Packing is going.. well it's going. I feel like there is still a TON to do, and I'm trying to make sure that I don't go into "THROW EVERYTHING INTO BOXES MOVING DAY IS NOW" mode. I know we have more time than that. Logically I know that.
I've sorted through most of the old
memories and bins, and I have left to pack, approximately one medium
sized bookshelf worth of books and small things that would not fit in
other boxes or bins.
I have most of the school stuff I'm
keeping, Math and English notes, Psychology notes etc, set into two tidy
stacks, of first semester, and second semester, and I think I can fit
all of that into my black star backpack.
I sorted the last of my
clothes today, donate pile, keep pile (neatly folded), and trash pile
which is already out to the dumpster thanks to Osaka. She also helped
me, once I had set aside approximately two weeks of clothing for packing
into a suitcase, put the rest of my keepable clothes into the spacebags
that I got. Those I may keep out since those bags are sturdy and can be
used to cushion in the moving van.
I've got one plastic bin
that is not damaged left that is empty, which I will carefully fill
tomorrow I think. I am tentatively planning to put photos, kept greeting
cards and doll postcards and the like into a decorative box, and put
that into that bin, with some of smaller doll sorted boxes, which
contain clothes and accessories for the dolls.
I unpacked a
bunch of emotional baggage as well as clothes and stuffed animals today
when I was sorting through a cracked storage bin and trying to figure
why I'd kept a handful of stuffies. Many of them were early on gifts
from the ex-husband, and some of them were from an older boyfriend who
lived in East Texas and brought gifts when he would come to Arlington to
see me. It took me finding a small wooden box that said "Sajin" on it
for me to connect the dots. I have tucked away the bits for keeping, and
donated any stuffies that have unwanted baggage but are in good
condition. I have a bunch of little TY beanie babies, some of which are
almost 22 years old.
This is probably the least stressful
packing I've ever had, as Osaka and Ringo/Dragonmouse have been really
supportive and mainly doing their own thing and leaving me to it. Both
have happily helped when I have needed help, and both have kindly left
me alone when I just needed to work on something by myself. I'm going to
miss living with them both very much.
I packed MOST of my dolls
away really early on, because I needed them safely out of the way to
contend with moving all of my things around the room and apartment in
order to carefully pack each type of item together, so I don't have
random boxes of "I don't even know what this is" like I did trying to
sort what we pulled from storage.
I have left out for travel and
because some don't have doll boxes, but I do have carrying cases
Robbie, Ichigo, Ro, Owen, and Link. Owen and Link will go into their
boxes on moving day. Robbie has a special bunting with pillows that
Osaka made for me, and Ichigo and Ro will go in the Dream of Doll
carrier, which is meant to safely cushion and carry two dolls.
planning on having Robbie or Ichigo out for photos at some of the
places that Mom and I go, while we take the scenic route back to Texas.
I'd like to have Owen and Link at hand as well.
I wanted to take
photos of many of my dolls with Osaka's before we left for the farm,
but since I put most of mine away early on, I have only been able to
take photos with some of them.
Tomorrow I hope to do another
photoshoot or photostory with Owen and Osaka's Lorelei. Today I took
pictures of Ichigo with Yukimura (also Osaka's).
I feel like if Tsubaki were to grow up, he could look quite a bit like Isao. I may just be partial though. ;)