Written Tuesday, August 29th
I think we’re starting to feel a little more settled after the last several weeks worth of craziness. Right now the general mood is a kind of numbness mixed with out-of-sync body clocks to east coast time. I’ve been posting mostly on my personal Facebook page rather than on our blog or Team Mimi page out of lack of time and energy and most of all likely because this has been a rather personal journey. Since I’m fond of lists as they help save you all from my long-windedness (how ironic that that term is so long in itself!) I’ll put together a list here of what’s been going on and follow up with some photos… I really prefer photos myself but you can’t take pictures of EVERYTHING!
July 12th to 29th
- Our house went up on the market
- I worked on packing up/decluttering my attic studio amongst other spots in the house
- Paperwork and details of house-selling were poured over in an attempt to reach a conclusion (and a valid buyer)
- Ian was struggling with pain
July 29th to August 5th
- We took our cats to Pittsburgh and got them settled in with Ian’s mom. She’d be taking care of them while we finished packing and cleaning in Yakima.
- We wanted to get licenses, bank accounts and insurance figured out but Ian really wasn’t doing well. I got my license and some appointments set up.
August 5th to 15th
- We made a mad dash to pack up the house by the 14th, clean on the 15th and have a “successful” yard sale in the middle on the 11th and 12th. Packing was INSANE! We had a few people come and help, some were integral and we wouldn’t have made it without them. Ian felt well enough to man the yard sale with help while I packed as well as packing up our workshop and garage.
- We managed to get most of our stuff ready for the movers who came on the 14th. Later we found that the dishwasher was full along with a few other surprises. Meh.
- We handed over the keys on the 15th in the midst of cleaning. It was surreal.
The evening of August 14th to the morning of the 17th
- We stayed with our lovely friends Joan and Chuck (and Lola kitty) as our belongings supposedly traveled further to their destination.
- We sold our work truck, Ginger, to a first-time vehicle owner (he’s 16!), visited with friends and my father and tried to figure out what to do with all the stuff that accidentally didn’t get on the moving truck and/or wouldn’t fit in our car.
August 17th to very late on the 20th
- We drove mostly on highway 94 through Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and a little bit of Illinois, Indianapolis and Ohio before reaching Pittsburgh.
- We stayed our first night in Livingston, MT, the second in Fargo, ND and the third in Baraboo, WI. Four days was a bit fast to really stop anywhere during the day so we tried to make our nightly stays enjoyable. (All except Fargo which was at a Marriott, meh.)
August 21st to the 29th…
There’s been a lot of resting and trying to get our bodies and brains to catch up to where we are in this process. Ian’s still dealing with pain in his limbs. We need to get his insurance complications figured out and have him start seeing doctors here. I saw a nurse practitioner on Friday who set me up with all kinds of referrals and plans. I’ll get my INR (blood thinness) checked today and my port flushed after I see a carcinoid oncologist on September 7th. There’s a follow up with my PCP (who is a DO!) next month and a visit with my new transplant team.
Our movers have really handled everything badly and it’s so frustrating! They were supposed to be here and loading everything into storage somewhere between the 21st and 24th. This would have meant that we’d have to live out of our suitcases for about a week at he most. Well, turns out the driver didn’t PICK UP OUR STUFF UNTIL THE 21ST!! After a lot of phone calls and the notification that our driver should have retired before now we only have a $450 deduction ($75 per day) when our belongings will be arriving a week late! Unacceptable!
Out of the 2 interstate companies we could choose from in Yakima we went with Bekins which is a company that has been around for a very long time. The other company gave us an estimate that was so much higher we were sort of forced to choose Bekins. If you have options I’d suggest going with someone else. When you’re talking about every single belonging you own in the world don’t mess around. Perhaps our situation is not typical for Bekins but it sucks all the same. I’ll let you know if our things arrive in one piece…
Today is Thursday the 31st and the last day of August. Our stuff arrived yesterday (finally!) but the driver had a huge semi that wouldn’t fit in the storage unit area. He had to rent a UHaul to shuttle. Luckily we didn’t have to pay for this extra “convenience”. Also, and this is the loveliest piece of extra business, there was a second truck! We got a call after setting up at storage Tuesday from a guy telling us truck #2 was in North Carolina. I said, Excuse me, there’s a second truck?!?? Oh, the other driver didn’t tell you? NO!!!??!?!?
So, from 8am to 5pm we were at the storage unit watching 2 and then 3 guys pack all our belongings away. I tried so hard to keep track of what was going in but managed to miss some items I had really wanted at the front. Now I’ll need to track down and get copies of paperwork and most likely duplicates of things I didn’t want in duplicate. Yard sale when we move!
Today we decided to try and hit up some Labor Day sales for bed items we needed. Our BIL helped us get our mattress from storage in his truck and we sought out to make our bed as close to the Murray Hotel’s bed in room 402. (PS They called me back and said they get all their bedding from a wholesale place… With sadness I realized we would have to figure it out on our own!)
Bed Bath and Beyond had some things that were fine and a little on sale but we followed our instincts to wait.
And boy did those instincts PAY OFF! We headed over to Macy’s where they were having an incredible sale with extra discounts for card holders. I’ve had a card for the last 15 years or so and only use it to get better discounts. Then I go home and pay off my bill directly. It’s a great system! So, not only did we get things for discounts up to 50% off but there was the extra 20% off for the card AND the sales lady gave us an additional 20% off coupon!!! For some things we got a 90% discount!?!?! Ok, I’m not getting paid by Macy’s… well, I guess we sort of did…. but saving more than you spend is a reason to share, to me. (Ok, now you can pay me, Macy’s.)
Hopefully tonight I’ll be able to sleep really well without having to take anything or wait until 3am. This moving thing is stressful in so many ways that I didn’t anticipate. One of the most frustrating things is not being able to take care of unfinished business easily from so far away. I tried to deal with issues before we moved but… I guess that’s life, right. Maybe in one of these updates I’ll be able to say, I think we’ve got most of the junk figured out! Yeah, we’re not there yet.
Stay tuned for some travel pics!