...or an "amateur documentary" because I realized maybe I watch too many of those because my idea of videotaping our day is documenting phone calls, haha. But whatever. I was really inspired by Candace to make this little video because I love her vlogs and thought "hey maybe our kids would think this part of our life was cool someday!" Not the most entertaining video, but nonetheless, I made it for memories sake. (Always for memories sake!) And, I just like to document Ted. I always imagine our kids will enjoy seeing Ted. (I know we don't have kids yet, but I'd like to sometime in Teds lifetime lol.) It may have been more exciting had I documented some of our meals (had some good food!) or out in public more but I just can't be that person, haha.
(So to make up for it, here's John eating some fish/fried/spicy things lol. I had Salmon.)
I talk to myself at the camera maybe 3 or 4 times, but it's mostly me talking at John or to John. (Or to Ted lol.) John talks about ford rangers for a good 3 minutes, and then later on about fried chicken for 3 minutes. (Exaggerating, but really, a lot of fried chicken in the south lol.) It's totally home-video style of just taping things going on haha. It's a sad, sad attempt at a vlog, and I've uploaded it like 4 times and deleted it because I think it's so bad, but I figure I'll chalk it up to practice, and do better next time. I'm a big fan of videoing things because I know that I personally love to watch old videos, so I'm sure later on in life I'll appreciate these. Even if the quality is horrible, haha. But it's probably my own fault. I hadn't used iMovie since high school, and I tried watching one tutorial, got bored and just decided to wing it, haha. Oh, and it just ends sort of abruptly. I planned on asking John some questions later on that night, but decided not to. I wasn't in the mood. So you might be like, "that's it?..."
...so yes, that's it haha.
But you might also be like, "thank god that's over!" because it's OVER SEVENTEEN MINUTES!! Sorry! I read somewhere that a vlog should be less than 12 minutes, but I just couldn't. I chopped time off as best I could, but literally I filmed almost 90 minutes of nonsense. I talked to myself a lot in the car, and then felt so embarrassed to watch it back, haha. Also totally *RATED R* because like I knew he would, John uses the f-word multiple times. But I can't blame him because so did I...it's actually the first word out of my mouth, haha. I try to keep it mostly clean here, but I can't hide how we are in real life. There's no point in doing that. (I'll deal with the f-word and the future kids later lol.)
So anyways, the move here was different in a few ways. One, because it was the first since we've had Ted, so that added an extra element as he's kind of like a live animal that we have to take care of. If it wasn't for him I think we probably would have pushed doing the drive into two days, but we thought that might be torturous so we did three shorter (ish lol) days instead. And Usually we pack our cars f-u-l-l of crap, like the things we keep out from the movers; most of our clothes, bathroom things, air mattress etc, and we did that again only to remember...oh yeah, the dog has to fit in there too, haha. I put this story on snapchat, but I actually forgot to pack up like half of the kitchen cupboards when the movers came, and we discovered all this stuff like the day before had to leave the apartment. So long story short, two days before we left John had to get a truck cover installed on his car so we could move everything out of his car and into the back of his truck. Oh, and that same day I was driving behind him and he spit a rock at my windshield and cracked it (pretty bad lol) so we had to get that fixed asap too since we were about to drive into the cold. (Have I mentioned it's COLD here?!)
And secondly, this move was different because it was the first time I had driven myself. Embarrassing to admit...but every other time we've moved, someone else has driven my car. For example, the last move from IL-TX, John flew his Dad out to meet us because he didn't want me to drive alone. (Overprotective, but reason #167340 why I love him.) So every time we move, my hands do not even touch the steering wheel. No one trusts me, haha. And I don't exactly blame them. I have absolutely 0 sense of direction, like anytime I drive somewhere new, and even using a gps, I will take at least two wrong turns and get lost. And and I just don't do well with long drives, I get a little crazy. And I cry really easily...(in the passenger or driver seat lol.)
So this was going to be a test for me. I think I passed though. I held my sh*t together and didn't even complain or cry until after we got here. (Reason #85746 why I crawled into a hole of depression in the days that followed, haha.) I would say it wasn't that bad. It was even a little fun sometimes. It felt like I was a race car driver, or like I was driving in a video game at times because I was following John and I had to stay right behind him and it was like my mission not let anyone in between us. But the rain part was s-u-p-e-r stressful. There isn't much footage (technical wordage makes me sound like I know what I'm doing right?) on the second day as we got into Georgia because it was raining sooo bad. I get really nervous in the rain and usually drive like 20 below the speed limit, but I had to keep up with John in traffic, and we had no time to really waste. We drove almost 9 hours that day. It was one of those times where I was driving and I was just like praying that I was in the right lane because I really couldn't tell. (Would have definitely cried under normal circumstances lol.)
What I do like about this video though, is that it's happy and sad at the same time. Kind of like the whole move itself you know? I don't want to ever act like this is so easy and so fun all the time. It is, but it's also hard and sad too. So you'll notice it goes back and forth. And obviously if you read my last post, you won't be surprised it ends on more of a sad note.
So here it is! Watch if you'd like. (I really didn't want to have to use youtube, but it was too long for vimeo.) I only request that you watch it small because once I moved it over to youtube it got blurry for some reason (should have watched the damn tutorials, I know!) but if you keep it on the smaller side, it looks okay. How everyone gets these white bright videos, I'll never know. But I secretly kind of like it this way because I just love those real and not-always-so-pretty old school home videos ;)
Bless your hearts. x