Panic Day

No New Arrivals this week, and unlikely to be in the next few weeks either, unless you want to count the day the movers arrive in Portland with the 130+ boxes of books that now sit, packed and ready to go, in the garage.

The movers come tomorrow morning to start packing the house. No matter how prepared we’ve tried to get, we keep thinking – at 2 am – of things still to do before they arrive. We’re both terrified: of forgetting something, of messing things up, of getting there and finding problems, of the chaos, of then having to sell the CA house long distance, you name it. After my 6th, or is it 9th, nearly sleepless night, and hers too, we are practically zombies. No, not that kind.

We thought at some point this was going to be fun, exciting, thrilling. So far it’s only been difficult and frightening. The way it’s looking now, the car we’re driving north will look like one of those dust bowl fugitive’s vehicles, piled high inside and out with stuff we have to have in hand (meds, money, some valuables, things the movers won’t touch, etc.), even a couple of plants we don’t want to leave or toss.

It’s raining, which I better get used to, and I still have yard work to finish up today.

Wife had a nice visit with her daughter, who drove up from San Diego yesterday. They will miss being nearby. Me? I’d miss normal life, but you can’t miss something you can’t remember.

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15 Responses to Panic Day

  1. Bill Crider says:

    The thrills and excitement begin after you’ve been in the new house for a week or two. The fear and the difficulties will fade away. Trust me. And keep smiling.

  2. Evan Lewis says:

    Hang in there. Everything’s more laid back here in the Beaver State.

  3. Drongo says:

    Just don’t forget and leave the cats behind.

  4. Now you see why folks our age rarely move, Rick. The hassle is a pain. But, Bill’s right: once you get to your new home and settle in, the moving part will seem like a Bad Dream.

  5. Richard says:

    Drongo – truth is, we ARE leaving the cats behind! That is, they’ll be boarded starting tomorrow until the 17th when they are driven to LAX and flown to Portland, then delivered to the new house. Nine days of confinement and confusion for them, but it’s better than being here during the packing and loading. I guess.

    Bill, George – I hope you’re right. I don’t think it has to do with age, though, it has to do with the post-mortgage/economy crash, the most hassle we had was with The mortgage company and Wells Fargo, who continually either re-check or screw up the paperwork. Plus I’m sure the movers have over-estimated the time needed to pack us. Two days, for a 950 sq. ft. condo, with all the books, CDs and DVDs already packed? I don’t think so…

  6. patti Abbott says:

    When we sold our last house and moved into this one 12 years ago, Megan was getting married the same week and I was (finally) graduating from college. (No one even noticed that part).
    I thought I’d go mad. But soon it was past us and we were so glad to be where we are now. (Despite the $50,000 we put into the house and will never get back.)
    This is a hard time but it always is in some way. You’ll be fine. And we need new adventures at our age. I am always looking for one.

  7. Hang in there, Rick. Like Patti said, guaranteed there will be glitches so just accept that and don’t let them ruin your day. You’re one step ahead of things by moving out of this god forsaken state.

  8. Jeff Meyerson says:

    We thought at some point this was going to be fun, exciting, thrilling.

    *cue the hollow laughter*

    The fun part starts when you’re moved in, all your books are shelved, and the past few weeks are behind you. It will happen…eventually.

  9. Richard says:

    Patti – that’s an incredible amount of event overload. Wow. Our thing here would have been lots easier if B’s company hadn’t decided to change floors right in the middle of it. She’s still not settled into her new space, and lost a lot of work time, so she has been feeling way behind there and grind out extra “catch up” work in the middle of packing and our dealing with the financial idiots.

    Jeff – “when you’re moved in, all your books are shelved” – I doubt that will happen this year! Then too there are those pesky holidays getting in the way, not to mention the eternal brokeness of being (owner of a new to us home).

  10. Richard says:

    Laurie – I sure wish I’d been at the rose show instead of freaking out here, but you’re right it will get done. As for the political/economic comment, at least Meg didn’t win.

  11. Carl V. says:

    The fun, thrilling and exciting parts will certainly come, amidst all the not so fun parts of moving that you are already experiencing. Sooner than you think the sleep-filled nights will return and the adventure of all things new will be upon you. Wishing you well, most especially over these next few hectic days.

  12. Richard says:

    Thanks, Carl, very much. One thing this process has brought into sharp focus is how many caring, supportive friends I have, especially newer ones in the virtual world of bloggers. It makes me feel very fortunate.

  13. Todd Mason says:

    Hey, and I suspect we’d all help if we were handy. Where’s the pizza? (I’ll take an O’Doul’s)

    But, as everyone notes, this hassle and insecurity has an ending date, and it’s sooner rather than later. And extra time for packing is always better than too little/rushing…and maybe cut yourself whatever slack you can in last minute touchups to the yard and all. It’s remarkable how fast the new home becomes Home. Even for me, and I haven’t bothered to unpack much in my current theoretically temporary dwelling.

    Be good zombies, and get some rest when you can…

  14. Carl V. says:

    I echo Todd’s sentiments. And hey, I’m free to be flown in to help unpack and shelve books! 🙂

  15. Having moved a few times in my life, I understand the hectic feel. As others have mentioned, It will all go away eventually. The new house will be home sooner than you think.

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