We are slowly settling into life in Connecticut. We’re in an apartment with a six month lease, but it looks like we’ll actually be in the house closer to November than March. Fortunately, our leasing office said we can assign (sublease) the rest of our lease, so it should work well.
It took way longer than anticipated to get internet set up. I was somewhat smug that I had made an appointment to install internet at the apartment last Monday (the 9th), but it got really confusing with self-installing and dead phone jacks. They finally sent a technician, who unplugged the filter from the phone jack, and everything worked. I asked him if that was the whole problem. He shook his head and said no, that he had hooked up the cable in the basement before coming to the apartment. That would help, yes.
We got a new bed, new mattress, new chest of drawers, and new sectional couch delivered from Ikea. Alan and I picked everything out a week ago, but because direct deposit wasn’t set up for his paychecks then, I went back this week to actually place the order and pay for everything. I didn’t feel comfortable loading up a cart with 86 lb. mattresses and 240 lb. dressers. So I used the “pick and deliver” service, which was only $119 for everything, and they delivered it 24 hours later. It helps that we live about 45 miles from the Ikea in New Haven!
I’m still assembling furniture. I have everything put together except for the drawers for the bed. It surprises me that I like putting together Ikea furniture. I’m very much a “big picture” person: I really prefer to know the overview before I hear the details. But that doesn’t work (for me) with looking through furniture instructions. Instead, I have to just do the next step, and trust that it will all come together. And it does. It’s a very Zen-like experience for me, focusing on the present.
Copper and Ptoley are doing well. They did not like the seven hour car drive. Copper hid under the passenger seat for 99% of the trip. Ptoley walked around for a while, before perching on the center arm rest and looking out the windshield. It wasn’t long before he got nervous, and climbed into my lap. He’d lay there for maybe a whole minute, before he decided he really wanted to be able to see out the window, so he’d make a loop back to the center arm rest. He split his time between those two locations, never staying long in either.
They weren’t happy to be in the car, and they were even less happy to be locked into the bathroom for the next six hours. The apartment is a loft, and the bathroom is the only room of the house that has a door that closes and latches–all the closets have metal bi-fold doors. So the cats, their food, and their travel litter box hung out in the bathroom while we (mostly Alan–I had come down with a miserable cold the day before) unloaded the van. They hid in the cabinet in the bathroom–poor cats :(
Alan seems to be enjoying his job. He’s working on getting his security clearance right now, so his job duties are somewhat limited. His office is in the unsecured part of the building, and the lab is secured. He said the most common conversation in the cubicles is “let’s go to the lab–I need to talk to you about something.” Despite the fact that all the employees’ offices are in the cubicles, I get the impression that he’s sometimes the only person there for portions of the day; everyone else is in the lab.
I got a new phone, an iPhone! I’ve had a flip phone since forever, which has worked fine for me. But being without internet, and without the ability to do things like look up bank balances, the decision to get a smartphone was reinforced in my mind. I hadn’t been able to wrap my mind around a two-year contract for a ridiculous amount of money each month, so when a friend told me about Page Plus Cellular, I was intrigued. I bought the phone (it works on the Verizon network with any Verizon phone) from Amazon Warehouse. It’s a few generations old, but it was in a sealed package with all the original accessories, so I do not care! And then I put a $12/month plan and a $10 prepaid card on the phone. The $12/month plan is the lowest, and provides 250 minutes, 25o texts, and 10 MB of data. I have cellular data turned off, and will turn it on if I’m out and about and need to look something up. The $10 card is a cushion, so that if I use up the plan minutes/texts/data, I can draw from the card, which lasts 120 days. So I could spend as little as $14.50 a month for iPhone coverage, which is awesome.
I also hooked my phone number up to Google Voice, so that I can have both a local number, and keep my old number. It’s kind of like getting a new email address when you get married. Plus, I can use the Google Voice app on the iPhone on WiFi (at home), and make calls without using my minutes! It’s pretty nifty.
Lest you think my life is all new phones and new couches, 65% of the apartment is still boxes. The decluttering never ends. I’m hoping to consolidate between this move and the next. And it’s hard to wrap my mind around settling into this apartment, if we’re moving again in a few months. I have to go assemble more Ikea furniture and live in the present… or something…
I hope you have an excellent weekend! Is it starting to feel like Fall? Do you have any plans for the weekend? I’d love to hear them in the comments!
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It looks like we got the house!
The seller wanted her attorney to review the contract before she’d sign off on it. That happened today, and the latest we heard from the realtor, the attorney had reviewed the contract and all was good. But we still don’t have the signed contract quite yet.
Nevertheless, it looks like our offer will be accepted!
My emotions are mixed.
+ I’m glad to have our offer accepted. It’s a good feeling.
– I’ve never even seen the house in person, so I’m not really attached to it (the way I was to the other house).
– I feel slightly bad knowing another buyer wanted the house. Apparently they’ve wanted it for a while, and had a hard time getting financing together. I know how it feels to want something for a long time, and for someone else to swoop in and buy what you wanted.
– We’re moving to an apartment tomorrow, and so I’m packing up our current house. It’s work, and it’s emotional–this was our first home together, and I really love it.
– We haven’t sold our current house yet, and that has to happen before we can go forward with the new contract.
It’s good. It’s really good. The house seems adorable and well maintained, and it’s on a lot of land (for a city house), and it’s in a nice neighborhood, and it’s near Alan’s work.
Hopefully I’ll be firmly on the “happy” side of things next week: we will be packed and moved to Connecticut, and I’ll get to see the house in person. I’ll definitely take photos to share!
Happy weekend! I’ll get back to posting links/round-ups once we’re settled in CT.
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I am on hold with Connecticut Natural Gas. This is the third time I’ve called. Apparently when they pull up my social security number it has my maiden name listed. So they’ve requested that I fax over a copy of my social security card, and my marriage license. I filed my name change with Social Security four years ago. Sigh.
So I faxed it yesterday, but apparently it didn’t go through. I found this out after waiting on hold for more than an hour. The representative said to “just call back real quick” after I faxed it. Ha!
It wouldn’t be so bad if we didn’t have prepaid cell phones. It’s cost me at least $10 to wait on hold so far…
We’re also waiting to hear about the offer we made on the brick house. We weren’t planning on making an offer so quickly, but someone else made an offer, so it was now or never. I love that house, and I’d be thrilled if our offer was accepted. There are lots of other houses for sale in the area, so we’ll be okay either way. And every time we make an offer, we get closer to having all the paperwork and such that we’ll need eventually, so that’s good.
I am also packing boxes this week. It’s not difficult, but it’s been hard for me to do. I don’t know if it’s the symbolism of moving, or the heaviness (literal and metaphorical) of all our possessions, or what. It’ll all get done, because it has to get done. I think I’m going to conscript my friends who come over for Ladies’ Night to help me wrap and pack dishes :)
I’m still on hold… I just hope I can get through before they close for the day…!
Update: 25 minutes later, I’m still on hold. But at least I can find some humor in the situation. Instead of playing their desired message (something like: “your call is important to us; please stay on the line”), there is a computer voice that says “CNG message 2 dot wav,” which obviously the file name. It’s pretty funny.