Over the past week, I have done a lot of packing. And unpacking, repacking, and moving. I finished the last final exams I will take at Virginia Tech as an undergrad student, moved out of my apartment there, went to my parents’ house, repacked my stuff, and then moved to Wilmington, NC for a summer internship. In the midst of that process, I learned the following:
- There is a mouse hole that leads into some of the drawers in my college apartment’s kitchen. (It’s an old apartment.) An unknown number of mice apparently ate an entire refill-size bag of chocolate-covered cinnamon Altoids that was sitting in one of the kitchen drawers near that hole. That was a bag meant to refill three or four Altoids containers.
- I am bad at packing light. I blame that at least partially on diabetes supplies; what’s one more box of books or clothes when I already have at least three boxes dedicated to my collection of Omnipod pods, Dexcom sensors, and emergency pump backup supplies?
- Not that diabetes is always something to complain about. When packing to move out of my college apartment, my blood sugar went low. I had a few cupcakes left from when I bought a bunch of random stuff at the dining halls to use the rest of my meal plan, so I ate a red velvet cupcake (this one: http://www.aubonpain.com/menu/food.aspx?s=cafe_bakery&f=385) I did not bolus for that cupcake at all, because packing = a lot of exercise and Laura’s non-athleticism + strenuous packing-cise = more lows. Post-cupcake, my blood sugar rose slowly and hovered around 150 mg/dL for a few hours. 150 may not be the best blood sugar I’ve ever had, but having that kind of blood sugar stability at a decent BG level during exercise? From eating a delicious cupcake with cream cheese icing? Yes please.
- The rest of my non-light-packingness probably comes from thoughts such as “what if I need this random thing that I haven’t used for three months?” or “I should bring this textbook that I used freshman year and have not referenced since because I might need it and because I enjoy transporting heavy things.” Thank you, people who talk me out of bringing unnecessary stuff. You know who you are.
- Emptying the fridge and freezer before leaving is hard, especially since the cold food items won’t survive in a car for 5 hours of driving. I do not happen to own a cooler large enough to keep all of my cold food cold. Thank you, amazing college roomie, for not minding too much that I left a bunch of stuff in the freezer. Enjoy the frozen bite-sized quiches!