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Farewell to the Center of the Universe

6 Aug

The Bad:

It is hard to say goodbye to the first place you’ve ever owned.  The first place you’ve staked your claim.  Where you first lived as a couple, as an engaged couple, as a married couple.  However untraditional.

The first house I purchased.  Yes, it was *my* purchase in case it didn’t work out.  I loved it.

It was a place my mother fretted over, once she knew of it.  The place she never got to visit, to see of my life and an accomplishment.  The place, in the end, she wished she had lived. My first stake and she never got to be a part of it, except electronically.

I left it there today.  In Ashland, VA.  The Center of the Universe.

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The Good:

So, it turns out when you feel like you’re leaving something behind, it is quite possibly definitely something important, like your clothes.  All of them [or the ones the movers didn’t pack, but what you plan to keep as a wardrobe in your new house].  Shit.  Luckily, I managed to grab those at the very end and find somewhere to stuff them… Sounds easier than it was.

Then the two [of four] puppies and I set out for Michigan and left behind our Virginia house.  While I freaked out for 10 hours thinking I had a tick on my head,

 

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Lessons from Moving [PCS]

2 Aug

1. Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.

This is universally true.  This is exactly why it is #1.  It is just a fact.  Either UHaul will have the car dolly you reserved stolen and then be unable to replace it. Or the movers will inaccurately account for the household goods, potentially unexpectedly increasing the moving time.  Or the packers will get a flat tire, show up late, be 15 years old and leave early without completing the pack out.  No matter what, it will go wrong.

2. Whoever declares a house “Must Have” subsequently “Must Clean” said space/item.

I spent the afternoon cleaning the garage.  It was awful.  I’m not normally a complainer, but OMG THE BUGS.  THE SPIDERS.  I don’t like bugs.  Seriously HATE them.  I am a pretty tough chick.  I will run and jump onto a moving horse.  I will stand on said horse, do shoulder stands and other acrobatics with multiple people [equestrian vaulting if you’re wondering].  I will try new things [snowboarding, when I’ve never so much as skied, for instance].  I will do hard things [lay a brick patio]. But I don’t do bugs.  As I could care less about having a garage [or a basement] and my husband declared these as “must haves” I’ve determined in the future he “must clean” them.  I never want to clean another garage [or basement, but that won’t be for two years] again. *shudders*

3. Buy Dexter [the dog] his own chair.

This is probably a lesson that only applies to me, but it is important no less.  One of my dogs is a real piece of work [but really awesome otherwise].  He likes to sit on chairs, couches, etc all day.  Now that there is no furniture, when I get up he takes the opportunity to take over my chair [just purchased today].

Unfortunately, kicking him out of the chair upon my return doesn’t really resolve the issue.  He just decides that he will sit in my lap while I work.

Tomorrow, I must buy him his own chair.

4. I don’t do windows.

We’ve owned this house for almost two years.  We I never cleaned the windows [sans power-washing the outside].  It’s not that they were super dirty, but I learned that windows that fold in also can COME COMPLETELY OUT ONTO YOUR WOOD FLOOR. Or they can completely out AND then the hitches that hold them in could dash up to the top of the window leaving you completely unaware of how the hell to fix it to channel their inner engineer in order to get the window back in so nothing gets murdered or raped hot.

5. Figure out the bed situation prior to move.

If you plan on living in a different state than your spouse or anywhere your furniture is not for any period of time longer than a day, make sure you remember to figure out how to keep a bed at your local.  It doesn’t have to be a full bed, but make sure you remember how to make some situation work for you [and your spouse] else you will sleep on blankets on the floor of your living room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. There is never enough time to get everything done.

I could go through all of the things hewe didn’t get done before my husband left, but suffice it to say there just is not enough time to get all the things you think you will get done.  At least not in the timeframe you think they will be completed. [He’s not the bad guy, btw, there are things I have not completed as well…

7. Keep alcohol on hand.

A bottle glass of wine alone with friends at the end of the day will certainly help smooth over any bumps in the road when moving/PCSing.