Wednesday, September 1, 2010

When real life strikes...

...bloggers crumble. Aaaauugghh *die*

If you follow me on twitter or have been paying attention at all, you should know that I'm going to be crazy busy for the next week... month... hell, forever. I'm going down to Purdue for one last visit from Thursday to Saturday. Going to see a bunch of my friends now that classes are back in session since I have no idea when I'll see them again. Why?

Because I'm finally moving to Seattle, wooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Yes, in a week the "trapped in Indiana" part of my bio will no longer be true. But as you can imagine, I'm going a little crazy. Moving to college was easy - Purdue is only an hour and a half away from my home, and I barely had a car full of stuff to take down there. Now I've had four years to accumulate shit, and I get to move 2,000 miles instead of 100. The extra fun part?

I'm driving.

It was about Plan T, but Plans A through S fell through. It'll be...interesting. Thankfully my friend Mark is coming with me, so I won't go totally insane (you may know him as ElGatoCello on twitter). Just to show you how awesome Mark is, we're leaving on September 9th, which is his freaking birthday. This is a good test of who your true friends are - ask them to cram into a crowded car and drive through Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, and Idaho for three days while listening to you sing along poorly to your "Gay Dance Mix!!" playlist. ...Ok, I may still go insane, but I'm bringing him down with me. What this really means is there will always be one person able to livetweet our mutual insanity.

But yeah, it's a 34 hour drive through the middle of nowhere. The directions are basically "Get on I-90 and drive 2,000 miles." I'm sure it'll be pretty, but I'll definitely be stocking up on podcasts and caffeine before I go. The longest road trip I made before this was a 24 drive to Utah a couple years ago, but I only had to drive 7 hours on the way back because I was traveling with two guys who were trying to out-macho each other with their driving endurance. We drove straight through. That will not be happening on this trip.

So after I come back from Purdue, I get to play Car Tetris and see how much stuff I can cram in. I think it should be okay, since I basically just have my clothes, some electronics (computer / Wii / PS3), some dishes and cooking utensils, and then as many books as I can shove into the car. I gave all my furniture away since it wasn't worth the hassle. Heck, I originally got it all through dumpster diving anyway.

Even once I get there, my insanity isn't over. One, I need to find a bed - the plan is to order one so it arrives soon after I get there. Two, I'll need to at least minimally furnish the rest of my apartment. I know myself - if I leave stuff in boxes, it'll be that way five years later. And three, I actually have to get ready for graduate school. This extra long summer has made me forget I'm kind of starting my PhD. No biggy, right?

*gulp*

So the blog will be on autopost more often than not between the 2nd and 12th. Like always, if you have blogging inspiration or random questions to ask me, feel free to email me or go over to formspring.me*.

Oh, and moving tips are welcome. How'd you survive any cross country relocations? Best way to furnish an apartment on the cheap without getting raped by creepy craigslist people? Seattle specific tricks? Best car games to play while driving through Montana?

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