Friday, May 31, 2013

Catch you on the flipside

Shutting down the laptop so I can pack it... See y'all on the other side!

Thursday, May 30, 2013


I'm not done, but I'm not completely behind... there will still be some work for Hubby to do, but I'm nearly ready to get gone....

Apologies, as there'll be radio silence yet again... I can't promise complete cheerfulness when I pop back up, but I'll try.

And on a related note - to all the families who have a member serving in the military, and those who, for whatever reason, need to live separately to make their living, you have my utmost respect.  This is not easy, not by a longshot.

Think good thoughts...

Monday, May 27, 2013

Operation Bug-out, day whatever the heck it is...

I'm losing track of days... which isn't really the best, but it's not horrible.

I'm not done packing... I'm not sure what'll happen... I think I'm in good shape, though. All the toys are done, all of our good Denby dishes, all the mugs (there are a *lot* of mugs)... Hubby is staying to finish up, and we're going ahead, so I have to leave him with some stuff to use.  I just don't want to end up leaving him with loads to pack.  The problem with today is that I'm quickly running through my stash of boxes.  We'll have to raid the stockroom at lab tomorrow!!

I have to say, throughout this, along with being supported by family, we're surrounded by more friends than I ever thought I'd find in our relatively short time here... it's good and it's bad, but mostly I think it's good ;)  I have people to keep me motivated, and people to take a break with me when I have to step away from it all.    And, I have people that are so important to me that it's going to kill me to have to leave, but I know I'll have these people in my life for a long time, no matter where we settle...


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Day 5...

Day 4 wasn't so productive, although I did manage to pack more toys and all the legos...

Day 5 is looking up - I found nine more boxes stashed in the lab, the sun is shining, and I have a plan.  Books first, then more kitchen stuff.

(lurking in the back of all this is our storage closet... which I haven't mentioned, because it scares the bejeepers out of me.  There are boxes there that haven't been unpacked since our last move 4 years ago, and there are filing boxes full of papers that I'm 99% sure can be junked.  That 1% is going to force me to save them and go through them when I have more time. Blech.)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

What does it mean when...

... after packing all the yarn and craft supplies that I come across two 5-drawer sterilite storage carts and one 8-drawer sterilite storage cart filled with yarn and craft supplies?  (hidden in plain sight, by the way)

Those puppies are lightweight... they're getting taped shut and moved that way.


Day 3 of Operation Bug Out 2013

So... I've packed I think eight boxes in total.  Mostly craft supplies and yarn, some vases, and starting in on the toys (train set today).  I then spent the afternoon out with a friend - a fellow Canadian who also wants to move home.

I do have to go into campus tomorrow to drop off our termination notice at daycare (where we were supposed to go to kindergarten next fall), and grab some more boxes... Hoping for a more productive afternoon after all that is done.

sigh.  how many more days?

Friday, May 17, 2013

I can't believe it's been so long...

I miss writing... I miss knitting... I miss being human.  Spending so much time in the lab is totally cramping my style ;)

Life has been seriously hectic here (hence the radio silence), going through the process of finding something post post-doc.  And while hope springs eternal, reality sucks.

I might as well use as many cliches as I can... so while we still have irons in the fire, we have to be realistic.  And the reality is, with a child, and with one spouse with a chronic condition, we cannot afford to stay in the US while unemployed.  Being Canadian affords us the opportunity to go where we feel safer and more secure.

Operation Bug-Out 2013 has commenced.

It's highly likely I'll have more time to post, because for the next two weeks, I'm packing up the house.  No long lab days... instead, it'll be long days at home, listening to Spotify and packing/sorting/throwing away.

If you subscribe to sending good thoughts to any particular deity, I would appreciate any... although, I know we're going to be OK.  People go through worse, with less, on a regular basis.  We're healthy (knock wood), and we have a place to go.

Cross your fingers folks, and hold on tight.

ETA: packed up three boxes of yarn tonight... and had 3 glasses of cabernet... I'm hoping to up my boxes per unit cabernet before this thing is finished...