Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mission Moving Day Accomplished!

First off, I'd like to thank all of you who left well wishes for a smooth moving day for us! The move is complete with the exception of a few small items that I couldn't fit into boxes and our fish (we're picking them up tomorrow... explanation below).

While we have internet, tv, and heat... not everything has gone smoothly. My husband was forced to work nearly 18 hours the day before our move, leaving him exhausted on the big day. He's still recovering and has a honey-do list a mile long, poor guy!

I had the entire weekend planned out - cleaning on Friday, moving small boxes in my car and more cleaning on Saturday, full move on Sunday. Easy enough, right?! Ha!

Well... I arrived on Friday to find that the water hadn't yet been turned on (not very convenient seeing as how I took the day off from work to clean the new home in preparation for our move). My husband located the main valve to the house and when he turned it on, the thing started GUSHING water! At this point, I was just grateful that we're renting for the time being (renting with an option to purchase after the first year). The landlord assessed the situation and determined that the leak was a city issue. So, the city came out on Monday (yes, we moved on Sunday without the luxury of running water), fixed the main valve and went through the house checking all of the faucets and drains. By the time he got back to the basement, our laundry room was flooded with two inches of water! Talk about panic attack! We called the landlord and he found the source of the leaks (yes, that's plural). There were four of them behind the laundry sink. So, out came the sink and all of the drywall. He worked on it for six hours today but still wasn't able to turn our water back on - evidently he needed a few more parts and had to go to his regular job. He'll be back in the morning to finish the job.

In the meantime, we're running back and forth to my mom's house to use her ummm, facilities for bathing and all of the other important things. We're living off of filled water jugs and trying to stay positive. The rest of the house needs work as well, but we certainly didn't anticipate anything like this! On the positive side, we're living rent-free for now and will continue to do so for at least another week. I just wish things could have worked out better. I'm hesitant to unpack everything until I can really clean the way I wanted to (i.e. my kitchen and bathroom - I'm a bit of a germaphobe that way and want to SCRUB them til my fingertips bleed).

Major props to my family and friends who pitched in a hand to help move and unpack. We're forever grateful and can't wait until we're really settled in to celebrate with all of you!

On that note, I'm working on the setup in my office/craft space (yay, I have MY own room in the house) and am trying to find a good workstation for my jewelry craft. If any of you readers out there have a suggestion, please leave a comment or email me!

Do you have a moving or house horror story? I'd love to hear it - after all, misery loves company! Leave a comment!


Mammatalk said...

Must be nice to be settled in after a big move. I tried visiting the other day, but saw the moving trucks unloading and didn't want to bother you. Figured you had your hands full. Thanks so much for supporting me on my big, Blog Jog. Pardon my limp. Still a little sore from the run!! ;-)

Susie said...

That sounds like a nightmare! I am glad to hear that it is all done:-)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and leaving such sweet comments! I hope to see you back there soon:-)

Anonymous said...

Hey there!
I'm sorry I don't have a moving story for you, however I do have an exciting event to share. We (streetattack) are hosting a series of craft workshops with Artists and Fleas, a brooklyn organization and were wondering if you would help us spread the word to other crafters?

We're going to have button making, cocktail hat making, silkscreening, jewelry making and needle felting!
Thanks, =). More info can be found at http://www.303grandnyc.com/upcoming/

Kristin at My Art and the Mom in Me said...

Oh Wow.. what an ordeal!! Think about how nice it will feel when all is fixed and clean! lol.. It will just be so wonderful!! I hope you get some of your misery loves company comments.. Until then, I hope things get settled for you quickly.. and YAY for living rent free for at least another week! How cool is that?!