Friday, March 19, 2010

Packing Wisdom and Almost Goodbyes.

Well, this is it. We're down to the wire. Crunch time. By this time next week, we'll be living in Maryland full time. I think I just threw up in my mouth a little. Just kidding. Please do not mistake my sarcasm for unhappiness, although that hint of sadness you've detected? It's sincere.

I'm excited to move. Really, I am. I'm excited at the prospect of being first-time homeowners and beginning this new phase in Hubs' and my life together. But I'm a ball of emotions. I'm anxious. I'm upset. I'm excited. I'm simply overwhelmed.

Over the course of these past couple of weeks, I've had to say goodbye to patients that I've known for years. I've been readying myself to say goodbye to a place, to a town that I've lived in for over ten years. I've had to say goodbye to some of places where I've made memories that have shaped me into who I am today.

I feel like I'm breaking up with my favorite dog walkers and my amazing dry cleaning lady. I've loved being able to walk into stores where the owners recognize me and we strike up a conversation, picking up right where we left off the last time I stopped in.

I've been so busy packing, moving and preparing our new home that I nearly cried when I went home to New Jersey this week and saw my parents for the first time in over a month. I choke back tears every time I think about the four hour drive that will soon separate us. Yuck.

I don't even want to write about what the next week holds. Saying goodbye to some of the most compassionate, hardworking and hilarious women I've ever met in my entire life. I honestly wish I could take each and every one of my co-workers with me to Maryland. Saying goodbye to my identity as a nurse. Saying goodbye (albeit temporary, as we do not know what the future holds) to a profession that has taught me so much about life, strength and hope.

I hate saying goodbye.

I really should get back to packing. Speaking of packing, however, I wanted to impart some of the things I've learned over the course of the past few weeks:

1. Hubs and I do not need to buy another bar of soap, another bottle of moisturizer or another box of tampons for a solid two years. I probably could've filled an entire LARGE Home Depot box with these items alone.

2. It's very easy to toss/sell items of clothing when a) you haven't worn them in an entire season and b) there's no chance in heck you'll be wearing them again this season. What am I trying to say? Being pregnant makes cleaning out your closets and parting with JCREW and Lilly favorites extremely simple.

3. No one needs sixty seven pairs of shoes.

4. Individually wrapping and packing your husbands pint glass collection, although tedious and annoying, is laugh-out-loud funny as you reminisce about where those pint glasses were (stolen) from.

5. Sheepie is no help whatsoever.

6. Speaking of Sheepie, no dog needs two dedicated boxes worth of belongings. Dishes, beds, blankets, bones, balls, toys... Spoiled little Sheepster!

7. Packing sucks and there are about a bazillion other things I would rather be doing. Like catching up on my DVR'd episodes of "16 and Pregnant," for starters.

8. Selling JCREW and Lilly favorites as mentioned above, is a prime source of income for the new pair of skinny leg Momma jeans I plan on purchasing as soon as I click "post!"

Welp. Happy Thursday, friends! Sorry I've been such a craptastic blogger as of late- but I promise to remedy that as soon as we're settled a bit further south! Have a fabulous weekend!


  1. I promise you are going to like Maryland =0) And we have to get together for PG Friendly food when we settle in. =0)

  2. wow, youre moving!! thats so great... i hope the move treats you well darling, xxxoo

  3. Maryland isn't too bad! promise :-)

  4. As someone who did the same thing just 6 months ago, believe me when I say it does get easier. Each time you say good bye there are a few less tears until eventually you're all cried out and the only thing left is the excitement of the adventure ahead!

  5. As someone who JUST moved - I totally feel your pain! So many good DVR'd episodes of Millionaire Matchmaker and Kendra went to waste because there just wasn't time!

    Hang in there :)

  6. You should totally have a blog sale! Good luck with finishing the packing. I know it is not a fun thing.

  7. Ugh! Moving is the WORST! Good luck girlie! Sending your moral support from the interwebs!

  8. although it's hard now, as soon as you get to your new home and get settled, you will feel that undefineable (is that even a word? it looks weird) little thrill of excitement that marks the beginning of a new and very exciting chapter! i felt it the second i saw the dallas skyline when we were driving in our uhaul. and i'm so glad you will be selling your items because i was dying inside a little when i thought - she's not GIVING AWAY Lilly and JCrew stuff, is she? i was picturing homeless people strutting down the street in tropical printed sheath dresses. although i don't think i will be able to fit in your stuff, i will definitely be checking out your items for sale!

  9. oh goodness I could not imagine your emotions right now. I wish you all the best in your move.

  10. moving can be really hard. just focus on all the new, wonderful moments that await you!

    {i know exactly what you mean about the toiletries! we had the same thing last year when we moved! i made a point to use every last thing up before buying more. still haven't bought shampoo and it's been almost a year!}

    happy moving!

  11. i totally understand. after 21 yrs of my life i packed up and moved to the next state. i started ALL.OVER. it's tough, but it'll get better. and maryland's not all that bad. :)

  12. Awwww... what a hard week! I'm sure all the change will be for the better though :) :) So, smile!!!

    Also... when we moved I purged too. Talk about craziness. I think I have enough clothing to cloth a small army. I am talking over 50 tanks, 40 tees, and let's not even go into dresses and jeans. Anyways I got put ona s hopping hiatus. YUCK!!! And we too have stolen pint glasses... which speaking of, we forgot to steal a 2010 Guiness St. Patty's day glass.... crap!

  13. It's sad to leave good ol' PA... :P But you're gonna have an amazing move to Maryland i'm sure! Oh and p.s. I may NEED over 67 pairs of shoes.................. I'm just saying :)

  14. awww. you will be okay. i can't IMAGINE leaving where i live, but i am sure this is going to be a FUN adventure!!!

    ps - i just love sheepie, he's TOO CUTE!!!

  15. Good luck with the moving process. I am also on a 2 year strike with lotion and shower gel.'s ridiculous.

  16. I love number 6! Have a great weekend!

  17. Hope everything moves safe and soundly

  18. Im sooo happy for you! I know this is going to be hard, but imagine all the amazing adventures you are going to have and people you are going to meet!!!

  19. i learned that we have 11 junk drawers spread across our apartment. most items needed to be filed away as important documents.

    also, your new house looks BEAUTIFUL! i love the colors you've picked.

  20. Girl, I hear you. Moving and leaving a place that you have made your home is HARD. Moving further away from your family is even HARDER. But, where you move will in time become your NEW home and soon you will have a new friends, new favorite take-out restaurants that know your usual order, dog walkers, and dry cleaners. It is hard to say goodbye, but all the good memories will stay with you and the people that matter will as well, no matter the distance. At least that is what I have learned from moving to the flippin Middle East.

    Best of luck with the move!

  21. i totally understand hating to move and leave everything you know... i have the same problem... and i was tearing up while reading this - just the thought of having to do that is so sad! I wish you guys LOTS of luck and i am sure everything will work out just fine!!

  22. It's not goodbye, it's "see you later."

    (Please tell me you remember that from Caitlynn's episode of 16 and Pregnant)

    Here's to all of the exciting things coming your way soon!

  23. I moved to Maryland about 5 years ago, had my baby here a year ago and it is now home. Take it easy when moving and enjoy your new home!


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