It’s Friday and I am Packing…Still

Happy Friday! This has been a long, long week. Why does it feel so long? Could it be, the impending office move and my need to pack boxes when I still don’t even know where I am going? Could be.

Today, I packed up my Murakami collection. Let me tell you, that hurt a little bit. I’ve been gazing at those titles and news articles for some time now. They were just above eye level and while working, I would occasionally raise my gaze to say hi. See that picture below? Trish sent me that article. Thanks, Trish.


And then, there are photos like this one:

The Kids

I have been working here a really long time! Going on twenty-one years to be exact. I am going to miss this space for many reasons. I still don’t know the exact location of where I will be, but I know the area and it’s sterile. Very sterile and… lacking character. I don’t think I will be able to display my things like I did here. I am going to have to have a renegade shelf for my prized possessions.

Going through all of this stuff makes for dusty work so I am a weepy sneezy mess. I am not a keeper of things but some things, because of my line of work require me to hang onto stuff longer than say the average employee. If it were up to me, I’d dump half of it.

But, it’s Friday and I am having lunch with a work bud which improves the day quite a bit. Tonight The Teen has his last driving lesson on the freeway! Give me strength.

Tomorrow we have a track meet at a high school far away. The Girl chose to drop an event so that we can get home at a decent hour so she is only doing high jump, long jump and 4×100 relay. The Teen and his girlfriend have a date at the zoo and then later the Observatory but that is on the opposite side of  where we will be for track so we are trying to figure out how to get them there and back.

I think the read-a-thon is this weekend, right? Maybe I can get some reading in at the meet but I doubt it. If you are participating in the read-a-thon, what are you planning to read? If I can get any reading in, I want to finish Blood on Snow and The Children’s Crusade.

Oh! I just remembered that the LA Festival of Books is this weekend. I sometimes go but the venue just doesn’t do it for me. I probably won’t go this weekend since I am totally booked Saturday,  but I will take a look to see which authors I’ll be missing. Any of you going?

26 thoughts on “It’s Friday and I am Packing…Still”

  1. Isn’t the readathon next weekend? Think it is on the 25th. Maybe that will help. Sorry you’re having to move your office. Glad you have a nice lunch to look forward to. Good luck on the teen’s freeway driving – been there, done that. Good luck to your girl at the track meet. And take care of Ti. Right?

    1. I seriously don’t even the date these days. I thought it was the 24th today! #yiv1056581548 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv1056581548 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv1056581548 a.yiv1056581548primaryactionlink:link, #yiv1056581548 a.yiv1056581548primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv1056581548 a.yiv1056581548primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv1056581548 a.yiv1056581548primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv1056581548 | | |

    1. There is an outdoor stairway that I have my eyes on.  #yiv4215599291 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv4215599291 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv4215599291 a.yiv4215599291primaryactionlink:link, #yiv4215599291 a.yiv4215599291primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv4215599291 a.yiv4215599291primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv4215599291 a.yiv4215599291primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv4215599291 | | |

  2. Moving is not only physical but emotional. 😀
    (and… yes, I think you will be OK to read Queenie’s Love Song. It ended in such a wonder-full way, really. I am in awe of the author a bit. I am going to seek out her other books now.)

    1. Really glad that Queenie turned out well. I loved that first book to pieces.  I know this place is windowless and all but it’s the last bit of old IT that exists… now we will all be in the new part and I will totally miss being so close to the library stacks. #yiv9941668433 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv9941668433 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv9941668433 a.yiv9941668433primaryactionlink:link, #yiv9941668433 a.yiv9941668433primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv9941668433 a.yiv9941668433primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv9941668433 a.yiv9941668433primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv9941668433 | | |

  3. Yes! I agree with Kathy! You need your own sweet secret place that is totally you and totally unsterile! Good luck! Why won’t anyone tell you where you are actually going?

    1. Politics!  #yiv6335453472 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv6335453472 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv6335453472 a.yiv6335453472primaryactionlink:link, #yiv6335453472 a.yiv6335453472primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv6335453472 a.yiv6335453472primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv6335453472 a.yiv6335453472primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv6335453472 | | |

  4. My fingers are crossed you get a window in your new digs. And hopefully you find a new secret spot 🙂 I think its awesome you have your Murakamis with you at work – I love the idea of having your favorite books nearby. That photo of your kids is so sweet! Looking forward to hearing about your new office.

