October 24th, 2014

Okay, time to sit down and write about what’s been keeping me busy for the last several weeks. This post is going to be poorly written, I expect, and quite rambling because I’m tired and a little bit brain-dead. Just go with it.

As you all know, work was super crazy there for a while with this meeting thing and that went off VERY well and things have been a little more quiet lately. But not too quiet because I’ve still got a lot going on. They announced our program recently so I can talk about it now, except that I’ll keep on not writing about specifics about work on here much because that’s a quick way to get fired. But I’m currently working on the schedule for what the people in my department will be doing for the next 6 months or so and it’s taking a long time to get that all nailed down and make people as happy as . . . well, not very happy at all, really, but as good as I’m able to do anyway.

So work is part of what’s keeping me busy and the move is what’s keeping the rest of my day busy.

We had our walk through at the house in Bluffton yesterday. Our landlady was driving through on the way to a wedding, so we met up with her to do that. We’re still not sure how much of our security deposit we’re going to get back, but hopefully it’ll be most of it. We should know within 30 days, since that’s how long she has to send it back to us, along with a detailed explanation of what didn’t get sent back. Hopefully that’ll happen sooner than later.

Meanwhile, we’re working on getting settled into the new apartment, which is still really wonderful. And still an ENORMOUS mess. We’ve got the kitchen, the bedroom (except for the closet), and the main bathroom mostly sorted. The living room, sun room, and office are still filled with boxes. And the dining room is filled with things that will end up in the garage when that becomes available. I’m looking forward to getting the bikes and beach stuff out of the way.

A lot of time was spent working on getting the other place packed up and cleaned up and all ready for the walk through. We’d head up for a chiropractor appointment and then spend an hour working on the place and then head home and go to bed — that was the entire evening. Last time we were there, we spent an hour just chatting with our neighbors, who we’re going to miss because they were lovely people.

We had a yard sale a couple weekends ago and that took up a lot of time. But we managed to sell most of the big things we wanted to sell and made about $500 doing it. We took the rest to the thrift store and gave away the big TV that no one would buy. And we have a few light fixtures in the dining room that we’re going to list on Craigslist and see if we can get rid of those. We had them in the apartment in Savannah before we moved to Bluffton and then never needed them in Bluffton, and we don’t need them here, either.

Currently, my unpacking project is the file cabinet. I’m going through the files to make sure things are in the right places and clear out things that can get tossed. I’m maybe 1/4 of the way through and it’s long and tedious and doesn’t look like all that much. But there are 4 or 5 boxes holding these files and they’re all stacked up on top of the file cabinet (it’s a lateral file, so it’s pretty wide). That space that will eventually have decorations and books on it, so those things are stuck somewhere else until I can get the files done and clear those boxes away.

I’m so tired of this moving thing. Maybe we should just toss everything that’s left and learn how to live more minimalistically.

Like that would EVER work for us…

Anyway, outside of unpacking and trying to find some order in the house, or at least find a room where I feel like I can actually relax in all of this mess, we’re also preparing for Justin to head out of town for a while. I mentioned before that he’s going to head back to his grandmother’s house to help her work on fixing it up a little so it’s easier to sell and less dangerous for her to live in. He’s going to do that in November. His flight is the first Wednesday in November. My flight is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. And then our flights back are the following Tuesday.

It’s going to be a long three weeks all alone in this apartment. But it is going to be SO CLEAN by the time he gets back.

And I will definitely have figured out this alarm system by then, too.

So that’s what’s happening there.

I mostly feel okay with everything. The house in Bluffton and the walk through have been stressing me out incredibly, but now that’s done and hopefully will be fine from here out. There are some very sad things going on with other people (with Paul’s son’s passing and Justin’s stepdad’s brother passing) and I feel awful for them. I’m starting to get anxious about Justin heading to California and how much I’m going to miss him while he’s away and how I’m going to handle being on my own in a new place and all the things that go into that situation. I’m frustrated at this thing at work taking as long as it is but I’m looking forward to it being done. The chaos in the house makes me twitch a little (sometimes a lot), but it’s getting better piece by piece. Not as fast as I would like, obviously. But it’s getting better. I made brownies the other day because I actually could find a mixing bowl, spatula, the box of mix, and a baking dish. It was an accomplishment! A delicious accomplishment. :)

So things are holding together. I’m hopeful that the next couple weeks will be nice and calm. I could use some calm.

I’ll try to get some pictures of the house eventually. I really really don’t want to take pictures of this mess right now, so you’ll just have to wait until I can take photos that don’t make me twitch so badly.

I hope you’re all doing great! And I’ll try to write again soon.


October 7th, 2014

I’m back in the world wide web again! Time to catch up on everything that I’ve missed in the last couple weeks….

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September 18th, 2014

I know I said I’d try to keep everybody updated on stuff that’s happening more often, but it’s going to be a bit spotty for the next couple weeks because things are INSANE at work right now. We have this very important meeting happening next Friday that I’ve been doing a lot of work to prepare for. To say it mildly, things are not going well.

