August 28, 2015
Okay! First week in the new house! Who's ready for some amazeballs interior decorating p0rn?
Yeah, that's what's going on in almost every room right now. This particular pile is directly outside my office in the basement level, nearly barricading me in.
We packed up about half of the old house ourselves, then had the movers come handle the rest of it. They did a great job, but perhaps went a little overboard on the packing paper to actual box contents ratio. Like I don't think my hairbrush and a random pile of already-broken crayons needed to each be separately wrapped in several layers of paper. One box I unpacked contained nothing but one laptop charger, a roll of cloth waxing strips, and a bag of cotton balls. Carefully and preciously individually wrapped, of course.
So it's a bit frustrating that the more we unpack, the more of a mess builds up. We've been dragging boxes and paper out to the garage (where there is no room for our cars yet, only boxes and paper), but for the most part the house doesn't yet reflect how hard we've been working all week to settle in.
(Especially because if it's not full of boxes and paper, it's full of laundry piles and Bionicles.)
So far, all the closets kick ass. I have organized ALL the closets, most of which are walk-ins (including a walk-in pantry, which directly across from a non-walk-in weak-sauce pussy-ass regular pantry), and all of which I have dutifully photographed afterwards, only to realize that wow, photos of the inside of a closet are really not very interesting, even to me.
(Master Bath Linen Closet Featuring Some Truly Groundbreaking Work With The Use Of "Bins" To Separate Cold Medicines From Menstrual Products.)
We also bought some new deck furniture on super sale, but they only had about half of the pieces in stock. We ordered the rest, but in the meantime...
...it's like playing Musical Chairs, but with cushions.
The decks, like everything else in the house, are in that "it WILL be awesome, at some point, eventually, you can see if you squint and use your imagination" stage.
This is the view from then front foyer. Kinda nice, right? Just ignore the boxes, floor tile, light fixture, puzzle pieces all over the floor and the distant glimpse of this morning's uncleared breakfast dishes.
But there's a lot to enjoy already. The kids love their playset and the big backyard and cul de sac out front. School is going great. Our neighbors are fantastic and friendly and tend to say welcome with baked goods. We have so much more space but it all still feels very cozy. There's a skylight right over the master shower so every day I feel like I'm showering outside, while the sun shines in and creates little rainbows all over through the water. My office is mostly set up (it'll also be a guest room shortly) and Ike and I get to chill at home together for another week and a half before he starts school.
(And by "chill" I obviously mean lounge on the office floor in PJs at 1 in the afternoon with a jar of peanuts he helped himself to from the [WALK-IN] pantry.)