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By StackyMcRacky (Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:24:04 PM EST) (all tags)
in brain dump format

Been in Ohio for a week.  Staying with FIL +stepMIL has been great, they take care of the food stuff and watch the behaving child while I deal with the meltdown child.  Still, clock has been gone since early Monday and I am exhausted (haven't slept since the hotel in Bowling Green, Kentucky).  I need a break.

Got home from visiting MIL this evening (she was on a cruise and just got back) and ALL of our stuff was packed up and ready to go!  I think the only thing missing was a pineapple at the foot of the bed!  Young kids really disrupt a household of old fogies.

Stone of Tears isn't a bad book, I actually want to read through all of it, unlike Legend of the Seeker season 2 (I've had 5 episodes left for 18+ months).

I really, really miss my dog.  :(  I never knew how many pet commercials are on TV (we don't watch TV normally), I tear up at every one of them.  My head tells me it was the right thing to do, but my heart is still second-guessing.  RIP, Porschea, I only wish you had bitten The Dude once before you left us. (he never deserved a dog as good as she was)

The Dude has been a complete and total wreck for weeks, and it's actually getting worse.  He misses clock, and he keeps telling me we made a terrible mistake and need to go back to our house in Texas with no boxes.  Today I was goofing around with him and went too far, his face actually went red with rage as he tried to hit me, right before he ran upstairs and cried.  When I went up to talk to him he told me I'm a horrible mommy, my hugs are horrible and my kisses are horrible.  I feel so bad for him, he's being pushed so far beyond his limits.  DK has even started melting down the last few days.  She desperately clings to Grandpa since her daddy isn't around.  She needs mommy, but desperately loves daddy best.

The futon here is not comfortable and the upstairs a/c is puny.  I stew in my own juices every night.  The kids are sleeping in the same bed as I am, DK screams every hour or so for various reasons (like The Dude using her stomach as a pillow) and The Dude flops all over the bed.

I did something right for once, in my mother's eyes: I sent her a bouquet of flowers with a Thank You balloon and a Thank You card.  "I'm your mother, you didn't have to do that!"  I replied, "You helped out so much, I just wanted to show you how much we appreciated it."  Many of you may be thinking "but your mother is such a bitch, why did you do that?"  Well, the living-in-the-same-city thing didn't work out so I'd like to start the living-across-the-country relationship on the right foot.  Score 1 for Stacky (for a change)!!!!

I hope we find rest stops with "family restrooms," otherwise I don't know how I'm going to be able to pee with The Dude and DK in tow.  The Dude isn't a big deal anymore, but DK is. 

We have nothing but excellent reports on the area we're moving to.  I'm kind of amazed how everything just fell into place.

The Fat Lady sang on Thursday, and I am no longer a HOMOner.  Even though the area was not right for us, many important things happened to me in that house.  In hindsight, even with the loss of equity, it was a good purchase.  We ended up with $1500 more than they originally estimated, so the move comes out to a net 0.

Speaking of move, our stuff is expected to be delivered on Tuesday or Wednesday.  So far, I am SO glad we went with this particular moving company!  It's one of the Atlas branches, based in Houston.  The guys showed up on time (actually, some showed up earlier) on the move day, and they had 75% loaded in 2 hours.  The last 25% took another 2 hours (wrapping up furniture, breaking down the bed, boxing mattresses, etc).  The head dude said we did a good job of staging things that made it easier on them, which was my intent.  According to the woman that called, we have one of their top drivers moving our crap, so that's a bonus.  Since we had weird logistics, they had no issues picking up our crap, storing locally in Houston until a convenient truck came along, then shipping up to PA.  Our original delivery range was the 31st - Aug 10.  Expected is 31-1.  Not bad!  We packed everything except the mattresses and the Chihuly (one of the only things I would be truly upset if it got trashed).  clock was happy to learn that they individually wrapped each guitar case in moving blankets AND put them in a separate open-top box marked "do not stack."  My current hope is that there's an accident with the couch and it gets totally trashed, and they have to pay for a new one.  Pie-in-the-sky, sure, but a girl can dream.  We'll see how delivery goes.

My sister's in-laws want to know if the property owner is doing a deep clean of our new place.  If not, they want to hire maids for us as a "welcome to Philly" gift.  I have always found them to be really awesome people (I met them 2 days after I met my BIL, they invited me to brunch in NYC), and this just seals the deal.

Crap.  It's raining.  Can't open the windows.

I'm finishing off the wine as I write this.  I just answered an ad for a pair of Fluevogs I want on the Marketplace.  I hope they're not already spoken for.  DAMN YOU, TOXICFUR!!!!!!!!

Time to get to bed.

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I didn't know you liked Fluevogs too. by muchagecko (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 11:08:56 PM EST
It's an addiction. I've only got 7 pair, but want more, and more.

I'm picking up these this weekend: here

I can't wait for these.

And once you get to your new home, you can see Fluevogs here!

A purpose gives you a reason to wake up every morning.
So a purpose is like a box of powdered donut holes?
My Name is Earl

you are evil by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 2) #7 Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 09:39:20 PM EST
now I have to find 4th st.

