We're down to less than two weeks before we leave Japan. I feel like the stress is mostly under control now that we have a place to live but our best friends are leaving Japan in a few days and we follow them just 9 days later, I'm certain once they're gone everything's going to sink in and I'll start to go crazy. Tomorrow the last of our stuff gets packed up and put on a boat to slowly make its way back to America. I think we're mostly prepared thanks to the numerous lists I've made and double and triple checked.
Poor Buster on the other hand is feeling the stress. He's been so incredibly sad the past few weeks it breaks my heart! I cannot believe this guy is going to be 16 in a few weeks!
Last week we got rid of everything we're not taking with us. We had my bed & couch from college that we brought here knowing they wouldn't return with us so those went out to the curb. We sold or gave away a few things, including my husbands beloved 52" television that was his redeployment gift to himself after his first tour. We loved that TV and would have kept it except it didn't fit into the entertainment center we purchased for ourselves last year. You see the entertainment center has these fancy doors that ares supposed to fold in while you're watching TV but our TV had the speakers and a glass trim that went all the way around it and prevented the doors from functioning as they should.
This could not be good for the entertainment center so we decided to sell the TV and just buy a new one on the other end. Since we're not buying it here and shipping it, we don't have to wait for our HHG to arrive, we can just buy one when we're ready for it. So for the past few days I've had no excuse to sit around the house. I've actually enjoyed not having a television. I was able to get out and do some things that I had been putting off for no good reason.
I went in search of a fabric shop hoping to pick up some bright, crazy, Japanese inspired fabric to cover the seats cushions on the dining room table we're buying from our friends but found this gorgeous fabric instead. I plan to pain the top of the table this same green color. I can't wait to see it all together!
I went out to the sunflower fields to take some photos, something I've been wanting to do for 3 years and just never got around to.
I even sat down and designed my own change of address cards to mail out. I've never tried to design anything like this before so I was really happy with how it turned out. Too bad VistaPrint won't ship to an APO (they used to!) so they're en route to my mom's house and I'll send them out once we've actually moved!