a week later

It’s been an official week since we moved into our new home. That still sounds weird. We spent over two months living in a tiny hotel room where we kept telling ourselves that soon, soon we would have our home. Now we live in it. We’ve spent a week commuting into work. We have everything hooked up and rooms are starting to take shape.

Boxes are still scattered all around the house. We won’t have boxes out of this house for a few more months. In our old home, we were forced into putting so much of our stuff into storage because we didn’t have the floor space for storage options. Now, we have the floor space, but not the storage options.

To say that I am pleased with this house is a huge understatement. I love this house. I never imagined we would get so much out here in Phoenix when so much of our lives have changed by moving out here. We have the type of house that we really wanted. Our commute is not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. We had originally estimated that it would take 45-60 minutes to get into work. Instead, we can get to my office, at least, in 35-45 minutes. We have a grocery store right around the corner (almost literally) so we don’t have to plan grocery shopping trips based on when we’ll be closer into the city. We do, though, make the sacrifice of not being able to just randomly come and go to our house throughout the day while on errands. We make our list, we run our errands and then we come home. It’s not bad, but it’s different from living in the middle of everything.

This weekend, we’re going to spend our first quiet weekend at the house. We’ve got boxes that at least have to be opened and checked for damage (a few things got damaged, but thankfully everything was insured, so I’m not too worried). I have a costume that I need to start for Dragon*Con, which is coming up in only a few more weeks. Most of all, though, I think Sean and I are just going to enjoy being here.

Finally: An Update With Pictures

I know I have been shirking on my duties, but I do have some pictures of the house now. The first couple of shots will be the sunset we had here tonight, along with the name of the neighborhood.

The other pictures will be of the move-in and various other things.

Without further adeu: The Pictures

Things are slowly comming together, the commute is not as bad as we thought, and carpooling in together means that I have just that much more time to pick on my wife.

don’t try this at the office

Yesterday afternoon found me at a doctor’s office trying to get a small infection, that was getting worse and not going away on it’s own, taken care of. The doctor prescribed about three different drugs for me: a steroid, an antibiotic and a pain killer. The pain killer is hydrocodone (generic for Lortab). He and the pharmacist warned me that the pain killer might cause some drowsiness, but I shrugged it off. I rarely get the side effects of medicines. Why would this one be any different? I took one pill last night before going to bed. Didn’t notice drowsiness, but then again, I was asleep. I took another this morning with breakfast. I didn’t notice anything the entire car ride to the office (Sean was driving this morning). I get to the office, sit down at my desk and start my usual morning routine. All of a sudden, I start to get a little dizzy and drowsy. Great. This would be the one medicine that I actually have a reaction to.

I’m currently sitting at my desk, intensely concentrating on typing this post, because coding is just out of the question for right now. Lesson learned, don’t take hydrocodone before heading to work in the morning. Bad idea.

sleeping with my eyes open

Moving into our new house and starting a new life out here in Phoenix has encouraged me to set new goals for myself. This is the perfect time to have new goals with a new plan of attack. My fresh, new, sparkling goals are similar to my old, corroded goals with a few twists. Instead of setting out to lose weight, which I have learned many times the hard way is a bad measurement of success, I am setting out to fit better into my clothes. With a new, empty fridge and pantry, I am setting out to eat better for myself and for Sean.

My plan of attack is definitely different with these new goals as opposed to my old ones. With an empty fridge, we can start buying foods that are better for us instead of trying to eat the ones that aren’t and then slowly replace them with healthy foods. Clean start means that junk food does not even have to enter the house. Not too hard. I can deal with this. It’s incredibly hard to just sneak off during lunch time to go work out when it takes me 10 minutes alone to get from my office to my car. I will instead head to the gym twice a week (Mondays and Wednesdays) after work. To supplement only going to the gym twice a week, I am also waking up early to walk the neighborhood for 30 minutes 5 days a week. The definition of ‘early’ here would be better described as ‘BF early’. 4:30am. The sun is just starting to grace the sky with the slightest tinges of light in the east. I’m having issues dealing with this one.

As a direct result of trying to unpack boxes at night after work and having to get up really, really early the next morning, I’m not getting much sleep. As a result of not getting much sleep, my coffee is incredibly potent in the morning and coding all day without falling asleep requires extreme effort. I think I might try sleeping with my eyes open this afternoon. Think anybody would notice that I’m not awake if my hands don’t move?

our house (in the middle of the street)

We moved into our house this weekend. Yes, I’m sure all of you guys are glad to hear that we will not be making a million more posts about the building and finishing of our house. Admittedly, though, our lives have centered around this house being finished so that we could move in. Anyway… The house is finished. Our boxes and furniture now reside in it.

For those of you who know me, I’m sure it will come as no surprise to know that the one room in the house that’s completely unpacked and put together is the kitchen. Everything is put away, we have some food in the fridge, a lot of food in the pantry and we actually have cabinet space. I still can’t believe it myself. There’s actual room in this kitchen. I think Sean and I estimated that it’s a 4-butt kitchen. There are 3 good prep areas within the kitchen and the bar countertop is wide enough that it is easily another prep area. The fridge, with the washer and dryer, were delivered on Sunday. We’ve already run several loads of laundry through the washer and dryer. We love our happy washer and dryer. The fridge is pretty schweet, too. We’re slowly but surely loading it up with food.

The guest bedroom has a bed set up in it for Sean’s parents to sleep on. It’s got a wall of boxes left to unpack and then bits and pieces of furniture, but it’s low on our unpacking priority list. The master bedroom is in slightly better condition. The living room still has boxes scattered everywhere, but the TV and sound system are hooked up. That, also, should be no surprise. The server closet is quickly getting set up. We have the cable modem working (got set up on Saturday) and the wireless works pretty well throughout the house. I want to see how far I can go outside with it still working. The rest of the house consists of boxes. I’ll take pictures tonight and upload them. One of these days, the house will look normal, but most likely not until after November when the IKEA opens up out here, although Sean is currently trying to convince me that a trip to San Diego and it’s IKEA is a good idea.

Maybe now our lives can return to normal.