I was up all last night, packing away the last of the Stuff. Computer, TV, stereo — these were the things that I held out on the longest. At 5:17 this morning, I'd reached a point where there was nothing more I could do, so I sat on the couch and started reading. I nodded off about 5:30, but at 6:00, I was awake, remembering a drawer I'd forgotten to empty. Then I realized I hadn't stripped my bed yet.
It went on like that until Eric arrived just before eight. A few minutes later, John, Suzanne and David pulled up with the big trailer, and somehow we managed to get almost everything into it - two beds, two dressers, several bookcases, the sofa, the refrigerator, two TVs, all the computer equipment, and box after box of the bits and pieces of my life, from kitchen utensils to bathroom items.
Did I say "we" loaded the trailer? I guess what I meant was that I did what I could but let the younger, stronger people do the heavy lifting. I didn't take time out for photos, so all I got was this one of John closing the door on my Stuff.
It's only about a fifteen-minute drive across town, and it's an easy trip on an Easter Sunday morning. It had taken us barely an hour to load, and it took less time than that to get the trailer unloaded. I was forced to make quick decisions about what went where. I'd thought about it, of course, but until things started to take shape, I couldn't be sure of what I really wanted.
To be honest, I still don't know how things are going to look here, even a week from now. I can see improvements I'd like to make, as I sit here at the keyboard. Eric was here for awhile this afternoon helping, and I talked through some of my ideas with him. I wasn't satisfied with how my bed is oriented, but we decided to leave it as it was.
The fact is, I need even more Stuff to make this place into the home I want it to be. The TV stand in my office sits too low, so that I can barely see it over my desk.
That won't be a problem during the day, since I don't watch while I'm working, but sometimes in the evening I sit at the computer with the TV on. It helps me remember I'm not alone in the world. I like the sound of voices, and the incidental noises of people going about their lives, real or imagined. Even if I'm not paying attention, I can feel more connected to the world that way.