Diary of An Irish Woman

musings of an irish lady now living in America.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sunday morning at Effie's

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

City of boxes

So Friday we moved. Unlike other times (this would be 15th move since I came to states 15 years ago) we had wonderful help from daughter of our friend. She needed more work, we needed help. Things happen for a reason. So Thursday I worked at home and she needed some more work so she came over and packed packed packed. It was brilliant as I had ton of work so couldn't take day off with taking Friday as well.

As it as I still worked till 1030 with hubby going ahem we move tomorrow. Can you stop please. I had forgotten how hard it is to switch off when working at home. Cubicles get a bad rap but at least stay there after you leave.

So Friday I got up at 6 and did last minute packing. Movers came at 9 and were done by 3 moving into house. I got them off Yelp and they were worth every penny and deserved the positive reviews they got. Excellent movers and none of this we are charging you extra for putting clingwrap around your vacuum cleaner nonsense. All included.

So they moved furniture in and worked like a dervish to have baby's room all done and den so seemed as normal as possible to him. Picked up munchkin and he had a brilliant time running around. So we put more rugs down so not as much slipping when doing that toddler full charge;) there's a step down to den that's carpeted and I was worried would take him a while to get it. Now he steps down holding shelves and then side of a chair. Smart wee man. We got curtains but need to darken his room more. Sun shines straight into both our bedrooms. Wonderful light, just not at 6am please.

So garage is a sea of boxes, looking like a city of skyscrapers in which we have two paths to get in and to get to side door and washer dryer. Sunday we got a quarter done and trying to do a box or so a night.

Murphy's law being what it is we pick boxes of third drawer down to unpack so every third box is one we might need. Still haven't found baby's socks so target new ones will do for now.

If anyone wants to help unpack more than welcome;) till them we are finding our stuff one box at a time

Monday, February 09, 2009

Nearly there

So this weekend brought a lovely night with friends Thursday followed by of course work Friday that came too early and was super busy all day. Thankfully I had that glass of water and headache tablets before bed so I could get up on too little sleep and lots of wine.

Friday friends came over with their wee 8 month old. They also came bringing wonderful Indian food food from Amber. They offered before you think we go, yes come to our house and bring food on the way!

Saturday brought munchkin for a haircut , his first (my trimming one fringe or bangs as they say here doesn't really count). The hairdressers was a cool kids salon with small TV and motorbike, horse or car to sit on. Wee lad sat on my lap as a bit afraid. Once she started though he was fine. He loves having hair brushed (really!) and she was great. She put toys on ground when she needed to trim his neck. I was super impressed. It's shorter but the duck tail at back
and Mohawk look is gone from front. He really doesn't have a ton of hair except those two places;). Good experience and after that we went to music class for our sing songs.

Himself also had a busy day. Over at the house he met a friend helping us with plumbing who fixed the hot and cold mixing (that would have been a shock on showering without that), comcast, electrician friend of ours who put in extra plugs ( hot tub!), the carpet guys,
baseboard guys, and touch up painter guys. All like herding cats. Empire was also supposed to turn up for showing blinds. After cancelling again after rescheduling we said forget it and went to good old Target. We walked out with new rugs, curtains and assortment of stuff. The kind of bill the credit card company calls to make sure it was you. It was and hopefully economy can now turn around! We hit flames before going home. A brighter diner. Food is great but not same service as Effies. However right beside new house so easier drop off said rugs and drapes.

We all then fell into bed and Sunday thankfully had no big plans. We packed boxes here and there. Himself's coworkers brought more boxes to help us pack and pack we did. There's more of course to pack but now we are getting in home stretch. We move this weekend and carpet
cleaners and our cleaning ladies all ready to do a move in clean and move out clean.

I tried getting up hour earlier today to go bring over plants etc to new house but kept hitting snooze. Maybe after work ;) Now only if I could clone myself and could make sure all gets done.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

before and after shots of home in progress