You know when you have so much to do that you don’t even know where to begin? That’s how I’ve felt lately. In approximately four days I’m going to cram as much as I can into my 4-door sedan and haul my ass across the country. I’m not even totally packed yet, and I’m sure there is all sorts of stuff that I’m forgetting to do before I leave. But I feel immobile. Regardless, I’ll pull it off somehow… I always do. It might be sloppy, but I’ll figure it out.
I’m having a lot of muddled up feelings right now. I’m happy, sad, nervous, excited, exhausted, trepidacious, confident… I don’t know what I am. But what else is new? Yesterday was my last day working at the shop that my friends and I own in Oklahoma City. It will be strange not scouting things out and bringing them in and then seeing someone’s face light up when they find it and just have to have it. It’ll be really sad not to be able to just drop in and see what’s happening. Not to be able to walk down the street and grab a gourmet grilled cheese or a few drinks or see some new local art. This neighborhood has become so familiar, and it’s going to be sort of awful give that up. And to not see the people that I have become close with in the past year.
But at the same time, I feel like I’m going HOME to Seattle. I’ll be so relieved to be back close to water, where there is no humidity, where there’s more vegetarian and vegan food than you can shake a stick at, where it’s painfully easy to recycle, where there are always great concerts happening, where the weather doesn’t seem like it’s constantly trying to kill me. Weirdly, I’m sure I’ll have a lot fewer friends there than here, but I think I’ve gotten better at making friends since living in Oklahoma. I’ve gotten better at a being alone too. I’ve gotten better at a lot of things. So I do feel confident in going back and being different and better than I was before.
The drive… the drive, the drive, the drive. It’s another thing that I feel mixed emotions about. Even though I’m sort of dreading being on the road for a week by myself, with no clue where I’m at, and no safety net (other than my phone… my preciousss), I’m actually pretty excited about it. I think and hope it will be one of the biggest adventures of my life. I’ll be able to stop and see family and friends in California, and I have a couple of small detours planned so that it will be fun and memorable.
So, yesterday was my last day at The Salvage Room. Today is my last day working as a social media specialist (in Oklahoma.) and after that I have a couple of days to enjoy OKC before I pack up and head out. I don’t know whether or not I’ll be making blog posts along the way. I’d like to, but it depends on how tired I am at the end of each day of driving. I will, however be tweeting and instagramming, so if you’re not already, you may want to follow me on those networks.
I’m to the point where I feel financially comfortable with driving there, thanks to the remarkably generous donations from friends, a couple of strangers, and even someone who was completely anonymous (thanks to whoever lives at 666 Salad Fingers Drive!). I’ve also had many kind bloggers and shop owners buy ad space on my sidebar, all the money from which I am putting toward the trip. If you’d like to get in on the sale there’s still time – just visit my advertising page and use the code “SEATTLE” at checkout for 40% off. You can even buy multiple months to lock in the rate. Thanks to everyone who has kicked in a few bucks, seriously, I’m immensely grateful.
Either way, I’m happy that you’re here and if you’ve stuck around to the end of this post, I’m impressed. If I had a gold star to give you, I would, but I don’t. What I do have are stamps… lots of stamps. Of the postal kind. So, if you want to receive a postcard from the road, email me at kelsibsides @ gmail.com with your address and I’ll send you a postcard from somewhere between Oklahoma City and Seattle!
TL;DR? I’m moving from OKC to Seattle in 4 days and it’s going to be a really long drive. If you want a postcard, email me with your address. Thanks!
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By Kelsi Eldredge