My son’s graduation was wonderful. Family gathered, we all had a great time with no drama and the focus remained on the graduate. It was a lovely weekend. My parents joined us along with one of my Ex’s brothers and his family. Everyone remembered why we were there and behaved admirably.
I thoroughly enjoyed my long drive up and back. I’m finishing up an amazing book (audio version), Designing Your Life. It is so incredibly inspiring for where I am right now. I have already sent out an email to some folks to create my own group so we can go through the exercises beginning in June. I’m going to sign up for the online course and spend June & July going through their process. Amazon should be delivering my hard copy today so I can highlight and re-read the whole thing.
We did the walk-thru of our new place this morning and it’s ready for us. Not as sparkling clean as I would like, but hey, it’s a rental, get over it. Anyway, I also noticed that the living areas are much smaller than what we currently have. Yikes. When I mentioned it to the Hunter, he moaned at my negative statement. “Wait a minute,” I said. “I am merely concerned that everything we are planning on taking fits. Based on what I saw, we shouldn’t move the couches. They will take up too much space and we are planning on dumping them anyway, so why bother moving them?”
OK, I get it that I lead with a negative, but I wanted to discuss. I suppose that this on top of me rushing him out of the house when the walk-thru was moved up 2 hours was not scoring me additional brownie points. But we need to get shit done. I need to jettison more stuff. OfferUp has been fantastic. If you haven’t checked out that app, do so. I’ve gotten rid of a headboard, shoe rack, bike rack, Xmas tree and more. This is all in addition to our 2 garage sales.
Anyway, back to the size of the new place. It is about 40% smaller than our current rental. We aren’t using all of the space here, but we need to be careful. We are downsizing from having:
- 2 bedrooms to 1 (plus office which will now take up the 2nd bedroom in the new place, so no more guest room),
- over-sized 2-car garage to small 1-car,
- decent-sized backyard to patio area with some grass — Kracken will need to adjust.
- front yard to none–just the driveway area (it is a townhouse not a single-family like we have now),
- living room, dining room, family area to much smaller living and dining rooms (it’s less than half the current living space)
- smaller master bedroom
- kitchen is half the size of the current one with no eat-in/barstool area
I’m not complaining about any of this. I’m actually very happy to be simplifying my life. I like 2-story townhouses. Purging stuff has felt great and I haven’t felt pangs of regret as things have gone out the door. However, I like to have a plan and a place for stuff, so I have been reviewing our inventory of stuff and then making sure it will fit at our new location.
Oh yeah, and then there is work. I’m putting aside my whole job search/career redefinition until I finish going through the Redesigning Your Life exercises. I realized my approach was a bit scattered and I wasn’t doing it correctly (I knew this before the book, but it just reinforced it). May is for graduation and moving. Let’s get that done and done correctly. Then June will be about Design: the new place, my life, etc.
For now, it’s all about packing, sorting, dumping. Hey, Hunter, bring me some more boxes!