t see that happening in March. At least it better not!

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This past weekend we made our very exciting first trip to our new garage. The commute was amazingly terrible. Holy Lord I have no idea how I’m going to get through these trips. It took us 6 hours to drive the beater Jeep hauling my brother’s big trailer. We had a max speed of 45 MPH due to the fact that anything faster would send us into a terrifying wobble. So not only was it 6 hours of a hellish rough ride, but it was also 6 hours of pure stress for both of us . . . both of which are exactly what my neck and nerves need!

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Pulling up to our lot to see our newly completed garage, the big hole in the ground, and the spectacular winter view made it all worth while. We never saw the land without leaves on the trees, let alone covered under a blanket of fresh snow. It seems the view was even prettier in the Winter than it was in the Summer.

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The day was very hectic with unloading the trailer, rental house hunting, and meeting with the builder. We certainly didn’t have much time to soak in the thrill. Before I knew it we were back on the road to get home. What a stinkin’ long day it was–approximately 12 hours of driving . . . with a very sore neck. That was fun. Not. But I’m very very grateful that we successfuly made the trip and both the Jeep and trailer held out. I guess this means we will be doing it all over again real soon.

I’ll do my best to document all this craziness. At the very least I need to start posting photos of the construction. Hopefully those will be coming soon.