We, just my wife and I, now live in a 3-story row home that shares two walls and was built in May 2010.
This is our story.
Moving sucks. It’s not the worst thing you’ll do in life, but it’s not a pleasure. Packing stuff up at the old place takes time and energy, moving carload after carload of stuff to the new place takes time and energy and money, and renting a moving truck to get the Big Things takes time, money, energy, and a visit to semi-rural moving truck rental places that neighbor antique stores and open late.
Still, it’s a beneficial process in that it forces you to examine your possessions, taking stock, reminiscing, and hopefully thinning out the excesses of your belongings. I can’t say I did much excising this move-around, but it was fun to look back at things from my past and then place them into a box which was then moved and unpacked, forever storing relics in a new home.
Friday, May 28, we signed final paperwork with the customer care people and were given our keys. Rejoice! Upon receipt, we looked around at the austere surroundings and then decided to fill it up with our stuff. Like you do. A few carloads later, there was some semblance of a home taking shape.
Saturday brought Robyn’s parents and brother and a van, so our vehicleloads were more efficient (the kitchen was also handled well by Robyn’s mom, and her dad helped immensely with getting ceiling fans hooked up). We also slept for the last time in our now-old home, and yet I did not feel any overwhelming sadness. It was a good home to us and while I knew I would miss it a little, I’ve always felt that home is where your stuff is. After the next day’s end, our stuff would be elsewhere.
Sunday made that a reality. We got the requisite, large moving truck and, with a little help from our friends, got most of the remnants packed. It’s always kind of empowering to drive a Big Truck versus my Little Car, but it definitely takes more coordination to move it into certain spaces, so a big thanks to Josh for helping out. We got everything out and into the new place in a Depeche Mode, which included a stop at Costco for our new Cal King bed and pizza. After resting to consume said pizza, washed down with beer, our compatriots eventually exited and we commenced to setting up the place.
WE LIVE HERE NOW
Over the next week or so we’ve bought a couple bits of furniture (another entertainment stand, some small bookcases, and a second LCD TV) to fill out the rest of the empty spaces, whilst plowing through boxes like a bull through an unlucky matador. Except for the garage, we’re basically done. Not bad, eh?
We finally got Internet/TV set up on Monday, even if the wiring job done in the house is messed up and they’re going to have to come back to make it a little more elegant. U-Verse is boss, their DVR is nice, and Internet is fast and wireless. It feels like a comfortable home now, with all the creature comforts we’re used to.
As for bad things? A list for ya:
- The garage door remotes were hella insensitive and underpowered, but that seems to be fixed now.
- We have a case of ninja ants de-cloaking in various places that is giving us the heebie-jeebies, but it’s summer, so I guess it’s to be expected.
- The creek behind our house starts up the Wildlife Noise Machine at sundown and while I definitely had a panic attack about it the first night we moved stuff in, I’m at peace with it. Not sure how guests are gonna feel, though.
- Speaking of guests, parking kind of sucks. Few spots exist inside, so street parking, while not far away, is basically the only option. Damn residents parking their extra vehicles there and never moving them. Also, people parking in the alleyway IN FRONT OF THEIR GARAGES (no driveways here, people). WTF?
Overall, we’re pretty happy with it, as appliances and plumbing and doors all function properly. It’s nice and new, just as we asked. The negatives are basically annoyances, and not deal-breakers by any means. They’re just more annoying than normal because WE OWN THIS PLACE OMG, and that’s a new feeling I’m not accustomed to by any means.