It's been a funny old week with Sophie finally picking up the keys to her flat last Saturday that she's going to be sharing with a friend from QVC. Up to that point, we had no idea how much of 'her' furniture she would be taking as we had no dimensions. So on Saturday she measured up and, with the help of her brother, calculated what would fit into her new bedroom.
Sunday was the first trip over with 'stuff', followed by another trip on Monday and the big things like her bed and chests of drawers on Tuesday. Sophie was working the late shift on Monday and Tuesday so her first opportunity for packing the smaller fiddly bits was Wednesday, and then finally on Thursday everything was ready for her to move in.
It felt very strange leaving for work at lunchtime yesterday knowing that I would be returning to a house that Sophie no longer shared with us. I must admit to a lump in my throat and a few tears as I drove off up the road.
This is the start of a new phase in Sophie's life as she is also leaving QVC next Thursday to start a new career path. I am really happy for her but a little sorry for myself if I'm honest as, not only is she a lovely daughter, she has been a friend and a true support in what has been a very difficult year for me. The flat is only 20 minutes away by car so I'm sure we will still see plenty of her but nothing will ever be quite the same again.
I finished on air at 10pm last night and thought I would give her a quick ring to see how she was getting on at her new flat. Imagine my surprise when she said, "I'm not there, I'm at your house". Maybe I'm going to be seeing more of her than I thought!!! Apparently she had decided to drive over and have dinner with her brother, who had very kindly offered to cook for her.
Just one final delivery for Sophie today, my old Pilates machine. Speaking of which, I'm really looking forward to catching up with Marjolein for tomorrow's TSV at 11am and 3pm, as I missed her Anniversary shows at the end of last year.
Hope to see you there, much love Julia x