*Written for my weekly post over at www.talknerdytomelover.com *
The past 2 weeks have hands-down been the toughest 2 weeks of my life.
I had a yard-sale where I watched strangers pick through my life’s belongings. It was not easy selling the boom-box I’ve had since age 12 for $5 or the silver sparkly pants I wore to the Prince concert in Vegas for $3 but there was a goal in sight.
And that goal was to get rid of as much as humanly possible as gypsy mode aka no permanent home aka staying with friends till I find the perfect place was about to begin.
I did it. I sold all my furniture and a ton of things. Between YardSale, Craigslist, and Ebay I made about $800.. not a tremendous amount of money but every bit helps.
The day of the yardsale I happened to get a postcard from the Vietnam Veterans Association looking for FURNITURE donations! YES! So what didnt sell, my bookcase, my childhood desk, a dresser, and a few other items plus a few bags of kitchen goods was all donated to the Vets.
The next task was to schedule a UHaul to take the remainder of my items over my good friends Angela/Andy’s garage for safe-keeping until I have a new home. This wouldn’t have been very difficult except at the last minute I booked an incredible gig as a Production Runner (aka driver in this case), for the band Coldplay.
This was an amazing gig, filled with amazing people, and GREAT pay, however my hours were pretty much 8am-1am every night last week…. which sort of put a kink into the pick up Uhaul, pack and unload Uhaul, and move my things over to my friend Amanda’s (stop one on the gypsy tour).
I’m still in shock that I achieved all of the above, while working 16 hour days Mon-Friday. But thanks to some amazing friends; Bart Williams, Aaron Kronis, Donnie Marhefka, and Andy Mackenzie; the U-Haul was picked up, packed and unloaded, all without me being present. Talk about being a LUCKY GIRL!! I want to cry everytime I think about the four of them handling that stuff for me while I worked.
Would have never happened without them.
I was still left with the task of moving my last items and my cats from Studio City to West Hollywood… lucky for me, my previous landlord is perhaps the coolest landlord in the world, and on the 1st when I explained my work schedule, she simply said.. let me know when you’re all out.
By 1am on May 3rd (after working all day), I finally managed to get the last of my things, and my kitties over to West Hollywood.
On the morning of May 4th, my bday, I got up at 7am eand went for one final last look before heading to work. I got the last of the trash out and said my goodbyes to the little townhouse on Barham that has held my hopes, dreams, laughter, tears, family, and friends, safe for the last seven years. It’s such a beautiful little spot.. but I knew it was time to let it go.
Many offers of new roommates came in over the 6 weeks since I put in my notice, but I knew I needed to stick to this decision. It was time to move on and let go… one of the big things I was holding onto was a romantic partner. After my initial roommate moved out, and left me with the place, I always thought it would be a perfect “starter home” for a couple in love, a perfect place to co-habitat before marriage and before buying a home together. That dream never materialized.. and it was time to let it go. Goodbye 3252 Barham.
I spent my birthday at the Hollywood Bowl for another 16hr day with Coldplay. I can’t say it was the best birthday ever, there was no cake or candles, there were no presents to unwrap, or friends to hug, but I will never forget this time period in my life. A van full of British guys sang Happy Birthday to me, Production gave me some pretty flowers, I got to talk to my BFF on the phone for awhile, 400+ friends and family sent me FB and Twitter love, and my new PO Box was overflowing with the most thoughtful Bday Cards I’ve ever recvd from my mom, both sisters, my grandmom and my aunt. I dont know how long they searched for the perfect cards but they found them.
Financially, I’ve made more money in the past 3 weeks then I have in the past 3months, and was able to pay off everything I owed to my landlord and utilities before moving out.. and that feels great!
And now… I am living in a spare bedroom in West Hollywood. It’s a great neighborhood, right behind the Laugh Factory on Sunset, but it is not home. It is my friends home, and I am occupying the spare room until her new roommate moves in in a few weeks…. at that time, me and the kitties will move again.
I’ve had a few leads, I’ve seen a few places, and magical opportunities continue to present themselves. I know something big is shifting, something awesome is right around the corner. And I know that I’ve done the work, I’ve prepared, I’m a good person with a great heart and one of the most loyal people you will ever meet.
My journey is upon me…
(Ideally I’m looking for a guest house situation. $700 max Kitty Friendly)
Live Love. Love Life.