Not sure what to say at the moment... It's the completion of our last full day in Silicon Valley, in California, in the US.
Zach and I got up early this morning and continued our process of packing things up, and sorting everything else into "Goodwill" or "storage" piles. The cleaning crew came right at 11am and took only 2 hours, and everything in our apartment sparkles like new now. Sierra seems to have recovered from the trauma, emerging from the closet 2 hours after the cleaning ladies left. We also took some stuff to Cy and Julia's, who were having a garage sale, and made $25 off our stuff. Woot!
Zach and Cyrus took a load of stuff to our storage space and stopped by Fry's to get some power converters, and Zach surprised me with noise-canceling headphones so I can listen to my zen micro on the plane tomorrow. =) I would never have thought to buy them for myself, but have often been annoyed at the difficulty of listening to music on a loud airplane. I was really pleased that he thought to do that for me. =) Then again, he also said that if I didn't want them, he'd be happy to use them himself. ; )
Tonight we went down to Santana Row, our usual hang-out, had a nice dinner down there and then wandered around Borders one last time. Now we will sleep in our apartment, empty aside from our 5 suitcases and our mattress on the floor. Tomorrow morning we sell the car (hopefully), and the Fostinos were gracious and thoughtful enough to lend us one of their cars so we'll still be able to run some errands before we have to take off.
We really have some great friends, y'all. Seriously.
And so, tomorrow we get on a plane. I'm not sure how I'll react to it all... when I flew to Geneva in January, I got teary-eyed as I walked off the plane and into the Geneva airport just from thinking "In one month this will be home!" I may be somewhat of a mess this time. Or perhaps I'll be too worried about Sierra and how she's doing. I don't know. Last time I went through a move like this I was 11, and had even less of a clue as to what was really happening. But I've got Zach with me (and Sierra) and we're doing this together, this dream of ours. A year ago we used to say "Wouldn't it be cool if we could go live overseas?" Funny how much your life can change in one year.
I'm not sure if I'll get to post tomorrow, and I'm not sure what the internet situation will be like when we get there. I'll be sure to post as soon as I can, to let y'all know that we (hopefully) will have arrived, safe and sound.