Friday, April 9, 2010

help! i need somebody!

and ... scene!

it's friday! woo hoo! for once, i am kind of excited about the weekend. tomorrow, i am heading to my beloved napa valley and going to pick up a mumm wine shipment and... dum dum dum... TWO CASES of bubbly! woo hoo. (i have two coupons for 50% off of a case - can't wait!) it's very important to always have bubbly on hand. i think i might check out the wine garage, too. i really like that place and can get good new wines to try at a decent price. i'm partially looking forward to going because i have been looking for a nice drive somewhere to listen to some npr. should be fun.

in addition to that, i have to pack this weekend - next week i'm moving out of my extended stay hotel - woo hoo! am so glad. i have about 5 weeks left here in california and i have a lot to do, so thats good. i'm 1000% more effective when i'm busy.

so good news: the fierce red river of the north is receding! news today says that the red river has fallen to minor flood stage now. congrats to fargo for surviving another flooding season!

a friend of mine sent me an article the other day and i was like, "i was going to write about that!" but i hadn't read it yet. then he writes back, "it's basically an article about YOU." so i read the article and he's right! so funny. its about how educated women drink more than their uneducated counterparts, which might be a little counter-intuitive. i saw a different version online which was titled "cleverest women are the heaviest drinkers." well, then, i must be a lush because i am SUPER clever! :) ha.

so the biggest thing going on for me right now is i'm trying to coordinate/decide/figure out/some other verb what i am going to be doing in the next few months. i've basically decided i'm heading back to beantown. not my favorite city, BUT i feel i have a new appreciation for living among people who are more similar to me than not. AND i LOVE the proximity to europe. and i'm excited about my new apartment. i can't wait to hide lotion bottles all around. BUT now i'm wondering about the logistics...

my stuff is in storage in fargo. and technically it can stay there, BUT the more i think about it, the more i want some of it to be in boston - namely: my bike, sheets and pillows, clothing, it would be nice to have a few more purse selections, some books, maybe all my pictures to organize (since i never did do that while i was at home), a tv, etc. BUT to ship all that would be a few hundred dollars, even if i shipped the basics. SO i started looking in to u-hauls and they're less than a grand for me to move my stuff myself (vs. $3500 it cost to move my stuff from boston to fargo - paying someone to do it for me). and all my stuff is already packed. so, i kind of think i should just move it, even if boston isn't where i end up in the long-run. then the question is - when do i move it? my mom has a week off in august, so i could buy a plane ticket from fargo to boston in may, then fly back in august and drive with her and my stuff and then fly her back to fargo. or i could bring my stuff right away in may. i get back to fargo on may 15 (and am paying rent effective may 1). i tried to get either my brother and sister-in-law to come with me, or my cousins, but no one really has the time off. IF someone came with me, i would be willing to leave around may 26/27 and take 2-3 days to drive there - stopping in minneapolis or milwaukee then syracuse. so that whoever came with me could stay in boston for the long memorial weekend and then i'd fly him/her back. but thats not really working for anyone.

SO... NOW i'm kind of thinking maybe i should do the drive by myself. i could leave sooner, which means get to boston sooner, which means get to work sooner (hopefully - or at least get to LOOKING for work sooner). and i could take my time driving. i could drive to minneapolis and see my cousin's new house. then i could drive to milwaukee and see a friend there. i just got off the phone with a friend in columbus and she suggested i drive through there, which could work. its a little south, but it would be fun to go back to cmh. then i could head up to syracuse (a natural way to boston) and stay with my aunt and uncle there and then hit up beantown. does that sound doable? its going really really slowly and driving 7.5 hrs MAX on any day (most days are 5-6 hours). is that a good idea? i can't decide...

i just want someone to tell me what to do.

[help! i need somebody is a song on the 1965 album/film by the beatles]


  1. you know i love roadtrips! but sadly my summer is a bit busy. with the plane tix, gas, tolls, food, and time costs, I think moving yourself makes sense from a fun-experience-perspective, but may not make sense from a money-perspective...

  2. good point, bkl... BUT if its just me, i dont have any plane tickets, and i can just buy groceries beforehand AND since i have no job (therefore not loss of income) maybe its slightly more realistic...?? plus paying someone to move me would be like $3500. but good call to include gas and food...

  3. I wish I could help you out, just let me know and I'll do it.

  4. Memorial weekend is a busy time in the golf season... I won't be able to go...

  5. I like the part about stopping in the cities :) Wish I could do this with you!

  6. thanks everyone! i'll have to figure out what i'm doing....