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Friday, August 5, 2005

Adios Box Land

Yesterday was a good day. We bid farewell to our last box! That's right, four days and we're finished unpacking. The place is looking great and feels like an actual home now (pictures soon, I promise - I don't even want to try it with dial-up). Now we just need a few more things, like a clothes dryer (we sold our gas one in Chicago because it's mostly electric down here) and a shelving unit for the study closet. Other than that, we're lookin' good!

When I came down here 3 weeks ago to find us a place to live, I stayed with some awesome friends we met via the internet (oh how I love bloggers!) and they offered to paint the living room of this house for us, while we were going to do the rest of the house at a later time. Well, when we walked into the house on Sunday, I soon discovered that they had in fact done the entire house for us. I couldn't believe it. How frikin' awesome is that!? So my living room is a pale green, my dining room and kitchen are a soft taupe and our hallway, bedroom, bathroom and study are a soft peach (ha! that sounds pretty southern doesn't it? soft peach!). I got to pick out the colors and the landlord bought them. That was pretty cool as I'm used to living in an all-white place. Can you say BORING? So, our new friends are just wonderful and I'm thankful that we met them.

Huz gave a wonderful account of our UHaul experience here. Go read it. We decided, after packing the way-too-small truck up for over 4 hours and then cleaning up the apartment for 3 1/2 hours more, to start our drive to Nashville, rather than leave all of our earthly possessions in the truck overnight. We had people driving by checking out our stuff while we were packing it up, so we were really uncomfortable just leaving it there to be taken overnight. So, exhausted, dirty and sweaty, Huz got into the truck with Cambridge and I got into the car so packed with stuff that I couldn't see out the rear window, and we took off. We drove for 3 hours (which was my limit - I was ready to fall asleep at the wheel) and then stayed in a hotel just outside of Indianapolis that night. A hot shower never felt so good, let me tell you.

We began the next leg of the trip the next morning at 7a.m. and finally pulled into our new driveway at about 2:30p.m. Our cool friends Thunder and Em brought 2 others to help us move and we had arranged for a few more, so the unloading of the truck took and astonishing hour at the most. Unbelievable. It took forever to pack up in Chicago: 1. Because of our three flights of stairs to get everything down and 2. Because a 17 footer is apparently WAY.TOO.SMALL for all our stuff, so it was like putting together an enormous jigsaw puzzle. Ug. We must get a 23 footer next time!

Cambridge is doing very well with her new environment. We had her sedated for two days, which made her eyes look really creepy, but seemed to do the job of making her chill out. She sleeps a lot on our bed during the day (a new thing she's allowed to do) and gets playful in the evenings. So all is well on the cat front.

I'm still waiting to hear back from the 2 interviews I had on Tuesday. I'm started to get scared about having no income. I'll be calling them both this morning to check in and then will continue my job hunt if needed. Wish me luck!

Posted by Bird On A Line @ 9:12 AM

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