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Saturday, March 31, 2012


The last month has been a whirlwind.  A couple weeks ago we made the big move to sweet Charlottesville.  It a very busy weekend.  Luckily we had great weather and our new town greeted us with vibrant blooming trees, pinks, purples and yellow against a perfect blue sky.

We weren't without our moving me forgetting the Playstation and very important cords/wires in Nova.  Ladies:  if moving, make sure your sig. other explicitly specifies which boxes he/she really wants to bring.

I didn't even get to help unpack because that Monday I traveled up to Baltimore to support a week-long work meeting.  So this was the first week I got to live in our new house, and I love it.

I love that we have a full house to live in.  I can't believe we were living in apartments/one room for so long.  Being able to stretch out and spread out is priceless.

We are blessed to have found this home.

We are in the heart of the city and SO close to everything.  During one weekend, Husband I did all kinds of running around (Lowes about 4 times, Big lots, grocery store, Target, the mall, etc, etc, etc) and it was all done during one afternoon!  What?!  In Nova that would have been a three day ordeal.  Not here, when you live 5-10 min away from everything, it's amazing how much time you save.

So we are settling in and unpacking slow but steadily.  Working my way through the boxes, a couple at a time.  My game plan is to unpack and *try* and let the house/us settle before decorating.  This is tough for me because I just want to nest and make the house comfortable as soon as possible.

So that's what I've been doing the last couple weeks, we are absolutely loving this town and our home.  A fresh start was exactly what we needed.

Love & Hugs.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

It's cute

This past weekend I got to spend my first weekend in the new house.  It is cute, quirky, but cute.  I did take pictures, but the memory card is in Charlottesville.

Husband's honey-do list has already started:
-Adjust the water heater so we can have warm water that isn't hot as hell or ice cold like it's from Alaska.
-Fix a toilet a stopper (is that the right word?).
-Put in a new kitchen faucet that allows us wash dishes in the entire sink rather than just the side closest to the faucet.
-Draino the water pipes

Other than those minor things, we are SO very excited.  We have space, which is exactly what we want after living in one room for 9+ months.  I think I am/we are really going to like having three floors.   It will be good to work on one level and then play on the others.

So, while we were in town we looked at furniture, couches and love seats mainly.  Tip to my lady friends: if you want to go furniture shopping, set the expectations of your beloved and be prepared to compromise.  Saturday afternoon we looked at couches but both of us were not in the right state of mind.  On Sunday we had a much better idea of what we were doing, what we were looking for, and we were successful!

After sitting on almost every couch in two stores, we found a cute, more tailored love seat for the upstairs living room and a comfy, lounge/nap ready leather recliner for the downstairs living room.  They both should be delivered this Saturday sometime while we're unpacking.

Oh yeah, our big moving push is this weekend.  So this week we are packing, we've ordered the U-Haul, we're taking off work, it's all coming together.  My fingers are crossed loading and unloading goes well and no one gets hurt or throws out their back (b/c that would suck).

And I am happy to report my co-workers are happy for me/us, which eases any sort of worries or concerns I had.

I'm getting ready to close one chapter of my life and open up a brand new one.  It feels surreal but it's exciting and I am so looking forward to it.  A change of pace, a change in scenery, different people, a different life style.  Of course it'll be challenging, but who doesn't love a good challenge and a chance to prove how awesome you really are?

I hope all is well with you.

Love & Hugs.