Friday, January 14, 2011

Waitin' in the Windy City

We're on our way and currently waiting for our 15-hour direct flight from Chicago to Abu Dhabi in the comfort of the United Red Carpet Club, courtesy of Epic. We have 4 hour layover in Chicago, so Epic provided us with passes to the Red Carpet Club - much nicer than waiting in the terminals. Along with the pass is free wi-fi, so I thought it would be a good time to update the blog.

I'm happy to report that there were no additional meltdowns after Wednesday. :) While things remained crazy and busy, everything went according to plan down to the very last minute. On Wednesday, we finished moving everything to the storage unit and thankfully, everything fit! Thursday, we wrapped up some final logistics with the shipping company and scheduled the appointment for them to come and pack everything Friday morning (I know, talk about last minute!) and continue to pack up stuff, and Thursday afternoon, we handed off the car to our buyers (thank God for that timing!!) and Thursday night we delivered the kitties to our parents (too sad to write about). This morning, the shippers came and packed everything up according to plan and we had some pizza with the parents in our empty house before heading to the airport. After a tearful goodbye, we made it through security and here we are in Chicago!

As I read back over that last paragraph, it all sounds so reasonable and unrushed - I assure you, it wasn't. It's amazing all the little things that trip you up when you're moving out and not to somewhere else. What does one do exactly with all the half empty bottles of lotion, shampoo, dish soap ... family and friends got many 'gifts' this week (aka junk they now have to deal with! ;)

But, we made it and are finally on our way, and all the stress and craziness was soooo worth it for this adventure of a lifetime! Once we get to Abu Dhabi, we'll be in temp housing (a really nice hotel apartment) for about a month while Brian sorts out our permanent digs. I'm assuming we'll have wi-fi fairly quickly so will do my best to keep the updates coming.

Thanks for reading!

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