Monday, December 13, 2010

Do We Always Fill the Space We Have?

From Moving out

I got home from my trip across the US just over a week ago, which was excellent, and perhaps I'll do a post or two about it later. It has been a whirlwind week of packing, minimizing and saying goodbye to both our friends and our things. I love that little fairy, but it's dusty and broken, so I had to say goodbye, my trusty coffee pot, bye, all my lovely smelling toilet things, bye, that brand new iron, my kitchen electronics, bye. All the random things that filled the space that I didn't really need, buhbye! What do I need to survive and be comfortable-ish for the next 6 months? Our bags are smaller than I thought and I already want to overfill them, so it's time to minimize. I guess I don't really NEED 5 tank tops.
I'm wondering what the friend space will be filled with. Passing acquittance's? People we meet on the road? The sights we see? We are so fortunate to have such good friends here, I will miss them heaps. We're staying with the fabulous Beth and Mike, organizer and cook extraordinare respectively, until our flight leaves Wednesday morning (ass crack of dawn). We borrowed my cousin John and Camille's truck for the move and the days in between.... exactly how many loads of furniture, misc have I taken to various places, I don't know. I have also had the pleasure of the company of all my good friends in the past couple of days, a visit here, a lunch there.
It's now real that I'm moving to a foreign country where I don't speak the language quite well enough, and I don't have any of my own friends (yet), and the culture and traditions are different.... Vince keeps reminding me that at least they have the same alphabet, and I keep reminding myself that I have friends in Europe, not exactly in France, but a train ride away. It's exciting, and scary, and will probably not feel like home for a while, but life is an adventure.
Here I go.
The whole trip thing, however is not real yet.... I'm not sure it will be real until I'm on the plane day after tomorrow. Until then, lets hope I fill the space with only the things I need.


  1. You need to either darken the background or the text, this old mans eyes are having trouble reading the heavenly quality of you blog.

    safe travels!

  2. disregard that last comment, the dark box just showed up on my browser. Maybe I need a faster connections! Ha

  3. safe travels my friend

  4. Denise,

    I am wishing you and Vince a wonderful, safe, memory-filled and life-changing adventure. Enjoy the sometimes overwhelming but equally wonderful vicissitudes of travel.