Last Thursday the girls and I moved out of our apartment in Salem.
I had had it up to here with our neighbors and their noise complaints, and so I took out two suitcases, filled them with our clothes, kissed Jason goodbye, and drove us up to the Family Farm to the house we'll be living in for the next several months.
It's feels a bit anti-climactic, leaving Salem. Of course, I still have my two-day-a-week teaching job in Salem, and the girls and I will still stay Tuesday nights down there (for the library and then Sydney's dance class Wednesday morning), but otherwise I'm done. No more grocery shopping there. No more church there. No more MOPS (aside from the one I'm speaking at next month). I think I might even go get my Washington driving license this week, although it will be hard to give up the Oregon one and all its tax-exemption perks.
Sydney cried because we left Daddy behind.
Jules cried because her nighttime Reign of Terror is going to come to an end now that we won't acquiesce to her every desire in order to make sure she doesn't cry.
As for me? I didn't cry. After two weeks of getting very little sleep, it takes way too much energy to cry. I'm just happy to be breathing.
I'm also happy to have nights out in Portland doing one of my favorite things: going to see musicals.
Last night, friend Becca, former-student-of-mine Paige, sweetest-husband-ever Jason and I saw Wicked. This picture is actually from when I saw it last year in L.A. with my sister, but I didn't take my camera along last night and the picture is still appropriate. The show was fabulous. I was nervous it wouldn't be as good the second time around, but it was. I'd say go get tickets, but I think the Portland show is all sold out. If you ever have a chance to see Wicked, I highly recommend it (although I do not recommend the book).
Next month I'm going to go see Grease with my cousin. I think I should plan to go see a musical every month. They're just so much fun! Alas, my budget will not allow for too much musical fun.
And finally, it's that time of year for a little sports fun. I'm hosting a NCAA tournament bracket again, and the invitation is open to whomever wants to join. If you played with me last year (or the year before), then you should have gotten an invitation email. If you'd like to play, email me (using that link on the sidebar) and I'll get you hooked up. The prize to the winner is $20 in Amazon money.
I'll be rooting for Portland State, even if they don't stand a chance against Xavier.