Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Goodbye, Louisiana

Well, apparently I needed over a week to recoup from our move before writing this post.  For whatever reason, I blocked out how much work it is to move. We spent all day Friday, the 27th of February, packing and loading up our POD. We had some friends come over and help us move the larger furniture and already packed boxes. But even after they left in the afternoon, we still had a bunch of stuff left to pack and go through. It took far more time than I thought it would. We started at 7 in the morning and did not finish until almost 10. We were both completely exhausted and towards the end we were just glad to get everything out of our apartment.
We had a lot of our stuff packed going into Friday, but I think we just forgot how much more there is to packing than just packing. By the time we were done on Friday Richard and I had a crazy number of steps taken according to our fitness bands. Richard had over 20,000 steps (over 10 miles) and I had over 14,000 steps. Richard also had over 75 flights of stairs climbed while I had close to 50. Richard did a whole lot more loading, while I did most of the packing.
I am so grateful for my friend Kristen who worked with us all day to get our apartment unloaded. She helped keep us on track and was even kind enough to clean out some rooms so that we could continue to pack. Also, my friend Alberta showed up at the perfect time and kicked our butts into gear when we were ready to give up. So happy to have met such amazing people! Definitely started crying when I said good-bye to both of these ladies.
We took our time Saturday morning and had lunch with some friends at our favorite restaurant, Dawg House, before hitting the road. We do not have access to our apartment until March 14th so we decided a while ago to spend some time in Minnesota. We left Louisiana and headed to Dallas to drop off one of our vehicles. We have been having some major issues with the Jeep leading up to the move and we were really hoping that it would just make it to Dallas. About 30 minutes into our drive to Dallas, the battery light turned on in the Jeep, which means the car could die at anytime while you are driving it. Since Richard was driving, he shut off anything that would drain the battery. When he stopped to get gas, we were worried that it would not turn back on, but thankfully it did and the light turned off after he restarted the car. Perfect!

Since I was driving the other car and had no issues, I decided to take my time and stop at the border of Texas and Louisiana for a photo session with Flat Stanley (or really Flat John). Richard's brother had sent us Flat John in the mail so we wanted to get pictures to document the adventure.
By the time we got into Dallas, the snow/ice from that week started up again and the roads were starting to get slick. We were able to get the Jeep dropped off and started heading towards Minnesota. We decided to drive until the roads got too bad and then we would stop. Well, we only made it about an hour before the bridges got so slicked over that you would start swerving on every bridge. So we found the closest hotel room and decided to call it a night. That is definitely the huge difference between winter driving in the north versus the south.
It felt amazing to get a good night's sleep so we were ready to hit the roads the next morning. The roads had already melted by about 9 in the morning so we left Texas and headed for Minnesota. We stopped at every state line to take a picture and after 16 hours in the car we finally made it to Richard's parents house in Wisconsin!
We have spent the last week and a half enjoying Minnesota. Richard will only be here a few more days before he heads to Texas and I will be here until the end of the month!

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