I got all of my wishes during the move: amazingly we filled the truck right up to the door, but everything fit! This was probably due to Partner's amazing van-filling skills and creative packing ideas, such as: taping one end of the futon mattress to the ceiling of the van in order to fill the available space as completely as possible and avoid box spillage. But hey, it worked!
The cat was as well-behaved as could be expected, and the rain stopped before we had to load. The trip was uneventful, and Partner's family even helped us unload the truck once we arrived at our interim location. So now all of our belongings are safely stored away, the truck has been returned, and we're ready to sit around for a while.
Partner's family is conveniently within a few hours of our soon-to-be new home, so we'll be hanging out in a more rural setting before heading over to look for a house. I love listening to birds instead of car stereos. I already feel like a weight has been lifted, even if part of me doesn't quite believe that we're actually done with the "Grad Student" part of our lives! But I get the feeling that a lot of what we'll be doing this summer will have that unrealistic, unbelievable quality to it. It'll be interesting to see what the world has in store over the next few months :)
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