Archive | August 2018

New House!

I write this from my *unpacked and arranged* sofa, in my *new* living room, on the laptop whos chord I *finally found* this morning.  As I’ve said to many people, we are now in the ‘install’ process, we didn’t pack in one day, we are not going to  unpack in 1 day.

Achievements thus far;

Slept in our new house – Last things packed were mattress so they were first out and in my ‘first day’ box I had fresh sheets for all the beds.  If I got nothing else done on day one we could still sleep here.  Fortunately, we got a lot more done on day 1.

The onsite container that we filled with all the stuff we were actually using, and, all the stuff we forgot we had in random hidden spots is EMPTY and we find ourselves in a 70% bigger space with 30% of our stuff so it is still on the sparse side.  I called for the removal of the container a full week earlier than I had to.

Laundry – it was actually the very first thing because  2 weeks of camping results in some fun laundry.  I had a box labeled “wash first” and it nearly walked itself to the machine.  I’m super happy with the washer and dryer.  My brain was out of power so I just asked the appliance guy and took his recommendation.  He is a cool dude and local and knew what I wanted and I will forever recommend Doug’s TV for your appliance needs.

Achieved internet!  This is a saga, I think I’ve documented elsewhere but we found out that this section of the neighborhood does not have real internet.  We found a solution that is ok for now and that was hooked up yesterday by 2pm.  The kids nearly died from lack of netflix and I entertained them with the TV antenna and ‘watching what is on’.  Thanks to Zoe, my social girl, we met the neighbor mid July and found out that the real internet was supposed to be here but got stalled by the people we purchased land from.  A few phone calls to dig deeper and the hopeful result is that we will be back on high speed by Christmas. (fingers crossed).

Next up

Installing our water softener.  Here in the midwest, we have a LOT of iron in our water.  I got a tip from a neighbor NOT to shower until grout was sealed so I did that yesterday but I’m not even risking it based on the look of the kid bath (that is an easier to clean insert) where if I didn’t know better, I would be accusing them of dying their hair red and not cleaning the tub.  We choked at the quote from the ‘water specialist’ did some research, got a unit from a local store and the plumber comes at noon.

A trip to Ace to replace all the little bits that got lost.  Lets just say it’s a good thing we are not using the top bunk because I’m short 8 fasteners.  I also have 3 fairly pressing projects; Swing set, more shelves in the closets, and, a counter area we didn’t want pay an extra 3k for so we will install it soon.

Retrieve and unpack things in offsite storage, and, 3 different friends houses.  I’m looking at getting a trailer for the next week and doing daily runs to get a manageable amount each day to filter into the house.

Curtains!  We have a ton of windows and a ton of sun.  When we sold our house we had to leave all the window treatments.  When you buy a new house it does not come with anything so we need to get on that shortly.  As soon as I find my sewing machine….

Finish the house…. *ahem* it isn’t quite done yet…  So the builders still have a little list and we also have a  year warranty so if anything needs fixing I know who to call.  I left it alone the first 2 days but I think I’ll be calling today to follow up.

Thank Yous; we absolutely could not have done this with as much sanity intact without Vacation Mom who held onto our freezer, Lars’ epic condiment collection, plants, and our electronics and who also expedited packing and cleaning with me over the past YEAR.  KLiz who as a couple watched the kids, gave us a place on our homeless days, and helped with the lifting and moving so much I think the neighbors wonder who actually lives here. Moral support also appreciated from all the friends and family who texted and called and if I missed a call, I’m probably still moving or I lost my phone.  I’m sure I’m forgetting people because my brain is still on the tapped side but I hope by next Wednesday I’ll have all the stuff here and working through the unpacking and new projects.

 

Ps- internet is annoying for pictures, I’ll do the upload thing soon

 

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Vacation brain (different than stress brain)

We are all here at Pennsic.  Lars arrived and brought a ton of heat with him so now it *really* feels like Pennsic. That first week was just way too temperate, I didn’t sweat nearly at all, how can I lose 10 pounds if I don’t dehydrate myself?

I’m taking fewer pictures than average because my fav three subjects are all running around semi-independently.  We brought Rental Child and she is almost bored because they don’t ‘need’ her as much as last year but they manage to keep her busy going to the park and to stroll the shops and then they disappear to play with friends in camp.  They have not met too many new friends but they are happy enough to play with the ones they already know.  All I know is I have to make sure they have sunblock before I set them free or I may not see them until dinner.  Rental on the other hand, HAS met friends and I’m very glad she has found some people, that will make her want to keep coming back (and I want her to want to!).

Niamh is earning her keep by running errands for a friend and she is even more independent.  She is allowed to make her way around the familiar parts of the camp and it is fun to see her pop up when I wasn’t expecting her, and, she can trot off to help do water on the field and fetch ice and so many useful things.  It is cutting into her free time and she has not done a few things she wanted to, but, learning that balance is part of life.

The rest of the world is in that pleasant vacation haze.  I’ve been here long enough that I’m not thinking of other things.  The magic of vacation really takes over about day 5 and even though this is not a lap of luxury relaxing vacation, I’m not worried about my normal set of worries.  Pulling myself back to the computer to do the things I have to do is hard but necessary, someone has to pay the phone bill on time 🙂  I have no idea how the house is doing either.  Lars did a walkthrough on Friday and there were lots still to get done.  I trust they will get it done, all except possibly the front porch because a bird built a nest there and none of us wants to evict baby birds to put up the final bit of siding there.

This year I’m taking it a bit easier here and to that end, I’m not going out all night to the many many parties so I can keep recharging.  I have gotten to see a bunch of friends and I’m having a good time overall.  It is hard to not try and go non stop but I’m happier being less crazy overall even if I miss out on a few things.  With that, my work hour is over and I’m going to go find some lunch and then more people who just arrived.