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I swear next time we move, I'm going to sell all our old stuff and buy new stuff at the new place. My help didn't show up to help load the truck in Joliet on Saturday. So it took me 6 hours to load all the nice, heavy furniture and boxes myself. And then the odyssey of driving a 17 foot truck with Deb and 2 cats following in her Toyota (with expired plates) 200 miles to Dubuque. We got in some traffic around Bettendorf, IA and got separated and she missed the turnoff onto US 61 and kept going hoping to catch me. In the end, I told her to stay put 20 miles down the road and I'd come get her. We were supposed to have gotten to Dubuque around 5. We got there around 9. My friend Jerome and my landlord Aaron came over to help and we had the whole truck unloaded in an hour.

So 95% of our stuff is now in the house in no particular order. The whole house has been remodeled so it truly was like moving into a new house. New house smell and everything. The cats seem to like all the new places to explore. The breakfast nook/dining room is absolutely divine. The sun warms it up until about 2 and it's a fabulous place to sit and read.

My back hates me right now. I need a massage. I had to take the rental truck back to Joliet yesterday, pick up my car and another load of stuff from the old house. I was exhausted and had to pull over twice at truck stops to catch a nap. One more trip back over next weekend to clean and then we can enjoy our new place.

I'm in my new and empty office today in Dubuque. Empty because all my office stuff is packed up in boxes at home. I'll have fun decorating tomorrow.



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Oct. 19th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Best wishes for Dubuque! After moving I always seem to want to watch a movie about hoboes who have no stuff to haul. It's like a tonic. "The Flim-Flam Man" comes to mind, or 'Emperor of the North".
Oct. 19th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
How nice it might be to have no stuff to move!

Oct. 19th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
That's perfect! Now "Freight Train" is stuck in my head!
Oct. 19th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
The last time we moved there was 20 years of accumulated junk. All perfectly good junk, which is why none of it ever got thrown away (like the punch bowl and crystal glasses we got for our wedding and never ever used). It was weeeeeeeeeeks of just throwing shit away.
Now I'm forcing the rule of, "If you don't use it in a year--trash."
Spouse is a packrat. It even kills him when I throw The Child's toys away when he leaves them around the house, warned repeatedly that they're going in the trash if he doesn't clean up after himself.

Good luck on that whole moving thing. I feel your pain. I'm 3 years out and still cringe!
Oct. 19th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
The stuff that is now left at the Joliet house is mostly junk at this point except for 2 medium pieces of furniture and lots of kitchen stuff. I may just rent a small storage unit and go back at my leisure to get it.

Oct. 19th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Man, that does NOT sound like the best moving experience ever, but at least it's mostly done now. Yeah, your back hates you right now!
Oct. 19th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
I just rented a pickup truck for next weekend. Throw everything we can in and clean the house. Whatever we can't haul gets pitched.

Oct. 19th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
Sounds easy enough -- what happened to your help?
Oct. 19th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
Had some car problems of their own I think.

Oct. 20th, 2009 06:46 am (UTC)
It sounds like you got the bulk of it. Quite the effort.

When I moved to this house I had three people helping, a lot more energy than I do now and I moved from a one bedroom apartment...I was exhausted at the end of that day.

Schedule that massage.
Oct. 20th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
I've already found someone to do it.

Oct. 20th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
I moved 7 times in 6 years. The second to last move I pitched almost everything. I always say the next time I move I'm hiring someone, but then don't. At least your move is almost over. Enjoy your new home!
Oct. 20th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
I've moved more than 30 times in my life. You'd think I'd be used to it by now. This is the 6th move in 16 years and hopefully the last for awhile. In just the few days we've had to explore, we are really liking it here.

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