The shipping container for moving my stuff to Maui was delivered yesterday. I have to admit, I didn’t really do very much during the day while I was waiting for it. I had worked hard at school the previous day, so I felt like I deserved to sit a little.
The bank manager graciously allowed the container to be put in the parking lot. While I was talking with him, I found out he was a birdwatcher. He even asked if I would like to go bird watching with him some time. Yes! I would have loved that. But my Baltimore days are numbered.
The Brad is for scale.
The container is bigger than I thought it would be. I think I might have trouble filling it.
One of the things I’ve decided to take is a set of pots I’ve been using in my garden. They are made of resin (plastic), are very durable, and are of different shapes and sizes, but the same color. I spent several years gathering this collection.
Hawaii does not have gypsy moths, so if you bring anything that spent time outside, you have to make sure there are no gypsy moth eggs on it. I scrubbed all the pots clean and set them out to dry.
I didn’t realize I had so many until I put them in one place.
Today will be a boxing day. I’m guessing that most of the actual packing of the container will happen tomorrow. It gets picked up on Monday.
Dang it, I’m late with my post. I slept in today.
Yesterday was a very busy day at school. I did all the final cleaning and packing of my room. It was pretty easy deciding what should go to Maui and what should stay behind, but getting everything packed into boxes took some careful planning.
When I was almost done, I noticed that I had accidentally left some file folders unpacked. Some of them were things I’ve been carrying around with me since Seattle even. Since I didn’t have any space left in any of the boxes, I just threw them away. It seems to be getting easier to do that as I get closer to the move date. But if there’s ever a “Society for the Study of Brad’s Past”, they’re not going to have very much material to work with.
My classroom when I was done:
The cupcake I got from Alyssa on her birthday in April of 2016 has been in my cabinet since then. I couldn’t bear to throw it away, so I left it for the new teacher:
I ended up packing seven boxes, plus my laser printer. It was more than I expected, but it did all fit in the cab of my truck.
While cleaning out my teacher desk, I found some old photographs. My move to Maui has caused me to be pretty brutal when it comes to keeping things or throwing them away, so the photos went in the trash. It seemed like I should archive them or something, but what do you do with digital copies of old photos?
Fortunately, I have an online memory bank. So, for the sake of putting these into my memory storage, here are some old pictures of me and some co-workers.
I’m not in the picture. I think I’m taking the picture.
This picture is OLD. Maybe from 1997?
Yesterday I was home most of the day while the guys finished the porch.
Things are pretty bewildering right now. There are many deadlines and gigantic decisions to make. I’m just trying to take each thing one at a time so I don’t get overwhelmed.
Today I will work at school. Grades are done, but I have some packing to do. Tomorrow will be my last day at school, then it will be full-time packing and organizing the house. The shipping container comes Friday! Ack!
I should have shown my computer desktop. It is more empty than it’s ever been. That was a huge undertaking!
Ever since I accepted the Call to Maui, I’ve seen references to Hawaii all over the place. It’s either a confirmation of my decision, or it’s frequency illusion. Yesterday I saw another example.
I was in the cookie aisle of the grocery store, and started looking at the Pepperidge Farm cookies. I saw that one was named Chesapeake. “Hey!” I thought to myself, “I’m living right next to the Chesapeake Bay!”
Then I noticed the package of cookies right next to it:
“Maui?” I thought to myself, “I’m going to be living there in a few weeks!”
Was it just coincidence? Was it a sign? Whatever it was, it certainly was interesting…