Moving: It’s An Adventure (Part 5)

It has been well over a month since my last update, and Moving Day is only 12 days away.  I am both excited and extremely anxious & sad about it.

What a whirlwind this past month has been.  Among the things that have happened in the last 30 days or so:

I’ve had the student art showcase at school, some doctor’s appointments, got my hair done, celebrated my 10th Second Life anniversary (aka my Rez Day), spent time cat-sitting, went to a couple of local theatre productions, had my graduation ceremony, (finally) had a (pretty successful) yard sale, went to a going-away party hosted for me by some dear friends, spent bonding time with my family, discovered that one of our outdoor/stray cats had died unexpectedly…  In between I’ve been packing like crazy, selling things on Ebay & local town classifieds.  Trying to sell the big items, my car & my exercise bike, sometime this week.  All the while, the process has become more complicated due to major road construction on my street.  Great timing.

My self-portrait diptych, ‘Hyper-Sentient_Self’ (archival inkjet print), 28×44″

Swanky doctor’s office

Neb’s 10th Rez Day

Neb’s 10th Rez Day

Cat sitting for Mr. Clover ❤

My graduation cap. Yes, I did use glitter. Yes, I did get it everywhere. Design is based on a painting I did, with a quote by my patron saint, VvG

Graduation panorama

Graduation ACC 002

Class of 2015!

I was awarded the President’s Medallion for Academic Excellence for achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA

Yard Salin’

Friends around the fire ❤

RIP Chewy 😦

Car 4 sale 😦


This week is crunch time.  I have to actually finish packing, for real.  I’ve been putting the rest of it off, because I am still somewhat in denial about the idea that I will never live in this house again in less than two weeks.  All of the things that make my room look like my room (the things hanging on the walls, etc) will have to come down.  It’s a weird feeling.  I’m excited for the adventures ahead of me, but also very traumatized about leaving behind my loved ones who live here on the east coast.

More updates soon, hopefully!

Chewy, one of the 2 stray cats we’ve been feeding & sheltering for about 12 years, is missing.

She showed up on our doorstep when we first moved into this house about 12 years ago, and if we hadn’t already had cats, we probably would have taken her in. We assumed that someone in our neighborhood who moved probably just abandoned her. We named her Chewy because, when you’d pet her, she’d be so happy that she’d kiss & lick & eventually bite you gently. We took her to the vet somewhat regularly to make sure she at least had her shots & all. During the colder months, we insisted on taking her inside to live in our basement where she could stay warm & safe, despite her reluctance to come indoors. She was always eager to get back outside again when the weather got warmer. She never strayed far from our porch and was always there to greet us as we came & went. She has always been an affectionate and gentle girl and seemed to have a happy life.

We haven’t seen her in 3 days, and for a day or so we assumed she was hiding out from the scary, noisy road construction that has been happening right in front of our house. But, she hasn’t returned, even at night time when everything is quiet, not even for food or water. At this point we are starting to realize that she may have passed away. We could tell she was getting up there in age, but had no clear signs that anything was wrong with her. She was probably at least 14 years old. I will really miss her, she was a very sweet cat. I feel a bit guilty too, thinking that we should have done more to make her life better. We love you, Chewy.  😦

Moving: It’s An Adventure [Part 3]

It has been a trying day.

I think I pretty much have the book-packing under control.  I’m shipping off the books I want to keep box by box (the rest are being sold on Ebay and/or via tag sale); some of my more treasured books (autographed copies, etc.) will be traveling with me.

My next plan of action has been to go through my closet and get serious about sorting out my clothes — what to keep, what to donate, what to throw away.  Of the clothes I am keeping, I wanted to also sort out the bare minimum of what I want to keep here, and what I will be shipping out west.

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With only a week left before school starts again, it’s time for another round of…

What I Did On My Summer Vacation


Ellington Farmers Market — flowers and mint chocolate chip gelato.

Lots & LOTS of photos behind the cut.

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