Tuesday, August 25, 2009

THE BIG MOVE – Minus the Drama this Year


Daughter #2 is all moved into her new apartment, pledged to a sorority, her classes and work have both begun. She is a very busy girl. I’m happy to report there was no drama during the move. The apartment is nice and most of the time, she was busy with rushing for sorority, so we didn’t get to see her much. Daughter #1, MHS and I did our best to set her up. We left her with a few more things to organize and a few more pictures to hang but other than that, she is good to go. We ended the move with ice cream from that same shop that calmed our nerves and soothed our souls last year. Is there anything better than ice cream?

I did learn a few things during our moving adventure.

  • Never order a margarita in a college town. It comes in a glass as big as your head (for $7) and if you finish it, you may or may not be able to walk to your car without assistance. Just sayin’.
  • There is nothing dirtier than a college kid’s kitchen. (Due to the fact that one of D2’s room-mates lived in the apartment last year, the common areas were not cleaned by the apartment complex and were instead supposed to be cleaned by the roomie. That didn’t happen.) I think something exploded several years ago with every cabinet and drawer open. ACK!
  • Not all girls love pink. (Pink is very big with my girls no matter how old they get.) D2’s roomies were kidding her about her love for all things pink. (I think she did a great job of using the color with sophistication, instead of bubblegum style.)
  • If you do order the margarita, stay away from the hotels with striped carpet. I’m getting a headache just thinking about it.
  • Even though kids need the same items every year at the beginning of school, stores will still run out of important items like shower curtain hooks, ethernet cables and mattress pads.
  • It’s best to pre-medicate your husband before said shopping adventure begins if he lacks the patience of a saint like MHS. (MHS hurt his back during the move. I was armed with muscle relaxers and he was a kinder, gentler MHS all day long.)
So once again, my baby is off to college. Learning, growing, becoming the woman she is meant to be. *sigh*

Some Mamma Mia lyrics might be in order:

Each time I think Im close to knowing
She keeps on growing
Slipping through my fingers all the time

Smart Mouth Broad


Midlife Jobhunter said...

"So once again, my baby is off to college. Learning, growing, becoming the woman she is meant to be. *sigh*"

I understand the sigh. And the need for the margarita.

only a movie said...

So glad it was a painless move (except for the margarita headache).

I think I wish I were a full-time college student again. That was fun. :-)

Snappy Finger said...

Ya, even my 7 year old granddaughter knows that pink is not sophisticated. She chose neutral tones for her bedroom re-do.... Shocked the heck out of us.

Snappy Di

Pastor Sharon said...

A margarita the size of your head. . . WOW!

I do love pink. I have three pink purses!

Eva Gallant said...

Congrats! You've done a good job, mom! (or she wouldn't be going to college!)

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

D2 is making me wish I was a college girl. Sigh. and you and MHS are teh best parents ever.

Beth said...

You and your husband are obviously great parents. You helped set up the apartment while your daughter was rushing? Too kind!

That margarita sounds interesting.

Gaston Studio said...

Agree with Beth, you guys are great parents.

I desperately need one of those giant margaritas after the disaster of my giveaway!

Linda said...

Best parents ever getting her set up while she rushed. I hope she appreciated all your efforts & MHS back breaking efforts.
Y'all done good!

Little Ms Blogger said...

I still have a ping of the memory around this time of year -- the excitement of heading back to college.

Thanks for sharing...this brought back memories

Jan said...

Alas, I can no longer drink a margarita as big as my head - citrus gives me Heartburn from Hell, and I have yet to have anyone offer me a low-acid, pulp free margarita.


Michel said...

Honestly! Mama Mia! makes everything better!

ReRe said...

Oh I am so glad that all those days are over for me! But love to hear about them; takes me down memory lane! lol

Joanna Jenkins said...

What a great post!
Our grand daughter and her mom left today for the opposite coast and the first year of college. They have NO idea what's in store for them at the local Target-- I'm sure it will be a zoo and out of stock too!
I hope your daughter has a GREAT year.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I love your posts about the girls. You and MHS are such great parents and you've turned out a couple of great kids..no..young women.
I missed seeing Mama Mia..but loving Streep as I do..I am going to rent it..and listen for the line in that song. :)
I haven't had a good Margarita in ages..and I'm thinking it might help me adjust to this last chapter!
Ya think?
Yeah..I'm sending you a cyber hug!

blueviolet said...

I'm glad she's all moved in and ready for the new year! Oh my, they spread their wings so quickly.

Vodka Mom said...

Bitchy's place is a dump right next to the ELEVATOR that is running ALL NIGHT because of the SORORITY'S on the ten floors above them. They are the only room on the first floor, the walls are paper thin, it's a MILLION years old - and they are happy as clams.

if that's humanely possible .

