Ten months. That’s how long it took from first seeing the “For Sale” sign to move in day, but we were patient and worked hard (and all the stars aligned), and for the past two-and-a-half weeks, we’ve been living in our house!
The final weeks leading up to moving day were busy and stressful — everything you could want for a move, right? But we wrapped up most of the work, got our occupancy permit (with a few minor violations to address), packed lots of boxes (is anyone every completely ready when the movers show up?), and finished painting all but one room in time for moving day.
The move itself went quite smoothly, a marked improvement on four years ago. And then the exhaustion hit. Once the adrenaline was gone, the effects of sleep deprivation (and perhaps low iron?) and cumulative stress set in, and I was nigh upon worthless for a number of days, but I feel like I’m reentering the land of the living.
There are still more boxes to unpack and additional repairs / finish work needed, but we’re starting to feel settled.
We started off with the two rooms above flip-flopped (dining table in front room and sofa in breezeway), but it just wasn’t working, so we switched to the current configuration. In addition to just feeling better, this set-up means we’re eating in the room with the old laminate flooring (vs. the newly refinished wood), which is nice, especially with a kiddo involved. It also means I am happy with our current dining table (I wanted a rectangular table for the front room) — one less thing to buy.
We have quite a few ends to tie up in the kitchen: glass fronts for the wall cabinets (until then, enjoy our “invisible” glass), tile around the top of the island (over plywood visible here), buying bar stools, decluttering the island so we can actually use the bar, installing the shelf for the microwave, and replacing some baseboard. Fortunately, those things don’t affect the function of the kitchen, and we’ve already cooked a number of tasty meals (and a pan of peanut butter brownies) in the updated space The kitchen will get it’s own post in the future.
So, there you have it — the reason for the radio silence around here for the past several weeks! We’re very happy to not be running between the apartment and the house anymore. You don’t have to worry about us spending too much time on the sofa though — garden planning is in full swing!