no phones

No phone, day five. I’m in the process of placing my fourth call to AT&T. Apparently they can’t verify that our house actually exists. I’ve got a mortgage to prove it does, buddy.


What a long moving weekend.

Many thanks to the following people for all their help:
Mary J, who has known us at all our houses
Nicole & Allan, who got the mattress up the stairs when it seemed nearly impossible
Chuck & Cousin Joe
Krist & Pook for beer, packing, and comic relief
Sarah, who helped us pack
Small punk neighbor Clay & his cadamite Matt
Jen, the ultimate porch monkey
Rachel, who babysat the house when we were waiting for the fridge
and of course to Joe, who was there the whole time and did so so so so much to help.

Closing went well, despite the fact that we were late. After the title co/mortgage co mix up, we decided to just go early. We went for our walk-through, then went to the title co, where we were told the closing was at 11. N and I went to breakfast, then got back at 10:20 to discover that everyone was wrong and that the closing was actually at 10. UGH. Oh well, we signed the paperwork and got everything taken care of.

The move was relatively uneventful. Lots of bodies meant lighter work. Joe, Mary, Nicole & Allan helped on Friday with moving the packed boxes and our bed. Allan and Nate had to FORCE the mattress up the stairs. Thank God for strong boys. My mom brought us lunch, and Nate’s parents stopped by in the evening. Nate’s parents it’s “not bad for a starter house.” We’re not entirely sure what they mean by that, but our theory is that we just don’t have enough marble. Jen also thought they might be referring to our lack of clay tennis courts. Sorry to disappoint. We made a run to Home Depot and Wal-Mart, then crashed for the night. I can’t remember the last time I was that exhausted.

Saturday I unpacked the kitchen and waited around for the cable guy to show up while Nate went to rescue carless Joe. The cable guy didn’t show – I really think he went to SOUTH Chicago Ave as the company said he came, knocked, rang the doorbell, then left a door tag saying he’d been there. We have a lot of doors – but there’s no note and I KNOW I would’ve heard someone knocking or ringing the bell. Now we won’t have cable til 7/26. Ugh. To add insult to injury, our phone which was to be switched on Saturday wasn’t done – it’s to be done today, I guess. We were HOPPING MAD. Rachel came over and babysat the house so Nate and Joe could pack and I could run errands – then the fridge showed up. I nearly cried with joy – after two cancelled service calls, it was almost too much to hope for that the fridge would come. 🙂 More moving in the afternoon and evening – all the big furniture is there. Chuck & Cousin Joe helped – I watched Christopher, who is totally enamored with ceiling fans. Nate & Joe rescued the neighbors’ escaped pitbull, who ended up staying with us overnight as her owners weren’t home. Chinese food for dinner, then Jen, George, and Tina stopped by. We sat out on the porch til 12:30, then we HAD to crash.

Sunday morning was really, really nice. We took the dog for a walk – I had a cup of tea – the sun was shining and the neighborhood was waking up. It hit me – this is OUR house now. This is OUR neighborhood now. This is OUR life now! Funny how a little thing like a walk with a rescued dog will bring those things home. Nate picked up Joe, then Krist & Erika came over around noon to help. Mom, Pop, & Eric brought us lunch – I felt horribly rude eating while Krist & Erika watched – but we were hungry! 😦 We got a lot done – Erika & I packed, then the boys helped unpack. We spent the greater part of the afternoon cracking up at stories so bizarre that if they weren’t coming from Krist, we simply wouldn’t believe them. The kitties arrived – they’re not really sure of their surroundings, but I’m sure they’ll be OK. The Lindens made the (long – ha) trip over for ice cream – then we crashed.

So we’re in. Lots to do still – piles and cleaning and so much work – but the house is ours. Frankly, I can’t tell you how nice it is to sit on my bum and not be walking up and down stairs.


house of winds is on moving hiatus.
(read: the cable company didn’t show and the phone company didn’t do their job)
back for more on monday, 14 july 03.


