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They’re In!

Day 1884

Been an eventful run of days. Almost bowled well Thursday Almost.

The kids had the pre-closing walk-through of their house earlier Thursday. I never knew that when you buy a new house, the project manager conducts an inspection with you, showing you what light switches operate which lights, which switch is for the disposal, how the programmable thermostat works – a lot of the little details you need to know in the day to day operation of a house.

Friday they closed. Friday evening they were masking the 3 rooms they wanted to paint. One room even did get painted that evening. Saturday was a painting marathon for them. I put down the powder room floor tiles in the morning, then headed over to the new place and installed a garage door opener.

Sunday was the REALLY big day. Moving day. I have a few pics to share down below. Please note how absolutely gorgeous a day we had. Low humidity, not a cloud in the sky, crystal clear air and at mid afternoon it had to be all of 45 degrees. Thank god. Better 45 than 85.

Didn’t do too bad. The kitchen stuff is unpacked, washed and put away. Maybe not where they want it, but it’s not in a box. Their bedroom is set up. That was also one of the rooms they painted – a deep sagey green. With their bedroom furniture in place, it looks fabulous. The master bath also got painted a slightly lighter but complementary color. I didn’t spend a whole lot of time in there. Like a minute maybe. Not much furniture involved there. The living room is nearly set up, but we were running low on energy by Sunday afternoon. We did manage to get the water line run to the fridge so they have ice & chilled water. Didn’t get the mail box installed, but not for lack of trying. All the ingredients are there, we just ran out of day light. Got to save a few jobs for the new homeowner.

Eric was in town this weekend too. Not a chance he was going to miss Zach & Jill moving in. He helped with the painting and moving for as long as he could, then headed back to Syracuse to study for this weeks tests at the academy. He’s unusually excited for this week because they get their handguns and start live fire this week too. For anyone that knows (I don’t) or cares (I do) he’s getting a .45 caliber Glock. If I understood him correctly, between now and the end of the academy (Dec 18 for the state mandated part) he will be putting 8000 rounds through that handgun. 8 weeks, 8000 rounds, that’s 200 rounds a day if they shoot every day. That’s a lot of shooting. Plus daily cleanings.

So the house is empty again – just Cindy and I rattling around in there. It’s going to be interesting with out the kids there to deflect our attentions from each other. Of course, she’s got her AA meetings 4 or 5 or 6 days a week, I’ve got my own meeting to attend and bowling to keep me occupied. 2 days a week. The other 5? I’m open for options, once the powder room is done.

I have 4 floor tiles left to put down (The Move kind of super ceded The Room), grout to do (I’m looking for a giant pastry bag, or a re-usable caulking cartridge) and my favorite – molding. Then I can put the fixtures in and there’ll be no more running upstairs to pee.

Finally.

Moving day pictures:

Saturday, painting day

Saturday, painting day

The comedians we were working with.  On the left is Eric, our Deputy Sheriff in training, on the right, Zach's dad-in-law.

The comedians we were working with. On the left is Eric, our Deputy Sheriff in training, on the right, Zach's dad-in-law.

A sample of how fine October weather can be around here.

A sample of how fine October weather can be around here.

The truck pulling in to the 'hood.

The truck pulling in to the 'hood.

Huh?  On the side of the movingf truck.

Huh? On the side of the moving truck.

More of the crew  Jill haulin' boxes, more crew in the truck.

More of the crew Jill haulin' boxes, more crew in the truck.

For a complete change of subject matter I read this article Monday. Just – wow. Talk about tough, tough decisions.

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5 responses

  1. Lovely house in gorgeous weather. I know they must be beside themselves with joy. BTW, what article? What decisions? I’m confused…..

    October 19, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    • bikinfool

      Thanks Rox, the kids are thrilled. We’re all excited for them. I can’t wait till he has to shovel his own driveway. I might go over and unleash the snow blower for him if it gets bad. Maybe.

      I fixed that busted link. The article was about a 39 year old guy whose wife was stricken with cancer for the third time. He’d just been laid off, ran out of health insurance and ended up joining the Army for a 4 year hitch just to make sure his wife could have uninterrupted health insurance coverage so she could continue her third round of chemo. There’s more details in the article. Makes you wonder just where our priorities are when something like that can happen.

      October 19, 2009 at 11:57 pm

  2. Q

    Being uninsured (with a crappy, VERY part-time job), this same thought has crossed my mind, but I know I’m way too big of a wimp for the Army. Besides, I don’t want to leave my kids for that long, either. We shouldn’t have to be forced to make such drastic decisions!

    October 26, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    • bikinfool

      You don’t get insurance through the hubs job? You must be aching for this health care reform business to get settled, and soon!

      October 27, 2009 at 12:31 pm

  3. Q

    He works in my garage!

    October 27, 2009 at 4:20 pm

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