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Adopting in Ashburn

What began in France moved to Washington, DC and then the suburbs. Let the adventures in Ashburn continue.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Alive!

This isn't that terribly cannibalistic movie, it's just a note to my favorite readership that I'm alive and well in Alexandria.

My move across DC to the south side of the Potomac went well. I couldn't have been blessed more by Dana's super strength. My parents came this weekend and the place is about 90% "a home." By the end of the week I hope to have the whole place cleaned up and presentable.

It's an odd feeling, being in my own place. This is the first time a place has been just mine. That, and I get up and go to work in the morning - in dress clothes no less. I feel like there has been an extraordinarily profound change in my life.

To mark the change, my collage art is restricted to one wall, and only in my bedroom. I'm going to try out a young adult Bible study at the local Catholic church (which has a fantasmic choir!), look for a local volleyball open gym, and try to find some way to volunteer in the community. I'm working on HOBY, still categorizing articles for my old boss at AU, and trying to get my body into a healthy position (serious progress on that front, thank goodness!).

I'm nervous I might forget to pay the rent, or lock myself out, or make too much noise and aggravate my neighbors. I'm thrilled to be able to leave my stuff wherever I want - and even more excited that I'm happier to put things away than leave them out.

I am still a procrastinator. Moving my personal library has discouraged me from buying another book (for a rather long time, I'm afraid). Living on a budget, though something I've always done, is strange because part of the budget is just for saving (like every grown-up should!).

It's just hard to believe. I keep thinking I can't possibly be old enough for all of this, and then realize I obviously am. Speaking of which, this not-quite-so-old girl has to get to bed now, because morning comes early, and I owe myself a good workout before work.

I've missed all of you, and can't wait to catch up on all of your adventures over the next few days. Have a great week!

~Heather

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Count down

Four more days until I'll be in my new place.

Three more days until I am supposed to be packed and ready to go.

Two more hours until I am supposed to be in bed tonight.

One more room to get in boxes before sleep.

Zero more minutes for procrastination.

Love always, ~Heather

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

What I'm Made Of

Every once in awhile I play this ridiculous instrument at church. It is a percussion instrument that sounds like a quickly vibrating wood bell. After ten months, I finally play it at the right time during the few songs it's used in, but I still feel so goofy playing it. This, along with great company, makes me smile and laugh through most of the service. Today, I was playing it again - for "All You Works of God" - and after church a man came up and commented on how much fun it looked like I was having. I guess I'll keep playing it instead of switching to something more normal, like a maracca.

After church, I drove about 15 miles north to play volleyball. When I arrived, no one was there. I came home a route I didn't have directions for - just using intuition and a sense of direction I'm not always sure exists. Because I thought I was going to be expending tons of energy, I was really pumped when I got home. This, was very good for my not-quite-packed-yet apartment.

Some people say, "You are what you eat." Others say, "You are what you know." These principles (and others), are based on the idea that what you put inside you (food, knowledge, etc.) makes up your being. Using the transverse theory (a+b=c, if a=d and b=e, then d+e=c)* - and substituting me for a box and my stuff for food, etc. - I am a library.

*It's possible this is not actually the right representation of the transverse theory.

I think there is a book in almost every box I've packed. Only when I'm moving do I regret the number of books I manage to pack onto shelves in every room in my house.

Right now, there are four tubs and seven boxes ready to go. There is still alot of stuff lying around, but 90% of the walls are cleared, and the shelves just have small items I'm using in the empty spaces in boxes. I cooked enough for me to have lunch most of this week - and I'll cook one other thing tomorrow for a little variety - then I'll be able to pack up the rest of my pots and pans. It's hard to believe I'll be moved into my new place (though probably not settled) in a week.

But now, it's late and I have to work all day tomorrow before I get to come home and pack my desk. I'm determined to be fully packed before I go to bed on Thursday night. Here's hoping!

Talk to you soon, ~Heather

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Saturday, September 08, 2007

16-12

Carolina over Georgia in Athens, Georgia.

GO Gamecocks!!!

That being said, I spent most of the game feeling like we weren't winning, even though we never lost the lead. I think it's because we weren't really scoring as frequently as (I felt) we should have been.

The good news is, of course, that for the second season in a row, our defense is something to be reckoned with. If Spurrier goes back to rotating the quarterbacks, we might even see a more exciting and point-scoring offense.

For now, I am back to straightening up the apartment. Today I managed to find a couch and loveseat ($60 for both at an estate sale), buy some art reminiscent of the square next to the Sacre Coeur (7 pieces, $30), choose a rental van company (furniture doesn't easily slide into the trunk of my fabulous Focus), pack three boxes, and set-up all of my utilities except cable at my new apartment.

If any of you are in the area next weekend, I am still recruiting strong volunteers to help load/unload my belongings (a million thanks to those of you who have already volunteered - I'm just trying to save everyone serious strain climbing those stairs!). I promise breakfast in the morning and beer/soda/water/electrolyte-filled beverages in the afternoon with pizza or something else to rejuvenate bellies and muscles! Plus, it'll be fun!

Seriously, I need to go. Love and prayers for my faithful readers!

Always, ~Heather

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