Monday, June 30, 2008

I am here!

Oh my. I don't even think you want to know the details, but I'm sure the story will unravel over the coming weeks.

The short story is that we left Austin on June 5 rather than June 4 (it took a little longer for us to pack and get rid of stuff than we had hoped), and that gave us roughly 2.75 days to drive to Sacramento. That's right: 12 hour driving days in a moving truck and van stuffed with stuff, children, a dog, and a cat.

The best part of the move was that 15-20 people from our church were here waiting to unload and unpack our stuff upon arrival. Too bad Bob the property manager had his ring tone on "low" - but we only had to wait around an hour and a half for him to finally check the 20 voice messages and texts that Poetroad had been frantically sending him.

And we only had one incident of "poopee" [the three year old's description of diarrhea; she had no idea that her body could do such a thing]. Fortunately, we were only 15 minutes from the hotel.

I do love the location of the house we are renting. Cute exterior too. Great floor plan. The older two each finally get to have her own space.

There was only one teeny problem with the house. Okay...there are a few problems with the house. Let me put it to you this way: last night, I sanitized the closet in the Master Bedroom, and I scrubbed no less than three body fluids off the walls. Not to mention that the previous family dog used this closet - and all of the carpeted floors - as its personal bathroom.

Thankfully, I've convinced the landlord that he needed to replace the carpets. The upstairs will finally be fully re-carpeted today! In another week, the most offensive downstairs carpeting will be gone too.

There is more - but I will save that for another day...


Anonymous said...

I hate moving. I love moving, but I hate moving. I am so glad you are at least /there/ and now the transition stuff begins (where's the closest Target is my #1 must know question wherever I am.). Sending you peaceful and, um, antibacterial thoughts (at least til the new carpet goes in.) And mostly, wishing you some nice moments with your sweet girls as you get settled in.

Anthony said...

glad you've come up for air.

not to talk out of turn, but it has been my experience that the odor remaining in the floorboards, even under replaced carpet, can encourage perfectly good pets (e.g. yours) to soil in spot previously habituated. If you could sanitize then seal-up the wood (by painting it, for example) after the old carpet comes up and the new carpet goes on that would be really good. I know that is probably not possible.

pjd said...

Welcome to California! When you need a break from the bodily fluids, let us know and come down for a swim in the pool and a soak in the hot tub. We'll put the kids in front of the Wii with our new DDR. They won't bother you for hours. Possibly days.

bluesugarpoet said...

Aerin - thank you for sending peaceful (and antibacterial) thoughts my way. I'll need a double dose of both!

Anthony - yes, I've thought of that too. Had the carpet guy sanitize and paint affected areas before new carpet was put in. Hopefully we sniffed out ALL of the spots. I'll have to keep out a watchful eye over my pets nonetheless.

Peter - I'm praying that the flooring/painting nonsense (did I mention that I'm paining most of the rooms at the owner's expense and I'm throwing in the labor for free?) will be over really soon. I can't wait to trek on over your way!!! Yes - Wii. We could leave the country and the kids wouldn't even notice.

Beth said...

I am glad you made it there safely and I am so sorry you have to deal with all the nastiness. *shudders* You are a strong woman.

Dalene said...

I'm glad you're back! I was NEAR Sacramento last week. I'm jealous of ANYONE livig in California! Hope things are coming along.

pjd said...

What's with all the cobwebs around here? Place seems like it's been vacant a while. I wonder what happened to the original inhabitants. I wonder if they'll ever return.

Anthony said...

Time for another "I'm still here" post! LOL

At least school will be starting soon. 8)