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So, this is what it looks like just before it hits the proverbial fan?

In a perfect world, I spend the next month leisurely packing and feeling relaxed and joyful about this upcoming move.

HOWEVER, I do not live in a perfect world…I don’t even live in the kind of world that things occassionally go easily and as planned….I HAVE seen it, I get post cards from there…but I never get to live there.

No one even invites me to visit.

We just stand on the opposite side of the road and throw rocks at the cars.

If I start to sound rant-y and stressed and anxiety-ridden and a wee tad crazy, that would be because I AM.





Because my move was supposed to be pretty simple…we’ve only been planning it for sixteen months now.

But April sort of threw me for a loop.

Our spring break festivities were halted by my dad’s open heart surgery and sweet Maddie.

I flew out to LA to be there with Heather.

I came back just in time to take off for a week in GA so we could close on our house and get the house clean and functional, because BLESS his heart, my husband is good a lot of things, but those things are MY department.

Oh, and it’s teacher appreciation day at school, and as homeroom mom I am responsible to make sure the whole class prepares a home-cooked meal for the teacher? HAI!! I’m on a plane, here’s a Visa gift card. Buh-bye.

And I got home Thursday.

So that I could unexpectedly fly to Wisconsin on Sunday to deal with family issues that are weighing heavy on our hearts.

To come back so that the next day I can take Rachael on a field trip.

Then take Nathaniel on an overnight field trip to see a shuttle launch at Kennedy Space center.

Then drive everyone up to GA so we can paint and get the house prepped for us all to invade.

Then come home and plan a birthday party for my girl and a going away party (that is going to SUCK beyond all belief because I want to cry every time I even think about it).

And I had to buy a new suitcase because I accidentally killed mine.

And my girls cried tonight because they don’t want me to go on another trip.

Nathaniel curled up with me on the couch and wanted to know when I’d be back…repeatedly.

They made me pinky-blood-oath-promise to wake them up at 5 AM to say goodbye and give kisses and even the promise of some great present from WI could make them happy about it.

They miss me when I’m gone.

And that makes me both happy and terribly sad.

Because I miss them when I’m gone too.

OH, and did I mention I also have to have a bunch of stuff done to my house here in FL so that it can be ready for renters to move in when we move out?

The money is going so fast, there is so much to spend it on.

*now would be a great time to suddenly decide to click on the ads over there —> I could use the extra $12.00 this month.Ā  HEH*


I’m so tired.

FREAKING exhausted.

There is so much to do.

I haven’t packed the first box, I haven’t even BOUGHT the first box yet.

I did buy tape, though.

And trash bags.

And a bottle of vodka.

That’s all I need, right?


*double sigh*


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19 Comments on “So, this is what it looks like just before it hits the proverbial fan?”

  1. #1 James
    on May 3rd, 2009 at 8:16 am


    I tend to be a little more private with my personal pain, but I feel this post all the way down to my bones. Blessings to you…

    (In our family, we say the essential to getting anything done is, “A trained monkey and some duct tape.” That’s all you need, but the vodka is a nice bonus.)

    Jamess last blog post..Clohn Art: Trash Art Sale in Kunming, China

  2. #2 Jaime
    on May 3rd, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I have some boxes you can have. They are kinda small but are good for packing breakable stuff. I have about 10. I can leave them up at the school for you.
    let me know Jaime

  3. #3 themaggers
    on May 3rd, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Oh, Anissa I wish I could give you a big ol’ hug right now. I think April has been a crazy month for so many and we’re still dealing with the after shocks. Things will settle down soon, you and your family will all be all together under one roof again so use that as your driving force to get through this. Know that there are so many people that love you and are cheering you on! “You can do iiiiit”! Can’t wait to hear about all your new adventures in Georgia.


    themaggerss last blog post..For Maddie

  4. #4 E
    on May 3rd, 2009 at 10:48 am

    I understand how difficult it is to relocate, but you are truly over the edge with the drama. I also understand that blogging is your way of releasing the tension.

