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The end of an epoch [Nov. 10th, 2009|10:14 am]
Zoethe
The Bride and her Beast returned from Russia yesterday. Cat and Dmitri flew back in last night and, anxious to get home and wishing to take advantage of their jet lag, packed up and hit the road at about 1am.

Mindful of their time crunch and their compact car (and, to be honest, desirous of making sure that they managed to get out of here with ALL their stuff), I spent some time yesterday evening packing up their things, removing unneeded packing material and boxes and compacting everything down to the essentials as effectively as possible. I figured that would help them get all their stuff into their car.

What I hadn't figured on was them arriving with their car quite full already.

Foolishly, I hadn't thought about the wedding gifts and other things that had gone home with D's parents. So when we looked at their car and then looked at the large pile of stuff on my front porch, it was with some dismay.

D suggested leaving behind some of the wedding things, like the bouquet. Cat protested because she wanted them at home. I protested because - AUGH!! No more boxes in my house!!! I suggested that they leave behind the suitcase with the wedding togs - after all, it's just one suitcase, and they are going to be back at Christmas. That was a reasonable compromise, and we got to work.

I really wish we'd taken pictures, because mere words cannot convey the special Tetris/Tardis combination required to get everything into a vehicle that clearly must be bigger on the inside. It's kind of amazing how many extra things can fit into the interstitial spaces between and around the large and bulky items. Misha and Babymonkey, if you can, take the time to appreciate their unpacking. It's going to look like a clown car. Just make sure they get all the wine out from behind the passenger's seat before they open the back door or there will be sad.

And if they have to stop suddenly on the freeway, the shifting load will likely kill them. Other than that, no problems!

So now they are gone, which means The Wedding of Bard and Beast is truly at an end. I walked back into the cleaned out guest room to savor its return to our possession.

And by the gods if I wasn't just a little bit sad and lonely. Of course, Ferrett being gone for this week doesn't help that, but the wedding was such fun and so wonderful that having it all gone leaves me a bit nostalgic.

Oh, well, I can always go down to my sewing room and revel in the mess left by the seamstress. That's still there for me.
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[User Picture]From: darthfox
2009-11-10 03:38 pm (UTC)
Incidentally, I followed your link to the USA Today article on the Expedia visa nonsense, and I'm pretty sure the groom's name is a name I've heard before; he may have been in my brother's class at school, or a year ahead. (Possibly not all the way through, but maybe as far as junior high.) How small is the world, eh?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-10 03:44 pm (UTC)
He moved here from the Ukraine when he was about 12, so junior high and high school would be when he was in school here. But yeah, it probably is!
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[User Picture]From: aiela
2009-11-10 03:44 pm (UTC)
I have this image of your neighbors waking in the middle of the night, peering out their windows, and watching this fascinating display of engineering, overlaid with a dream-like quality. They then waken in the morning, wondering if it was all a dream...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-10 03:46 pm (UTC)
I liked best when I was sitting on the front porch, waiting for them and reading a book, surrounded by suitcases, duffles, boxes and bags, and a cop went by. He tapped his brakes but kept on going. I wondered if he would come back around to ask what was up, but he didn't.
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[User Picture]From: aiela
2009-11-10 03:48 pm (UTC)
He probably thought you'd been thrown out, poor dear!

It must have been quite the sight, though. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-10 03:50 pm (UTC)
Well, the door was open, it being a warm night, so I clearly wasn't locked out or looking distressed. It was pretty unusual, though!
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[User Picture]From: aiela
2009-11-10 04:20 pm (UTC)
Definitely!
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[User Picture]From: xhollydayx
2009-11-10 05:47 pm (UTC)
you can come over to our house to hang out, or we can come to you. or one of us can come to you. whatever you prefer. let us know.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-10 05:51 pm (UTC)
After not sleeping last night, and having a ton of work to do, I'm probably staying home.
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[User Picture]From: xhollydayx
2009-11-10 05:55 pm (UTC)
well today would probably be out until much later - I am on call for Hospital and also need to drive to Kent so that I may watch students take a test (I can't even wrap my brain around why this is something I MUST do).
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-10 06:02 pm (UTC)
Wow, that sounds like...fun.
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2009-11-11 12:02 am (UTC)
ahhh the tetris training for car packing skills...

my first husband once looked at the pile of things on the ground behind our little mustang fastback for the trip to see his parents and said "its not going to fit." i said "take the imp and go back inside."

two suitcases, diaper bag and box of diapers, cooler, baby toys and accessories for a 1 year old, car seat, all of it...and it all fit nicely *and* we could see out the rear window. he was (and remains) astonished. ;)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-11 12:48 am (UTC)
Pretty much. Only more. It was stacked to the ROOF.
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2009-11-11 12:54 am (UTC)
But men are SO much better with spacial relationships then women, didn't you know? ;D
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2009-11-11 12:57 am (UTC)
*snickering* which is one (of the whole laundry list) of the reasons i'm no longer married to that man.

and why i'm so enthralled with TheEngineer who admits i can pack things much better than he can. :D
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-11 12:58 am (UTC)
Not the ones *I've* been married to. Though I do know guys with serious Tetris skilz.
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[User Picture]From: puckathon
2009-11-11 03:18 am (UTC)
"Tetris/Tardis combination required to get everything into a vehicle that clearly must be bigger on the inside."

Not only am I imagining C&D squeezing in with their chins on their knees to accomodate the massive volume of wedding misc., I'm also imagining Tetris with shapes made of British phone booths. That's some good stuff.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-11 10:39 am (UTC)
It was pretty darned close, actually!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-11 02:12 pm (UTC)
Impressive!
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[User Picture]From: catvalente
2009-11-13 01:57 am (UTC)
We miss you! Thank you for staying up--you're a true friend.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-13 03:36 am (UTC)
Miss you, too, dear!
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