Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Murphy's law

Well the move did not go smoothly at all and not at all how we and planned and imagined. We most of choose pretty close to the worst day to move. May 2- We choose the date since our lease ended on April 30th and this apartment available on May 1st. Due to being right smack in the middle of finals and other things we had only a few people to help us move. Jared and I went ahead and loaded the truck the night before with a little bit of help.

Having a few helpers was difficult... but it probably would have been okay had it not been for the weather! It practically never rains here and the day we move there was down pour after down pour. Which again would not have been to bad on its own, but as part of the remodeling here they had taken out all of the asphalt to prepare to repave the lot. It wasn't just mud... but a cakey clay like mud! We had brand new carpet in our apartment so we had to lay down towels all over and forbid the 'outside' helpers from coming in. It took a lot of work to finangle the furniture down the steps and around the stairs but we got it in! But due to hurrying because of the rain and only having a few people as 'inside' helpers pretty much EVERYTHING ended up in the family room! So we had a hard time digging it out, some how things that belonged in that room ended up at both ends of the room, so we had to move them to another wrong room to get to the other stuff.

Thank you to everyone again that helped with the move! Thank you Mom Stoker, Sean, Nate, Dad Reece, Mom Reece and Emily Ekker and family! Your all amazing!!! You helped us so much!!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

Now... of course a move is never smooth but we have more Murphy's law at work.

Our new apartment had to be practically gutted after its previous tenants. I am pretty sure the owners worked their tail ends off trying to get it ready for us in time! It is practically a new apartment! (new carpet, new NICE tile, new toilet, bathroom vanity, new paint, new blinds... ect) They also had to bring in a different stove and fridge. (Love the fridge! Its huge!) Unfortunately they were not able to bring them in until after we had moved in, so they had to work around all of our boxes and stuff everywhere.

I also made the mistake of not understanding what I was told when we switched the utilities. So we did not get to have gas until Monday afternoon due to my dumb scheduling. (that meant NO hot water! ewww!)

Once we got everything set up we went to hook up the dryer, and the plug and the outlet did not match. No biggie but it put a hold on the already large and ever growing mound of laundry and muddy towels!) We went to Lowe's and got a new outlet the next day and Jared installed it. Now I could start on the laundry! I throw almost all of our icky towels into the load.... and then when it started to send the water out water went everywhere! Apparently the pipe that it goes down is severally clogged... and I was almost out of towels to clean it up with! LOL. Luckily Jared got creative and grabbed our extra vacuum hose and attached it to the end of the washers hose. Then set the end of the hose into the sink. So it is a good little temporary fix until it is taken care of. They have tried snaking it several times but will need to hire a professional plumber.

Although this is quite the little rant (I can have those once in awhile right?) we are actually quite happy about our move. The layout of the new apartment just works a lot better for us. Our bedroom is so much more roomie! I think square footage wise both the old and new apartments are similar, but the other one had a lot of wasted footage going to a walk in closet, laundry room and bathroom. Also a few more closets to use! We still haven't found a home for everything just yet... but we plan to have a yard sale in a couple weeks to get rid of some of our extra stuff! One thing I don't understand about our apartment it keeps having a nasty smoke smell. I understand that we smell it when we run the furnace since that is still the same, but everything else is new! I wonder if it is brought in through the windows, or somehow from our neighbors, we are constantly spraying air freshener. I hope it is not affecting us and that it will work itself out somehow!

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