T-minus 32 hours to me and the pet horde getting on a plane and leaving Texas for good. If you wanna see something that straddles the line of tragic and funny, get yourself to the Austin-Bergstrom Airport at 6am on Wednesday. It’s gonna be hilarious. I can’t wait to see the baggage fee for me, 2 crates, 3 suitcases and 2 carry-ons at the airport. I usually travel super-light, but this time, it’s on!
Tonight, refrigerator, cleaned, 14 bags of junk/canned foods/stuff I should never have purchased out at the curb, pet crates ordered and assembled, suitcases packed but not quite zipped up, schedule for tomorrow’s big clean written up, and plans for all-day napping-because-work-is-done-relaxing-and-catching-up-on-my-Amazon-Prime-queue in the works for Tuesday.
As I get ready to go, I’m mindful of the five ideas that have been shared with me during my lifetime that I always try to keep close:
1) If you look for beauty, you will find it — Bill Cunningham
2) The universe put all these horses on the planet for you to love and enjoy, so don’t spend all your time mucking out the stables. It’s a slap in the face to that gift — Chrissy Stroh
3) It’s just stuff — George Carlin
4) You never know what’s going on with people down where the spirit meets the bone. Who knows what they got through to meet you today — Jacob Meier
5) They say you can’t, but sometimes you can change your life by changing your geography — me
I can’t wait to get to the point where I know the reason the universe sent me to Austin. I imagine it has something to do with teaching me where I do belong, what does make me happy and a better person, and how believing the best of folks (to wit, that douche-bag dude/former co-worker I wrote about in an earlier post) doesn’t mean you keep believing when they do their level best to prove you wrong. I’ll never stop giving people the benefit of the doubt, but I will temper my zeal for new folks with a measure of self-preservation. Now, it’s about moving on, not giving up, I guess. Anyway, here we go. I’m excited to be on the beach, to be closer to family, and to be starting over in a new place where my arrival isn’t a total surprise, but rather a welcome addition!
Here we go!