My week off work ended and I was back to work yesterday. The week went by so fast, even though we didn't do a lot. DD was sick with a sore throat Tues and Wed but feeling better after that. The only thing we did on Tuesday was go to her appointment to get a tattoo!! She had made the appointment over a month ago and wasn't going to miss that, haha! She got a very cute little tattoo on the back of her shoulder. It's a heart that flows into a heartbeat sign which then flows into the word "family". She loves it.
Thursday we went shopping and had lunch at a mall in a ritzy town where all the rich folks live. It had some stores we hadn't been to before - Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, etc. She wanted a new North Face jacket to take to college, so we went into The North Face store. As she was looking I spotted a purple jacket.....I had seen a North Face purple jacket in a magazine ad a year or two ago and ripped the page out of my magazine. I never did find that exact jacket anywhere online. This one wasn't the same, but I liked the color and it was a nice soft material. I've been wanting a nice soft zip up hoodie type of jacket for this fall/winter. It was $90 and I had $80 cash in my purse that I had forgotten I took out the weekend before when we tried to go to a Farmer's Market (I wanted to find a wooden windmill for our yard) but it closed for the season. So, I decided to splurge, put the "found" $80 towards it and get myself the purple jacket. The lady who was ringing our stuff up said they had just gotten the purple jackets in. When she rang it up it came to $53.99! All 3 of us said "oh!" at the same time. She said that must be a mistake, but she would go with the price. Woohoo!
Friday morning she took grandma (the one is is paying for this college!!) out to breakfast and to say goodbye. Saturday morning DD and I went to our town's Farmers Market. It was a good thing we had been before or we would have been very disappointed. There were hardly any booths at all. Maybe because it's the end of the season or maybe because there was some other big event going on that they didn't think it was worth it. But we did get 2 beautiful big bouquets of flowers for $5 each and I gave her one bouquet as a "dorm warming" gift.
The rest of the week was shopping for misc dorm stuff and packing and we left at 7am Sunday morning. We loaded up my car (a mini crossover type with good room for boxes and stuff) and I followed her up to the University. Move in started at 10am and I figured it would be a chaotic line of cars, etc. Not many where there yet and we pulled right up behind a couple others. DD went to check in and I started to unload the stuff and 3 girls came to help take it all to the room and by the time DD got back they were half done and then they all took the rest. Easy peasy, really.
Took pretty much all day to get moved in and everything set up. Lofting the beds wasn't as hard as we thought. DD is pretty handy with tools and with 4 of us (us 2 and her roommate and her mom) we got it all together. We took a lunch break and then her rommie and her mom went to Bed Bath and Beyond to pick up some stuff she had ordered (she is from out of state) and it was nice to have the space to ourselves (since it's pretty small!) to get all DD's stuff unpacked an organized. They are in a suite style dorm, so they share a bathroom in the middle with 2 other girls on the other side. The closets in bathroom are pretty good sized. as well as they each get 3 big drawers in a big tall dresser. It's also a "no alcohol" dorm, so that is good and what DD wanted. She is not a partier type.
They had to go to a meeting with their floor and dinner with their floor mates, with social time after, so roomie's mom and I left for dinner and then we were sharing a hotel room for the night. She is a super nice, fun lady, and we had a great time visiting with each other and getting to know each other better.
Monday morning I picked up DD and we went shopping for a couple of hours. By then we had a pretty long list of misc stuff needed......paper towels, tape, padlock for dresser drawer, snacks, a chair to put under her lofted bed, etc. She also bought a bookcase at Target that they could set the TV her roomie was going to buy on and also gave them storage space underneath for their snacks and Keurig, etc. Roomie also bought a nice refrigerator/freezer unit. DD brought our extra microwave.
I left around 1pm. I got teary hugging her goodbye and sniffled for the next 10-15 minutes on the 2 1/2 hour drive home. Got home to our now very quiet house with no kids. But the dogs really missed me and gave me lots of attention :-)
DD called me yesterday that her 6th grade boyfriend saw her in the dining hall and came over and said hi to her. She never had any contact with him during jr. high and high school and just at the end of her tennis season he and another boy (they played on the boys team) were at one of her matches talking to the coach (she coaches boys team, too) and DD was there and it got mentioned that they were going to the same University. He talked to her yesterday and sounds like he might have talked her into joining the tennis club and gave her his phone number so they could get together some time and play tennis.
She starts classes today. She ended up taking 4 classes, as she got in the class she was on a wait list for. I'm sure this weekend it will really hit me that she is gone and I gotta go do stuff by myself. Sniff...sniff....