…State of my emotions.
…State of the blog.
…State of the house.
So much to say, so little brain cells to adequately share my true feelings. There is much to share – good, sad, exciting, ugly – but with the energy I’m outputting to get this house unpacked (and now with the kids here – they love it!), my blog time comes early morning or late night. Late night is technically considered early morning. And those wee hours mean my brain Isn’t operating on all cylinders.
My apologies in advance if this post appears to be all over the place. It’s a reflection of the way my heart and mind are operating this week.
But I desperately miss a less populated environment, southern hospitality, a simple way of life, and southern food! But San Francisco is amazing in its own unique way – the people, the beauty, the opportunity, and the food. And it’s home for me.
There are exciting opportunities on the horizon. I’ll be sharing more about the business side later, but will say that I have this excited feeling deep in my bones about a “simply organized” business here in the bay area. Now that I’m firmly planted somewhere and won’t be moving again, I’m determined, excited, motivated, and thrilled about getting this business off the ground. Maybe even employing some fun and capable friends. Friends that are willing to work closely with this crazy lady.
(blog side note – be sure to check in here next week for a fun Martha Stewart week … And an awesome giveaway! I pinch myself daily knowing i’m working with her people/company. Pinch myself. Hard.)
Am sure you’re tired of reading text and emotional garbage. Want to see some pictures? Hear some updates? Listen to some hair-raising travel and home tales?
The original title of this blog post was “the ugly side of moving”. I thought that was a little extreme but, let’s face it, it’s accurate. Moving is an ugly beast. There is all the prep work on the pack-up end. Then the in-between process, like where am I going to go while the entire contents of my house are on 3 moving trucks driving across the country? Then there’s the new house prep. Then, as excited as I was to see those Arkansas boys pull into my driveway, there was theeee moment. I was suddenly overwhelmed….”Where am I going to put all this stuff??!!”.
Remember that huge stack of bricks in the backyard?…
The bricks that were torn up from the patio and sitting nicely stacked for weeks beside an empty, unfinished swimming pool?
Yup, imagine those being chucked at my head, one by one. The moment I realize this beautiful, spacious, clean, freshly painted / carpeted house would soon be inundated with boxes. And boxes. And even more…Yes…boxes. Lord help me.
Let me back up a minute (or a week) though. Let’s talk about how I got from Arkansas to San Francisco…And most of what happened in between. At least what I can remember. This will be part 1, because I tend to get wordy when emotional (I am a girl – hello!) and there is an entire week of stuff to share with you.
First came the flight west with an antsy 1 year old cat. I landed with charlie in San Francisco late Saturday night. I was more anxious traveling with 1 cat than I’ve ever felt traveling with 3 children…
The first flight (one hour) was filled with meowing and howling. Thankfully, I was seated near 2 cat lovers. The second flight (4 hours) was made eventful when he escaped from the bag and made his way to first class. I was blissfully unaware listening to Michael Buble and blogging away on my laptop when I glanced down at my feet to find an empty cat carrier.
*Insert freak out moment here*
I hopped out of my seat wondering which direction he could possibly have run off to. I was smack in the middle of the plane so it was anyone’s guess. Thankfully, I first looked straight ahead and there was a man holding him in first class. Of course. After rigging the bag to prevent additional escapes, we landed safely. Thank you united airlines for the free drink coupons – the timing on those couldn’t have been better.
What I wouldn’t do for my kids – they adore their cat. Payback? They owe me good behavior for 2 weeks so I can get this house unpacked.
Saturday night was spent at my mom’s, then we headed to the house early the next morning. I was anxious to see the interior paint. My painter said he would completely be out of the house the previous Friday. All that remained was the garage. So you can imagine my fright when I walked into this scene…
I could share 100 more images that look just like the above. Every square inch of the house was covered in painter’s paper, paint cans, rollers, brushes, painter’s tape, plastic sheeting, doors randomly scattered throughout the house…The list goes on. Normally, I wouldn’t care much, but the fact I had a zillion house appointments between Monday and Wednesday, a cleaning crew scheduled to clean the interior on Tuesday….oh, and don’t forget the MOVERS arriving on Wednesday?
*Insert the next freak out moment here*
Although it was a Sunday, I called my painter to find out what was going on and reminded him of my schedule this week. Reminded him I would actually be moving INTO the house in just a couple days. At this point he had been in the house for one full month. He quickly calmed me and by Monday afternoon I was sitting on the paper-free, albeit scratched to high heaven, hardwood living room floor…
But check out that wall color people! Right? Heaven! Forget the floors. Look at those walls, baby! Perfection.
With all of the junk out of the interior, they got started on the garage….
After a quick 2 hours, we called it a wrap and were left with this beautiful blank slate…
I know, this view pretty much made me not want those moving trucks to pull in. Now could I possibly put anything into this garage? It’s too clean and pretty.
With everything out of the house and a clean space to work, I set up shop on the kitchen counter…
By end of day Monday the painter’s had vacated the property, I had wireless internet service up and running, my dad helped me drag the new fridge into the house, I arranged for a plumber to fix some minor issues and got them scheduled to come back for the washer/dryer hook up, made another painfully large payment to the pool company, knocked several errands off the list, fielded many phone calls, and started a long home to-do list….First item of business, a grocery list with wine in line item slots 1 through 5.
Tuesday was another busy day. Up early to meet with my hardwood flooring guy. Many of you have noticed the hardwoods and asked why I want to replace them. There are many reasons. The floors in the family room and new master suite are hickory – one of the softest woods out there. Sadly, after the movers left and the kids arrived, the flooring is already showing significant scratches. I knew this would happen so am not stressing over it.
In addition to having the hickory floors replaced, there is a wide variety of flooring throughout the rest of the house – 3 kinds of tile and 4 kinds of hardwood – some of which is original 1960 flooring. Not only had I planned on streamlining the floors during the kitchen remodel, but during the home inspection the pest control company found powder post beetles taking up residence in a few chunks of the living room and dining spaces. My hardwood guy came in to repair the damages made, but this is a temporary fix. Repaired area in the dining room…
and living room…
The seller’s agent paid for these repairs, which came in at around $1k. Since there was a small budget, my flooring guy did what he could to patch and give us a temporary floor until the kitchen remodel.
We spent time talking floor options and his various opinions on how I can cut costs. We’ll be talking a lot about flooring in here over the next several months.
The rest of Tuesday involved errands around town – A new town i am totally lost in, my sister came by to hang out in the late afternoon and my cleaning crew came through to blow out the dirt/dust from all of the indoor and outdoor work. Sure, the movers would make a big mess again the next day – but at least i had a clean toilet to sit on after weeks of workers in and out of the house. *Cringe*
Back soon with part 2, including master closet design drawings, carpeting, swing set install, and my southern boys pulling into california like they own the place…