Oops – I just realized I haven’t posted in most of a week. That’s because the intervening time has been all about moving. We’re not quite done yet; it’s amazing how much stuff there was to move from a furnished flat we only lived in for two months. A lot of it was groceries. Some was clothing, some of which still isn’t moved because we won’t have hangers until we bring them back from the other house this weekend. Some was stuff we’d bought in advance for the new house, like the vast quantities of dishes from Pottery Barn.

On Friday we had our closing, got our keys, and moved the first batch of stuff from our apartment. Here’s me unpacking the dishes:

hip-deep

Saturday was the Great Festival of Delivery: we had five different groups of people bringing in our major appliances (fridge, washer, dryer); most of the furniture (except the sofa, which takes longer, and a few backordered items); Ted’s monster TV; the key to our mailbox; and our mattress. Luckily the mattress came after the bed.

The house is almost done now; we’ve been scurrying around picking up small things, like kitchen canisters for flour and sugar, a spice rack, sheets because the ones we brought from Taiwan are too small, towels, and so on. This weekend we’ll borrow a panel truck and bring up most of the stuff from Lowell. I have no idea what’s still left there that we could possibly need, except our bikes. I know there’s some clothing, another rowing machine, some hangers for our clothes, mixing bowls, and some books, but half of a large room there is full of boxes and I can’t imagine what’s in all of them.

Here are some photos from during the delivery process, and the kitchen as it looks now.

bed

dining_rm

kitchen1

kitchen2

rug

Some of our bedroom furniture has secret identities. The coolest piece is the vanity we bought to use as my desk: here it is looking all mild-mannered, then after a quick trip to a handy phone booth:

vanity_in

vanity_out

Meanwhile I’ve been trying to work on revisions to my manuscript. Progress is being made, but it’s all slower than I’d like. At least I have something to blame it on, other than goofing off. I do have a couple of chapters more or less done(ish), so I really need to start figuring out where to submit it now – apparently for nonfiction you just send an outline and sample chapters. It’s also getting uncomfortably close to the time when I’ll start looking for a job (spit) – I’d planned to begin that around mid-March, that being three months from when I left the old one. I’ve go a trip to visit family in late March, but at least with a US mobile phone now I won’t have to worry about being out of reach in the unlikely event anyone contacts me that soon.