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30 May, 2012

Reno post #29: Moving along

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Home/reno|Misc. life

This will give you an idea of what we were up to yesterday:

Boyd moving

Dust bunny

Vacuuming is fun when there's no furniture

Give the kid a Sharpie

Not pictured:

  • the movers from Boyd Moving & Storage. I was really impressed by their level of care and service. If you need movers, call Boyd. Seriously. These guys were great.
  • my dusty, stinky old self
  • the painful trip to Ikea to find last-minute curtains last night, after a day of moving
  • the cinnamon bun
  • the painful installation of the aforementioned curtains at 10:30 p.m. (Thank you Mark.) Do not talk to me about cutting and hemming because it’s not happening right now. (Even with iron-on hems.)
  • the trip back to the house to pick up some things we left behind to grab later (cleaning supplies, milk out of the fridge, stuff for lunches)
  • ANOTHER trip back to the house because someone forgot to pack the electric toothbrush
  • the fact that the apartment bathroom doesn’t have a single electrical outlet
  • a sleepless dog
  • the piles of stuff surrounding me as I type this: teetering towers of cardboard, the miles of packing paper, the scarcity of Things We Need For General Day to Day Use (“Where’s the soap?” etc etc.)

Today I need to finish packing up our pantry and bring it to the apartment, and I need to finish unpacking too. And check a backlog of emails. And eat. And buy groceries. And COOK SOMETHING. Gah.

p.s. My latest post for the UsedEverywhere blog is a bit about the move too. Specifically, I’m wondering how many colanders you have. You can give me your answer over here. :)


1 Response to "Reno post #29: Moving along"

1 | Toosje (Toesha) Delaney

May 30th, 2012 at 12:00 pm


Hey Andrea!

Great posts about the move! I know we’ve never met but I’m out about all the time and have a free day tomorrow and an SUV. If you have couple things you need done and need a hand feel free to shoot me an email, I’d be happy to help! Otherwise, good luck!


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