T minus eight days and counting until I leave San Diego and start driving up the coast to my new home in Eugene, Oregon. I've hit the point in packing for my move where I'm essentially camping in my own apartment. On this move, it's intensified by the fact that I've been just plain getting rid of a lot of stuff outright instead of packing it up preparatory to shleppage.
It feels really freeing to get rid of that stuff too. I really didn't have all that much left, but it was enough stuff that the glamour of even the books had worn off in the face of the wearying chore of shlepping boxfuls of them--let alone the bother and expense of hiring people to deal with the furniture. I've been joking with friends that from here on I am only going to own belongings I can move totally under my own steam - everything foldable, deflatable, or digitized.
The excitement of the upcoming road trip has yet to fully hit me. I think some lingering anxieties over this trip are blocking the excitement. Some is just basic fretting over getting everything done before my departure date. I also know there's some feelings of fear over uprooting, even if it's the right thing to do. And I also think some concerns over how my bod will hold up are lurking round my brain. I used to adore taking road trips, but in recent years as finances got tighter and my bod got crankier, it began to look like my road warrior days were over.
But as more of my belongings disappear and my nest deconstructs, it's easier to relax and feel the excitement. Everything I'd been fretting over seems to be working itself out according to plan. I've been feeling a lot more physically capable in recent weeks, so I'm beginning to relax on that score too. And the more I read and learn about my destination, the more I feel that I've picked a place that will really suit me.
Damn, it's been too long since the last road trip. It's about time I headed out to see a bigger piece of the world again. And this time it will be with Droid and laptop in tow, so I'll be blogging all about it as I progress.