Until toxicfur bought her Vogs last year (was it last year?), I never knew they existed.  I AM SO ADDICTED!

Love those boots!!!

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It was a couple of years ago now... by toxicfur (2.00 / 0) #11 Sun Jul 29, 2012 at 11:03:06 AM EST
And every time you talk about yours, I want to trek down to Newbury St to see what's in stock at my local store. They really are awesome shoes! And it's been two years since the last time I bought some, so it's time, right?
The amount of suck that you can put up with can be mind-boggling, but it only really hits you when it then ceases to suck. -- Kellnerin
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absolutely! by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #15 Sun Jul 29, 2012 at 09:54:22 PM EST
i mean, i'm going for my second pair and i only wore my first pair once before i had to pack them up.

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right you lot by Merekat (4.00 / 1) #16 Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 09:15:26 AM EST
That is enough of the shoe porn. Enough, I say.

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You're in the north now by notafurry (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 02:13:06 AM EST
No one will care if you take a little boy into the women's restroom.

the bathroom problem by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #8 Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 09:41:28 PM EST
was never The Dude, it's DK: she's one of those "climb everything, into everything" kinds of kids.  The Dude policed her while I peed, we were all in the handicapped bathroom.

also, nobody ever cared that I brought The Dude in the bathroom with me.

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Congrats! by ana (2.00 / 0) #3 Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 07:24:42 AM EST
There's so much I could say, but it all comes down to one little phrase:

You Rock. 

I'm really looking forward to finally meeting you, some time after you're mostly settled in.

I now know what the noise that is usually spelled "lolwhut" sounds like. --Kellnerin

Oh, and... by ana (4.00 / 3) #4 Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 07:25:36 AM EST

Have a nice day. 

I now know what the noise that is usually spelled "lolwhut" sounds like. --Kellnerin

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<3 BGKY by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #5 Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 10:23:13 AM EST

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

coming across I80? by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #6 Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 05:08:42 PM EST
I've done that drive.  Construction in PA will boggle you to no end, 2 miles of cones and not a worker or torn up road in sight.

yep, I80 by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #9 Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 09:42:37 PM EST
not a pleasant drive, mostly because tempers were flaring today.  I was told 3 times today "I HATE YOU."

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ahhh by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #10 Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 10:40:16 PM EST
When coming down i-476 ( the NE Extension of the turnpike) wave as you pass exit 74.  I live about a mile from that exchange.  I've drive as far as the end of the toll part of 476, and it gets better as you get closer to Philly ( imagine that. ).

Once you get settled in, camping and hiking and biking in the Poconos is pretty much what the are is known for ( well they do have NASCAR too ).

I'm no parent, so just ignore me, but the boy will adjust.  if he likes snow, he'll love it here.


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Moving and other stuff by toxicfur (4.00 / 1) #12 Sun Jul 29, 2012 at 11:33:25 AM EST
You've been through a whole hell of a lot the past couple of months. I hope now that you're in Philly you'll get a chance to decompress a little. (I know, with two small kids, that's probably not possible, but I hope you'll at least get back into a normalish routine some time very soon).

When I moved to Boston, I was really excited about the move. I was absolutely convinced it was where I wanted to live -- no second thoughts at all -- but still, when I got here, it took some time for it to start to feel "normal," like it wasn't just a visit. There was some part in the back of my mind that kept feeling like I would be going home to North Carolina any day. And there were parts that were uncomfortable, too. I didn't know where anything was. Driving in Boston traffic was terrifying (especially with the '86 Blazer I had then, that caught on fire the day before I left NC). Sure, I had the subway, and ana was really good about driving me around whenever possible, but it still took a long time. Now, I can't imagine living anywhere else (I still hate to drive, but even that's gotten better, and I've developed alternate means of getting around).

I guess my point is, particularly since you lived in Houston for so long, expect it to take longer than seems reasonable to settle in.

I know you did the right thing by Porschea. I'm certain of it. I know you love her so much that the only thing you could do for her was the right thing. That doesn't make the loss any easier, though, of course, and it doesn't make the grieving any faster, either.

Once you get settled in, I'm really looking forward to making a trip down there -- I've never been to Philly, and I would really like to hang out with you, clock, and the kids. I'll even wear my Fluevog boots, and we can admire each other's excellent taste in footwear!
The amount of suck that you can put up with can be mind-boggling, but it only really hits you when it then ceases to suck. -- Kellnerin

A response in brain dump format. by vorheesleatherface (4.00 / 1) #13 Sun Jul 29, 2012 at 04:43:39 PM EST
I really liked Legend of the Seeker.

Sorry to hear about Porschea.

If the SILs are willing to help, remember, one of the most difficult thing to do once you're moved in is to clean carpets. Extra shuffling of stuff in order to empty rooms is a pain. Wish I'd thought of it before I moved into my house. Have those nice ladies check on the carpets.

Travel and clean restrooms by ucblockhead (4.00 / 2) #14 Sun Jul 29, 2012 at 09:45:29 PM EST
Starbucks usually have clean restrooms, and they're fucking everywhere.  They also tend to stock those little milk boxes and fruit cups which make for healthy offspring calories.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
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