Temperature bordering on 100 degrees.
Sun beaming down in full-fledged brightness.
Me, looking lovely in my stained tank top and ripped shorts, sitting in the back of a sweltering 16′ moving truck, sweat streaming into eyes with stinging glee, as I unpack crate after crate.
Unpack?! Aren’t you supposed to be loading the truck?
Yes of course, but in typical moving day fashion for us (where things never go quite as planned) plans change.
A mere year ago, when we moved to Kansas, Nathan rented a 24 foot truck which was too big for our needs. So, with the goal of an easier trip across country, and knowing that we were planning on getting rid of things anyway, he decided to rent a smaller truck. But, the nearest company to rent trucks did not have a 20 footer, so we ended up with a 16 foot truck.
No problem, we thought, looking into the cavernous back. We can make it all fit. We set to the task, aided by only the occasional two helpers as nobody else was able to come, we created a jigsaw puzzle of immense proportions trying to squeeze something into every inch of space. At first it seemed that we would conquer the squeeze, with boxes piled in perfect patterns all the way up to the roof.
But alas, failure became inevitable. So, in an attempt to make more space available, I unpacked several crates of clothing, cramming them into dresser drawers and any random holes I could find on the truck. Unloading should be fun, with underwear and socks falling freely out of unexpected places.
We managed to get the crucial things in, and have a few gaps yet to fill as we decided that quitting at around 8 pm and indulging in a bottle of wine with a few friends was a wiser choice then beating a dead horse (or a stuffed truck). But, alas, we have to leave a few things behind. Mostly shelves and a couple of dressers.
On the upside, the packing is almost complete. We still have to clean up, and then we get on the road.
And at least we beat the heat, as today is supposed to be a lovely 104 degrees.
But I still wish we had four more feet, and about 10 more helping hands.