I know it has only been a little over three months since we found out we’d be moving, but it’s felt like 1,000 years longer than that. Especially the parts where Cory was going to London without us for weeks at a time. That sucked.
But we’re all here now, safe and sound in London. The milk tastes weird and I can’t always figure out which way I’m supposed to look before crossing the street, but we’re adjusting quickly. More of these sort of “first observations” will have to be shared on another post because I need to play a little catch-up first.
We moved on Thursday last week. It started like any other day with Lexie heading off to school and me trying to do last minute laundry before we left Andrea’s house. Then we drove over to the house to see it one last time. I still have to try not to get mad when I think about all that time we wasted with our first buyers, but we have had a lot of interest in it after putting it back on the market, so we are hopeful that will all be taken care of in the next couple of months!
My parents came in town, along with my grandmother and our puppy, to spend the day with us before we left and then take us to the airport. We went to Jason’s Deli for lunch and then ran around town running last minute errands before we headed over to Eagleville to pick Lexie up from school. She’s technically missing her last few days, but as you’d guess, she’s not too upset about it.
There was one last thing I had to do before we left – say goodbye to my chickens. Mom went along with me, partially for moral support. The girls are going to be just fine – they’ve got a great place to free range and a safe pen and coop for nighttime. I’m not worried about them, I’ll just miss them pretty terribly for awhile. Hopefully they’ll still remember me when we go visit next summer!
Our plane was scheduled to leave at 6:45, so we got to the airport at 4:30. Saying goodbye wasn’t easy. There were too many for one day – our house, my truck, friends, the chickens, my puppy, and family. It was a very busy, very emotional day, so when we finally made it through security and settled into the lounge before our flight, I did feel some relief. Besides the house situation, we were leaving with everything on our list checked off. That felt pretty darn good.
While we were waiting in the Delta lounge, we noticed multiple people asking these two guys to take a picture. Since this was the Nashville airport, logically I would have assumed they were country music stars, except that they didn’t look a bit like country singers. Turns out it was Rutledge Wood and Adam Ferrara from Top Gear on the History channel. It figures that the one time I actually run into someone famous that I wouldn’t even know who they were. Rutledge even sat directly behind me on the airplane to Atlanta. That was probably my one opportunity to rub shoulders with a famous person and it was wasted because I watch shows on Bravo and USA instead of the smart people channels.
On the bright side, for both of our flights over to London we got to ride in business class! Coach is always our mode of travel, so this was a real treat. Especially for Lexie who nearly fell out of her giant seat in excitement when she saw the personal televisions and discovered that her chair didn’t lean back, but instead moved forward into its own little cocoon when she wanted to go to sleep. I have never wanted a flight to drag on longer than its projected time until this trip. Suddenly seven hours just didn’t seem like long enough to experience this part of our journey. But of course, as all the good things do, it flew by.
One fancy dinner, Silver Linings Playbook, a four hour nap, and a french toast breakfast later, we were in London. We arrived a little before noon (London-time) on Friday. Cory ordered a driver to take us to our temporary flat since we didn’t want the hassle of getting on and off the tube with 400 pounds of luggage. When we arrived, it was cold and rainy, just as I expected, but nothing could have ruined our excitement on Friday. After fourteen years of living in the States, I was finally overseas again!