Thursday, March 31, 2011

Almost There!

Goodbye, apartment! How I loved your red walls and vaulted ceilings...
Are you tired of hearing about my move?

Probably. I am tired of the actual moving!

I promise I will have actual non-moving news, riveting writing posts, and random thoughts in the forseeable future.

There is light at the end of the tunnel. Last night I packed up more boxes. We should have everything out of the apartment by the end of the day - or rather, my hubby will have everything out since I am stuck at work. He has practically done all the moving himself which has amazed me - give him a two-wheeled cart and he can move practically anything (it helps that he was a professional mover in Europe for three years...).

I did some cleaning and laundry last night, too. Now both bathrooms are clean, we have clean clothes, and all that remains to do is clean the refrigerator, mop the floors, and vacuum. Doesn't sound so bad...and tomorrow is Friday.

I even managed to weed through my clothes and get rid of a good amount. I'll donate those as well as some of my daughter's things that she's outgrown. And speaking of my daughter, she is a packrat just like me when it comes to paper and books and tiny toys, and her room will be the hardest of all to organize.

The best part about moving in this fashion (i.e. having an entire month to move) is that the new house pretty much has everything put in its place. We've reused the same boxes over and over again. It's a lot better than having boxes stacked to the ceiling in the new place and taking a month to go through them all.

However, last night I hit the wall when it came to packing. If you've moved, you know the wall I'm talking about - where you just start throwing random stuff into boxes with the promise to yourself that you'll sort through it all when you get to the new house. (insert laughter here).

Moving is also an opportunity to purge, to look at an item you've been carting around for the past 10 years and ask yourself, "Do I really need this?" Unfortunately, I tend to be the sentimental type when it comes to objects and it's really hard for me to throw things away. I'm working on this, though.

Funny story: My cat loves to hide under our bed. It is her "official cowering zone." This morning, my husband moved the mattresses off the bed frame. The cat sat on the floor within the skeleton of the bed frame, looking quite lost and forlorn. I assured her that her "cowering zone" would soon be back in operational order at the new place. She just gave me a very sad meow.

The evening before, my daughter gave the kitty a stuffed animal and kitty ended up cuddling with it for most of the night. Too cute.

In other news...I am itching to get back to my manuscript. I looked through it a bit yesterday and got excited all over again. This is a good thing considering two months ago, I was so bored with it I wanted to chuck it into the trash icon on my computer.

What's the news from your end? Anything exciting?


  1. Exciting!! Love the pics, your kitty is adorable :) Best of luck with the move, writing, and everything else.

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

  2. Whenever I move (thankfully not that often) I'm always amazed at how much stuff I have.

    Gorgeous photo of the cat, too sweet.

  3. Love the kitty picture.

    One rule I've used in moving is that if I'd forgotten I had something and/or haven't used it/thought about it/known where it was for over a year, chances are I don't need it and so...goodbye!

    Good luck on the rest of the move!

  4. I've definitely hit that wall-and when we moved into our present house it was a snowy January day and we had TOO much help moving in. So not only were some of the boxes packed sloppily (on my part) but the "helpers" were carrying stuff in faster than I could direct them and practically nothing ended up being put in the right rooms! We got it all sorted out eventually. Doing little bits at a time-like you guys have done-would have been better for us too.
    Your kitty is very cute by the way! She'll love the new home too:)

  5. Yay, the end of the move is in sight! Very exciting, settling in to your home ... Kitty's going to have lots of fun exploring times!

  6. Thanks, Sarah! I'm looking forward to getting all settled in. :-)

    Debs - I walked into my daughter's bedroom today (over lunch break) and there are boxes EVERYWHERE. I think she has more stuff than I do!

    Christine - That's a good rule of thumb. I need to practice it more. Maybe I'll take a few days to get rid of more junk.

    Valerie - Amazingly enough, it's just been my husband and I doing the moving - except for one of his friends who helped him ove the kitchen table. So it's been kind of nice that I don't have to worry about boxes being in odd places. Still, there are too many boxes period!!! :-)

    Joanne - We just took Kitty over to the house today. Oh boy, did she ever howl while she was in her carrier. Once she got into the new house, though, she didn't immediately run and hide like I thought. I think she'll be just fine. :-)

  7. No worries! Hard to think about anything else when your whole life is moving for the time being! (Your cat is TOO PRECIOUS!!)

  8. Aww, thanks, Colene. Yeah, I love her a lot. In fact, all the time we were working on our rental house, it didn't feel like home because my kitty wasn't there!

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  10. How stressful it is moving. But it will be worth it.

    Gorgeous kitty1 Our cat sleeps with a toy dog :)

    Best of luck with moving

    warm wishes

  11. Bluestocking - Awww, how cute! My cat doesn't sleep with anything yet - I guess you could say she sleeps with us since she's always at the end of our bed at night! And believe me, I've had my fair share of times when I stretch my legs and inadvertently get my toes in her way and she scratches them!

  12. Hooray for the end of the tunnel! Moving sucks, there's just no getting around it. Thank goodness the weather has been nicer!

  13. Betsy - We have a much better day today. Hurrah! This weekend is supposed to be gorgeous. Can't wait!

  14. Cute pic! Good luck with the rest of the unpacking! And, I hope you get back to your manuscript soon. ;->

  15. I think it says so much about your daughter's heart that she thought to give a stuffed animal to the kitty for comfort. And so precious that the kitty accepted her gift of thoughtfulness. How precious is that? LU both

  16. Hang in there, Melissa. It's good when you can see the light at the end of the tunnel! I love that first picture of your apartment with the red walls! Can't wait to see how you decorate the new place.

  17. Talei - All unpacked! (Well, except for those boxes that are in the storage room I need to go through...). I can't wait to get back to my writing. :-)

    Mom - Those two have a love/hate relationship. It's bizarre! They love to play rough, but then love to cuddle. Guess it works for them.

    Linda - Oh, how I loved that apartment. It was a nice sanctuary for me. You'll have to check out today's post for a few pics!

  18. I'm excited about your move for you and all you have ahead of you. Your poor kitty-- I know that look.


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