Last night, I fell asleep as a typical thirty-one year old. Pillow talk focused on our upcoming move. We talked about how long we think closing on the condo will take, getting home owners insurance and crossing things off our mental to do list. As we both settled in, I watched the ceiling fan, finding the whirring noise of the blades soothing. But while my body was at rest, my mind wasn’t. I couldn’t help but think about the days ahead. There was still so much to do.
The last four months have been anything but easy. Everything from the apartment, to storage, to work has been throwing curve balls left and right. As soon as I think we have gotten past the last bump in this latest journey of life, something else comes up.
Our apartment experience has been a hot mess. We didn’t have hot water for the first 39 days we lived there, and then, came the new roommates – mice.
I don’t do well with mice. While I could probably kill them with one stomp of my foot, I find myself yelping and running out of the room at the mere sight of one. After a lot of nagging emails, our apartment company finally dropped off glue traps. We placed them in the prime spots and waited.
The next morning, I walked into the kitchen to see a mouse wiggling on a glue trap so violently that it was moving the trap. My legs instantly turned to jelly, and I could feel the blood drain from my face. A yelp escaped from my mouth as I ran out of the room.
Seconds later, I was hunched over, hands on my knees to calm myself, wondering if I woke Tom with the noise. It was the final straw for me. I. Could. Not. Wait. To. Move.
It took the seller a long time to agree on a close date. When we finally agreed, the process was in speed mode. We couldn’t wait any longer to schedule movers and to coordinate getting our stuff out of storage if we were going to be out of our apartment by June.
When we sold the suburban house, we knew storage was a necessity. I did a lot of research and decided that using PODS was the best. While it was easy initially, it has been an utter nightmare since. Their service is terrible, it’s a logistical nightmare and they grossly understated costs. I was so angry that I wrote a scathing letter to the president of the company. It got the attention I wanted, and they at least tried to make it right.
The long point I am trying to make is that moving is stressful. So while last night I fell asleep a thirty-one year old dealing with adult things, this morning I woke up as a fourteen year old. I straight up Benjamin Buttoned overnight. That’s right. I didn’t wake up to gray hair from the stresses of life. Instead, I woke up with a ginormous, swollen, puffy red zit on my chin.
I examined the zit on my chin, grimacing as I poked it with my fingers. I couldn’t even remember the last time I had a zit.
Well shit. What am I going to do with this thing?
I reacted just like a fourteen year old. I huffed and puffed pointing it out Tom asking in a whiney voice if he could see it. And just like I did when I was younger, I dug out concealer and created the best camouflage Almay can make. It was barely visible when I was done but it didn’t matter. I knew it was there.
As I sat in traffic this morning during my hour long commute, my mind reflected on life, writing mental stories. Memories were being written in between the glances in the mirror to self-consciously check on Rudolph’s nose that had formed on my chin. Yet, I found myself smiling despite this latest (literal) bump in life. Maybe, I thought, just maybe things are finally starting to go my way – I would have been devastated if that zit was actually a gray hair.
This post was a bit like spilled milk today so to refill the glass, I will share with you my three highs for the day.
- The Lumineers Pandora station has been spot on all day creating the perfect soundtrack to life.
- I had one of my favorite things for lunch – soup!
- We move in exactly one week!