Vodka Mom said...

humanly? what the hell word am I looking for???

Southern Drawl said...

I so understand/agree. Our 20 year old is back off to school this year. I must say though his dorm is great. They got a corner suite so it's roomier. Looks really nice....now....I remember his tales about how they had to clean their last dorm room before they checked out....Almost made me sick!!!!

Auntie, aka Coco's Mom said...

Hey Girl,
Jeeeeze I need to stop twittering and resume my blogging. It's been too long since I've been here.
Your post brought back many memories of my undergraduate days. Some memories are sad, some happy. Your daughters are lucky girls.

midlife slices said...

MHS is looking mighty happy driving that little red car. That was obviously AFTER the drugs, right? *wink*

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

"So once again, my baby is off to college. Learning, growing, becoming the woman she is meant to be."

I'm really not looking forward to that day with Princess Nagger - it was hard enough sending her off to her first year of 'full day' for First Grade... *sigh* I would just like to find that pause button for a little while... :)

Or I'll be sure to stock up on Margarita and pain meds over the next 12 years...that might work. ;)

otin said...

Tough letting go, isn't it? :(

Fragrant Liar said...

Aw, I love these words: "Learning, growing, becoming the worman she is meant to be."

And there's just no doing that without the pink!

nothingfancy1 said...

Awwww...I'm glad the move was fairly painless, but they are difficult on Mom nonetheless.

Hope D2 has fun with the sorority. I was a sorority girl too! Can you imagine?

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

Aw, just left my D #1 at her freshman year. She was fine; I am still recuperating. And can I just say, you are absolutely right about the marguaritas!
Lovely post.

Mrs. K said...

you wanna hear a sappy song? "Slipping through my fingers" from Abba- I told Julie this was my song for her and when she heard it she started crying- so now when she's being bitchy I play that song and it ALWAYS makes her cry and bitchfest is over. :) I know it's a little evil but it works.

JeanMac said...

Phew, glad you made it through!

Kathy said...

I wish I'd gone to college after HS.
Glad it was somewhat pain-free, and that they're all settled.

Need some coconut M&M's? If you can't find any, send me your addy and I'll mail you some. :)

Michelle Wells Grant said...

Ah, say no more. I've spent the past 4 years visiting these college dorm rooms, apt. and sorority house. I say that the apt. bathroom was the most disgusting place ever! Ick.

Tony Letts said...

Nothing to worry about - we have a saying 'Your son is your son 'til he gets a wife but your daughter's your daughter all her life'

Smart Mouth Broad said...

MLJH-In retrospect, the bigger the margarita, the better.

Movie-Me too. Except that I never went in the first place.

Snappy-No, this really is quite charming. I swear. Very grown up.

PS-Pink rules!

Eva-Aww, thanks. And thanks for the follow and the visit.

Pseudo-Boy do I have you fooled. LOL

Beth-We really had fun doing it. But don't ask MHS, he would never admit it.

Jane-Thanks, hon. It's easy to look like great parents on paper, you know. *wink*

Linda-Yes, she was very appreciative.

LilMissBlogger-Kind of makes you want to buy pens and pencils, huh?

Jan-Oh, I'm so glad the heartburn problem hasn't hit me. MHS has it terribly. I guess I dodged that bullet. *knocks wood*

Michel-Amen to that, sista!

ReRe-Ahhh, to be young again.

JJ-Just say no to Target is my advice but how can you stay away!

Mona-You HAVE to see Mamma Mia. Go now and rent the video. Send out one of your grandkids to bring it to you. Just do it. You're gonna love it!

VM-The sorority houses are in the dorm there?

Southern Drawl-Her summer dorm was great.......the one for fall and summer last year: old, dreadful, moldy....she was sick all year.

Auntie-I'll tell them you said so. Sometimes I have to remind them. *wink*

MLS-He's a sexy dude, no?

Stacy-It's hard but you will be so proud.

Otin-You can say that again, Mister.


Fancy-What sorority were you in?

Maureen-Why is so much easier for them? I guess that means we did our job?

MrsK-Sad but true. Now we know you're really a good mom if you can make her cry with that song.

Jean-Couldn't have done it without the margarita and the ice cream. :-)

Kathy-I haven't looked yet but I will let you know. He will love them.

Michelle-What is it that makes them forget everything they ever learned at home about a clean bathroom?

Tony-My mother always said that too.

Hit 40 said...

I thought maybe you needed to medicate your hubby so that he did not see the bill. They have no idea how much stuff costs. Just ridiculous. I have been trying to stay far far away from the stores.