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23rd-Feb-2012 02:05 pm
The packening continues apace! We've moved over some boxes so we can clear the space to pack more boxes.

Last night, out at ice cream, I mentioned to a newly-met person that I was moving on Saturday. "But you seem so calm!" she said. Yep - I have passed beyond the vale of panic. Serenity Valley, baby. The thing is, this amount of overload is actually soothing. If I had just a little more on my plate than I could handle, I'd be beating myself up, telling myself that if I wasn't so gimpy or lazy I could DO all of this, but no - I currently have more on my plate than any three people could handle. Even if those three people were Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. There is a comfort in knowing that this is impossible. I will do what I am physically capable of doing, and no rational person can fault me for not doing more. (Irrational people can go fuck themselves; I have no time for them.)

People helping with the move! Judah is picking the truck up at 10am on Saturday. Load-in therefore starts at 10:30. We'll have coffee and maybe donuts. I'll actually be stationed at the new house the whole time, because the installation window for cable/internet/phone is 11-1, and I'm more useful unpacking things than I am carrying things. E-mail me at shadesong AT gmail.com if you need our address or my/Adam's/Judah's cell phone number. If you're coming closer to noon/early afternoon, you should text us to see which house is currently in need of your assistance.

In addition to the move, this is college tour week! We visited Wheaton College yesterday, and we are in love. It's like College Explo. It's a moving staircase and a talking portrait away from Hogwarts. I will go more into that at a later date, but suffice to say that it's really an ideal match for her in every way, and it's at the top of our leaderboard. Adam took her to Simmons today - I stayed home because the first thing I did this morning was pound Excedrin and Robaxin, and I was too nauseous to even sip my coffee, so yeah no. Also the bulk of her Simmons visit was sitting in on a bio class, and she doesn't need me around for that. I tried (and failed) to get back to sleep (but at least I got a bit of rest), then packed and moved over some stuff with Judah and omnisti. Judah's dropping omnisti off at the airport now, and Adam and Elayna should be on their way back; we shall all converge shortly.

Tomorrow she visits Salem State, and then we do the final flurry of packing.

Last night we cooked a birthday dinner for s00j and non-birthday people stealthcello and LJless Ryan; then we watched silly YouTube videos and I did a dramatic reading of Fox in Socks and then there was ice cream. And I'm glad that, in the middle of this crushing chaos, I have been able to make the decision to stop and make waffles, to stop and go for ice cream. To go to the Flogging Molly concert. This is what's keeping me afloat.

Just a few more days. Then I get to unpack my house and get it in order, and get back to writing.
23rd-Feb-2012 07:23 pm (UTC) - *whoosh*
I feel like this has been/is being a big year of movement and growth for a lot of my friends. I hope the eye of this storm continues to be a good place for you to hang out over the next week, and the moving-in part becomes wonderful in the way of ever-increasing orderliness and *rightness*. I've just re-mounted a large piece of art I matted and framed (and therefore did wrong) myself, so in the next few days our artwork will get onto the walls, and I'm filled with quiet joy at that. There are always so many "next step"s, but each one done is one more done.
23rd-Feb-2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
Hey, seems like Wheaton's not that far - would she be commuting or living on-campus?

Once upon a time someone gave me some college advice: "Immerse yourself in college life." For a few years, I heeded it; for others I did not. And I was happiest when I heeded it. So I offer that bit of advice to Elayna.

She's a good kid. She'll be fine, no matter where she goes. :)
24th-Feb-2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
She'll be living on campus wherever she goes. 98% of Wheaton students live on campus and only seniors live off-campus... but I'd want her to live on-campus even if commuting was an option. I think she'll thrive best immersed in the community!
23rd-Feb-2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
Wheaton is a pretty little school, indeed. I love the fact that the Women's Studies program is school-wide. I've done my biological sex differentiation lecture there a few times, and always found the students interested and excited and polite.

I'm sorry the Philadelphia metro area is outside her range, because the school that I think is the closest thing to Hogwarts is Bryn Mawr. It's the only school I've ever encountered that feels like magic when you get onto the campus. And it's the only one I regret not attending.
23rd-Feb-2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
Are you still planning on checking out UVM and Champlain?
23rd-Feb-2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
I believe Wheaton College has some of Dorothy Sayers' papers.
23rd-Feb-2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
I think that's the OTHER Wheaton, the Christian one in Illinois.
24th-Feb-2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
Huh. I didn't know there was more than one! Thanks.

Maybe they have some of her papers because of her Dante translations, then?
24th-Feb-2012 02:43 pm (UTC)
Wheaton's 2010 commencement speaker didn't realize it either.

24th-Feb-2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
After Sayers gave up Wimsey, she wrote a fair number of Christian theological essays as well as doing the Dante translation.

I only knew about the other Wheaton because I went to grad school and was friends with one of their graduates, who had gone there specifically because she was born-again (dry campus, lots of activities, etc) and found it a very supportive environment. (As she told me about it, all I could think was, "I feel really sorry for the kids going there and figuring out they're queer while they're there.")
24th-Feb-2012 03:08 pm (UTC)
Our Wheaton is queer-friendly. <3
24th-Feb-2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
Indeed! Yay, Massachusetts!
23rd-Feb-2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
So, obviously Adam's Batman. Are you Superman or the slightly problematic Wonder Woman? I haven't met Sindrian but I'm told he'd be fetching in a bustier.
24th-Feb-2012 01:17 am (UTC)
"Irrational people can go fuck themselves."

I like that. I may have to steal that.
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