We had what was supposed to be a dry run, rough rehearsal today and it was TERRIBLE. No one was ready. People hadn’t updated their presentations. Big things were missing. No one knew was was supposed to be going on. The director looked at me at one point and made a comment about it and I assured him that Monday would be much better. I’m going in to work for several hours tomorrow for the sole purpose of formatting PowerPoint presentations and working up an agenda for the Monday meeting. And a few other things. But mostly: FORMATTING and AGENDA.

Because heaven help me, if Monday’s meeting isn’t a least a LITTLE more organized, I’m going to be pulling my hair out.

To give a little bit of scope to the meeting next Friday, the invitee list is at about 100 people, several flying in from other locations, the meeting lasts from 9:00 – 3:00, and it’s the culmination of MONTHS of work. And I’m in charge of making it run smoothly.

I expect to work 60 hours next week between Monday morning and leaving the meeting Friday afternoon. I fully expect to be at the office Thursday evening at 10:00 at night making sure that everything is ready to go the next morning.

In short: Next week is going to SUCK.

So don’t be surprised if you don’t hear from me.

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September 14th, 2014

We looked at more places to move to this weekend. We saw several apartments, a house, and a townhouse. It’s astonishing the things that you learn when you’re looking for a new place to live. Things that turn out to be more important than expected. For example, we’re moving to somewhere closer to where I work. And we looked at some nice places that are not far from work, but that require I take a specific route to and from there. And that route is the same route that LOTS of other people are also taking at that time time of day. The exit off the interstate to get to that neck of the woods backs up about a mile every workday. So while I might not have as far to go, I might still be stuck in traffic for that same length of time. Or longer. So while the houses in that area are nice and quite large and sometimes quite inexpensive, other options that are smaller and a little more expensive but don’t require me to take that a road home are MUCH more appealing.

But it’s a tough call on some of them because there was one townhouse that had hardwood-looking floors throughout (except the stairs) and had a small dining room plus a formal dining room, three bedrooms upstairs, including a master that was ENORMOUS and a nice big laundry room, and two and a half baths that’s listed for exactly what we’re paying in rent right now. But there’s no pool or other amenities in the community and no outdoor storage options and the community isn’t kept up very well, so the roads have potholes and things just look run down. And it’s off the exit of doom. But WOW was that place nice looking inside.

There was another apartment building that had really nice amenities — a great exercise room with windows on three sides and an additional room for doing aerobics or yoga and even had a small ballet barre. It had a gorgeous pool with a pergola covering seating all around one edge and gas grills available for people to use at the end. But the apartment was small, with hardly enough room for our dining room table and absolutely not enough room for our sectional sofa. It had a cute built-in desk outside the guest room (that had three windows!) and the closets were both nice and big, but it was all around just too small inside.

And it turns out that things that are important to us include space for both of us to be in the kitchen at the same time, space for us to host dinner parties of at least 5 people, options for outdoor storage, lots of closet space, ease for me to get to work, and a nice, well kept outdoor space for us to wander around in.

So looking for the perfect apartment turns into this puzzle-piece thing of finding places that fit what we like but don’t quite fit all the important requirements and figuring out which ones are ones we’ll compromise on and which ones are deal breakers. And looking and looking to see if we can find one that matches all our requirements and still fits our price range and distance requirements and everything. Or if that one doesn’t exist, which is the one that we love the most of the options we’ve found.

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September 11th, 2014

In an interesting change from the normal way that I handle stress — namely to eat all the chocolate and sugar in sight or driving distance — currently I’m handling stress by mostly NOT being interested in food and by exercising. It’s healthier this way, right? And it’s not like I’m not eating — I eat when my stomach rumbles to remind me that I need to eat and when the food set in front of me looks really delicious (like the cheese curds my coworker brought me yesterday).

And I’m not beating myself up with exercising because all I’ve done in the last couple days was run from my house up to the stoplight and back, which is almost exactly 1 mile. I’m running it instead of walking because I need the concentration that comes with me pacing myself well enough to get the entire distance, up a moderate slope for a good ways, without losing my breath or pushing my heart rate up too high. I’m not fast, so it’s a slow 15 minute mile there and back, but it’s 15 minutes where I’m mosty thinking “Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. DON’T. STOP. RUNNING.” And I’m not thinking about the things that I need to get cleaned up for people to come look at the house and the things that I could start packing up now and which of the apartments that we looked at last week was the one that I liked the best.

On that note, our landlady called yesterday afternoon with three appointments for people to come view the house on Saturday and more to come later in the week. And then a woman knocked on the door and asked if she could look at the back yard. I think our landlady is going to be able to rent this place out JUST FINE.

No other news right now. I’m excitied to be back at the weight I was at before the family reunion again. And we’re working on getting the house show-worthy for the weekend and then heading out to look for places of our own. :) Should be fun!

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