  5. Oh I feel you. I would hate to be moved from my current office, which I love and has a nice window view. I hope your office itself has something really nice to make it a winner!

  6. That stinks when they change up your work environment! Hopefully you will be able to add a few personal touches to make it home for you!

  7. Well, no place you are can ever stay sterile. You’ll imprint your personality on it and that will be that, right? I’m excited about the readathon because I’m doing it as a participant for the first time! (I’ve only ever cheered in the past three years). Mainly because this year Dylan’s dance classes go the entire afternoon so I normally spend that waiting time reading anyway. I could go shopping or run errands but I’ve really been seeing it as “my time to read”, which is handy for the readathon. I wish I was in the neighbourhood so I could go to the LA Festival of Books. I really need to do more bookish events.

    1. The LA Festival of Books has gotten really large. Almost too large to navigate. I enjoyed it when it was smaller and closer to home. I never did make it over there this weekend. I was too wiped out after the track meet. Which is funny because I am not the one running! LOL. But the sun and the heat… all day. Bleh. We came home and crashed and then we had to drive all the way to LA to pick up The Teen at the Observatory.  I love how he has dates and we drive them around. LOL. He passed his last driving test so now he just needs to test for his license. 

  8. I thought that was such a great picture of him! Immediately thought of you when I saw it.

    I’m sorry that you still don’t know where you’re going. I cant imagine how frustrating and unsettling that might feel. Hopefully when you get to where you’re going you’re able to personalize your space a little bit. Over the past month I moved to the reception desk at the office–my choice–but it does mean that I can’t have all of the things tacked up in my space as I did when I was in a little cubby.

    Readathon is next weekend. Same day as Elle’s 4th birthday so no participating for me. Hope you have a great weekend! Sounds like it’ll be a busy one!

    1. Are you going to read Misery for the read along in June? It is in June, right? I have to think of fun stuff so I can look forward to something.  I am supposed to find out my new work space location today but I am not holding my breath over it. 

  9. So sorry Ti! We all spend so many hours at our jobs during the week that I think it is important to be able to make the space a little personal and how rotten to expect you to pack and yet not tell you where you are going.When is the actual move date. I feel lucky that when I changed jobs within my company last Fall I was actually moved to a much better spot, away from the front desk. I love my little office area–there are three of us in a little bedroom area of an old house the company owns. It get s a bit noisy when we are all three on the phone at the same time, but we seem to be making it work and almost subconsciously staggering our phone calling. I have every confidence you will be able to find a away to make your spot your own and comfortable!

    1. They haven’t told me when we are moving yet. Soon, I think. 

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  10. I have been so behind on blog reading, but I am now all caught up on your’s. Instead of bombarding you with tons of comments, I thought it would be easier to just comment here.

    You have had a lot of stuff going on. I have never been in one office that long. The longest was four years and that was a difficult move, especially considering I was leaving that job and my friends to relocate.

    Hope you had a great Saturday, and I hope you can participate in the readathon next weekend!

    1. Another track meet next weekend in which, we have to volunteer for so I probably won’t be able to join the read a thon in the traditional sense. Maybe afterward I can get a little reading in. Although I am always so wiped out from standing in the sun all day long. 

  11. I haven’t even worked for one company that long let alone have the same office for any length of time. No wonder this is proving to be so difficult for you. Good luck next week as you settle into your new office, wherever it is. Perhaps it won’t be as bad as you fear it will be.

  12. It’s hard moving an office. What to throw out and what to keep. I hope they tell you where you are going soon.

    I may participate in read-a-thon but depends on what the plans are.

    1. I will be at the track meet all day Saturday but I might be able to get a little reading in if my hub volunteers instead of me. I did last time!It’s hard to read at the meet though. So much to look at. Parents, kids, you name it. 

  13. I don’t miss that trying to get kids to all of their events and we didn’t have nearly the size of city to cross!

  14. Oh I’ve always wanted to go to the LA Festival of Books. How great is it? Next year I should plan for it — way in advance. It always seems like they have a slew of good talks and authors.

    1. I liked the festival better when it was at UCLA. Now that it’s at USC, it feels cramped to me. I love it for the panels. Lots of good panels but the browsing is hard to do with so many people all over the place. It’s really grown these past few years. 

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