The Big Move - the aftermath

We completed our move into the new house on Saturday morning. In the grand scheme of things, it went off without a hitch. The movers were completely done in 3.5 hours on Saturday morning, saving us $400 off our estimated total to move. Our cable was installed that same day, and the mattress for the spare bedroom* was delivered on time. Most rooms are put together, and as of last night, there were no stray boxes in the kitchen, the living room, the playroom, or the kitchen. My wife summed it up best when she said,

"I think we had the right amount of furniture in our old place. Our problem is that we had it stuffed into half the area."
The boys are beginning to acclimatise to the new digs, but the Toddler has yet to return to the old house -- we're sort of avoiding that potentially sticky situation. He doesn't seem too negatively affected by the move, except that he's being increasingly persistent in his "NO! I DON'T WANT.... [fill in the blanks with whatever you just offered] !!" We're guessing this is partially general Toddler behaviour, and partially a reaction to the new surroundings and the semi-upheaval in his tiny life. We'd look into it ourselves, but who has time to read child development books these days? Not us. Speaking of books and children, Papa (the FIL) brought home two Beverly Cleary ("The Growing-up Feet", and "Two Dog Biscuits") books from their weekly library outing last week, and they're painfully strange. The Lovely (yet exhausted) Wife and I must have read each book 3 times yesterday.

Back to the move.... By 9:30 on Sunday night, we were completely out of that house, curtain rods off the walls, basement swept (including some surprise mouse droppings from a very stealthy rodent), and lawns mowed. The pre-closing inspection was last night, and by right about now, the papers should be signed and we should be free of the old place completely. That will be the final sigh of relief for me.

It's a little sad giving up the place. Both children came home from the hospital to that house, and the day we moved in was the day I found out that we were pregnant with the Toddler. So it has its share of good memories. Of course, we had our share of bad times and challenges in that house as well, so it's good to be making a new start. At least in the new place we won't be tripping all over each other just trying to coexist. And as the children grow, they'll have a space to call their own (which clearly is a win-win situation for the parents).

My first commute to work was this morning (I must have left at the right time, as it took just 20 minutes), albeit in a borrowed vehicle until I sort out the best way to get my butt to work every day. I'll be doing some ride-sharing and some bussing, no doubt, and unfortunately I"ll probably have to retire the bicycle from commuting duty.

I'll try to get some pictures up here, once we've found the box that has the camera in it. [To self: maybe if we don't find it, I can upgrade the digital camera?!] Until then, I think I'll try to sneak in some rapid eye movement without actually putting my head on my desk. Oh, the fatigue, and the associated sinus headache that has visited itself on me over the past three days. As Fred Flintstone would say, "Oh my achin' head".

* Unfortunately, the spare bedroom needs a little work before it's livable; the sub floor has to come up and tile has to be laid instead of our planned berber carpeting, as we found a teensy bit of water soaking in through the nail holes in the sub floor. No mouse droppings reported yet.

UPDATE: Apparently there's a hitch with the sale of the old house. The overly-zealous realtor / lawyer for the purchasers wants new window panes for the few cracked panes in the house. Unfortunately this was never written into the deal, and ever single one of those cracks were there when they inspected the house two months ago (and, actually, when we moved in three yeras ago.) Suddenly I'm not as excited about this whole moving thing anymore. Ah well, we've got a good real estate lawywer and a fantastic realtor. Between the two of them they should get it worked out.

Posted bythemikestand at 8:28 AM  

6 stepped up to the mike:

Sassy said... 11:58 AM, August 08, 2006  

I hate moving. HATE IT. I love setting things up in the new place, but actually moving? Ugh. I won't do it again. I'll take out a loan to pay people to do it for me!

Glad you're all moved in though. :)

Dustin said... 11:58 AM, August 08, 2006  

Wow, sounds like you guys had an altogether pretty smooth move. Good luck with the windows, hope they're not too much of a pane(Oh I kill me with the puns!! As corny as that was you have to give credit where credit is due).

Christine said... 4:42 PM, August 08, 2006  

we had a new start in a new town two years ago and its been great. for me, it was fabulous being known as "christine" and not "bob's second wife" since his first wife was pretty well known around his old workplace.

you won't have too much trouble with the windows, i wouldn't think. funny how petty people can be at the eleventh hour.

canadian sadie said... 10:37 PM, August 08, 2006  

Sounds virtually painless! Congratulations on the move! It must be something in the water, everyone I know in town is moving...except me. Come visit me at work when you're ready to fix up your spare room. :)

It'd be nice to meet a fellow scotch-drinker in person! :)

themikestand said... 8:33 AM, August 09, 2006  

Christine: Well, the window thing wasn't much of a pane (thanks Dusty, you suck.) They didn't make a big deal of it once the lawyers shut them down. My realtor says the other realtor's a complete nutbar, so...yeah.

Sadie: You're going to have to point me in the direction of your work. An email, perhaps? Hopefully we'll be ready to spruce it up in a couple of weeks. And I had no idea you were into the Scotch. MMMmmm, scotch. Must be almost time for ScotchWatch IV (or whatever I'm up to).

Jessica said... 2:10 PM, August 09, 2006  

Glad it's going well and that it seems like a good thing for you guys.

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