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Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Deep Breath

Sorry for the long time without posting...we are coming up for air now. It's been a crazy week.

We moved last weekend. After 2 weeks of packing, the move was pulled off in one long day with two hired movers. I had a little last-minute mild freak-out because we didn't get moved before the first snow, but the snow we got (the day before the move) was minimal and we didn't get the frozen slick roads on moving day that I feared.

Moving day was more stressful and longer than anticipated, but we got it all done in one day. Yes, some things were broken by one of the movers (an inexperienced, strong guy without much sense of where things he holds extend into space). But it went fairly well, all things considered. It surprised me how much stuff we had managed to pack into our little apartment; easily enough to fill this 1800 square foot house we have moved into.

But! We love the house, so so much. We are renting, because we aren't in a position to buy and because I don't know if we will be able to stay in Spokane when I graduate in less than 6 months. If I get a job here, we'll extend our lease, and we may even have the opportunity to buy this house down the road.

We moved on Saturday, and on Sunday my hubby cleaned the old apartment while I unpacked at the house. He enjoys cleaning and I enjoy packing and unpacking, so it was a pretty good trade-off. The apartment looked GREAT when he was done with it. We should get our deposit back (we might have some knocked off because that mover crashed into a corner and knocked off a big chunk of plaster with a box, but we told the landlords and they may not charge us). I do like the organizing part of moving, but there is definitely a reason that we had not planned on moving again until after I finished school. It's so hard to do homework and study when most of my home is still in boxes. My mind has a hard time focusing when I feel like so much is in disarray.

The other big excitement is that my hubby started a new job on Monday. Yes, we moved AND he started a new job all within 3 days. He's been looking for work for several months now, so this is pretty exciting. Unemployment is hard, especially with both of us unemployed. But I think the time was important for rest and recovery, so while I think he wishes he had found a job a long time ago, I am proud of all the hard work he has done in the interim. It's been stressful, but overall it's been a good thing.

I have no idea how my weight is doing; my scale is still in a box. I usually weigh myself every morning so it's weird to go several days without doing so. There's been no exercise either, since every spare moment has been spent either packing or unpacking. I hope to get back into a healthier routine once we are more settled.

I must say, it is so wonderful to be in our own place and out of our apartment building. The tension with the sociopathic neighbor was so thick, it made being there miserable. He enjoyed doing things like parking just so I couldn't get into my parking space, or playing loud music at 7:30am, stuff like that. I'm way too old to be dealing with crap like that anymore. We spent many months trying to diplomatically handle the situation, first ourselves (mainly hubby) and then through the landlord. Finally, when it was time to resign the lease, and the landlords were starting to look at the option of evicting the neighbor (they preferred to keep us over him), we realized that would be a very long process, and it was the perfect time for us to just get out, before it started to snow so much that no one could move for a few months. So that's what we did. It was a disappointing end to a good relationship with a great landlord, but definitely the right thing for us to do.

So, my mind is full of things related to nesting and unpacking, but I'm pleased to say we are here and we are happy. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!


Survivor said...

Thanks for your skillful and diligent packing and unpacking, sweetie. I also feel a sense of relief having a home to our own without immature neighbors upstairs. Less stress = less cortisol = less weight! Sounds like we're double winners. I'm a triple-winner, because I am with a wonderful woman.

Diz said...

Wow Girl...you have been busy! Congratulations on the new house and the hubby's job! I'll say one thing for you...your life is never boring!