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Final walk-thru is schedules for Wed. night.

Movers will be at the apartment a week from yesterday. Approximately 25% of our stuff is currently packed. Mostly books and other entertainment media.

I have taken Thursday off just in case of anything coming up.

Stress and I are becoming close friends once again.

I was awakened by my back being sore at three-something this morning. Attempting to adjust my body to a more comfortable position I found my and the wife's legs looking like some sort of contorted knot explaining the pain I found myself in. I re-arranged and heard the sound of the dryer still going. Having started it some four hours ago, this bothered me. I got up and checked on the clothes. Hot and still damp, most almost dry. Cursing the electric beast's inability to do what it was designed to do, I left its door open and hoped that the residual heat would help wick out most of the rest of the wet by the time we got up for work.

It didn't. Figures. The machine was restarted as I got myself awake enough to shower. I will be eternally grateful the day we can leave it and its washing partner behind. While it has been infinitely convenient to have them in the apartment, the number of leaks and breakdowns and the general inability to do what they were built for has been a frustration of Faustian levels.

Monies were exchanged for furniture and a new appliance for our house. We got a bed frame, a four piece living room set and a vacuum cleaner. And we did not have to go into debt to do so, thankfully. The set was purchased at the Nebraska Furniture Mart which is going to be five minutes north of the new abode. It was sitting in their clearance area, either being a return or a floor model, not that we care a whole lot which case it is. Overstuffed, large and the perfect color (dark bluish-Gray) to hide the shedded pet fur. We took the time to think about it, talked it over, and finally decided to spend the money. Short of some disaster we should not have to get new living area furnishings for another decade.

Of all of the things about getting the house, the one thing the wife is most excited about is the dog. A cow-oker of hers helps the local Labrador rescue by taking in and rehabbing dog throughout the year. This last dog they got was very preggers and had a litter of 7 pups. My wife, upon hearing this, lept to help out and has since, due to the confluence of the universe's perverse idea of timing, gotten one to call her own. It is staying with another friend until we actually move into the house since the apartment doesn't let dogs in. I am concerned about how well our current pets will get along with the new one, it being a completely different species and all that. But mostly because we live with a cat that is a living incarnation of the word "Violence". It took her a couple months to get used to having the other cat around during which the second cat was beaten into the idea that the first one was in-charge of everything. I am hopeful that the same process will occur with the puppy but with less blood spilled and no additional trips to the vet for pet repairs.

I am less worried about the second cat adjusting to having a dog around. It behaves like a dog in many ways already. It wants to have dog-like fun in the bounding, chasing, and wrestling varieties. I would not be surprised to find out that that this cat was raised with puppies at some point early in its life.

The days after the National celebration of independence will be spent unpacking and adjusting to the idea of owning a home. And a mortgage. Especially the mortgage part. It looms large in my mind. Time will be spent with the pets getting them adjusted and assured that just because it is a new place they're in, doesn't mean that they can start using the carpet as their personal bathroom. Not to mention three days of being able to sleep in and get some much deserved rest.

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We close on the house on Thursday | 4 comments (4 topical, 0 hidden)
Buying and moving is very stressful by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 06:20:38 AM EST
They used to be in my top five of stressful events, but they're still in my top ten. Good luck.

What's all on the list? by skippy (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 10:57:56 AM EST
Many of them will have been covered in our exciting Year Of Insanity, spanning May 2005 to May 2006:
  • got married
  • mother-in-law died
  • bought a house
  • started renovating house
  • moved into still-not-finished house
  • alcoholic father-in-law remarried
  • continued renovating house
  • brother-in-law committed suicide
I'm wondering what we could have missed to make the year more exciting...

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children, depression by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 11:00:47 AM EST
physical illness and some others things

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That would do it by skippy (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 11:07:27 AM EST
I think we've got the depression one covered, but no major physical illnesses (other than the wife's ulcer, which while incapacitating at times may not necessarily count as "major") and definitely no children [yet]...

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