A Legion of Lists

by farrah on March 7, 2018 · 2 comments

As it stands we have about a month and a half left in the NL. To distract myself from my feelings on leaving Oisterwijk (quite sad as you can imagine) I am in full-blown list-making mode. We all make lists, I know this. I also know that I am not alone in cleaning out a purse and finding a hundred scraps of paper with hastily scribbled scrawls of things needed to pick up at the soonest moment (toothpaste! birthday gift for so and so! the SLE vs the SLT, coffee with Cindy) and so on. 

The lists I am the most proud of, however, are my online lists of favorites, registries (for the stores that don’t offer lists) and saved lists of household items needed. I keep all of these private- because they are a) so boring and b) so overwhelming. You would think that we were moving back from the moon instead of just Europe after five and a half years. I’ve managed to put everything on them from a broom and dustpan to kitchen and bathroom hand soap- because in all honesty I don’t want to be the cliché of ‘I went to Target to buy one thing and came out with six bags! *tee hee*’ because we’ve all done that. And if I can have laundry detergent waiting for me, you better believe I’ll make it happen.

I am telling myself that this reentry is going to be accomplished with military precision. I am going to have a bathroom garbage pail lined and posed to catch used snot-rags. I will have Swiffers at the ready to scrabble up the crumbs from my crumb-machines. I have toothpaste and toothbrushes for the little teeth that never really get quite as well brushed on the first go. I will be READY.


I think we all know what happens to plans like these.

Maybe you’re asking yourself what the hell is she doing? She ISN’T moving back empty-handed, without the barest of necessities, right? Well- yes and no. Each of us has a large checked suitcase and our carry on. This will be our clothes- and the fact that it’s going to be a seasonal change is kind of blessing because the boys all need new shorts and tees this season. So I will plan to fill our bags with pots, pans, plates (my AH ones!), and so many others of the ‘must have for daily living’ necessities. If I can get a lot of that from the big old Target before we arrive (my husband and his mom will probably have to do it) the temptation to go hog-wild and buy all the things won’t be as immediate.

I just want us to be able to settle in our first few days. We will have some kind of air shipment- which I am still not clear if it will be going with us or will have to wait- but the majority of our stuff will be in the container- which I am sure you know can take anywhere from 4-12 weeks. That is going to have our dressers, basement couch, buffet, coffee table, etc. I want to have as much of our daily life stuff on hand- to not only bring us to a place of routine and normalcy- but also one of comfort. I don’t want the boys to think this is any more weird than it already is. I’m probably just projecting here- but having ‘our stuff’ helps me to feel grounded.

This time, I know exactly what I need and where to get it. There’s no guessing about grocery stores or pharmacies. I get to go back to the luxury of familiarity and ease- the way it used to be. Guesses on how long it takes me to get bored? I give it about three years.

Thus while it will be heaps of fun to have the new things (house, cars, bedroom sets, random furniture) it’s the old stuff that makes me feel safe.

So that’s what I’ve been up to in case you were wondering 🙂

PS- OMG I just found this post from October 1, 2012 when we had a month to move here. Clearly I have not changed a bit. But at least I am not planning a trip to Disney in the middle of this (wtf was I thinking).

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Teresa March 7, 2018 at 12:53 pm

Just don’t forget to breathe it’ll all work out.


2 farrah March 7, 2018 at 12:59 pm

Nah, I know. It was a hundred times more overwhelming moving here than it has been so far going back. It’s just when there’s a lot to do- there’s A LOT to do 🙂


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