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Thursday, August 11, 2011

8/17/11

Apologies for the late start on the entries. While in Michigan, we were spending time with family, so I only took time to caption a couple of pictures.  I have never written a blog before and I'm not one to update facebook a lot either.  Being that I talk a lot, and blogging is sort of story telling and conversational at the same time, we may be creating a monster.  :P  I wrote these today while driving, well, while Ben was driving, I can’t even text while driving (which NO ONE should EVER do)!  Anyway, I wrote as long as my computer battery would let me.  I’ll put the finished entries in now and will hopefully be all caught up after tomorrow’s drive so you will be reading this in "real time," ha! 

AW FUCK IT! I’M GONNA HAVE A PARTY! 

This has been an emotional few weeks, saying “See ya later” to everyone.  I don’t believe in goodbyes because we are never really without anyone.  Then there is the fact that we will be back now and then for holidays and such.  We definitely spent a lot of time hanging out with friends and family, celebrating life and all of the amazing people in it, not to mention, following Nada Surf’s advice in their fantastic song, “Blankest Year.”  (Listen to it and dance around)!  What’s that advice, you ask?  It is this:  “Aw fuck it!  I’m gonna have a party!”  (We just so happen to be listening to that right now in the car).  As our friends and family know, we follow that advice as often as possible.  :) 

There have been lots of tears, too.   But life contains constant movement, which I believe is really a beautiful, beautiful thing, whether the movement is great or small.  To allow ourselves to feel from our experiences and then let it all move through us, letting go, so to make room for the gifts the universe wants to continue to give us, is a skill I wish upon us all.  It is easier said than done, I know.  If, in our lives, we could all have movement, balance, inspiration, giving, gratitude and love, I think we would all be alright.  To act out of love and follow our hearts is key.  If the two are combined I think it gives us space for ourselves individually, while at the same time, connects us to each other, which are all the same thing, really; we are never really without anyone.  So, it’s like we never left, right!  :) 

THE HOUSE ON OXFORD


It was quite a hectic few days while packing up the belongings we shipped to California into a 300 cubic feet Uhaul pod, while purging the rest to donate.  Thankfully, some family and friends [Mimi and Papa (my parents), Tom and Peg (Ben’s parents), Lisa (my sister), and Andrea (my best friend)] helped us; there is no way we could have finished in time without them-thank you, we are so grateful!  Wednesday, my beautiful, baby grand was taken out of it’s lovely space near the windows of what some may call the dining room, but was, to me, a music room.  This was difficult, but quickly eased by the fact that it was taken to my sister Lisa’s house for her and my nephew Daniel to play and love for a while, so I am quite grateful for that.  Thursday we turned our house over to the new owners, Rocky and Sarah, a young couple around 25ish, who we, of course, enjoyed joking and laughing with at the closing.  :)  Sarah reminded me bit of myself as she joked about often losing her keys and locking herself out of her car…I warned her about the door locks that lock from the outside but not inside if turned horizontal.  I told her it might be a good idea to let the neighbors have a copy of the house key, as this often saved my ass when I accidentally locked myself out of the house.  After all the paper work was finalized, we told them to enjoy their new home and have lots of friends and family over! 

We returned to the house on Oxford to pick up the last of our things and do a last run through of the house.  It did feel a bit strange imagining someone else cooking breakfast in our bright, sunny kitchen, enjoying the luxurious shower, having dinner and drinking a beer with friends on our deck and having parties in our back yard-but ah, wait, Ben may have built it all, but…it’s not our kitchen!  It’s not our shower!  It’s not our deck!  It’s not our back yard!  Once leaving the house, the weirdness wore off as excitement masked it with the realization that we are officially gypsies (or nomads, or vagabonds or whatever you wanna call it), and that is freaking awesome!  We also got really excited for Rocky and Sarah to have this awesome, new home to create new moments in this segment of their lives.  For us, it’s time to let go of the house on Oxford and create space for the infinite possibilities ahead! :)

COUCH SURFING

Thanks to my brother Denny letting us stay at his place with he and my parents Thursday through Saturday night, we were not sleeping in our tents just yet…
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