Even if you transplant her into this pretty, sprawling city.
I've been driving a lot; most of where we've needed to go has been up and down Woodruff Road, one of the main roads around here and an incredibly busy one. I've driven to a bookstore, Wal-mart, gas stations, all kinds of fun stuff. We turned the truck back in slightly ahead of time, it's all going fairly well so far.
Our apartment is still a mess, so we're working on that. But we've made some progress!
Well, we went out and bought bookshelves, as our previous college-kid particle-board bookshelves simply could not make the move without being absolutely wrecked.
We do not miss them.
So now we have pretty brown bookshelves, and I managed to get about half our books onto them (we have so many books, let me tell you this. So. Many.). We have some wall shelves we'll put up soon and then I can hopefully get the rest of the books on those and get all these boxes taken care of.
We still have to figure out which box the canned goods are in! We've been so busy we haven't really looked hard enough.
So! Progress looks like this:
See? Pretty pretty cherry-style wood. And yes, sigh, those are Longaberger baskets. I'm not even done: I have three more I need to find places for. And I've been eyeing a few on the website.
Proof positive that I am turning into my mother. I'm actually okay with that. My mom has awesome baskets.
Another view, in which you can see all the empty boxes the books were in! Also on the TV is a painting my little niece did for me. I think it shows some clear Modernist talent. Give her time; she'll be a sensation.
Anthony Bourdain, zombie books, Simpsons books, and two books on plague: one specifically on the Black Death and one just about how epidemics have affected history. These are some of my favorite things.
Yes, there is clearly something wrong with me. But they're next to the cookbooks! That's normal, right?
Cookbooks, some of our favorite books, baskets, and my tigers.
Seriously, it goes like that for a while. I keep a lot of things because they have stories attached to them.
If I'm very, very good.
So this is our progress, or at least some of it, thus far.
Today I've got an interview (wish me luck!), we need to go talk to some people about Jason's job prospect, and then I plan to come back here, relax, and do a bit more unpacking.
This morning, I "slept in" for the first time in over a week. And by "slept in", I mean, "did not wake up to an alarm". I still woke up at 8 AM like usual, but I woke up on my own. It was pretty much lovely.
Tomorrow, I plan to do that exact same thing again.
Oh, what lofty ambitions I have.