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The Trashing, I Mean, Transformation Begins

We are really good at demolition!

So much so, that even as I have a plan of how everything will look once its put back together, I really start to panic when I see it so far gone. My parents had started some work over the winter pulling out the stuff we didn’t want and starting to prime all the dark wood. Once we figured out that we could have shore power hooked up and have a/c in the 97 degree heat and humidity, then the fun really began.

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On the Road and Going Nowhere

We left the peninsula around 3pm and crossed over to the east bay to take a less busy route south. After only 90 min on the road we hear a loud, startling sound and thumping. This could not be good. Immediately we pulled off the highway and looked. At first I didn’t see anything, but upon closer inspection the truck had blown the back inside tire and there was metal hanging underneath. Nope, not good. We called the roadside assistance number and they were very nice and sent someone out to help us. 45 min later we had a great mechanic telling us that its even worse than it looks. Fan.tas.tic. If anyone is familiar with NorCal we were on hwy 580 just before it merges into I-5. Hot, dry and middle of nowhere. Oh and speed limit is 70 which means people are really going fast! We could see the rest stop a mile up the road and I had to pee like nobody’s business. Needless to say its very awkward squatting next to a Uhaul with traffic on both sides. Mr. S was a trooper holding a blanket in front of me. Enough said.

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Let the Adventure Begin

After 2 straight days of intense packing and multiple mishaps, we are on our way! The 17′ U-haul is packed with a little room to spare. This is the smallest Uhaul we’ve ever used. Designerd says it will be like driving a sports car,  I’m not sure I’d go that far. We’re towing our car behind and Mr. S and I will also be riding in the cab.

Time to load the car onto the transport. One of our neighbors who we’d never met before popped by out of curiosity and stayed to help out. Perfect timing because I couldn’t even watch as Designerd tried to line up the wheels and not drive over the edge.  Too much stress!

The real reason he stopped by was to complement us on our ingenuity for placing an extension ladder and sawhorses in front of the car trailer because our neighbors kept parking very close to either end of it.

Thanks to all our friends who kept our kids occupied and stopped by for moral support during this transition! We’ll miss you!!

Adios Foster City!

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Second Verse, Same as the First

One advantage to the kids spending another night with us is that Divagirl (far right) got to spend one last fun-filled evening with 2 of her best friends. They went to the movies and out to dinner and had a blast. She was so happy!

After the airline mishap yesterday I did not have high hopes for today. The kids were automatically re-booked on a new flight leaving at 6:41am and connecting through Chicago. Anyone who has connected through O’hare knows that this is bad news. More bad news is that due to the cancellation the rest of the week’s flights are completely full. Nonetheless, Designerd woke up at 4am and took the kids back to the airport to do an instant replay of yesterday. Only it was not to be.

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2 Weeks Left

Two weeks until we leave and the landlords have already re-rented this place. We’ve sold a handful of things on Craigslist. We’re trying to eat up the food we have in the house. We’re trying to sort through our belongings for those that will make the cut. But we have a problem. Its HOT. We are experiencing a heat wave here and we don’t have a/c, heck we don’t even have a breeze. Its in the 80’s in the house and no one wants to pack, no one wants to eat the meals I have to make, and we’re all a little cranky.

I’m starting to wonder how this move is going to come together…