Blogging to you live here from VA. We somehow managed to get it together to find a place to rent, find movers and move down to VA...all within the span of one week. Whew...I'm tired just thinking about it.
During that time, we also
, inherited, were given via family transfer, from my SUPER generous parents who don't need it anymore,...this vehicle.
I call it Gus the Bus...,short for Augustine...cause ya know, it has to be a Catholic van. Our other van, which was in pretty bad shape, would not have passed inspection in VA, so we bid it a fond farewell, cried many tears and sold it for a few pennies.
I was really scared to drive Gus as first, but I quickly got used to it. Backing up is still a pain, but I'm getting better at it (knock on wood).
The nicest thing about Gus.... unlike other vehicles, it has air conditioning.
On the drive down, we were once again stuck in major, major, major traffic in NY and NJ (amazingly CT was fine). I think it took us like 3 hours to go 40 miles or something. At least I found a news radio station that assured me that the "alternate" route would have been even worse due to a jackknifed tractor trailer.
Not to make this all doom and gloom...yesterday was a lovely day of driving...clear sailing, no traffic and a fun visit with a friend we stopped off to see on the way.
And, this is the best thing about the house we are renting. See those things?
Those are trees! TREES!!! Nice, big, shady ones. Something you don't really see in FL. And, the swingset in the backyard is fun for the kids as well.
Today we had to make a run to WalMart and when we came back to the house, our cat was missing. MISSING. I KNEW he was in the house, (all closed up) when we left, and when we came back, he was nowhere to be found. I called Ben up, crying and screaming and cursing the landlord who I was SURE had come to the house and let him out.
Then I opened up a cabinet on top of the fridge...and who should appear, but the wayward cat.
Our furniture hasn't arrived from the moving truck yet, so this is how we are sleeping. It's actually surprisingly comfortable...sleeping on the floor. I have a foam mat, then a sleeping bag and a few blankets. It's not too bad.
Now go see Jen for more quick takes.