Is that even an ok blog title?
I guess I really don’t care, hence the title….ugh!
It’s ugh because I am in Downerville, with sadness, crazies, waterfalls of tears and dirt….oh and HUGE bugs, frogs, turtles and dogs. (the rhyming was totally NOT planned)
My husband and 2 awesome kids are in California. I am in Florida. That’s enough Uggghhhhhh for anyone, but for me its just the icing on the cake (a phrase I actually think is really dumb cuz nobody calls it icing, it’s FROSTING…..).
My dad has Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer, metastasized to his liver and lungs. Yes, the same cancer Patrick Swayze fought and just died from. My dad (waaayyyyy more important to me than Patrick Swayze, even though I have probably watched Dirty Dancing a few dozen times..) is going through difficult stages. He was taken off chemo after the doctor said it was no longer working. He was not doing well, the doc said he had 2-3 weeks. I fly here to
hell Florida ONE week ago. Now my dad is actually doing quite well. He is feeling good. He has a few side effects from meds that are making me and my mom crazy (considering popping a few of his pills) but it’s not about us…..
So, since dad’s feeling good, parents decide they want to pack up and move to California to be near us (my family, my kids…). Great, excellent, wonderful, but have you seen their house? Or their vehicles? Or their
crap stuff? OMG….throw me a friggin bone here people.
They ask me to help them. You have to know me, I don’t like “stuff”. I don’t like pretty little trinkets that fit perfectly between the 176 other trinkets squeezed within a 10 square inch space on top of the cable box. I also don’t like things that don’t work, and that goes for clocks, tv’s, lawnmowers, golf carts OR vehicles….in case you were wondering. I don’t really care about the “value” it has when it is all fixed and clean.
So, my first suggestion, sell a couple vehicles. Done. One (yes, my dad has more than one) of his trucks and the old uhaul moving van (that clearly can’t be used for moving) are on Craigslist. I then say, “Hey, how about a Moving Sale?”. They say sure, let’s do it this weekend.
Here we go. Oh gosh, I totally forgot to mention we are in a part of Florida that is simple described as EWWWW! We set up the tables and as we take stuff out to the tables, my dad takes the stuff off and hides it. I totally forgot he wanted to keep that dusty old weird beer thingy that has a horse on it…..silly me. So, we painfully make it through the 2 longest weekend days of my life to make a total of $187.00. Sweet. That will get us from Polk county to just shy of the neighboring county.
Now what. I’ll tell you what. My parents are both asleep. I have my laptop and my camera. I also have skillz. 8 new Craigslist ad’s. Yep. Bring it on. If only I could send them away for a few days.
I am ready to go home. I am ready to snuggle on the couch with my kids. I am ready to kiss my hubby.