Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Countdown to the Move

I've been contemplating my upcoming move into my new condo, hopefully to occur about a week after Thanksgiving. Even though I did buy some fall clothes, I've been freezing my ass off lately, and though less ass can sometimes be a good thing, this is not my chosen way of achieving it. So I'm really looking forward to seeing all my clothes, but then I started to think about how I'd packed. At the time, I thought it was very clever to use all my winter sweater as padding in among a lot of framed photos and breakable knick-knacks... but those are the last things I'll want to unpack. So to get at my sweaters, I'll have to open a lot of boxes that otherwise could have just been put aside for awhile. Oh well. It's better than continuing to buy things that I don't really need, just because the ones I already have are inaccessible.
Speaking of which, another thing I can’t remember is why I thought it would be a good idea to put my toolkit in storage. Of course I should have realized I would need my tape measure, level, paint scrapers, utility blade, screwdriver, etc. while doing some pre-move-in tasks! I already gave in a few weeks ago and bought a cheapo level and tape measure to use during the walkthroughs, but I'm probably going to be spending a fair amount on odds and ends at Home Depot or Lowe's. But maybe it won't be all that much... I keep marvelling at this aspect of buying a brand-new place-- there are things to do, but some of them are more a matter of taste than necessity, and even accounting for those, the list is still fairly brief! Just coordinating the floor guys has been enough for me-- I don't know how I had ever contemplated buying a place that would have needed a whole new kitchen. And it was a studio, no less! Imagine trying to live in a one-room apartment while you renovate the kitchen about 10 feet away from where you sleep!
Here I basically just need to decorate-- some paint, some shelves, maybe a different towel bar... no big deal. And no big bucks! I had hoped to squeeze in some painting before the floors were done but with everything else that is going on, that just isn't going to happen. So as with everything else, getting this place settled will take longer than I'd hoped, but that is okay.

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