Packing

“Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.”    Aleksander Solzhenitsyn

Oh how I’ve failed you Solzhenitsyn! As I pack things in my house my refrain has become “Why do I have all this stuff? Who needs this much stuff?” Me, apparently, it’s all mine.

My office was the first to be packed, since my colleague needed to move in. I optimistically purchased a 10-pack of banker’s boxes. Apparently 8 years as a faculty member and 5 years before that of graduate work make for more than 10 boxes worth of files, books, and … stuff.

I’ll be living with about 100 pounds of my own stuff this comming year–the 100 pounds I can pack into two 50 pound suitcases and drag across the ocean. Perhaps I’ll get closer to Solzhenitsyn’s ideal.

Current count on canned goods: 56 jars (down from 70 jars)

Freezer report: upstairs freezer 3/4 full, downstairs freezer 1/3 full (eating out of the freezer isn’t all bad, I was ‘forced’ to eat ice cream last night)

Language learning: 823 Romanian words or phrases learned

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