In less than one month Scotty and I will be completely moved out of our home in Edinburgh. It’s so strange to think that on the 15th of August we will be saying goodbye to our flat. In three weeks we’ll have packed boxes and shipped them to NY. We’ll have packed bags for Paris and stowed them in a friend’s flat to be retrieved when we come through Edinburgh on our way to Paris. In 27 days we’ll be flying to the States for a three week trip that will involve lots of good family time, a wedding, and a visit to our old hometown, St. Louis. And then it will be back to Edinburgh for two weeks and on to a new city, a new culture, a new language (eek!). I am so excited about moving to Paris, so grateful for the opportunity, so stoked for a new adventure, and a bit overwhelmed by it all. Blog posting has taken a backseat to packing, sorting, donating, selling, and creating chaos in my flat. I don’t want to suddenly find myself two days away from take-off with a gazillion things to do, so I’ve started early. Our guest bedroom has been overrun with piles of items to donate, items to sell, items to pack for one destination or another. I’ve posted items on gumtree and arranged pick-ups. Scotty and I have sorted through our libraries and have managed to cut out nearly 200 books! And we’re still bringing a couple hundred back to the US and still have shelves to sort through. Pictures have been taken down, removed from their frames and packed away. Nothing we have here is valuable in material terms so we’re trying to figure out what is worth shipping for the sake of the memories connected with it. I know in a week or two everything will be sorted, our flat will feel spartan and I’ll be relishing the feeling of knowing that our lives can be packed up into a few suitcases and several boxes.
So that’s what our lives look like right now. We did have a lovely little trip to London and Brighton at the beginning of the month and I’ve been meaning to post pictures. But for now, I’m going to take another walk through the flat with a big trash bag!