Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Time Flies On The Lake!

I can't believe it's seven months since I started this.
The move was truly awful. We hadn't honestly confronted how far back the shelving went on four floors of house, plus garage, verandah and deck, or how much stuff we had stored on them. We saw things we hadn't seen for twenty years. And just like all the other times we moved both coming and going, we found we didn't have time nor energy to deal with all the stuff so we just hauled it off to the new place. "We'll go through it when there is time." Guess what? Yeah you guessed it. Maybe I'll stop now and run off and do some sorting!
Plus, it was the height of allergy season. Other years we spent Spring Break traveling and relaxing.  This year we were physically and emotionally exhausted, and Hubby was terribly overcome with congestion, caused by multiple culprits, one of the major ones, we think, being the beautiful red maple by our new deck!
He struck on bravely, however, and when he brought things over, he just stuck the full drawers back in, or the ornaments on the same stand they were on, and the house looked surprisingly like we'd lived here awhile!
We slept in Arlington till moving day. Even the moving van guys were surprised at how much stuff we had. It's like we had it all in a ZIP file. How do we do that? It's the same here, seven months later! Doesn't look like that much... they even knew they had three pianos (!!!!!) to move, but couldn't believe it when they found out how much work it was. So, long story short, they didn't have time to move us in that night, and had to come back the next day, so our beds were neither here nor there but on the truck. We found some sheets and blankets and pillows and pulled out the sofa bed that conveyed, and  slept the sleep of the totally exhausted.
But all the other stuff went surprisingly smoothly. Address changes, utilities, license. The catalog people never missed a beat. They knew we moved before we did!
And just to show why we moved...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Culture Shock

We're moving...

We love Arlington. One time when my daughter was about 1 and a half (she was born here) I took her down to the children's book store, and I knew every customer who walked in; not that there were that many mid morning on a week day but still! Oh except one woman with a daughter about my little girl's age... I didn't know her. Yet. By the time we left though, our daughters had played, found out each other's names; even that the other little girl was five days older; she had actually been born on my daughter's due date. Yeah, A. was five days late but that's another ripple!

Then a few months later, Dad and the kids were rollerblading around the neighborhood, and they came back with tales of the adventures they'd had and the new friends they'd met, one of whom was a little girl five days older than A. You guessed it! Same friend from the bookstore, living about 37 rollerblade strides up the street and around the corner from us!

When we have snowstorms, we all walk down to the village of Westover where there is everything we need... grocery, post office, hardware store, library, drug store, coffee shops... did I mention hardware store? I mean Ayers has EVERYTHING! Once, not long ago I tried to get everything I needed from one place, since we are trying to avoid buying more things to have to pack, so naturally I chose Ayers. I was surprised to find they didn't seem to have toilet paper and I thought, Huh! I'll have to go to Rite Aid. I had arugula plants, sandpaper, envelopes, packing tape... so I asked the cashier on the way out, and of course they had toilet paper! Since they have everything else in the world, they only had room for a couple of choices, but... success! Everything I needed in one place! (OK, I didn't really need arugula plants...)

Anyway, that's Arlington. So, why are we moving??!! Oh yeah, the new house is on a lake. But it is in Fairfax County! You might think people who have lived all over the world including Africa, and Papua New Guinea, would not find that such a huge hurdle. No, of course it is not, even though it almost seems like another country... will keep you posted...