Bags coming out of my ears

Yesterday was a day devoted entirely to packing. From the time Carl and I woke up in the morning until the time we sat down for dinner we were consumed in big bags, little bags, garbage bags, zip-lock bags, bubble wrap, styr0foam, packing tape and numerous thoughts along the lines of: "how the hell have we acquired so much shit over the past 4 years?" 
And yes, throughout this whole packing process I've come to the realization that I am in fact one of those girls who owns far too many pairs of shoes (and scarves, and necklaces, and candle holders). But in my pathetic defense, Carl's  CD/record collection was strikingly similar to Macy Grays hair in that it too was out of control. So together, armed with giant garbage bags and totes for charity shops, we purged many of our worldly possessions in order to meet the 7 bag (and 1 guitar case) baggage limit we must comply by for our flights home on Monday. 

And after 7 straight hours of sorting/reminiscing /chucking/and swearing, I am proud to announce that the space underneath our bed is now entirely free of totes, the wardrobe is mostly empty and about 75% of our lives are packed, wrapped and stacked in neat piles or suitcases. Although we still need to put together the massive 7 bag jigsaw puzzle that is a direct result of weight restrictions, we are now in the final stretch of this packing fiasco.  Our T's our crossed, we're just waiting to dot the I's. And for the first time in a week I was able to sleep through the night without waking at ungodly hours to compose OCD fueled packing lists in my mind. It was marvelous.
But as I sit here rambling about shoes and suitcases and packing tape it's finally starting to dawn on me that we have just 5 days left in England. 5 days left with our friends and family. 5 days left to say goodbye and soak in all that we'll miss so much. 5 days left before the next  chapter. Just 5 days. 

The only word I can think of to truly express my feelings?
Lots of love, love, love,


  1. oh my goodness, I can't imagine all the emotions you are going through! good luck girl...looks like your packing is actually going quite well!

  2. good luck with your move! I'm sure it's all so emotional but it will all be worth it, the states will be happy to have you both here :)

  3. Aww honey...enjoy your last 5 days and have a safe trip home! You are finally going home!!!

  4. I can't imagine having to pack up my life. I know it's bittersweet, but so glad you are soon going home!

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