City 17 Blues
*hugs* congratulations! I hope the excitement outweighs the nostalgia

Thank you! #hugs# I am sure it will soon - being absolutely exhausted has a lot to do with it, I think. We’ve been at this a week, with a trip to Cleveland yesterday thrown in (although that was absolutely necessary and did a lot for our morale, if not for our tiredness level :) and even though we had a lot of help we’re still just completely  done in.

I’ll get some more pictures for you guys soon; it’s just that right now if is absolutely swamped with boxes and the place looks appalling. :)

Okay, that’s it. The last load is out in the car, and we’ll bring it in tomorrow. We’re too tired to do it tonight. But we’re officially moved out of the old place and into the new.

It’s amazing how much stuff you can accumulate living somewhere for nearly thirteen years. And the Doc had six years there to accumulate stuff. The trailer is awash in a sea of boxes and bags. We’re going to get rid of a lot of stuff; it’s just that we had to move it first, I guess. And build bookshelves. Lots of bookshelves. That will solve a lot of space issues.

So, the longest phase of my adult life to date re: living arrangements is over, and a new one is beginning. Tomorrow we hand over the keys, but as of today we don’t live there any more. And it’s a good thing; I mean, we have our own place now that we own (even if we’re still renting the land it rests on) and it’s awesome.  We can do what we want with it, and the possibilities are endless. But the apartment was a good home for a long time, and it’s sad to think that it’s not home any more. Change is always challenging, even when it’s for the best.

Being exhausted doesn’t help either, I suppose. Off for tea and a film.

We are determined to get the move over tonight, but it is really kicking our asses. A couple more loads yet, and hauling out a huge amount of garbage and recyclables, and a bit of vacuuming and wiping surfaces and we can put paid to it.

It’s weird, though. The apartment is starting to smell like it did when I moved in, which kind of messes with me. And holy shit do we own a lot of stuff. A lot of it will be sold/donated/given away, but right now we have to move all of it first.

We need a different stove in the new place, too - it’s shot. We had to turn it off because the broken oven door arm meant the heat leaked up on the stovetop dials, cooking them and the rubber gaskets in them, causing them to leak gas slightly. Not ideal. Tuesday morning we’re out for a new (well, new to us anyway) stove. It would be tomorrow but we’re driving to my folks’ to get our new kitty. Pics of him will appear once he’s cleaned up enough to be presented to company :)

Okay dinner’s over, back at it. Burning daylight.

So we’ve been listening to the Fartbarf album pretty much nonstop since I bought it last night. It is super awesome. It is always super awesome that we’ll be seeing them live Saturday (providing we aren’t so tired we have to head home from DEVOtional early.)

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You’re all moved in? :D

We’re getting there; we have food, clothes, and electronics, also gas, electric, and internet, but there’s still a lot of stuff that still needs moved. We’re getting some done tonight, and some done tomorrow afternoon, and hopefully that will wind it up. If not, we’re hoping to get the rest done on Sunday. Our landlords are great and don’t mind if we take more time clearing out of their apartment, but we’d like to get it over with. It’s pretty stressful not knowing which pile or box the thing you’re looking for is.

So we slept last night in the new place (after having to assemble our bed at ten at night) and now our spawn point is reset here. We’re split on what to do next; I want to start farming but the Doc thinks our zombie defenses need strengthening.

Okay, we got the gas on yesterday, and then we shut it off a couple of hours later because moving the stove to the correct position cracked the millenia-old metal flex pipe and it started leaking a small amount of gas. I called a plumbing and heating service with an excellent rep and even though it was five o’clock they booked us in for an appointment at ten today. The guy who turned up was friendly, professional, and extremely helpful; he put a new hose and a shutoff valve on the stove (it was so old it didn’t have one - which has serious pain-in-the-ass potential) and got the pilots lit and everything shipshape for far less than we expected to pay. So that was awesome. The electric went into our names today (it’s been on since we got the keys; we don’t know if the previous owner forgot to turn his off or what, but it has made things was easier so we’re happy about it) and the internet goes in tomorrow, and the idea is to see about moving the bed and various essentials over there tomorrow evening and start sleeping there. We are not close to being moved yet; I’m still in the “it’s never going to be done” stage, but at least we have a plan. The next couple of days we’re going to push pretty hard on the hauling boxes front and see if we can get the majority of it done by Friday noonish, so the Doc gets a bit of a rest before all the driving we have to do Saturday. (Nothing bad, all good, but long story…) Sunday we hope to finish the process and clean the apartment so our landlady doesn’t have to do it (they are going to gut it, I think, but no sense leaving them a mess on top of that…)

That’s the plan, anyway. We’ll see how it goes.

