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July 25, 2005


We finally made it!

I am utterly exhausted. Some highlights of our move include:

The moving company's truck breaking down in LA, causing the pickup of our furniture to be delayed 48 hours. It was supposed to go on Thursday afternoon, allowing us to leave Friday morning. It ended up leaving on Saturday afternoon, after we had already left. My sister, Katie, who is truly my favorite right now, supervised the movers for us while the rest of my family left San Diego at 4:30 on Friday afternoon.

Our first part of the drive from San Diego to Stockton ended up taking just over 11 hours, not the 7 hours and 15 minutes Mapquest gave us. We arrived in Stockton at 3am, fed all the pets (2 dogs, 3 cats, one bird) and slept for 2 hours before setting off again.

The second day's driving was long and boring for the most part (hello, Central California) until we reached Mt. Shasta in Northern California. We drove into Southern Oregon admiring the incredible views from the twisty mountain roads. We stopped at the most beautiful rest stop in the world (giant trees, creek bubbling happily, etc.) before continuing onto Eugene.

Eugene was beautiful, however, I couldn't enjoy much of it as The Jeffrey was crazed from being in the car for 10 hours. He attempted to eat a bicyclist in the park, so we headed back to the room (after being warned by the desk clerk that any noise from the dogs would result in our immediate eviction without refund). I didn't see much of Eugene after that. I was too busy hovering over both dogs, concerned that the celebrating of the champion Little League team next door would set him off. I can say good things about McMinnamin's Restaurant. The fish and chips are excellent. I cannot currently, however, locate the link for the restaurant. That will have to wait until later.

We finally arrived home (after a brief detour to my in-law's house to pick up a bed and eat lunch ) at 5pm yesterday. The pets all settled in, with the exception of Merlin the cat. He has been hiding under the bed since leaving the kitty crate. We met our next-door neighbor and set up the bed. Before going to sleep we wandered the house, marveling at the fact that it is all ours. Coming down the very steep, very narrow staircase I missed a step and sprained my ankle. I declined the ER and wrapped up my ankle with an ice gel pack I happened to pack in our car. I'm hobbling around today, but should be able to negotiate the Seattle sight seeing trip tomorrow and Thursday allright, just a bit slower than usual. I cannot drive our manual transmission Beetle.

Katie and her fiance fly in this afternoon (it was supposed to be this morning but their flight was delayed). We're on our way to pick up a few necessary supplies at Target and Home Depot while our laundry does its thing at the in-law's house. Cleaning the scary bathroom is next on the to-do list.

We took many pictures on the drive and I'll post them as soon as all our furniture shows up ("probably this week, but we have up to 15 days to deliver," said the driver). The house is echoing like a giant cavern right now.

Posted by Ensie at July 25, 2005 10:59 AM

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omigod, my cats absolutely detest the kitty crate too. they tear us apart when we try to put them in one of those! We had to switch to leases with harnesses. They're much happier. :)

Posted by: Dawn (webmiztris) at July 25, 2005 11:28 AM

Welcome home!! Can't wait to see the pictures! Rest that ankle while you can. : )

Posted by: Violet at July 25, 2005 12:15 PM

Welcome home! :)

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. ~Jane Austen

Posted by: Jennifer at July 25, 2005 10:07 PM

On behalf of the entire internet, we miss you! Post more! Hope your furniture arrived and that you're doing well! : )

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