Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Let's be honest...

I'm terrible at packing. Terrible, terrible.

As mentioned in the last post, my method these last two weeks has been to dump all my belongings onto any open surface in my room. And then layer on top of that with more stuff. Layers upon layers of stuff.

Anyway, this past weekend I forced myself to start picking through the mess and have made some good progress.

Here are some things about packing:

  • Packing is a giant time-suck:  So much time & concentration is necessary to go through items, deciding what I want to keep, store, give away, or sell. Not that I have anything else very important going on...
  • Packing makes me want to throw away everything I own:  How do I have this much stuff?! I don't even have that much closet or storage place in my current apartment. I have romantic notions of getting rid of most of my belongings and living a minimalist life in a tiny studio -- this will almost certainly not happen.
  • My favorite thing might be putting free stuff on the sidewalk:  I really, really, really enjoy putting my random junk in a brown bag with the word "FREE" on it. Then I like checking back on it to see what people have been taking. Things get swooped up pretty quickly, with the exception being an Algebra 1 practice workbook. I was pretty miffed that no one wanted it (what? you mean people DON'T want to practice their algebra skills??), but then it was gone a few days later. I am telling myself that it was picked up by some hardworking kid who wants to get ready for the new school year and become a master mathematician. Good job, kid!
  • Packing makes getting dressed more difficult. Or maybe easier:  I've mostly put away my clothes: winter ones sealed up and ready to be shipped once it starts getting cold; the remaining items are also in bags, for me to decide what to take immediately or to ship this summer. Anyhow, so since most of my clothes are packed up, this means that I don't want to wear these clothes before I leave because that would mean I'd be unpacking them & re-laundering & re-packing (this reasoning may very well make sense to only me). So instead I'm relying on wearing my "left-over" clothes (aka t-shirts with logos). This also might mean that I've been putting the same skirt and pair of shorts in rotation for the last two weeks... gross? Hahaha

Saturday, June 22, 2013

How I deal with moving.

When it was time to make the six hour trip to my college campus, the minivan was loaded up, my older sister was in the driver's seat, my mom next to her in the passenger seat, and me: I was in the very back, crying and begging to stay home.

The entire way there.

Not the greatest start to four years of undergrad, but certainly a memorable one.

Fast forward ten years. This time the car will be a hybrid (like a good Californian. Ha!). And this time I'll be the one driving (so I probably shouldn't cause a scene). And this time the drive will be quite a bit longer (coast-to-coast, oh man!).

In anticipation of this super long drive, let's talk about something that's Really Important:

What will be on my roadtrip playlist??

This has actually been on my mind the moment that it was decided I'd be making the drive cross country with my friend Nicole.

For instance,

  • What song will be playing as I pull away from home?
  • What song will be playing as we finally cross the California border?
  • What song will get us through one time zone and into the next?

The songs matter. I am adamant about this. Because whatever song is playing will forever remind me of that specific moment (if you think I'm being kind of dramatic here, I already know). It's like when I hear Salt-N-Pepa's Shoop, I think of standing on the skinny dirt path outside the front gate of my elementary school. Or when I hear OutKast's So Fresh, So Clean, I think of sitting on the blacktop with my friend during 10th grade P.E. (sidenote: why weren't we running around or something?)

So yeah, the songs matter. And I need to be extra careful about these selections, otherwise the theme song of this roadtrip will end up being Come and Get It, which is awful (sorry, Selena Gomez), but whenever I hear just a clip of it on the radio, it manages to ingrain itself into my brain. ...Seriously, I cannot let that happen.

And so instead of packing or sorting through the unorganized mess on my floor, I instead imagine potential lineups for this Very Important Roadtrip Playlist. It should probably be full of strong females wanting to empower me with their catchy hooks. The contenders:

  • Brave by Sara Bareillas: Just look at the title. It makes sense to use this song. There I'll be, driving off to an unknown city full of strangers, my first time living outside my home state (okay, not a completely unknown city. But you get my point, right?)
  • Miss Independent by Kelly Clarkson: Similar reasoning to the above. Plus, it's Kelly Clarkson!
  • Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys: This is the song to play as I drive off into the sunset. Or drive off during the sunrise. I haven't decided yet.
  • some song by Pink: I don't know many Pink songs, but she is all about standing up for yourself and girl power -- according to my former co-worker (who is Pink's #1 fan)

Add in Spice Girls and No Doubt. Done. 

P.S. You may start submitting your song recommendations. Please defend your choice in 30 words or less :)