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The movers finally came on Tuesday. Three skinny guys unloaded 5,000 lbs (mainly books) in under three hours and then drove straight back to Houston. I realized after their departure that packing is definitely easier than unpacking. Packing is done by a group of other people while MoBob and I retire to a hotel. Unpacking is a seemingly endless solitary activity alternating between happy reunions with beloved objects and frustration with switching from a home with European storage to one with American storage. Ack.

I was invited to a pre-Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday night at the house of a former co-worker. The evening ended with serious karaoke. My first choice, "Hotel California," was a crowd favorite, but my second choice, "Anyway You Want It" by Journey, resulted in a sore throat and cracked voice. I now have a greater appreciation for Steve Perry. My sweet potato casserole turned out well, thank goodness. I spent Thanksgiving with a cool family from church who were actually in the same ward as I in Washington DC. They had ordered a organic, free range meal from the local equivalent of Whole Foods, and I couldn't tell any difference taste-wise. They also had a delicious veggie torte which looked like an especially tall quiche except without any egginess.

What am I grateful for? My mom and assorted relatives, my husband, my friends (new and old). And a long holiday weekend to get my life in some kind of order before embarking on my two-week trip to Kenya and Cameroon on Monday.
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On November 25th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC), hatter_anon commented:
Thanksgiving sounds like a lovely holiday. Congrats on getting your stuff back too!
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On November 27th, 2006 01:50 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Thanks!

I do prefer Thanksgiving over Christmas. It's not as commercialized and fraught with emotional perils....
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On November 27th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Moving sucks
Lordy, do I hate unpacking. I wish you luck. What do you mean about going from European storage to American storage? I found it much harder to do the reverse. :-)

Di
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On December 1st, 2006 10:06 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Re: Moving sucks
Thanks!

I went from places with a single, 1 foot long clothing rod and acres of shelving to huge walk in closets with two shelves. So I have a million baskets and inadequate hangers...it's quite a switch.
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On November 28th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC), congogirl commented:
Ugh I am doing the same thing, just transported all my junk from New Orleans (which didn't go to Congo) and my house is a mess - I have no shelves for all those books! Not enough hangers for the clothing!

Hope you have a good trip!
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On November 30th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Thanks! This time I went to Target instead of Wal-Mart at least.
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