I’m just exhausted. It’s 6am and I’m wide awake – and this never happens. I’m the one that can’t be dragged out of bed until 45 minutes before I have to be somewhere, if then. I guess I’m just stressing about the move.

Sarah came over and helped us pack last night – we made lots of progress! The kitchen is all but empty, as is the bathroom and the big big closet. Most of what remains in the attic is already packed – or large enough that it doesn’t need a box. Our landing is completely full of boxes. I have to make a box raid today – I still have many of the boxes from Nicole; however many of them are just too too large for heavy things like books and paper and pots and pans.

So if we’re in such good shape, why am I stressing? I think it’s the money thing more than anything else. I know we can afford this house – we thought long and hard and budgeted to make sure of it – but now that we’re actually down to it, my stomach is doing a few flips at the thought of a lifetime of debt. And I’m sure we’ll be fine once we make it through the first couple of months – but it’s the start up that’s freaking me right now. Paying for the truck, the fridge, the cable installation, the paint or wallpaper. Refilling our now nearly empty fridge and freezer (aftermath of the storm more than anything). Homeowners, how do you get over this? Do you just grit your teeth and know you’ll make it through?

Ah well. I should be using this time to get more packing done.

P.S. Yesterday was my 200th entry. Just thought I’d share.


Up until a few years ago (read: 2000), I thought I was a Republican. Honestly, I wasn’t even registered to vote until I was 21. I’m not proud of that fact. I didn’t vote in the 2000 elections because I wasn’t registered – and when it got to the time of the elections, I didn’t know enough about any of the candidates to cast an intelligent vote.
It will be different this year.

Thanks to Ursula and Eva and Mary J – a quiz to determine which candidate is right for you:
1. Dean, Gov. Howard, VT – Democrat (100%)
2. Kucinich, Cong. Dennis, OH – Democrat (98%)
3. Kerry, Senator John, MA – Democrat (96%)
4. Sharpton, Reverend Al – Democrat (82%)
5. Lieberman Senator Joe CT – Democrat (80%)
6. Edwards, Senator John, NC – Democrat (78%)
7. Moseley-Braun, Former Senator Carol IL – Democrat (76%)
8. Gephardt, Cong. Dick, MO – Democrat (76%)
9. Libertarian Candidate (75%)
10. Graham, Senator Bob, FL – Democrat (61%)

11. Bush, George W. – US President (39%)
12. Phillips, Howard – Constitution (8%)
13. LaRouche, Lyndon H. Jr. – Democrat (-12%)
I heard a piece about the Democratic 9 on NPR today – v interesting. I don’t know who will get my vote – but I’m pretty sure that for the first time ever, it’ll be a Democrat.

long day

Happy Birthday Sarah! Sarah and I have been friends for nearly 9 years – it’ll be 9 years on the 27th. Today is her 23rd birthday and she is celebrating it by closing on her new house with her fabbo roommate Hannah. Congrats!. Happy Birthday also to my friend Nicole! She is also 23 and brought her adorable daughter in to work today. Fun!

Speaking of work, it’s been a long, long day. The computers were down for about half the day – 8:30-1, then 2-2:30. Boring. I finished the new Fine Cooking, which includes an article about mojitos! Never heard of them until a couple of weeks ago – and now they’re everywhere!

More storming this morning – apparently the storm on Saturday was a derecho, according to the weather guy on NPR. Every time I have to go outside, a super monsoon kicks in. Ridiculous.

Dinner last night was magnificent. We were going to make fajitas – until I forgot the chicken. Instead Nate, Eva, and I went to Taco Loco and had remarkable Mexican food. I had cactus tacos and a big plate of the best guacamole I’ve ever had. Nate had steak tacos and nachos, and Eva had a goat taco, a cactus taco, and a beef tamale. So SO good. Taco Loco isn’t in the best neighborhood – but the food MORE than makes up for it.

Got some packing done last night – mainly the dishes and a few things from the pantry. I can’t wait to be done.