Sorry for the 1-month gap in blog posts! Sarah and I were busy beavers all month. On June 6th, we got the keys to our new house! Sarah and I are both somewhat obsessive-compulsive when it comes to organizing (and moving is the ultimate organization project!) so we pretty much sacrificed sleep for about a week and pulled a non-stop organize-a-thon. Sarah was getting a little grumpy by the end of the week (Sarah needs her sleep!) so we tamed it down a bit on week two, but now we’re essentially all moved in. If you walked into our house today, you wouldn’t know we just moved in a month ago!
Moving from a small apartment into a full house meant there were lots of things we didn’t have, or didn’t realize we needed to have. Dining room table, chairs, lawn mower & yard tools… We’ve been trying to get everything we can used off of Craigslist, but that means we’ve been driving all over the place picking things up. We were fortunate to find the exact refrigerator that we wanted (which we had already ordered a new one of) on Craigslist for 1/3 of the new price. Even luckier, we found it on the day that we already had the moving truck rented. Less fortunate was the fact that we had to pick up the fridge before 9pm from a city a half hour away, and at 7:30 we still had half a moving truck to unload before I could take the truck to get the fridge. Sarah and I, already hungry and dehydrated, spent the next 45 minutes at a nearly full-sprint running between the truck and our house, frantically trying to get the truck empty in time… and I made it there only 5 minutes late!
Curtains certainly weren’t the first thing on my mind when we moved, but after I got out of the shower the first time and realized I could see two different streets from where I stood dripping, I realized how nice it is to have some window coverings. We’ve got the curtain situation about 60% handled now, enough that I don’t feel like I’m giving the neighbors a free show every morning!
Overall, we’re loving our new place. Our new neighbors have all been very welcoming and friendly– one of our new neighbors was nice enough to water Sarah’s new garden bed while we were gone to the East Coast this past week, and they surprised us by mowing our lawn as well (thanks!!).
This past week Sarah and I were both in NY to see her younger sister graduate from High School. Walking through those high school hallways and attending graduation definitely brought back memories of my high school.. Although it feels like a lifetime ago, I only just had my 10 year High School anniversary .. so I’m not really *that* old One of the speakers at the graduation talked about where they would all be in 20 years– once they had established their careers and families … and even though I’ve still got almost 10 years to go until I hit the 20 year milestone, I already feel like my life is becoming a little more settled and established. Very excited to be engaged to a wonderful woman, to be a home owner, and to be on a career path that still interests and excites me!
Some of you might have heard that I had a little bike accident. Just want you to all know that I’m fine– I healed up nearly completely in a week’s time, and the dentists did a great job at fixing my broken tooth! I think I’ll get a mirror on my bike so that I don’t have to look over my shoulder to see behind me– that’s what got me in trouble!
Tonight I’m driving up to Seattle to pick up Sarah and her sister, who is visiting Portland for her first time. Very excited to have a guest at our new home, although I’m less excited that we won’t be getting back to Portland until 4am … that’s what I get for trying to save a few bucks on airfare!!Read More