Saying goodbye to my #outback #subaruoutback #subaru. I've loved owning this car but now we get to #travelEurope. This is the last time these two subarus were in the #driveway together. #travelplans #travel #sacrifices #bigandbetter #bigplans #dreambig #roanoke #roanokeva #germanyorbust #bittersweet #buyandsell
My 2006 Subaru Outback is now sold. My wonderful car that Jason surprised me with a couple years ago is now gone. The nice thing is that the woman that bought my business also bought my car. It’s nice to know where it went. It will be making many long treks from Lynchburg to Roanoke.
Friday was also the day we had our “Empty House Party”. “Bring your own chair” was listed on the invitation and people did. People brought a grill, lawn games, coolers of booze, and we sat outside in the warm weather and drank and visited and gave away anything that was still in the house. When Jason graduated from college TMEIC, the company that hired him, also hired 8 of his classmates so we’ve had these friends for 7 years. We’ve also made other new friends during our time in Roanoke. It’s kind of strange to explain to these sensible people who are settling down and buying houses and having babies that we have sold everything, given our notice, and we are leaving a good job to search for work in Germany. Ack! Friday was also Jason’s last day of work. It’s really happening.
Saturday was a couple more goodbyes. Jason had his last haircut at Jack’s, the local swanky barbershop place, and he said goodbye to his regular barber. We ate at Tuco’s one last time with a bunch of friends, went to the candy store where we are regulars and did our last candy run. Then we began the final packing and cleaning.
Jason’s dad was so kind to drive up from Chapel Hill with his pickup and a trailer for Jason’s motorcycle. Yes, Jason is going to have his bike shipped to Germany. We stuffed Jason’s BRZ to the gills and then we stuffed the pickup truck. For awhile it didn’t look like everything would fit. How is it after all these trips to Chapel Hill that we still have all this stuff? Do I officially count as having a travel blog now?
We threw away bag after bag of food and spices and random condiments in the fridge. We still had the leftovers from the party and we had pizza and half bottles of wine that sat out. What do you do with all the baby announcements and wedding thank you cards on the fridge? My scrapbook is going to be full of sentimental things. One thing I did get accomplished though. I mailed off things to people that I have had forever. I had a print that I made in 1995 of haying and I sent that to the people that hired me to hay. That was the summer I got accepted at Perpich Center for Arts Education Arts Education High School and I was working to pay for the tuition.
In 1995 I did haying in #MN. I lasted about a day and a half. The parents of the farmer were so kind and encouraging. I #painted this #illustration of what I thought #haying would be like and then never sent them a print. I've carried this print around all these years. I even found the address it was supposed to go to. Today I am mailing it. We'll see who gets it. Won't that be a fun story?
Thursday I fly to Minnesota. I don’t know if I’ll be able to write my travel blog while I’m up there. Today Jason has a meeting with a potential buyer for his car. An 18 year old wants the BRZ for his first car. We are resigning ourselves to the idea that his car will probably be wrecked in the next year. Jason is also looking for professional head shots. That’s what you do for your resume in Germany.
Good bye, Roanoke…