2013 met us straight on with new challenges such as finding a new apartment and moving up 3 flights of stairs. Yes, that’s right, no elevator and we did it ourselves. Thank goodness Erik’s strong and I have a lot of determination! About halfway through we asked ourselves why we didn’t think of hiring someone to help with the heavy stuff (our least favorite – the dreaded mattress, which also happens to be one of our favorite things in the world…if you’ve never splurged on a nice mattress it’s a must!)
So after loading up the truck in Tacoma, driving to Seattle and unloading up the stairs (did we mention we had to shut the kitties in the bathroom while all this happened so they wouldn’t escape?) we were pretty wiped out. Sometimes the hardest part of the whole moving process is the end when you’ve done all the lifting and all of a sudden you’re in your new place looking around at boxes piled to the ceiling asking yourself, “where’s my toothbrush?” We decided to forget about it for a moment, dropped off the truck just in time (I think we had 5 minutes to spare) and dragged ourselves to the nearest eatery. Thank goodness for diners that serve breakfast all day! Plopping down in the plastic booth we ordered eggs, pancakes, and a burger – it was just about all we could do to lift the forks to our mouths!
I do have to admit that we were super excited to be in our new place. We had found it on a rainy afternoon after many unsuccessful viewings as we were driving around looking for rental signs. We love the neighborhood, the bus picks up half a block from us, and our building is nice and quiet (we actually may be the loudest people here).
Now that it’s February we are officially moved in and completely unpacked, other than a few bags we still need to drop off at a donation center. The plus side is that we got our workout in and we love our new space. It also taught us an important lesson: hiring a mover or two could be the best use of our money the next time we embark on a relocation!
This happens to be the only photo we have so far of our new place! Kiki seems to be right at home…