one way ticket

I’m sitting at my gate at the Huntsville International Airport. I have a one-way ticket in hand with my cat and my laptop. Two bags that barely pass the weight allowance (I know, because I checked them this morning), are checked and carry most of my clothing in them.

This is my final trip to Phoenix. This time, I’m heading to live out there. It’s way too early in the morning, though. I’m typing this at 5:39am. It was 3:45am when I woke up this morning. It was still pitch black outside when we left my parents’ house. The sky is starting to get a bit of color to it.

For all the Huntsville locals that are reading this, I’ll miss you guys. I’m only an email away, though, and you know that I’ll always come back. Oh yeah, and don’t forget that we have an open door to you guys, too.

last day

It’s my last day at work today. My office looks very barren. I’m one of those people whose office looks like a little piece of home. I brought in lots of pictures and plants, etc, to make it as comfortable as possible. Now, I’ve just been trying to get it home over the last week. All I have left are a couple more pictures, my calendar, speakers and my wireless keyboard and mouse.

After 3pm today, I will no longer be employed by this company. I’m a little nostalgic, but I know I’m making the right decision in leaving here.

On a slightly brighter note, Sean’s already found a job out in Phoenix that he’s really happy with. He starts today as an interior landscaper. I always knew that horticulture knowledge would pay off. Also, he scored us tickets to see Paul Oakenfold at Club Freedom in Phoenix on Sunday. Score! I’m completely psyched about that. I can so get used to getting to see concerts in the same town that I live in.

new pictures

I’ve finally gotten around to uploading a whole bunch of photos that were sitting on the laptop.
Erin’s wedding photos. These are the “official” wedding pictures. She did a really spectacular job shooting the wedding and I’m glad we were able to have a friend be our photographer.
Heather & Andy’s wedding. I’ve broken this album into two parts, the wedding itself and the drunken revelry that occured at the James Joyce Irish Pub shortly after the wedding.
General DC photos. These are pictures from our jaunts into DC on Thursday and Friday. Friday, we dragged Gareth along and wound up walking way more miles than I care to think about.

The DC photos are currently only Sean’s pictures, from the digital camera. I should have my photos on CD Thursday and will try to get them uploaded.

Friday, I’m on my way over to Atlanta for a weekend of taping DragonConTV stuff and getting a last minute chance to visit some friends before I fly off to Phoenix.

Passing the Time

It’s time for a little audience participation. Last Tuesday, I handed in my two weeks notice. I then, thankfully, went on vacation for the rest of the week. I’m now back and have been sitting on my butt for the past two days because my manager is uninterested in tasking me with anything that might not get finished.

So, here’s the audience participation. I need ideas of things that I can do whilst wiling away my last hours in my office. Ideas? Suggestions?

organizational nightmare

Trying to coordinate a move is an organizational nightmare. Here are the stats.

Sean left this morning to head out to Phoenix early with one of the cats (Weaver, aka FluffButt). He’s going ahead and establishing the temporary housing that we will be living for the first couple of weeks. Sean is specifically going out early so that he can, hopefully, find a job and get a few things established (such as a PO box for forwarding mail) before I get out there.

I’m staying behind until May 29. My last day of work is May 26. The movers come to pack on May 27. The movers return to load everything (including my car) on May 28. In that period of time, I have to make sure the entire house is packed as necessary, that I have set aside everything that I will be bringing with me on the plane (the other cat included), and that everyone that needs to know we’re moving knows.

I am also trying to keep the house as neat as humanly possible during all of this, since we are still trying to sell the house. Hopefully, we will have an offer before I fly out to Phoenix next Saturday, but sadly, I’ve quit holding my breath on that one. We’ve had many people look at the house, but sadly no one seems to like it enough to put an offer on it. We need an offer on the house by June 15. Hell, the house really needs to be closed by June 15 so that we can go ahead with the purchase of our house out in Phoenix. Ah yes, another logistical nightmare. We’re trying to sell our house. The purchase of the house out in Phoenix is contingent upon the sale of our house here in Huntsville. The sellers of the house out in Phoenix have a contingency clause on the purchase of their new home that is contingent on the sale of their current home. So, my realtor is calling me on a regular basis to see if we’ve sold our house here.

Keeping up? Good. On top of all of this, my new company has already sent me all of my paperwork, including my security paperwork so that hopefully by day one, I’ll be pretty much ready to go and what little isn’t ready on day one (ie, my new clearance), will be ready a little bit quicker than if they waited until I started. Today, I get to run by the Huntsville plant of my new company and pick up a couple more pieces of paper that need to be filled out.

My ‘to do’ list keeps getting longer rather than shorter. Everytime one thing gets finished, two more things get added. I’m determined, though, to get through this and keep one shred of sanity in the end. I mean, I have to have a little sanity to lose while I’m on the airplane with my cat.