After our long crazy drive on Thursday we spent Friday and Saturday tying up loose ends in North Carolina.
We shipped most of our boxes on Friday – we think the total was around 25. Since at that exact moment we didn’t know if we had gotten our apartment in Seattle yet or not we shipped them to post restate or “General Delivery”. This is a handy feature of the Post Office if you need to ship something somewhere where you don’t have a particular address. They will hold the pieces for you up to 30 days and all you need is a picture ID to pick them up. Somewhere in Seattle around next Friday is a post office that is going to hate us…
We took all those boxes, plus a few more – and it only took us two trips in the Jeep!
There is something very freeing about knowing that all your worldly possessions can fit in three carloads (two trips to the post office + what we packed to bring with us on the road). We sold or gave away all our furniture (thank you craigslist!) and only brought with us or shipped clothes that we still wore regularly and fit well. Other items were kept either because of sentimental value (all our scrapbooks, Christmas ornaments, my hand sewn baby blanket) or it was something we needed to keep and shipping it was cheaper than buying a new one (Jeff’s golf clubs, my electric drill). Needless to say, when we get to Seattle there will be some much needed shopping sprees to nest our new home! Its actually really great to have this opportunity to start our new life together with new things – most of the larger items we had really weren’t worth keeping and this is the perfect excuse to replace them.
Since this was our last time in NC for a while it was a good excuse to put off some of the goodbyes til now instead of squeezing them in at graduation. I had a wonderful visit over Sugarland cupcakes with Jaime – mm, so good! I’ll miss our stadium runs and spin classes (okay, maybe not miss those, but definitely miss doing them with you!). Molly and I had a great morning walk around Duke’s East Campus one last time. The weather was perfect and we even got to visit our old haunt – Bassett!
Josiah and I tried to go to Sakura Express on Franklin street for one last meal of hibachi – but it was closed! This place was our staple for late nights studying in the HSL and for mental health breaks between memorizing hundreds of drugs for pharm. In a pinch we went to a similar place in Meadowmont, but although it wasn’t quite the same, the sentiment was there. Josiah and I got each other through dental school and because of him I was able to travel to Kenya last summer on rotation. It will be so different studying without him, but I’m glad that the end of dental school doesn’t mean the end of our friendship, but rather starts our lifetime as colleagues.
After the long weekend of goodbyes it was great to take time to celebrate Jillian and Andrew’s wedding at Duke Chapel! Jeff and I kept joking that going to this wedding was so much easier this time since all we had to do was show up!
Love iPhone photos 🙂
Congrats Jillian and Andrew!!!