It has been a crazy week and weekend. Megan is all moved in and we are enjoying our final few days with Amy here. I will try to recap the past week without making this a novel.
I did my best making Megan’s favorite foods before she left, including our family favorite – cherry coffee cake.
On Tuesday, we took a drive down our road to check out the progress. In addition to the new curbs and asphalt, we found this guy.
This was my view as I left for work Thursday morning. I took it as a sign to take a deep breath and stay calm as I approached our big moving day on Friday.
Our journey to Iowa started out with a bang. Literally. Gary backed his loaded car right into the side of my car in the driveway. All I can say is both Megan and I were thanking our lucky stars that we weren’t the one who did it. Good thing we have connections.
We grabbed some breakfast…
…and hit some pretty dense fog just south of Burnsville.
Gary made really good time and we pulled in right at 10:00. It’s crazy from the moment you park, so here is a collection of pictures of Megan’s dorm and roommate. The building is full of character, but I didn’t really capture much of that.
We hauled everything in, set her up, ran to Chick Fil A for lunch, picked up a few things at Target, stopped into the student union to check on paperwork for her job, and tried to find the Human Resources office which was closing right as we walked in. A woman stopped to help us and she turned out to be the head of campus security. She is now my favorite person at the college.
We brought Megan back to her dorm and said our goodbye’s. I wasn’t nearly as sad as I thought I would be. I was more excited, like when I dropped Amanda off. I’m sure it will hit me at some point, but right now, we are all stable 😉
We had just gotten on Interstate 35 when we were forced to exit because of a multi car accident. There wasn’t a posted detour, and half of the cars were going each direction, so I followed my instinct and found a county road that took us a few miles north to where we could get back on the freeway. We made good time coming home and pulled into the driveway right at 8:00 p.m.
We picked Scout up from the vet Saturday morning, I ran to get paint, and Gary and I spent most of the day painting the garage and side of the house.
Scout has to wear a cone so we are trying to keep him quiet. Ha!
He can’t be off leash at all, so we are taking lots of walks. Saturday night Amy and I met several of my friends to go watch the Perseid meteor shower. This is an annual event where we drive out to some open land near Stillwater and throw some blankets on the ground and hope for the best. This year it was fantastic! We saw so many shooting stars, there were no bugs, and the moon rose big and orange. I tried to capture it below.
I know, I’m expecting National Geographic to call me tomorrow to offer me a job.
Sunday was typical with grocery shopping, laundry, and food prep. We have lots of goodies for the week!
So now I’m going to share the state of my home, just to keep things real. Megan is gone, and Amy leaves Wednesday morning. We have started painting the exterior of the house and updating the spa room and downstairs bedroom. We are also planning updates to both girl’s bedrooms and their bathroom before we start demoing our bathroom. This is how everything looks now.
Basement hall and bedroom…
… living room and family room…
… and Megan’s bedroom. Just imagine Amy’s bedroom and the bathroom in a similar state.
Yikes! So I don’t think we will be sitting around twiddling our thumbs. Our plan is to work on the exterior painting on dry days, and start painting the new fitness room on wet days. We will start cleaning out Amy’s room in the evenings after she leaves, then move on to Megan’s room. Gary is also painting that dresser you see half taken apart in Megan’s room. And I know, it’s an antique, but it’s one I purchased not one that was in the family so I’m taking a chance on it.
Megan is doing well, but seems tired. It’s Rush Week so they are busy from early morning into the evening. She has her top 5 or 6 sororities, and claims that if she isn’t offered an invitation to one of them, she will just skip it. She and her roommate are getting along well, and she has made friends with two girls from California who are also in the Interior Design program and her Learning Community.
So now we start to figure out our new normal. Hope you have a great week!