Friday, August 02, 2013

Check In

It's been almost 2 months since I last posted. 
I don't think a day goes by that I don't think about that last cycle.  Possibly because we're still paying for it.

I think it was yesterday that my mind did the calculations as to where I'd be if we had been successful  About 9 weeks I think - 3 weeks away from giving news to family.  Ah well.

Anyway, we've moved on.  We had no choice.  The transfer was slap dab in the middle of the move from hell.  We were moving out of a 2400 square foot rental home into what ended up being four, (4!!!) 16 foot storage containers.  Our goal, had we even begun to start months earlier, had been to purge a lot of stuff and really get rid of what we didn't need, or use anymore.  However, as seems to be our way, we delayed and procrastinated until it was too late.  So, we spent the better part of May and June packing.  Everything.  We had the intention of downsizing drastically to move into a 2-3 bedroom apartment, basement even, in order to save money to clear debt and get into our own house.   Well, things didn't work out that way.

We bought a house.

Yep, we did it!  With the help of a company that works with people who don't have the down payment and a fantastic realtor, we were able to get into a great 3 bedroom back split about 10 minutes from where we were.  It's a really great layout, in a terrific neighbourhood, and it even came with a hot tub!  We closed (and moved in) June 28th.  We ended up storing all of our stuff for a month and lived with my mom for 3 weeks.  We told no one.  We upset some people with the secrecy but a previous home buying experience 13 years ago that didn't pan out and caused us to lose the house of our dreams had us keep it all quiet.  We weren't saying anything until we had those keys in our hand.  Then we knew we'd done it.

So now we are living amongst a sea of boxes, well more like a mountain as that first container was ALL boxes.  I've painted two of the three bedrooms so far (one was a must as it was a fuschia pink and gray) and will be moving on to the family room this weekend.  The kitchen has been ripped out entirely (just the fridge and stove, not even a sink) as it is being replaced in the next 2 weeks.  Yep, ripped out a bit prematurely by V but that's okay.   We are slowly working our way through the boxes and purging as we go.  There will be lots going.  And we've done a fair bit of freecycling both before we moved and now.

So that's where we are now.  I had to turn down a wedding cake order for the Labour Day weekend partially because I don't have a kitchen and don't have my equipment accessible, but moreso because we're on vacation the last week of August.  We had plans to go to New York City for a few days.  It's been a long time since either of us have been, and never together.  We wanted to take in a few shows and I really wanted to go to the 9-11 memorial.  However, we've cancelled those plans because WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!  So I'm okay with that.  It was going to be partly an early birthday trip for me as well.  As I said to V, we'll just go over Valentine's Day.  So, hopefully we can do that.

Oh and on a completely unrelated note, I've given up on Feedly as a reader.  I was on Google Reader and moved over to Feedly before July 1st.  And it worked fine.  Until about 2 weeks ago when it decided that it was no longer going to show me my unread posts.  Which made it really difficult to see which blogs had updated.  So yesterday I switched over to The Old Reader.  So far so good.  It has the look of Google Reader and I like it.

Anyway, that's all there is for now.