Friday, June 06, 2008

The Joys and Sorrows of Moving

"Why aren't you blogging?" my lone reader asked. "I check your blog every day. Nothing new. It is because you are moving?"


Yes, my life is nothing but boxes -- at work and at home. At work, our department is about get remodeled. That means everything in my office had to be packed. That wouldn't have been so bad but the date was unexpectedly moved up. Naturally, it was moved up to the same time I was moving at home. SIGH.

Speaking of moving at home, let me just say for the record: I hate change and I hate moving, and when you've lived in one place for 15 years during which half your family died you accumulate a lot of stuff.

To make the move less stressful we've been spreading it out over about three weeks (we are now at the end of week 2). My husband and I have been busy sorting, packing, and moving small stuff. The new apartment is only about a mile away so we're slowly but surely getting a lot done. We're unpacking as much as we can as we go along and re-using the boxes, one of advantages of moving nearby. Tuesday the movers will come for the furniture and Wednesday the cable TV/Internet will be hooked up at the new place. Tuesday or Wednesday we'll move the cats and the worst will be over.

Why are we moving to a new apartment instead of a house? Yes, I really want a house but I want to find the right house -- and right now if we buy one we don't really like we won't be able to sell it.

The new apartment is like a condo (huge kitchen, three bedrooms, two baths, laundry room, etc.) so we'll have a lot more room. It has all hardwood floors and I'm hoping the lack of carpet will mean I don't need to take my allergy medicine in the winter. Although it's much larger than our old apartment, I think we actually have less wall space for bookcases and floorspace for desks so we are now deciding what to put in storage.

Between losing Uncle Bob, moving at work, and moving at home, I feel pretty overwhelmed. Grief counseling is helping, slowly but surely, and after we are done moving I plan on spending the rest of the summer relaxing, recuperating, and doing nothing (except blogging)!

If you need a daily blog fix, read Mitch Gann's Boomer Blog by one of my colleagues. It's wonderfully funny!

PS: I should mention that physical and moral support from our dear friends Laurie, John, and Denise during this move are priceless.


Macy Swain said...

Hang in there, Cathy. I imagine at the end of this long ordeal will be genuine pleasures! I sat for a few minutes in my new (temporary) office in the Math Department yesterday afternoon -- and envisioned happy times ahead. You deserve a time of fun.

The Cat Bastet said...

Thanks, Macy. I'm just glad it will be over soon!

Remember, at the end of remodeling at work, we'll have offices with windows. :)