It’s been 5 days since we’ve moved into the new home. And I love it. I do. I love the street, I love the yard, I love the little touches of charm that we’ve been discovering every new day we’re there.
Unfortunately, I’m not sure it loves us back. Yet.
Why? You ask.
We moved in on Friday – the most beautiful day you could ever ask for in December. It got up to nearly 50 degrees, was sunny, dry, every mover’s dream.
Day 1. Saturday – it dropped about 45 degrees (resulting in a total of FIVE degrees F), it snowed and froze. And our 2 car garage? Still packed with boxes.
Later on Saturday, the Direct TV guy came to set up the cable. And he left about 10 minutes later. Turns out our beautifully wooded backyard doesn’t lend itself so well to a satellite signal. Day 1 without TV.
Day 2. Sunday. Go to take a nice warm shower in our shrine of purple disco power. Two minutes in and I realize my warm shower has a chill. A bitter chill. An “oh F” this shower is COLD chill (luckily, the chill was soon cured with a twist on the hot water heater. Still, it was cold in the meantime).
Day 3. On Monday, I was ready to do some laundry. So, I connected the hoses to our washing machine and threw in our first load at the new home. Well, about a half hour into it, Lucas mentioned that something “didn’t sound quite right,” which led me to go downstairs to discover a very soapy, very flooded basement. Turns out the water in the washer doesn’t just evaporate on its own, there’s a hose for that (one I happened to skip over)…at least the floors are clean?
Day 4. Tuesday, since Direct TV shot us down, we went with Uverse. The guy gets there at 2:30 pm. Leaves at 9 pm. After almost 7 flippin’ hours, he’s still not done. It’s sad, but true — 5 days sans TV are truly painful. It’s hard enough to get out of bed in the morning, but without Matt, Meredith and Al there to greet me, it’s been nearly impossible.
Day 5. Things are looking up. Nothing too drastic has occurred, though I did get a call from Lucas’ mom saying she couldn’t make it in town this weekend to help paint :(. But, she’s coming in a couple of weeks, and I’m sure there will still be plenty of items we’ll need help with.
With that in mind, it’s time for a list. Once this is all in front of me, and I can start checking things off, the minor mishaps like the ones from our first few days will be a thing of the past. So…sometime in the near future we will:
pull down the kitchen wallpaper (thanks mom)
pull down the 1/2 bath wallpaper
go to the paint store to officially choose the paint colors
paint the living room (neutral)
paint the dining room (gray)
paint the den (blue)
paint the kitchen (blue)
paint the kitchen cabinets
get a new, stainless fridge
put up big shelves on empty wall of the kitchen
paint the foyer (?)
paint the 1/2 bath (?)
get cable and internet
replace the thermostats
pull up the carpet in the office
unpack every single box
organize the basement
make room for the cars in the garage
replace the vanity in the full bath
replace the toilet in the full bath
tear down purple disco wallpaper in the full bath
replace shrine/tub and tile in the full bath
buy a slipcover for our living room couch
hang up pictures in every room of the house
repaint the two big bedrooms upstairs
install ceiling fans
pull up carpet on steps (hardwood underneath)
configure beautiful display on our built-in bookshelves around the fireplace
get the items we were “temporarily” storing at my parent’s house
find the box with the dogs’ bowls and leashes and enjoy a walk in the new neighborhood
Okay, I think that’s enough for now. Whew. Yes, we’re going to be busy. But we knew that when we bought the place. And there’s no way we could have gotten this place if all of the above had been done before we moved in. I’m so excited to have a chance to do each of those things, and make the house our own! And there are many more items that I’m sure will come up soon. Not to mention the outside activities (which I am heavily relying on Lucas to pursue). Yep, we’re gonna be busy. And I like it. :)
Oh, and the family who was here before us, for over 50 years, sent us the prettiest flowers this weekend with a sweet note that read: Best wishes in your new home. May it bring you as much joy and pleasure as it brought our family.