it’s time to leave this town, it’s time to steal away

After my last day at Discover, I tearfully drove home and finished packing up the condo. The moving company came early the next morning and had all our stuff on the truck by lunchtime. Then it was time for me to get to work cleaning the empty condo. It was harder than I imagined – cleaning every single surface inside and out. But after cleaning all day and night, I made the place shine like the top of the Chrysler building. I even shampooed the carpets. Our tenants came the next day for the final walk-through and I gladly handed over the keys and said “Good luck. I’m outta here.”

I got an early start the next morning on my 2-day road trip to Austin. Luckily, my sister sent me a few audiobooks to make the drive go faster, and that’s exactly what they did. I don’t think I would have made it if I had to listen to my collection of 80’s music the entire way.

The halfway point to Austin just happened to be Memphis, the home to some of my extended family. So I asked my uncle if I could crash at his house. And he took me to dinner. What a deal! It was great seeing my aunts, uncles and cousins whom I don’t get to see much – and I got to meet my cousin’s baby, Isaac!

I narrowly missed a huge storm that hit Memphis hard and caused a big power outtage that affected my uncle’s house. Luckily my cousin let me stay at their house. The next morning I got an early start to finish the 2nd leg of my road trip. I hit a little traffic getting out of Memphis, but it didn’t last long.

But soon enough, I was in the exciting state of Arkansas where I passed through towns like Arkadelphia and Texarkana. Arkansas is not that big of a state, but for some reason it felt like it took forever to get through.

Then I hit beautiful green rolling hills and knew I was on the home stretch!

My car’s navigation does not recognize the address of our apartment in Austin because the area is too new (newly developed on the old Austin airport.) So I got close enough and then took a little bit of a round about until the building magically appeared. I was home!

Drew met me outside and we ran slow-motion into each other’s arms while a choir sang down on us from the heavens in perfect harmony. Reunited and it feels so gooood! Then he took me out for Mexican and I downed one of these.

And to celebrate this new phase in our lives, the physical labor I endured packing and cleaning the entire condo myself, and the fact that I made it down there in one piece – we opened a special bottle of Cakebread and toasted in our empty apartment. Here’s to our new life and adventures in deep in the heart of Texas! Cheers y’all!

*Blog post title is a lyric from the song “Road Trippin'” by Red Hot Chili Peppers