I’m down to the final few days before leaving for my new home in Florida. Everything is packed except for the stuff I need until I depart.
It rained yesterday. It rained today. It’s supposed to rain tomorrow, and except for Saturday, for the next several days. This should have happened a few weeks ago. Instead, it’s going on now, delaying warm weather yet again. There’s still snow in the forecast, but I won’t be here if it falls.
Wolf Bound was put aside as I prepared for this move; it will have to wait until after I reach Florida. I’ve also been training in my boss and his wife to take over the books and apartment leasing. It all takes time I don’t have right now. My insomnia is as bad as ever; I wake up three-four hours after falling asleep, get up for about the same amount of time, then return to bed for another couple hours. I’m tired a lot.
It’s said the biggest stresses in people’s lives are marriage/divorce, getting a new job, death, and moving. I’m hoping once I reach my destination, I can settle into regular sleep again. Not having the business phone will help; I handed it over yesterday, and my cell rang only twice. So nice! And no one banging on my door for one reason or another.
I will miss MN and WI. I love the woods and trees and water everywhere, and the bluffs along the river. I will miss the space; there’s a lot of it, especially in Wisconsin. And the culture; though people hid inside half the year due to horrendously cold weather, they are warm and friendly and more liberal than not. I still remember the day marriage equality passed and the rainbow flags went up on the bridge over the Mississippi River. I was proud of my state that day, that week. I still am.
So why move to Florida? They don’t recognize marriage equality. They didn’t expand medicare under the ACA for the poor. They have that stupid “stand your ground” law that lets people get away with murder. Politically, it’s as far from MN as you can get. But I have friends there, and the weather is fine, and I’ve decided to fight for better conditions from the inside. I’ll do everything I can to help bring that state into the 21st century.
I depart Monday morning from my aunt and uncle’s place in Wisconsin. They are throwing a farewell dinner for me Sunday night after the cube is packed and locked. Suki and I will then retire for the night, and after breakfast in the morning, set off on our journey. I kind of wish Gandalf, Pippin, and Merry were coming along, too, but I’ll have to make due. 🙂
My heart is filled with sadness… and with joy. Because I’m about to start a new phase of my life, and I can’t wait.
I took this pic of the St Paul skyline a couple weeks ago. Nothing much has changed since then. It’s still cold, the leaves haven’t budded, and I don’t recall seeing flowers anywhere yet, though the tulips are trying valiantly to bloom in the nearby park.
You’ll notice a new building on the right; it’s blue and white and is an apartment complex overlooking the river, Harriet Island, and Raspberry Island. No doubt the rents are high.
This is my last post for a while. I won’t have time to write for the next ten days or so, and wi-fi will be intermittent at best. I’ll say hello when I have a chance, but don’t look for me until after I reach Florida.