June 02, 2005

Q & A

Okay, so far just one person has asked me about the upcoming move, but let's pretend bunches and bunches of you asked so that I only have to run through this once:

Q: Why are you freaking out about moving? You live in an apartment. You don't even have kids! Boy, just wait 'til you have children; then you'll know true moving frustration, let me tell you. Why I remember this one time, my Jeremy, he--

A: Uh, thanks. First of all, I am freaking out because I am prone to anxiety and the freaking out, it's just what I do.

Second of all, I am freaking out because I'm not moving down the street. I'm not moving across town. I'm moving from here--

--to there:

Q: Whose flag is that?

A: New Mexico's.

Q: New Mexico . . . okay, is that--

A: Yes, that's one of ours, if that's what you were wondering.

Q: I knew it wasn't Canadian, but the other--you know, since I live up north, I wasn't exactly sure--

A: No. Definitely not Canadian.

Q: What brought this on?

A: A happy confluence of opportunity and desperation.

Q: No, I mean, why are you moving to New Mexico?

A: Because it's home to the world's largest enchilada, fool, and I'm starving.

Q: Oh COME on--

A: Also, it was the first state to declare an official state cookie.

Q: I know you're a great greedy whale of a woman and all, but this cannot seriously be all about food.

A: YOU eat wimpy Dallas salsa for 11 years and tell me food doesn't enter into it.

Q: You're not going to tell us why you're moving, are you?

A: Not entirely, no, but I did I mention New Mexico is home to the Hatch Chile Fest? My September is going to be biz-ay.

Q: Can you at least tell us where in New Mexico you're going?

A: Las Cruces! Home of the world's largest--

Q: --enchilada, yes.

A: Right.

Q: Hey, that last link says Las Cruces is a top retiree destination. Does this mean you've finally realized your dream of living among the seniors?

A: Either that, or all this time you've been reading a blog by an elderly woman and just never noticed. That reminds me, I've got to get these rollers out of my hair before Matlock comes on. It's a two-parter!

So that's why I'm freaking out: Because if heaven forbid I forget something, I can't just DRIVE BACK 700 MILES AND FETCH IT now, can I?

Posted by Ilyka at June 2, 2005 08:30 AM in navel gazing

Better get posting then - ship all the stuff out before you move and it will all be there waiting for you.

Seriously though, good luck with the move. Looking forward to colon bending tales of gastronomic feats beyond the dreams of mere mortals ... but I'll settle for a pic of you and the worlds largest chinchilla

Posted by: Rob at June 2, 2005 01:20 PM

It's not my fault! I'm still catching up from being out of the blogloop for a week and a day.

Besides, I knew you'd crack eventually. ;-)

Posted by: Jim at June 2, 2005 03:06 PM

I was BORN there, girl. Of course, I hardly recognized Las Cruces the last time I saw it. I also really enjoyed the Whole Enchilada Festival and Car Show. (Car show? Don't ask me.) Along with the Hatch chile is Presidio melons. They're in season now. And I miiiiiiiss them!

I have two words for you, girl (and I'll e-mail my big sister to make sure): LA POSADA.

One other really good thing: Next time I'm visiting my Mommies, I can just hop over the state line to say hi and buy you a cold one.


Posted by: Margi at June 2, 2005 03:42 PM

I love New Mexico! And though I've only been in Las Cruces once, I thought it was lovely.

And moving is incredibly stressful. Did it in Oct twice and will be doing it again in the winter if things pan out. I'll keep good moving vibes for you :)

Posted by: Ith at June 2, 2005 04:29 PM

It's not my fault!

Indeed it isn't. Meryl's the one who asked.

Posted by: ilyka at June 2, 2005 04:44 PM

I was BORN there, girl

Get out! This is eerie, but in a cool way.

So far most people I've had to discuss this with have confused it with Albuquerque, and that's when they've bothered to pretend to care at all.

The mommies are in El Paso, right? This is awesome. Wow.

