The word is out. I handed in my resignation today, so I can now blog about the 2012 Aloha Road Trip.
What is it? My husband, “L”, son, “A” and DIL, “H” are all moving to Oahu. For the geography challenged (as we were), it’s the 3rd largest Hawaiian island. The one with Honolulu.
Why are we going? It was a process of over a year that morphed from “some day” to “maybe” to “what if?” to “should we do it?” to “Why wait?” It took over two years to sell our condo and 49 days to sell their house. We’re all living together at the moment in the condo, a 21st century Brady Bunch, only without Alice.
I’m going to try to chronicle some of the ups and downs as we prepare for a pack-up-the-house move, the move itself and acclimating to a place where nobody knows our name. (feel free to hum the “Cheers” theme song).
T-Minus 24 days – Our tentative closing date is Aug 9th. Maybe sooner. On the 7th we drive “A” and “H” to Chicago to catch a flight to Vegas, where they will stay for three days, visit grandma then fly to Honolulu. We follow on the 9th (or sooner) by car. Thus, the Aloha Road Trip. The T shirts will be here by the end of the week.
Since Thursday, we have sold a grill, a sofa, and are holding two mattress sets, a washer and dryer, a bedroom suite, a TV and kitchen chairs for the right time (I ain’t sleepin’ on no floor) or craigslists customers to pony up the money. We’ve made four trips to Goodwill (dropping off) and I have packed four boxes to be shipped to my daughter “L” in Alaska and packed nine to take with us. Try getting rid of 95% of the books you own, and you’ll know my pain.
Still up for sale – one loveseat, one 42″ TV, one living room chair, one glass top table, my sewing machine (sob!) and a binding machine I’ve used for first chapter promo books. Act fast. As “L” says, “Money talks, bullshit walks.”
I’ve lists galore. My lists have lists.
We have a Hawaiian bank account. Woot! And as soon as I have an account number, I can start transferring other accounts.
Much to do. I’ll try to keep everyone updated.
Here is today’s word(s) I’ll never use again. Don’t be jealous. Wind chill.