Like many people, I enjoy making lists of things to do and crossing off the items as I do them.
In the context of moving, a subset of list-making pleasure is to consume the remains of commodities on hand before packing up and leaving. Doing this feels good on two levels:
- Represents micro-closing rituals on life here; and
- Keeps me portable.
So with about four weeks left in New Mexico, I'm consuming the remains of:
Oatmeal(7 September) Tea bags(4 September)
- Coffee (packed and brought with me)
Olive oil(gave away)
- Spices (packed and brought with me)
- Canned goods (packed and brought with me)
Bottle of body wash(27 September) Bird seed (to be more clear, the birds are consuming it)(19 September)
- Paper towels (packed and brought with me)
Toilet paper(timing is important on this one)(22 September)(good thing there are paper towels)
- Scented epsom salts (packed and brought with me)
Pickle relish(13 September)
- Salad dressing (packed unopened one and brought with me)
Rice vinegar(gave away)
What should I do with the two containers in the freezer that hold chicken carcasses and the drippings of same? Will I make chicken soup before I go? Haven't figured this out yet. Update: Tossed.
I had some flour and sugar in the freezer. A half bag of white beans. Gave them away a few days ago.
I've got two pairs of trousers that are about ready for disposal. I'll wear 'em and toss 'em during my emigration from New Mexico. Update October 2: Tossed as planned. Ditto for a blouse.
I'll discard a well-used-up kitchen sponge before I go. Done.
This process is so very satisfying.