I was really worried about moving because it seemed we'd picked the worst possible weekend for it. (Not that we had much choice--the precipitous closing date was what clinched the deal for us, we think.) But most of our usual moving crew, my family, was either out of town or incapacitated. I'd never hired movers before and I was wary of them because you hear horror stories. And they were hard to book! They were either full up or not very good at returning phone messages. Several times I got forwarded to voicemails of people I'd already not heard back from, so I had to call back to the main line and say NO I WANT A PERSON. And then, of course, the morning of the move they were an hour later than their time-window, so we were panicking and starting to look up last-minute uhaul rentals, which would've been a nightmare.
But in the end, things actually went much more smoothly than we feared! bell
and I agree that we're pretty awesome at moving. We'd been packing, with help from family, for two weeks; we got all the boxes moved the night before the movers came; and once we'd gotten the furniture into the new place, we went back to the old place and cleaned all afternoon on time for our landlord's inspection in the evening.
The landlord was also really good around letting us break our lease. She halved the lease-breaking fee, and in exchange for the last few days of September rent, told us we wouldn't have any security deposit deductions for little dings and the wall-holes from where we'd mounted a mirror. Basically, instead of being trapped paying for two places, our worst-case scenario, we'll probably actually see some money back from our security deposit, even after the lease-breaking! Which, I believe, should pay for the movers. So that worked out well, and it meant the pregnant lady didn't have to shift any furniture, hooray!
We got the internet set up Sunday morning. Then we went out and bought some little things that a place with two bathrooms needs--bathroom mats, hand towels, soap dishes--and stocked up on groceries. After that, it was a day of rest, a much-needed and well-deserved one that we enjoyed whole-heartedly.
The cats are getting used to the new place. The first day, when we brought them, Maddy was so
carsick. More than usual. She often lasts ten or fifteen minutes before she starts pooping in her carrier. This time, well, I think I'd backed out of our parking space before it started. Poor woobie. Chelsea was fine in the car, aside from some sad mews, but once we reached the place and set her free, she was in a New Place and that was terrifying. She had to go around and hiss and growl at all the rooms, just to warn them that she was fierce, and would not tolerate any unknown dangers leaping out at her unexpectedly, lest she kill them and eat them.
Maddy seemed better at first, once we'd cleaned her up and let her free--she didn't hiss or growl or hide--but it was clear that she was on Full Alert, and not very easy with this crazy topsy-turvy world we'd stuck her in. She's gotten much better, though. Last night she was sprawled on the top of her cat-tree, looking pleased and smug and napping while showing her belly. Anyway, the humans still feed her in this new place, and that's the important thing.
Both cats are still making sure that they're near us; if we go upstairs or downstairs, they'll follow. Either because we're likely to do something interesting, or because we're likely to abandon them if we're not watched closely.
Yesterday I got distracted from work and did quite a lot of unpacking, enough that I was able to get the furniture into an acceptable configuration. Over time we do want to level up on furniture, but for now the space is liveable and inviting. We feel home. Even though there are still many boxes left to unpack (books, kitchen stuff, clothes...).
Things I love about the new place: more light! Less noise (no upstairs neighbours)! A good feeling of space. Nice neighbourhood to walk around in (and you can walk to the c-train in 15 minutes, or at least you can right now before it snows; call it twenty minutes starting in November).
So it's been a busy weekend but now we are here! And I managed not to fall behind on teaching or anything! And today is my non-going-to-campus day, so it's time for some serious grading and RAship work. Thus, I vow to turn off the internet and Accomplish All The Things.( accountability to-do list: engaged! )