In a few minutes, I will disconnect the cable modem. Allan and I will go pick up our rental mini-van. We'll drive around the city doing last-minute errands, like dropping off a gift for our dogwalker, buying food for tomorrow's drive, and bringing my plants to (and saying goodbye to!) my mom. We'll spend one more night in our bare apartment.
Tomorrow morning we'll pack up the van, and two insanely happy dogs will pounce into the back seat. They'll think they're going on vacation upstate.
We'll say goodbye to Bennett Avenue, and drive over the George Washington Bridge. I'll no doubt be in tears.
We'll briefly drive through New Jersey to Rockland County (where I grew up), head north through the Catskills to Albany, then west to Buffalo, on to the border, the QEW, and our new home.
How am I feeling, you ask? Like a bundle of nerves. Like a family of butterflies is building a city in my stomach. Like I'm ready to burst into tears at a moment's notice. And very, very happy.
This trip would be so much scarier, and far lonelier, without having this support network - you all - rooting for us. I know you'll be thinking of us as we make this physical and symbolic journey over the border. I won't get to see the counter hit zero, so don't forget to check in on Tuesday morning!
With any luck, Rogers Cable will arrive on Wednesday morning, we'll set up our computers and phone, and I'll be blogging by Wednesday afternoon.
See you on the other side!
P.S. I'm turning on word verification for comments for a couple of days, since I won't be around to delete spam. Enjoy.