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Making the Big Move

May 1st, 2009 . by 21st Century Dad

tennessee_bound

Quittin’ Time

It’s hard to believe that I’m finally getting on the road next week. Today was my last day at the job, and now I’m officially an “unrestricted free agent.” One might think there are fewer opportunities in a less populated metropolitan area. However, if you don’t include the jobs in South Florida that require fluency in Spanish, Knoxville probably comes out ahead by a wide margin.

Movin’ Out

Mama Leone left a note on the door. She said, “Sonny, move to Tennessee.” Or something like that…

I have about a gazillion things to do. It feels like there’s a never-ending avalanche of stuff. I’ve been in this house for almost 10 years. How can so much stuff accumulate if the Super Target by my house has only been open for 2 years?

I’ve shared this house with my mother, 5 different roommates, Renee, 4 cats, Austin, and Twilli. Throughout the process of packing and purging, I’ve found items brought into this house by all of the people who have shared this house with me.

Vacuum Sealed for Freshness

vacuum_sealedPacking is a monumental task made only slightly less monumental with vacuum-seal storage bags. I compressed a king-size down duvet into a package the size of a briefcase!

I especially like the hanging suit bags. Back in December during phase 1 of the relocation, we packed up Twilli’s stuffed animals in a Space Bag. For whatever reason, the vacuum-sealed stuffed animals inspired a strange fascination. It was borderline morbid.

These vacuum-seal bags work great for storage too. There are only 2 seasons in Florida – summer and tourist. I didn’t need to store any winter clothes. These vacuum-seal bags are great for stashing your seasonal clothing. Winter clothes are bulky. Plus, you can lock in their freshness, just like those bricks of coffee you buy at the supermarket.

I do have to offer up a word of caution. One of my roommates used these when she was going home to Sweden. They expanded in her suitcase during the flight!

Hitting the Road

I don’t anticipate being able to do much writing over the next several weeks. However, you can catch up with me via Facebook and Twitter. Those social media outlets are far easier to update on the fly and during random spare moments. I will definitely be Tweeting from the road next week.

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6 Responses to “Making the Big Move”

  1. comment number 1 by: renee + twilli

    twilli has been CLICKING for you all day! 😉

  2. comment number 2 by: renee + twilli

    btw… u can see some random twilli videos on my youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/21stcenturyparenting

  3. comment number 3 by: brian_

    Good Luck! Let us know how things go when you land!

  4. comment number 4 by: orlund

    I am not one bit jealous of you (or at least the moving part). I just moved in was with out internet for a few days, no phone still (almost a week) and have to navigate through mountains of cardboard boxes. Good luck 🙂

  5. comment number 5 by: Jared

    I love Tennessee! When I retire I’m movin’ there. Everyone is so nice. I thought the lady at the gas station was hitting on me when she kept calling me sweetie, but then I heard her call the guy behind me sweetie too. Awesome place! Good luck!

  6. comment number 6 by: Kou

    This has nothing to do with your moving post…but I was reading another blog today, Parenting Squad, and I was immersed in an entry about Kate Gosselin and the show’s endorsement deals. What should I see following the article but the first comment, written by you! It’s like you’re stalking me or something. Craaaazy.

    Anyway, just wanted to say hi and tell you my lil’ story. Hope things are going well for ya.

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