Monday, January 27, 2014
New Apartment: Days 1-3
The move is finally over! I never ever ever ever want to do that again. Despite being really sore still, I can hardly complain. My new apartment is wonderful, and I have amazing people in my life.
Technically my move-in day was the 24th. My dad and I arrived that day with the first two car loads of stuff, I signed all the requisite paperwork and got my keys. To me, Saturday the 25th was officially Day 1. Both my parents, plus six of my best friends showed up to help unload the rest of the stuff, then my friends stayed to help me assemble some of my furniture. I have trouble reaching out and asking for help even when I really need it sometimes, but they coordinated with each other and came anyway. After all the carrying and building we had pizza together, using two yet-to-be-assembled glass shelves as a makeshift table on the floor. I already know my friends are great, but that experience was heartwarming beyond words.
Golden morning sun falling across my work-in-progress living room...
On Day 2 (Sunday) I woke up before my alarm. The first night was rough and I didn't sleep very well, but I was greeted in the morning by a really beautiful gold sunrise. I'm not superstitious or the kind of person who interprets "signs from the universe," but if I was, I'd say this was a start of good things to come.
Day 2 started quietly, with a mug of coffee and a loooong soak in the tub. Then I set up my computer, did a load of laundry, and shopped for some home essentials. This whole experience has given me a new appreciation for all things quotidian. In the evening I did my first tiny bit of cooking- really it was just making popcorn on the stove, but it was delicious, and a good way to start breaking in the hand-me-down pots and pans my parents were kind enough to give me.
Where the Magic happens (literally).
This morning's great event was getting my internet connection set up. I had to go to Best Buy and get a new wireless adapter, but after that, voila. Still need to manage that jungle of wires in the back, but everything works, and for today that's all I care about. I'm back online, and ready to get back into some semblance of a routine. I also did some neighborhood exploration while I was out, and tried out the business center at my leasing office (to print out some new recipes, go figure).
So with all the goings-on, January feels almost like it didn't happen. I'm mentally and physically exhausted, but I'm feeling stronger now that the moving experience is over. I'm looking forward to taking things slowly from here, doing some real cooking this week, and hopefully getting back to more regular updates!