Sometimes it feels like life slows to a crawl. You hang poised, waiting for action but frozen from making any progress on your own. You pull against the reins that are holding you back to no avail. The struggle leaves you exhausted and frustrated, but still not moving.
And then? Life snaps into action. Everything blurs out as you race from essential task to essential task. There is hardly time to sleep much less eat or relax. The fury springs up and rushes you along with it, threatening constantly to overwhelm you.
This is where I’ve been for the last little bit. First, we were waiting. We found out 3.5 months ago that we’d be moving and it’s been a long wait to get here. 2.5 months ago I quit teaching in preparation for the move. My life was put on pause as I waited for the orders that were always coming at the end of the week. Then, two weeks ago today, they came. And the flood of things to do began. We had two lists in my iPhone notes, a calendar event for every item we needed done, and a main folder each with the important papers we needed with us at all times.
Seriously, I’ve barely had time to sit down and unwind. And what little free time we had was spent cramming in every last second of time with friends that we could. From a trip away to Switzerland just for us to late night dinners and drinks. We embraced the last of our life in Germany.
Today was the culmination of the chaos. 0400 wake-up call. On the shuttle by 0500. Navigating an airport with a 50lb dog and his 20 lb kennel and 4 other 30-50 lb bags. Clearing security and having them search my bag due to the dog toys. Flying. Buying my first ever tourist visa and clearing more security (this time the dog leash was the culprit that had to be re-x-rayed). Flying one last time. Clearing customs. Clearing base security. And settling in.
And if you think I’m tired? You should feel bad for my puppy who spent 10 long hours in his kennel and had to fly for the first time. He was amazing. No poop or pee in the kennel at all. He’s crashed out on the floor of our apartment right now.
Speaking of which, these temporary quarters? They’re amazing. I was expecting a hotel room with maybe a small kitchenette. We have a 2 br apartment with a kitchen/living/dining area and a laundry room. Not to mention the wifi. It will be a great pace to call home until we get an actual house.
Life was at a crawl and then a blur. I’m hoping that it will settle into a more normal pace for the next little while.