Back in Action.

10 Things I’ve Learned in the Past 4 Days:

1. Painting is hard work.
Especially six rooms of painting in two days time. My arms literally felt like they could be in slings, so I’m clearly not cut out for daily manual labor. Needless to say, I harbor a newfound respect for people who paint for a living.

2. People leave one thing when they move out of a house: DIRT.
Really gross dirt. Cabinet dirt. Floor dirt. And the worst of all: toilet dirt. *gag*

3. I have a lot of stuff.
A. Lot. Of. Stuff. That I can’t wait to go through and purge. Some will end up in the trash, but most will go to Goodwill. I’m happy to say that everyone who helped me paint my little heart out this weekend did not leave empty handed!!

4. I hate tearing down cardboard boxes even more than making them.
Seriously – what a pain! Can’t they just magically disappear now that they’ve served their purpose?

5. Cats do not enjoy moving
Upon arrival at the new house they spent copious amounts of time under my bed. And in the bathroom and kitchen cabinets. Of course the first night they decided to become curious and roam around making all sorts of noise. Damn nocturnal critters!

6. I can only stand to eat fast food about once every two months.
No time, of course, to prep actual meals – you need a kitchen full of pots, pans and utensils to do that – so fast food it is. And even when I opt for the salad I still felt like crap. Can’t wait to hit up the grocery store tonight to stock up!

7. The kitchen is my favorite room.
I have more cabinet space than I could have ever hoped for. A refrigerator with an ice maker – which seems small, but is a huge deal to me. And a great triangle set-up between the fridge, stove and sink. Love it!

8. The garbage men are going to work for their paycheck this week.
Between the last owner’s trash and my ‘Moving In Trash’ it’s going to be quite the haul of crap. (And that’s not even counting all those boxes I haven’t cut down yet!)

9. I really, really like my new home.
And I hope that feeling lasts for at least a few years, because I never want to pack again!!!

10. You guys are freakin’ awesome!
Seriously. Thank you so much for and the congratulatory words and wishes. You are my favorite part of this blog.

:: photo via Veer

  • Lizzie.Civ.

    July 16, 2008 at 6:17 pm Reply

    yay! i’ve been waiting and waiting for you to come back and post about your house! I’m glad that things went well! I am now going to call the vet and get something to keep my kitty calm during our move.

    congrats on being moved in!

  • Michelle

    July 16, 2008 at 7:53 pm Reply

    Congrats on your new home…I’ve been in my house almost two years and I feel like I’m still unpacking because I’m still working through where the best placement is for stuff! I TOTALLY understand your sentiments about painting…I painted the exterior of my house!

  • Who Sees the Seven...

    July 16, 2008 at 8:59 pm Reply

    Congrats! I have enjoyed reading your ‘moving stories/purchases/wants/etc’; it makes me long to purchase a real HOME! I really look forward to your sharing with your readers the decoration of the new place. Once your arms aren’t too sore to type after all of the painting, of course!

  • Kozy-D

    July 16, 2008 at 10:29 pm Reply

    So happy for you! You do realize I’m vicariously living out my dream to own a home, though you.

    Very exciting!

  • Mr and Mrs Senac

    July 17, 2008 at 6:13 pm Reply

    I am so excited for you! Reading your blog it starts to feel like we're BFFs, & (a little like a stalker). I'm just so excited for you. I have been a Realtor for the past 10 years and my burn out got the best of me in September. I was fortunate enough to have clients buying beautiful, expensive homes. We like those commissions. Sadly the buyers of these homes didn't have an ounce of the excitement that 1st time home buyers do. It is an incredible feeling to help somebody realize that dream & then watch them turn it into a home.
    GOOD FOR YOU!!!! I can't wait to see all your before & after pix. Enjoy every second of it. Except the toilet dirt, that would just be weird!
    BTW- You did have one post on your blog that I found incredibly offensive. Your ten year reunion…! I have my 20th in October. (Contingent upon 45lb weight loss) 🙂
    Have so much fun fluffing up your new pad!
    ~ Jen ( In ABQ )

  • Jane Flanagan

    July 17, 2008 at 11:22 pm Reply

    Yay! I’m just catching up on the last few days. So glad the move went well (all this hard work will pay off).

  • Martijn

    July 25, 2008 at 10:16 am Reply

    Glad you’re back!

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