Here’s the kitchen and dining area!
Well, after two days of cleaning and throwing stuff out and moving things around we’re ready to start hauling things in. We did a load today, with two tables (one pictured) and a desk and chair and the majority of our boxed clothes, and the Doc and Dag drilled a a hole in the wall on the left to fit the fridge plug through and moved it to the position you see in the picture, instead of its original position, which was brute force wedged into a space made for a far smaller fridge in the gap just to the right of that roll of plastic. 
We actually had the security bit for the screws they used in the original construction so I was able to to take down the living room mirror while the guys were off securing lunch, but it turns out it was only masking taped into the frame, so once I unhooked it and tried to lower it gently to the floor there was the gentle noise of the tape giving way and then the four foot mirror plunged out of the frame and onto the carpet. Thankfully it didn’t break!
We also hauled the furniture he left out of the shed and piled it up in the lawn; people have been taking everything we left out so hopefully this will go the same way. And our landlady insisted we bring any garbage we found back to the apartment to throw out here since tonight is garbage day, so we brought back a load of garbage from the shed and all the miniblinds. We also excavated an old kerosene heater the scrappers might want.
I have also just found a place online that does supplies for vintage trailers, and they have what looks to be the window assemblies and seals that we have, so after we get moved and settled and get a feel for our finances we might be able to order in replacement seals and mechanisms for all the crank systems that are stripped out.
On the “when we can afford it” list - completely overhauling the bathroom. Someone put in the cheapest paneling possible (it’s practically cardboard) and really thick nasty carpet (hint - rooms where people stand to pee is the last place you want carpet) and the shower/bath is probably original and is slowly rusting away (it does work, but it is worn out) and the toilet is the original 1974 model (it says so on the inside!) and while it does work, it is small and incredibly inefficient and needs a certain amount of fiddling. The sink is plastic and appears to have paint buildup on it (?) Everything works, but it is not entirely pleasant in there. 
The ceiling in the master bedroom closet has old water damage, and needs new drywall put up.
The carpeting is newish but we want to pull it out and put laminate in instead. Laminate is much easier to clean and maintain than carpet.
Right now, though, we’re just going to concentrate on moving in.

Here’s the kitchen and dining area!

Well, after two days of cleaning and throwing stuff out and moving things around we’re ready to start hauling things in. We did a load today, with two tables (one pictured) and a desk and chair and the majority of our boxed clothes, and the Doc and Dag drilled a a hole in the wall on the left to fit the fridge plug through and moved it to the position you see in the picture, instead of its original position, which was brute force wedged into a space made for a far smaller fridge in the gap just to the right of that roll of plastic.

We actually had the security bit for the screws they used in the original construction so I was able to to take down the living room mirror while the guys were off securing lunch, but it turns out it was only masking taped into the frame, so once I unhooked it and tried to lower it gently to the floor there was the gentle noise of the tape giving way and then the four foot mirror plunged out of the frame and onto the carpet. Thankfully it didn’t break!

We also hauled the furniture he left out of the shed and piled it up in the lawn; people have been taking everything we left out so hopefully this will go the same way. And our landlady insisted we bring any garbage we found back to the apartment to throw out here since tonight is garbage day, so we brought back a load of garbage from the shed and all the miniblinds. We also excavated an old kerosene heater the scrappers might want.

I have also just found a place online that does supplies for vintage trailers, and they have what looks to be the window assemblies and seals that we have, so after we get moved and settled and get a feel for our finances we might be able to order in replacement seals and mechanisms for all the crank systems that are stripped out.

On the “when we can afford it” list - completely overhauling the bathroom. Someone put in the cheapest paneling possible (it’s practically cardboard) and really thick nasty carpet (hint - rooms where people stand to pee is the last place you want carpet) and the shower/bath is probably original and is slowly rusting away (it does work, but it is worn out) and the toilet is the original 1974 model (it says so on the inside!) and while it does work, it is small and incredibly inefficient and needs a certain amount of fiddling. The sink is plastic and appears to have paint buildup on it (?) Everything works, but it is not entirely pleasant in there. 

The ceiling in the master bedroom closet has old water damage, and needs new drywall put up.

The carpeting is newish but we want to pull it out and put laminate in instead. Laminate is much easier to clean and maintain than carpet.

Right now, though, we’re just going to concentrate on moving in.

We cleaned all day today - we never got called for hay; I guess they had a full crew - and although it still smells weird (nothing particular, just the smell of someone else’s [old] home) it’s starting to get there. Dag came to give us a hand, and we got the carpets vaccuumed and febreezed (I went through a whole bottle) scrubbed the kitchen floor, washed the walls (no one had ever even wiped down the paneling in at least twenty years, and we went through six buckets of hot water and Murphy’s oil soap before we were done) added some (but not all, I ran out) of the missing window screen clips, cleaned the stove, and took down all the miniblinds and miniblind hardware. (There were miniblinds on every. single. window. I hate miniblinds. I’ll get some Roman shades from the discount store as soon as I can afford it.) Also, the local scrappers turned up to say hello and they got rid of a busted lawnmower and two beat up aluminum chairs left over in the shed, along with an oxygen tank (I don’t know why it was there)

Tomorrow we’re going to move in a little furniture to start, move the fridge, vacuum under and around it, drill a hole in the wall to run the cord through, scrub the floor where the fridge was, remove the big 70’s mirror from the wall where we want the TV, take down the random wooden decorative doodads from the bathroom, and start a serious tub clean.

I did take pics, but it’s mainly for documentary purposes; it’s still very full of random shit he left and I’d like to get a little of our stuff in first before I start posting pictures.

Off to wind down!

Congrats on the new place, sugarplum! I’m glad you’re getting a chance to make some new memories and stretch out. You’ll love it!

Thank you! I am still in the “Holy shit we own this? What do we do now?” phase, but I am assuming the excitement will happen soon. Probably once we get some cleaning going :)