Posted by: ilyka at June 2, 2005 04:49 PM

I had to check. When I move, you'll be four hours closer than from here in Monterey. Yes, I'm addicted to Mapquest :)

Posted by: Ith at June 2, 2005 05:48 PM

Good luck with the move, hopefully you'll be able to keep your sense of humor. And moves are hard no matter if you have kids, pets or moving just down the street or not...

Posted by: Jody at June 2, 2005 05:49 PM

New Mexico, as I recall, is not just home to the World's Biggest Enchilada but also the Frito Pie. That is a wonderful concoction of a bag of Fritos, chili, cheese and onions. I understand that Texas also lays claim to being the inventor of the Frito Pie... see link below.


Good luck with the move. Now that you'll be in NM, maybe I'll actually be able to get over from L.A. and meet you sometime.

Posted by: Dr Alice at June 3, 2005 02:57 AM

All moves are stressful and rate a good freaking out but what got me was the east-west drive across Texas. Been there, did that when the speed limit was 55mph. Hopefully, there is something to see now besides 400 miles of tumbleweed. Again, good luck.

Posted by: Rob at June 3, 2005 03:48 AM

Oh my goodness...do I have compassion for you! I myself am only days away from moving from CA to Hawaii...and I am single and I have two sons!...I will be thinking of you as I pull an allnighter tonight because the movers are coming tomorrow morning for the 2nd and last load of stuff I can afford to ship...Good luck... See ya' on the other side!

Posted by: Crystal Clear at June 3, 2005 06:01 AM

Crystal is moving to Hawaii...

Moving to Hawaii....

Somehow, my sympathy is missing.

Now Ilyka, even though I think of you as my Texas connection, I can't wait until I hear what you have to say about NM. I can't believe you're moving. It's like...like...the Fourth Secret of Fatima revealing that Marshmallow Creme is healthy.

I'll knock back a few drinks in your honor, as moving? Yeah. It's hell.

Posted by: Helen at June 3, 2005 08:13 AM

New Mexico isn't bad, you could do a lot worse... not too many people = lot less problems with traffic, air pollution, drive by shootings, etc.

Of course the downside is the only thing to do for entertainment is to drink. ;)


Posted by: Hal at June 3, 2005 08:42 AM

Ilyka -

My sympathy on your move. While completing my most recent bar application, I noticed that I have had 19 residences in the past 10 years. And I dare say that I hate moving as much as you. You are certainly in better spirits that I have been this close to a move, though.

I do feel bad that you are moving farther away from Tennessee, though. One should strive to work TOWARDS God's Country, not away from it!



Posted by: Rob Huddleston at June 3, 2005 02:42 PM

YOU eat wimpy Dallas salsa for 11 years and tell me food doesn't enter into it.

It's true, it's true! I go into various restaurants and see salsa labeled as "hot", "inferno", "muy caliente", and "The Tongue Cauterizer." And what do I get from the Tongue Cauterizer? A mere tingle.

Good luck on the move. From what I saw of Las Cruces on my way to Tucson, it ain't bad.

Posted by: Shawn at June 3, 2005 04:29 PM

Oh, Lord! I'm in the middle of a move, too (pack out is next week - aaaaaaahhhhhh!), from the Norfolk-area to the boonies (or is it the "sticks"?) of Virginia. Nice little town, near to family, but still.....!

As for the total freak-out: I am so with you! Fortunately Beloved Husband is a rock, because I think I've done about a million total-freak-outs on him in the past three weeks.

Well, OK, maybe it was only about 500,000....

The only thing that's helped me is 1) go ahead and freak out, 2) take a deeeeeep breath, and 3) repeat about a trillion times, "This, too, shall pass...."

Best of luck with your move, and I hope you enjoy NM!

Posted by: Romeocat at June 3, 2005 04:31 PM

I feel your pain. My lease runs out at the end of this month, and I'm not even sure where I'll be living next month. All I know is that I'll have to move. Alone. From an island to the mainland. And that I don't own a car.

Posted by: Moebius Stripper at June 3, 2005 05:21 PM

I would just like to point out that I miss you.

Posted by: Meryl Yourish at June 15, 2005 02:56 AM