I did about half of my packing for my trip, the clothes packing part. When I moved into my house and had my washer and dryer setup, I had an issue where the waste plumbing hookup for the dryer wasn't working and so the first week I was here, I had to get a plumber out and get a bunch of pipe replaced. Later I talked to someone who indicated that the plumber might have been both overzealous and possibly mercenary. Anyway since then, I have some anxiety if my washer and dryer seem to be having issues, since I have this memory of standing in the garage watching the water back up. Though I do realize in writing this that it's not like I've had a problem again, and everything is working fine. I certainly don't remember having this sort of anxiety with my previous washer and dryer which were far
cheaper than the ones I got. So anyway, I did a few loads of clothes tonight and ran my first "washer cleaning cycle" and that seemed to go okay. I don't know how necessary it is, and if it's just a gimmick for Tide to sell me another product, but the washer does smell cleaner now.
It's weird, packing in my house, because I'm still not used to where I put everything and my packing rituals are different. I do feel like everything I own is just more spread out here, and not everything is just lying out either. I am not used to being as organized as I am now, but it actually really helps my stress level having things put away and things in their place.
I think also that the first six months of this year, I was under a considerable amount of stress from my dad passing. I think I probably still had a lot of stress after that, especially when it came to moving into my house and dealing with the assorted things I had to get done. But now I've realized that I'm generally less stressed, less anxious, feeling more like I can just concentrate a little bit better on what lies ahead. I am contemplating some other changes to my life, and I feel like I've been on a progression, a path, for a while, but that the events of the last year have really pushed me forward. I took a lot of my anxiety and fear of dying suddenly, and put it some place, in thinking about how I really wanted to live my life. I am sure there will always be continuous improvements and things that are new and good, but I am thinking this period in time is going to be one of the biggest lifestyle changes I made.