Thursday, September 17, 2009

Bits of Life in Boxes

This week we are in the process of moving.

Tuesday night, yesterday, and today I have been packing away bits of my life into boxes. Albums, plates, recipe books, things that represent me and Brian. Photos from when we first became friends, notes that he had sent me when we were long-distance dating. Two copies of many books, because we would both read the same book and talk about it together over the phone when we couldn't see each other.

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Humans are funny. We need a lot to feel fulfilled. Animals move burrows, nests, homes all the time, and they do it all without a u-haul. I like that I have things that are important to me. A lot of people say "Simplify Your Life!" "Get Rid of all that Extra Stuff!". While I am not a packrat in a messy way, I do have things that I keep because they are important to me. And I like it that I have things that are special to me.

On a completely different note, my lovely aunt that I only just mentioned in my last post sent me a package that arrived yesterday. It was a box of chocolate! Two pounds of it! The only thing better than chocolate is UNEXPECTED chocolate! Aren't you jealous that I have an Aunt that sends me chocolate surprise gifts?

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(PS - I am now a columnist for The Handmade News. It would mean a lot to me if you would stop by my first article and leave me some feedback in the comments there!)

34 comments:

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Best of luck with your packing. What a super, nice Auntie!

xx deb

Maki said...

Aww congrats on being a columnist for The Handmade News!!! And how exciting that you're moving to a new place although packing kida sucks (well, I'm lazy bird, so I hate packing) - 2 pounds of chocolate.. Maybe you can send some to me! hehe

Love you!
xoxo

cabin + cub said...

Good luck with your move! It helps that you 2lbs of chocolate to keep the energy and sugar high going! ;)

Pretty Neat Designs said...

unexpected chocolate is the most delicious chocolate!

Renee said...

I want that chocolate!

Maki said...

Hey, I have tried twice to leave a feedback in your comments, but I don't see it. (I even signed up, so I could leave a comment there..)

DesBisoux said...

oh my! i've done so much packing and unpacking over the years! i don't really like except for the things you forgot you had and come across with. a picture, a letter, an old Tee,a lost tweezer(...)

lyndsey | paper girl said...

um YES on the jealousy. you're a lucky girl!

and COOL about your new gig! i'm off to check out your article :)

MYSAVIOR said...

Great post! Wait until you have 50 years of memories!

So sweet that your aunt sent you that chocolate.

♥♥♥

Jaime said...

Good luck with the move! Enjoy the chocolates too :)

Meghan said...

What a sweet surprise! Good luck with the move!

Kaye Prince said...

You apparently have the best Auntie in he world!

I just went over and read your first article and left a comment. Great job Dionne; you deserve to be recognized!

oh, hello friend. said...

ahhh, moving. no fun at all. are you enjoying it? can you please move here to southern california so we can be friends all the time ;)

my brother lost his house and had to move everything...i helped, and it wasn't really that great ;)

you lucky girl with 2 pounds of sees chocolate! (it looks like sees..)

xo. danni

Kristin said...

Congrats on the new gig and good luck with the move! I SO need to streamline my house. Ugh.

Anna said...

i feel the same way you do about getting rid of things, darling! except i'm very very very bad about letting anything go. i am a clutter bug!

congratulations on being a columnist for The Handmade News! they are lucky to have you!

xo-

p.s. i hope my nieces and nephews blog about their "aunt anna" one day! what a great aunt you have!

sassy studio said...

LOVED the column! You are a loving person finding the good in screaming children ( I teach kindergarten!) ...the French must have helped a little! (he he) I enjoy the way you write-is it what you do for a living? (I've always wondered!

Carey said...

Oh Heavens yes, I'm the same way, and it's often the oddest stuff that means the most - not necessarily the costly items. I used to feel guilty about it, but have since latched onto something the Visual Vamp said on her blog about the "stuff" we keep around us: "It's such a human way to live."

Little Miss Tiara said...

omg yes, I do envy you! You just reminded me that I too have an aunty who loves to send chocolate out of the blue, but now she has her own kids and I've grown up, maybe she thinks I'm all too old to have chocolate some more? =| I hope she doesn't think so, because well... I still love chocolate the way I did years ago. haha.

Nicole Marie said...

oyy packing, moving. tough work and not fun!

Carissa said...

I am totally a pack rat and I DO need to simplify my life! I hate moving because I always have so so much to pack. but on the other hand, I think it is important to keep special, meaningful things too. certain items are like memory keepers and you wouldn't want to throw those away. anyhoo, good luck with the move!

oh, and I like any unexpected gift, and I would never turn down chocolate! such a nice auntie you have!

Tender Branson said...

Good luck with the move (one of my least favorite things ever). I think I would need twelve pounds of chocolate to make moving feel better. I am jealous of your aunt though.

LBB said...

I hope your move goes well, Dionne. I still can't think about my last BIG move without shuddering! It was awful! At least you've got chocolate! :)

the Lost Earring said...

Moving...oh so tiring. We'll be doing the same in the next 2-4 months. I'm one of those less is more people, but I definitely have sentimental nearly historical things from relatives that I hold onto dearly. Good luck with your move and congrats on the writing gig! That's awesome :)

Carol said...

Hope moving goes well! That chocolate looks so yummy!

HaloHatz said...

I'm very sentimental. Some things you just HAVE to keep.

Oh, the chewy chocolates look so yummy!

Children of the 90s said...

Good luck with the move! And you're right--unexpected chocolate is amazing. Yum!

simplesong said...

Good luck w/ the move + congrats on columnist gig! Have a great weekend!

Rebecca said...

can't wait to check-out your column...on my way!

avant garde said...

oh moving is always such a chore, but unpacking is like christmas again. :) love the chocolate box...where is the chocolate from? which company? looks divine...happy weekend! :)

Shanna Suburbia said...

Best of luck in the cleaning/packing/moving process! I moved not 2 months ago so you definitely have all my sympathy! I would have to agree with you that the most difficult part is realizing how much stuff you have but not actually wanting to part with a great deal of it. But, like with everything else in life, you really have to pick and choose sometimes.

Oh, and I'm so jealous of your surprise chocolates. *eyes go green with envy*

Pamela said...

I hope them move is going well! And can I please have some of those chocolates?! Come on...pretty please??

I loved your article and I'm up for the challenge!! Great work.

tales from an oc cottage said...

Holy cats! You sure have a lot on your plate right now!!! But, there's always a bit more room for a chocolate or two...or three! ;)

m ^..^

(my verification word is "dazed"...that's how moving always makes me feel!!! :)

Cali said...

I loved the column and your opera glasses on this blog. I love the opera!. . . and chocolate. :)

Kotori said...

Can I tell you how much I love that about the books? So sweet...

Now I'm off to check out your post - congrats!