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movin'..... - KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life
ramblings from a mad fedora'd writer
So at this point, we're now living in the new place. We rented a truck for Saturday and Sunday, and we got all of the big stuff over -- most importantly on Saturday, the beds, so we could sleep in our new digs. Our first night there was wonderful, mostly because we were so exhausted, we could sleep anywhere. But the new place already feels like home, even though it's decorated in Early High Box right now.

Saturday was also when we brought the cats over. They were freaked out at first, especially Kaylee, who's never lived anywhere else before. Louie adjusted pretty much instantly, while Kaylee took a while. But at this point, they've both settled down and have gotten used to this being the new normal. It helps that there's lots of light, several windowsills they can sit on, and a staircase they can run up and down.....

The rest of this week will be spent getting the rest of the stuff over: mostly kitchen and bathroom things, plus various odds and ends that were less critical to be done on the weekend because we didn't need a truck for them.

Doing this over the course of two weeks has been the only way to make this work, and even with that, we're so totally fried and exhausted. But we all have a lot of stuff, and it all has to be moved somewhere -- either to the curb to be thrown out or to the new place (and trust me, we've created a great deal of work for NYC's sanitation workers). On top of that, Wrenn and I have both had deadlines that had to be met -- the joys of being freelance.

Thank goodness this happened this year, when Wrenn is -- for the first time since 2013 -- making a good living, so we've had the money to pay for all the various and sundry things we've needed (like truck rentals). It's especially useful because I'm in one of those lovely periods where I'm owed thousands of dollars and don't actually have any of it yet. As long as I get some of it before Wrenn runs out of money..... *wry grin*

We also would never have gotten any of this done without tremendous amounts of help from our friends. First and foremost is our house guest, Wrenn's cousin Matt. He's in town this school year for an apprenticeship at Julliard, and we offered to put him up for the first couple of months until he can find a place. And then the moving period overlapped with his arrival, so we put his 23-year-old self to excellent use. He was invaluable not just for strength and stamina, but also organization skills. (His apprenticeship is in theatrical design.)

We also got help from Matt's friend John (another theatre dude), Wrenn's friend Nokona, Nokona's writing partner, Nokona's daughter Ohana, Ohana's friend Bree, my dear friends Leslie, Amanda, and Janet, and Wrenn's friend Brian. This being us, most of the folks who helped us were rewarded with food and books.......

I should also give thanks and praise to family who were unable to help physically, but whose moral support helped us get through this: the Forebearance, Meredith, and Alex. Plus our other friends and family who have wished us well.

Our worst moments involved our new couch and the living room air conditioner.

The former is a sectional that I bought from my sister from another mister, Laura Anne. The smaller part fit in the hallway and through the door just fine. The larger part did not the first time we tried. It was late at night, so we couldn't try the one thing we thought might work, which was open our neighbor's door across the hall. The second time we had the truck, said neighbor was out of town at a wedding, so we couldn't try again until this past Saturday. However we were all incredibly relieved to discover that opening our neighbor's door totally did the trick and we got the sucker right in there. *whew*

As for the AC, our old place has three in-wall sleeve units. Our new place only has one such sleeve, in the living room, so we had to buy three new ACs for the three bedrooms. As for the three in the old place, we sold one, brought the living room one over to the new place, and figured we'd hang onto the other one and sell it later.

When we got the living-room AC to the new place, we were appalled to discover that it had a 220-volt plug, and the living room in the new place only has a 110-volt outlet. We feared that that was true for the others (we haven't even looked at the plugs in seven years.....), but we lucked out and the bedroom ones from the old place have 110-volt plugs. So we put that one in the living room, and all is well. And now we've still got a spare sleeve AC that we can sell -- either now or next spring.....

The best thing about this new place, though, is the fact that it's ours. The old place was really my place with Wrenn and Dale moving in. This one we get to create from scratch, in essence, all three of us.

I think it's going to be wonderful.

Current Mood: happy happy
Current Music: the hum of the AC in the bedroom

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woofiegrrl From: woofiegrrl Date: August 30th, 2016 05:04 am (UTC) (Link)
STAIRS!! I wonder if this will quell Louie's desire to flee all the time, now that he has stairs of his own?
samemaha From: samemaha Date: August 30th, 2016 05:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Very happy for you

I am very happy that you found a place so quickly!
romulantbonz From: romulantbonz Date: August 30th, 2016 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah moving. Bruce and I moved 3 years ago and how is moving after 19 years in a house (and furthermore, downsizing AND bringing in someone else who lived in a 2BR condo)? Stressful!

None of that is bad but it's the exhaustion - preparing to move, moving and unpacking.

But as I'm sure you're finding out, it's fun to be in a new place.

(Dreads when we have to move again, probably 5 years from now.)

You're lucky about the couch. When my daughter moved years ago, the couch was *not* going into the apartment, no matter what was done.

Edited at 2016-08-30 04:32 pm (UTC)
persis From: persis Date: August 30th, 2016 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hooray for success; in the move over two weeks, the AC units, and getting the new couch in place.

I am currently helping Talis move from Middlebury to Burlington, Vt, but she has far less stuff, and we moved over half of it last night in her long bed pickup truck. Today I brought a load in my borrowed Toyota Corolla. Tomorrow, the bed, and all the rest.
archersangel From: archersangel Date: September 1st, 2016 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
It helps that there's lots of light, several windowsills they can sit on, and a staircase they can run up and down.....

sounds like a nice place overall, not just for the cats.
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