Well, a lot has happened since July, including trips to North Carolina and Tupelo to see grandparents, many searches to find a room to rent in California, and dealing with leaving home. I’m a sentimental person, so everything that happens seems to be magnified ten-fold in my mind. All summer I’ve been slowly getting rid of things and packing a lot of my stuff in preparation for the inevitable: I would have to move, and I knew I had to move to California. While there is excitement and a feeling of relief to finally be going after something I’ve wanted for years, the sentimental side of me wanted to stay where I was forever. It’s home. It’s where my roots are, it’s where I’m comfortable, it’s where a lot of my family is, it’s where my friends are, it’s where my dog is…and where my memories are that encompass my entire life.
I know that it will always be my home, and I can always go back…but they do say that you can never really go back home. Things change. Home won’t feel the same way as it did, and that’s sad to my sentimental side. I’ll get used to my new home in L.A., I’m sure. Right now, though, it’s hard to accept that or believe it will happen. I’ll admit that there were a couple of times on the road where I thought – “if I turn around right now, I could get back home in time for bed.” But then what? I had to swallow the lump in my throat, the fear of the unknown, and the homesickness I was already feeling, and keep going. I have to believe it will be okay, and that I’ll adjust to everything. The next few weeks will be difficult, but after I called home to check in tonight, I felt better…less alone, less homesick. I have a feeling that I’ll be Skyping, Facetiming, and calling people quite a bit.
After I get to L.A., I’ll post a video showing some highlights of my trip, but for now, I’ll update you on the journey so far.
Penny apparently sat by the window after I left and was waiting for me to come back. She does this a lot, but it’ll be a while before we get to see each other again.
Mom and I went shopping last weekend to get some clothes that are more appropriate for L.A. Working at Apple, just about all I was required to own were t-shirts and jeans, and frankly, I could live in a t-shirt and jeans all the time. So, there were some dresses to be bought alongside some nicer pants, shirts, and shoes. I really appreciated Mom chipping in to buy the clothes! We found some great deals with all of the Labor Day sales, but we still ran up a big bill.
Some of the pants we found were too big around the waist, so Mom spent a few hours at her sewing machine, taking out the side seams, drawing the waist up, and stitching it back like a pro. I’m so thankful she knows how to do that, otherwise I would have been stuck! Thanks, Mom!
My intention was to pack the day before I left, have the car ready to go, and leave first thing in the morning. Well, none of that happened, and I’m kind of glad. Mom and Dad took me out to eat last night and I chose to go to Blues City Cafe on Beale Street. It was good food, and we strolled down Beale Street to take in the sights and sounds of Memphis. They had a great time, and I enjoyed my last night taking in the heart of the city.
After a friend came over to say goodbye, I decided to go to bed and call it a night. Packing could wait until morning. So it did. In the middle of my packing, I also managed to make some business cards.
The closet started getting emptier:
I managed to fit all of my clothes (except the dresses) in these two suitcases:
The pile of stuff:
It actually all fit in the back of the car! Remarkably, I have less room in this car than I did in the one I took to California last time…for four months. This time I’m moving there, have more stuff, and it fits way better. I can see out of the back perfectly. I don’t get it.
One last playtime with Penny:
Said a tearful goodbye:
Ran into traffic at a standstill on 240, and had to get off and drive downtown to get back on I-40.
Got back on the freeway and took a last look at Memphis before heading over the bridge:
Stopped at McDonalds in Forrest City, AR where a tour bus pulled up with a bunch of ladies taking an AARP tour. They were returning to Dallas from a week in Chicago. I had a kid’s meal because I wasn’t very hungry. The toy resembled either a Christmas ornament or a pink orb…not sure what it was. I didn’t keep it.
Got back on the road:
Got behind a car with a California license plate. Guess he had a long trip ahead of him too.
Made another pit stop, and got some gas:
Enjoyed the scenery in the Ozarks:
Kept my brain busy by listening to some old radio shows from the 1940s:
Made it to Oklahoma!
An awesome lake that was HUGE on both sides of I-40:
Stopped in Oklahoma City for the night. Before I checked into a hotel, I decided to get dinner. There were no restaurants near the hotel, so I drove around for a few minutes until I stumbled on Chick-Fil-A. Decided to get a salad to make up for a McDonald’s cheeseburger earlier:
Checked into Hampton Inn:
Hopefully, I’ll get some good sleep tonight before an even longer drive tomorrow. I don’t know where I’ll end up tomorrow night, but I’ll post an update here!