July 23, 2011 - 9:00 AM
The goodbyes just keep going, and they aren't getting any easier. This morning I said goodbye to my wonderful friend and roommate Dana. Her and her boyfriend Winston left this morning to make the drive with Dana back to Chicago. They left bright and early this morning, as they were trying to make their way all the way to Jackson, Wyoming to see our old roommate Megan, so they had a lot of road to cover.
We gave Dana a proper send off, starting with a photo walk of campus in which Dana and I broke out our various cameras and photographed our favorite parts of the University and surrounding area. We both utilized our film as well as digital cameras, and I'm really looking forward to developing the film in my photo class over the next few weeks. Later that evening, amidst the last minute packing of the car, we hosted a goodbye barbeque and bonfire as a formal farewell. The barbeque is also likely the last event that we will be hosting, as this next week will leave us with a pretty vacant and clean house.
Not only am I going to miss Dana a lot, her leaving also meant the beginning of the moving and packing up process for my household. Dana sold a bunch of her big furniture, left some stuff on the curb that was promptly picked up by most likely some other student, and the deep cleaning process has now begun. With two bedrooms completely empty, this next week will be spent cleaning every nook and cranny in the house, with the hopes of getting our whole deposit back from our rental agency.
This process is getting more serious for me as well, as my mom is making her way down to Eugene next Wednesday to pack back the majority of my belongs to Oregon City as well. I will still be staying in Eugene a little bit longer, taking over a friend's room for the remainder of my class. I will be more or less living out of a suitcase though because I don't want to have to haul too much more up to my parents home more than once.
Moving and goodbyes are two things that are never fun, and I'm really not looking forward to my final goodbye to Eugene. It's been hard enough watching others leave! I am just hoping the cleaning and moving process isn't too horrible so that I can focus on saying my goodbyes to all of the wonderful people here.