Last night we had our first good nights sleep together in over a month. We’ve been sleeping in separate bedrooms because the beds were too small. Last night we slept together on our mattress on the floor, since we didn’t have the time or energy to put the frame together. For most couples, sleeping apart for any length of time is distressing. That part of our stress is now gone.
We didn’t wake up quite as sore as we expected. That meant another busy day.
This morning we drove back to Edmonds to pick up the rest of the things we had left with our former hosts, mostly clothes, food stuffs we didn’t want to leave in storage, and our computer network. We managed to fit all but my computer chair into Jeffrey’s Kia, but Jeffrey offered to let me get a new chair. I was going to wait until we’d been settled a few months before broaching the subject. After all, that chair was probably 13 or 14 years old. There was almost no padding left, and it was uncomfortable to sit on for any lenth of time. We compromised, and Jeffrey gets a new office chair, too. His is just as old, and almost as uncomfortable. You think he was trying to pull a fast one??
We dropped that stuff off at the new house, I started setting up the network so the wireless stuff would work. Oh, I mentioned in the previous post that I was having connectivity issues. We found the problem. Most of the outlets in this house are so old that they are fairly loose, and many don’t maintain a tight connection with the plug. We moved the modem to a new power receptacle and haven’t had a problem since. This is a broadband and voice modem, and it has a 10-12 hour battery backup in case we lose power. That’s why the connection was sporadic. It was shutting down the internet in order to save power for the phone system.
After working on that and a couple of other urgent things, we went and did some shopping. Stopped at Lowes to get new locks for all the doors, and a small piece of lumber to repair the frame of our bed, a broom and dust pan. Then to Wal-Mart for some household goods, like a kitchen garbage can, a couple of phones to go with the one work gave me, and some sweets for after dinner. Normally, I don’t shop at Wal-Mart because of their labor practices, but I will go occasionally if Jeffrey drags me there. Then we stopped at a Safeway to pick up some perishables like milk, eggs and butter. Then back to the house to do more unpacking and setting up the rest of the computer network so I can get back to work tomorrow. We had carry out, since I haven’t had a chance to unpack the kitchen yet, but I got a good start on that after dinner. We can’t afford to keep getting carry-out or going out to dinner right now. We need to get money back in the bank after closing on the house.
Tomorrow, I get to do some more in-depth grocery shopping to replace a lot of what we lost, check on the water/sewer, trash and recycling in the area, and find a place to get the car tags and drivers licenses updated. Oh, and to register to vote. Jeffrey is in court most of the day, but he’s going to try and track down a company to move the piano and the rest of our heavy items from storage. I’m hoping he can get someone to do it this week, as we’d like to get a start on decorating, changing the wall colors, and updating the floors. They’ll do for a short time, but they don’t really match our tastes or any of our furniture.
It’s going to take some time to truly make this OUR house, but we’re going to get there.