Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Move Day 1: Dec. 30, 2008

December 30, 2008 - Day 1: Leaving Ohio
or “why my New Year’s resolution is to have less stuff in my life.”

I owe my mother and my mother-in-law the world. Without their help we never would have made it out of the apartment. My mom stayed for a few days around Christmas and helped pack, and Jim’s mom spent a couple days packing and cleaning (and cleaning!) with us. No exaggeration – we couldn't’t have done it without you! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

We underestimated the time it would take us to pack out and clean the apartment, and didn’t end up starting our dive to Chicago until about 4pm. The cats (poor things!) were less than amused about being stuck in their cages, and they cried most of the time. We elected not to drug them for the car portion of the journey so that they wouldn’t be drugged for three days straight. Seemed like a good idea at the time.

Our journey to Chicago was fine, until we actually got to Chicago, at which point we were overwhelmed with construction, pothole-filling and some random traffic issues (at 9-10-11pm at night!). With all the traffic problems we didn't end up getting into our hotel until about 11pm. It turned a 5.5 hour trip into an 8 hour trip. Ugh! Not what we needed right before this huge travel journey.

Here’s a picture of the sunset as we were leaving Ohio:
From The Move

And here is a picture of my cat Jasmine taking in the dramatically different view from our hotel room in Chicago:
From The Move

We stayed at the Hotel Sofitel in Rosemont (right by the airport) - and we were really impressed. The beds are comfortable and the sheets are nice. If you need to stay overnight before heading out on a flight out of Chicago, I highly recommend the Hotel Sofitel.

We did our best to get some sleep that night, but I couldn't sleep much - too worried about the next couple days.

1 comment:

CR said...

Such a journey! Cats are funny creatures, but it seems like they made it through!