  5. #5 sam {temptingmama}
    on May 3rd, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Um, duct tape, trash bags and vodka? All you’re missing in a shovel.

    Oh, wait… you’re moving… riiiight…

    I wish I were closer, I’d totally come help you drink the vodka!

  6. #6 sam {temptingmama}
    on May 3rd, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Well damn, that didn’t work right. LOL

    Because what I meant to say was I wish I were closer, Iā€™d totally come help you drink the vodka!

    Which has now totally lost it’s effectiveness.

    I’ll just stay home and drink my own. It’s safer for you that way.

  7. #7 AnissaM
    on May 3rd, 2009 at 10:53 am

    I LOVE that saying!

    Would it be wrong to totally get the monkey drunk?

    Wait. I’m responsible for the monkey’s rehab bill aren’t I? NO WAY!

  8. #8 AnissaM
    on May 3rd, 2009 at 10:54 am


    Thank you, I’ll totally take them. I won’t be back to pick them up from the school until Thursday, so let me know when to meet up with you.


  9. #9 AnissaM
    on May 3rd, 2009 at 10:55 am

    I totally heard that “you can do iiiiiit” in the “Waterboy” voice.

  10. #10 AnissaM
    on May 3rd, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Totally! I don’t have time to let the stress get the better of me, so the 20 minutes I get to vent on here makes all the difference. But the vodka? Completely true.

  11. #11 AnissaM
    on May 3rd, 2009 at 10:58 am

    My heart totally understood what you meant.

    and what a GREAT drinking game that could be. The first person to pack and tape their box gets to do a shot.

    Promotes liver failure AND productivity at the same time, yo.

  12. #12 blissfully caffeinated
    on May 3rd, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Sister, you need TWO bottles of vodka. Big ones.

    Good luck with your move and all the craziness!

    blissfully caffeinateds last blog post..BellyWatch ā€˜09

  13. #13 MonsteRawr
    on May 3rd, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Welcome to the world of moving! We’ve done it once every 9 and 3 months for the last 4 years, and we’re doing it again in 2 weeks. Only this time, not only do we get to pack up our entire lives and move them cross country, but we get to do so with 2 cats and a 14 hour drive. I’m loading up on vodka too, but in this case it goes to the cats. Awesome.

    MonsteRawrs last blog post..Every Love Story Begins With Dessert

  14. #14 Marissa
    on May 3rd, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Clicked on the ads so let’s say the next drink’s on me šŸ˜‰

  15. #15 Janna
    on May 3rd, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Clicked on the ads…how often should I click?

    A perfect world seems…highly over-rated…and boring…

    Hang in there!

    Jannas last blog post..Overheard in the H Household…

  16. #16 Fear and Parenting in Las Vegas
    on May 4th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Hang in there kiddo. Burn one bridge at a time. Just think, after you get through all of this, life will be downright boring.

    Fear and Parenting in Las Vegass last blog post..Wordless Wednesday: Mornings are always better with rainbow sprinkles.

  17. #17 alayna
    on May 4th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Bless your heart! Try to hang onto the shreds on sanity you have left – you’re gonna need them for unpacking! BTW, I clicked on all the ads and entered your contest – just trying to help out a little!

  18. #18 D's Mommy (Mommy of 2)
    on May 4th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Dabnabit! Just when I finally get myself down to FL you move to GA. Okay, so officially I won’t be there till mid-May but close enough. Well, if you’re still there I’d love to meet you but if not then I wish you and your family nothing but the best in GA. You’ve had experiences in life that many of us won’t ever have and/or understand but you’ve given us an insight into your life that if nothing else lets us come along for the ride. I will continue to read your blog wherever you are and hope that you read mine:) I don’t have one but I might one day:) Ha-ha!

  19. #19 Caffeinatrix
    on May 7th, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Want help packing? I can be very organized and efficient with other people’s lives. Hit me up. I’m available every weekday until 1:30pm.