Well, the past week has been filled with packing, people we love, and good byes. It started with packing Jen for two days. We learned a bit about Live Action Tetris, strategically filling her three cubes. After an evening of game playing with the boys (for Craig) and fancy wine-drinking (for Kristen and Jen), we said a quick good-bye, acknowledging, of course, that since Arkansas and Texas are right next to each other, we are effectively neighbors.
On Wednesday, we welcomed friends to our house for Beers, Boardgames, and Boxes. A dozen or so of our friends came by to play Cards Against Humanity, which you should play if you’re a horrible person. Friends were not surprised to see the Boxes everywhere.
Thursday was a Two-House move, beginning with our house. We spent the morning waiting for our ABF trailer and doing some last minute packing. This is the packing of the piddly stuff, which was unnerving, as we tried to fit square pegs into round holes. We attempted to leave as little as possible unpacked, forcing us to box the oddest piddles together in a box. This also resulted in some unique approaches to box labeling. For example:
At around 11, our ABF trailer was delivered in front of our house, and we had a dream team of friends help us with the loading. Laurie, Summer, and I employed the strategies we had learned in Jen’s move to pack our stuff straight to the top of the 9 foot trailer. We made some last minute additions to the “Things to Take to Lubbock” list, when we realized we had enough room for our second bed/wooden loft. Although we have a crapload of stuff, it took only a couple hours to get the whole house packed up <see note about the dream team>.
After we finished packing up our house, we headed to Megs’ for ROUND TWO <ding ding>. Although she didn’t need to be loaded up till Tuesday, we were already sweaty so, what the hell, we figured we’d get her big stuff moved down for her. <ENTER: Asshole> So, six of us (Summer, Jeremy, Jonathan, Laurie, Craig and I) are outside negotiating stuff while Jason and Megs are up organizing in the house, when we look over at Craig’s truck (borrowed from his dad) ready to be TOWED by some towtruck. Story to come on a later blog. So we wasted an hour negotiating with this jerkface, but eventually packed all of her stuff right before it started raining. YAY FOR RAIN!
Thursday we went to Community Yoga for a fantastic yoga class, and then landed at Summer and Jeremy’s for an evening of drinks and friends. It’s rare to find a group of friends like we’ve made in Lafayette. I continue to marvel and the ways conversation will move from the deeply personal to the political to pop culture and inevitably dissolve into laughter. We have been mourning the loss of these friendships as they exist in this place–though we anticipate that they’ll continue over time and place. Saying good-bye to Jen (on Monday) and then Megs, Summer, Jeremy, and Jason on Thursday was tearful and bittersweet–we know that only truly meaningful friendships can cause so many feelings.
This was equally true as we pulled out of Laurie and Jonathan’s house, our final stop before we left Lafayette. Good Byes are Dumb.