Making September count

posted by Jeff | Friday, September 2, 2011, 11:08 PM | comments: 0

I realized today (in the spirit of Labor Day), that with vacations, holidays and the move, I will go to work a total of five days the entire month. And I can assure you these will not likely be particularly productive days. That's fairly unusual. The number of days, not the productivity.

There's a significant challenge in store for the month, however. I somehow have to balance relaxing and enjoying the time off with the fact that we're moving at the end of the month. What a pain in the ass to have to shift context back and forth all of the time.

There are a number of things we want to do before we go, but honestly some of them aren't looking very promising. For example, we'd like to take in a UW volleyball match, but we're basically limited to this coming Thursday or Friday (any babysitters available?). It doesn't help that I have to turn in my Prime card to work (massive discounts all over town) on Friday, and the weekend after next is Fall Affair, putting me out for the last non-packed-up weekend. There isn't a lot of time left.

The move itself is honestly not as big of a deal as you'd think. This will be our third move in two years, and I've learned that it's fairly low maintenance when someone else is packing up all of your shit. The hardest thing to figure out is what you'll need to keep with you while everything else goes on the truck.

The unpacking part is the more time consuming part, but knowing where you're going to live and not having to learn a new city will certainly help things. Unfortunately, getting settled is going to take awhile, because of the painting and furniture buying. We're both already thinking about things we have to do, and honestly it's kind of pissing me off because I've got less than three weeks to enjoy Washington. I mean, I mentioned that I want to get the furnace cleaned. Really?

Hopefully we can knock out a few touristy things. Against all odds, the weather is going to be spectacular for the next week and a half. We've talked about going up the Space Needle (clear day required), driving out to Mt. Rainier, maybe climbing Mt. Si with Simon on our back (maybe not a good idea). I'd like to actually do a little of nothing at all, too, but that's kinda hard when you have a very active toddler that wants to be outside as much as possible.

Gotta prioritize, I suppose. We'll be Ohio residents again before we know it.


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