The rest of "us" has finally been redeemed from Middle America. My Mom arrived yesterday to begin her new contract in Fountain Valley, and along with her she brought a UHaul filled with most of the things we left in Missouri when we moved to California two years ago.
There are still a couple of prized possessions that I suspect may be gone forever, but we got back a ton of pictures and books, dishes, curtains and other various parts of our past we'd forgotten about. Yesterday was a very busy day of unloading, unpacking, cleaning and visiting. And we still have a TON of stuff that needs to find a home in this apartment. And I look forward to finding those homes.
For now, I'm content to see our dishes and crockpot (the one of two items we actually received from our wedding gift registry) sitting on our countertop as I go along with my busy day.
Speaking of which, I need to start grading some papers!