Friday, October 1, 2010

All My Bags Are Packed, I'm Ready to Go

"The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things. Of travel & trips & moving boxes & of whether pigs have wings." Wait, what? That's not how the "Alice in Wonderland" poem goes, you say?

Oh.

Well, the time has come nonetheless.

First, an admission: Yesterday I had something of an "OMG who have I become" moment when I passed a spinning rack of tchotchkes at CVS & contemplated purchasing a silver keychain with an engraving of the Capitol building on it. And then, 15 minutes later, I talked myself out of shelling out for an "I <3 DC" tote bag from the memorabilia seller near the Metro who caters to Zoo-going families & sells panda paraphernalia galore. I'm going to miss this city, sure, but thank God I stopped myself from becoming a damn tourist about it.

Clearly I'm a little brain-addled as a result of all this moving business.

Today, for example, while I waited for my mom to arrive, I made this very emo video on my new iPhone 3GS. Do you love the still shot that YouTube chose to go with the video? Oh, me too, it's really flattering. Shouldn't I be embarrassed to be putting this video up on the interwebz for the world to see? Yes, probably. Alas, I'm shameless:

 

Moral? Thanks for tuning in & bearing with & all that other good stuff. I promise more upbeat posts are on their way, hopefully after trips to places like Wal-Mart, which are always guaranteed to result in some wacky Midwestern stories.

So without further ado or moping, this is your Suburban Sweetheart officially signing off from the capital. Next time, I'll be coming to you from the actual suburbs of the Buckeye State, home of the burning river & that traitor LeBron James! It's been real, D.C., but:

16 comments:

justatitch said...

This video made me want to give you the biggest hug. I hope this move brings the best things for you, friend. Hang in there, love. xoxo

spleeness said...

Awww. It's so bittersweet to be embarking on a journey like this -- leaving behind people and places you love to embrace future people and places. I feel so clumsy in writing an adequate comment because I know how hard a transition like this can be. I was very touched by your vid because it's so *real* -- not staged at all. Who among us hasn't felt torn, yet most videos people make (and I'd include me if I DID make vids) neglect to show our vulnerable sides. It takes a lot of courage to do that. Also? You're a pretty crier. Not me! Anyway best of luck. The city already feels more empty somehow.

Kristyna said...

Aw, I hope moving back is a new spectacular adventure in your life. I've been going down the same road as you-- just having moved from my life in Arizona to the state of Tennessee. It's a scary thing to start over somewhere new. But I know you'll do absolutely great. & I like forward to the stories about Walmart and such. I've had a few of those myself already living in this small town where that's the only place to shop. *Big Hug*

Rahulsub27 said...

I'm not crying. It's just been raining on my face. That video, I think, captured the perfect emotion of leaving a place you've been for awhile except for having a streetlight on during the day. Energy conservation people!

Andrea said...

Good luck with the move. I just moved from Wisconsin to DC so I understand all the emotion. Your blog is adorable and I look forward to future posts from the midwest.

Margarita said...

Good luck with your move!! Hopefully all is well and you settle in great :)

Vicki said...

So sad! Today is my last day at my old job in D.C., the one I've had for three years and while it's really important that I move on, I'm experiencing all the same emotions as you. Good luck, smooth move, and wear your DC tchochkes with pride-I know I'll be in Pentagon City next week shamelessly buying a shirt or a hat.

Mary M. said...

You look like Claire Danes circa "My So-Called Life" when you cry! (which I mean in a good way, partially to assist in your lack of shame, haha)

Anyway, best of luck back in the Midwest! I look forward to all the future blog posts about trying new things and the incredibly wonderful things your mother and grandmother say :)

Lustyreader said...

i still live in DC (and as a homeowner in the city im sure i will for a while) and i fell victim to the touristy displays - im a proud owner of a gorgeous blue CIA mug and am not ashamed to admit it :)

Carly said...

yay for new adventures! can't wait to see all of your pictures from Ohio, I've never been there!

Alice said...

it's so haaaaaa-aaard, to say good byyy-yyee, to D.C..... (warblings courtesy of boys 2 men, if it wasn't clear)

new adventures, ahoy! it will be excellent. although i think you probably should have bought the keychain, and possibly also the tote bag ;-)

Sara said...

I loved your video. And you do have a pretty cry face. Very unlike my UGLY AS SHIT cry face.

Mel said...

Awwww, we'll miss one another by a few weeks! We just decided to head to D.C. in October for a mini-road trip (and head to John Stewart's rally). But best of luck to you in Ohio!

Wearingmascara said...

Awwww love you! I know it's hard but I know you are making the right decision :-) Good luck and I can't wait to continue to read about your life. xo

Sam Lehman said...

When I see you, I'll bring ridic DC crap with pictures of cherry blossoms and John Boehner or something.

terra said...

Oh man the video of you is so sad! You make my heart hurt! BUT, you're off on new adventures now and I know you're going have all sorts of fun back in the Midwest. Saying goodbye always sucks. *HUGS*

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