May 28, 2008

Well. That Was Bracing.

I just worked a 26-hour shift on the move, from 8:00 a.m. Tuesday until 9:00 a.m. Wednesday—minus twenty minutes or so, trying to sleep next to my husband on the floor of the old house in the middle of the night. We started working again at 4:00 a.m., stopping only to have a few spirited words about how pleasant it is to move from a house to a condo with half the square footage—and how great it is to sort through twelve years' worth of accumulated stuff as dawn breaks on the day the new owners are set to take possession of the House on the Hill.

We've been napping in shifts, though it's a bit warm in our new bedroom: we need window treatments in there to cut down on the glare. The first time the cable/phone person showed up, A the H took the lead. The second time, I did, while he started his nap.

I'm eating part of a leftover bagel, and drinking some milk to get some protein in me and cut the dehydration. The idea of figuring what we're going to eat tonight sounds overwhelming, as does bending over, lifting anything, or even getting dressed.

I had all kinds of plans for setting up the new kitchen very quickly, but that isn't going to happen. The new place looks great, but we are both exhausted and hurting: sometime after dawn, I realized I was sort of shuffling around like an 85-year-old. I couldn't even really walk.

Life keeps pitching, and we keep hitting.

More blogging later. Maybe.

UPDATE: The alert will notice that I've now blogged the equivalent of my eight-year "decade," or Obama's 57-state Union. I've always thought I should get some extra time each day, and I guess that desire is bound to come out every now and then . . .

Posted by Attila Girl at May 28, 2008 03:57 PM | TrackBack

Now there you see why your husband was so anxious for you to get started.

As for eating, fugheddaboudit. Order takeout.

Posted by: Desert Cat at May 28, 2008 04:24 PM

As for COOKING....

Posted by: Darrell at May 28, 2008 08:52 PM

Well, in retrospect he had a point. I'm not going to say he was right, because he reads this blog, and that would be setting an Unfortunate Marital Precedent. (Though I do foresee a few of his favorite Sunday dinners, and a few of his favorite Other Sorts of Occurrences, in the near future.)

But he certainly had a point. And from now on, twice a year--along with changing the clocks, and checking the smoke detectors, and checking our survival gear--I plan to go on a search-and-destroy mission, and find all those items that should go to charity. Because I never want to move those things again.

Posted by: Attila Girl at May 28, 2008 10:01 PM

Because I never want to move those things again.

So you triage it -- ahead of time, as AtH tried to impress upon you -- and call they charity of your choice to show up and haul the crap off from the old place.

Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie at May 29, 2008 05:11 AM

IN my defense, I would like to point out that we are moving to a place about half the size of the house, and that I did get rid of a lot of stuff during the move.

Not as much as I needed to, but a lot.

Weirdly, the fact that the move turned into a nightmare was probably good in the long run: that will help me to keep my own feet to the fire.

Internally directed change is generally more effective than externally directed change.

Posted by: Attila Girl at May 29, 2008 11:27 AM

porrrrr baby!

I feel sure that, in some mysterious but nonetheless irrefutable way, it's all the hubby's fault.

Stay hydrated, buy and label storage bins (the good rubbermaid kind with locking lids), purge often, blame hubby, eat chocolate, and re-read Thoreau.

You are, after all, simplifying, simplifying!

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