You guys, packing really sucks. I don’t know what’s worse, packing or unpacking, seriously. Our departure from North Carolina to Florida was such a whirlwind that my head is still spinning. It went so much faster than we thought it would and totally threw us off in so many ways. I even forgot to have the power and water turned off at our North Carolina house and on in our new Florida house. Kyle is a really great employee, y’all. He worked full time his entire last two weeks at The Umstead Hotel & Spa which means that I was left alone with three kids, work of my own, and an entire house to pack and clean.
Because you know when it comes time to pack and move, all of your friends run for the hills. Unless, of course, you offer pizza and alcohol. What is it about the two things that will make even the most sane friend tear his clothes off and go streaking around the neighborhood?
That was all fine and well. We got it done over the super short period of time that we had and literally moved on. The move was full of really fun times, like staying to finish cleaning and painting the Raleigh house then driving the super snail speed of 55MPH the whole way to Charlotte, only to arrive at 6am as the sun was coming up, to a pre-booked hotel with a U-shaped parking lot that did not allow for the turning-around of our 20′ Uhaul towing a Toyota Yaris behind it. It was like the Hotel California up in there. You know, you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave? Yeah. That. There may or may not have been significant expletives used that morning, and some serious lying through our teeth to our poor children when they awoke to birds chirping and the sun coming out to say hi.
After I had slept for two and a half hours of sleep, Madilyn and Grady couldn’t sleep another second, so I took them out for breakfast then went back to the hotel to help Kyle get the Uhaul turned around in the now-empty parking lot.
We may have taken out a tree limb or two, but we got out of there.
Our travels sent us through Atlanta where we had planned to stop at IKEA to purchase new beds for the kids, a new dining room table, and maybe a chair or two for the living room. No dice. We completely underestimated the size truck we would need and we ended up having to leave things in Raleigh that we had wanted to bring with us. It is what it is and I got to eat The Varsity and see one of my most favorite people in the world while fending off homeless pastors with diabetes trying to save a family of 12 from the evils of the local hospital for the bargain price of “any change you have on ya’!”
Kyle wanted to stay in Atlanta that night but we couldn’t find a place that would accommodate both the truck and our Great Dane, so we headed south to Newnan, GA.
Y’all. Don’t go there. Ever. I promise to update you with the full happenings at the La Quinta Inn there. Let’s just say it involved a used condom, chest hair, and a hard hat – none of that belonging to anyone in our family mind you. Long story short, we packed our crap and headed to Auburn, AL that night.
By the time we got to our new home – that we rented sight unseen I might add – we were a little weary and all we wanted to do was take a shower. Of course, some idiot forgot to have the water turned on so that wasn’t really an option.
It was one doozy of a move and suffice it to say, I never want to move again. Kyle darn well better just start moving up through the ranks here at the Watercolor Inn & Resort because this gal? She’s done.
We have been in absolutely no rush to unpack, so when Mom & Bill showed up this past weekend, I begged them to help me with a few things. One of those things was to help me bake a cake. The other things were to put up some cabinets in the bathrooms, and help me drink this bottle of Jose Cuervo Iced Teagarita.
I’ll be completely honest, I’m not even remotely a fan of iced tea, but I am a huge fan of margaritas and tequila, so I figured I had nothing to lose by trying this stuff out. I was more than pleasantly surprised about how good it was, honestly. It’s refreshing and definitely helps loosen the mood. The iced tea concoction is mixed with consists of our classic lime flavored margarita, blended with Jose Cuervo Tequila and premium orange liqueur (19.9 Proof / 9.95% ABV). There’s definitely a delicate balance of alcohol and drinkability here. We all sucked it down pretty quickly, but not so quickly that we were reeling. It’s not the same tequila you were drinking when you entered your first Spring Break Wet T-Shirt Contest, that’s for sure.
I had gifted a large Lilly Pulitzer cup to my mom for her birthday so I filled that sucker up with ice and poured the Iced Teagarita over it and watched her eyes light up as she drank. Not much says “I love you” as much as a Lilly Pulitzer cup filled with tequila and iced tea. It also has the great effect of kicking butts into high gear. Those cabinets were put together in record time, and Mom cranked out a few loads of laundry while helping me bake a cake.
I’m still not sure how she does it, but I’m pretty sure she keeps a cape under her shirt somewhere.
Or maybe it was the Cuervo talking.
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