Hello everyone! I feel like I’ve missed out on so much after being MIA for a week. I feel terrible about not being able to read my usual blogs, but researching apartments and areas to live took up a lot more time than I thought it would. Thank you to all of you that stuck with me through the move and wished us luck!
A quick re-cap of my week:
Sunday: Slept at my parent’s after an eventful move that took us 22 hours. We were exhausted, but we left for the hotel in NC at around 8pm.
Monday: Woke up early to arrive at the storage unit. My parents drove the truck up, and we placed everything in storage. R went to work for a half day, I treated my parents to lunch, and then took a nap until R got back to the hotel. Unfortunately, we both had stomach aches from something, so we didn’t even get to go out and explore.
Tuesday: Looked at a few apartments based on R’s coworker’s recommendations. Continued to research as we didn’t want to jump on the first thing we viewed. Of course, the first apartment we saw was very nice!
Wednesday: Looked again at some apartments that I found on my searches. One happened to be running a special on 2-bedrooms, for $900. It was the last one we stopped at. This special was causing the apartments to go fast, so we decided to take it!
Thursday: Started the process of moving in. R met me at the apartment to get the keys, and my parents drove up yet again to help. We got the truck after R got out of work at 5, and it took us until about 11:40pm to move. Talk about exhausting! Oh yes, I didn’t mention that the apartment we got was on the third floor – with stairs being the only option. Thankfully, R has gotten really strong from his job and was able to haul most of our crap up the stairs!!
Friday: I had convinced my parents to spend the night as our first guests, so they stayed with us. R went to work, and I woke up to find my mom unpacking kitchen stuff already. Typical! I helped her until my dad woke up, and then we went out for breakfast. They left after that, I napped again, and then two hours after R came home, we left for my parents house. Yes, whirlwind week pretty much sums it up.
Saturday: We drove through horrible weather conditions (pouring rain and flooded roads) to arrive almost at midnight. R passed out right away, while I tossed and turned. In the morning, we went shopping with my mom at Costco to stock up on some stuff for the apartment. I requested
Sunday pasta for dinner, which was yummy. I haven’t had my mom’s sauce in months!
I have to admit, being grateful did not come easily at the beginning of this week. After my parents left on Monday, and R was at work, I felt pretty lonely. I don’t think I realized how much the presence of my cats comforted me, as silly as it might sound. With them around, I was never truly alone in the apartment. Add to that the unfamiliar city, and I kind of felt lost.
This fueled my endless research into apartments and the areas surrounding the city. It is so difficult to know where to look, as safety was a concern of mine. I was also going a little stir-crazy from being in the hotel room! The first few days were gloomy and surprisingly cold.
Obviously, Wednesday was probably the highlight of our week. We didn’t expect to agree to an apartment on the spot, but we both felt it was possibly too good to pass up. We both really liked it (confession: I fell in love with the kitchen), the price was within our budget, and it was in a great location. Truth be told, I think I was also just fatigued from looking.
I’m normally not one to make decisions in this fashion at all, but we went ahead with it. I don’t want to spoil too much more as I’m planning to blog about the apartment exclusively next week, as soon as we get internet!
What I am really grateful for is my parents, yet again. I can’t say enough about their efforts with this move, though. They made the trip up to help us with a day’s notice, and even though my dad’s knees aren’t the best, he braved the stairs up to our apartment to help with the heavier things. My mom put several hundred miles on her car, and didn’t expect anything in return. We at least covered a very late-night dinner for them afterward, but I don’t think I can pay them back enough for all they went through this past week.
With that said, I am grateful this process is almost complete. There’s a few loose ends to tie up with the apartment, but we can finally focus on settling down and relaxing. The biggest hurdle is over. The next biggest, finding a job, is next, but I’m trying not to worry too much. R is quite happy with his new position and co-workers, and there’s apparently no limit on overtime here, so he plans on trying to make a bit extra to ease us into this transition.
Lastly, I’m grateful our cats have been just dandy while away from us! It hurts not to have them with us, but they’ve really taken to my parents house. I’m making every effort to shower them with love and affection while we are here. Being that they’ve adjusted so well, we’re questioning whether or not it’s worth it to pull them away. Originally, our plan was to take them when the apartment is all squared away so they can settle in quickly.
That about wraps it up for this week! Again, my apologies for not being around so much. I hope to make up for it whenever our internet is up and running. I hope you all have a great weekend and holiday!
What are you being grateful for this week? Have you ever had to give up a pet before?