The last six days have been nothing short of insane. I’m so exhausted that I don’t even know where to start. But I hear the beginning is a good place, so I’ll go with that.
On Saturday the seller’s moved out and we finally got to walk into our new house – owners and in possession. It was a pretty amazing feeling. We own a house.
And not only are the house and neighborhood great (which is why we bought) but on Saturday we stumbled into a block party and discovered that our neighbors are great, too! There’s a courtyard in the complex of townhomes and apparently all the kids play out there all the time. We could hardly drag Addie away when it was time to go home and work on more packing.
Block Party in the courtyard
We spent Sunday moving over small loads, but the big stuff had to wait because the house got repainted this week. The seller’s had a flair for bold color – including a greenish-yellow and a bright orange – something that we don’t share. We’re a bit more understated. The amount of painting required four days and was finished today.
The living room at the new house – with the old paint.
Which is fantastic, because we move in tomorrow. Ho-ly Cats, you guys. We move to our new house tomorrow!
Of course, I haven’t been much help with packing because, you know, I’ve spent the entire week up in Madison at the Write By The Lake conference. As if I wasn’t stressed enough already. (Because in case you didn’t know, having six strangers critique your entire book is, well, super stressful.)
It’s been an amazing experience, and I still have one more day. I’m trying to process it all – I’ve gotten a ton of feedback and ideas, but now I need to figure out which ones make sense for my book and which don’t. I’ve met some great people and learned a lot.
Writing by the Lake.
I’ve also done more driving than I’ve done in years. I drove up to Madison on Monday morning (3 hours). Then back to Chicago yesterday afternoon to pick up Addie (3 hours), then up to Milwaukee to take Addie to my parents’ house (1.5 hours), then back to Madison this morning (1.5 hours). And I’ll be driving back to Milwaukee to pick her up tomorrow (1.5 hours) then back down to Chicago (1.5 hours). My pregnant belly is getting big, so sitting in the car is a pain (literally). But I’m so grateful that I’ve been able to be up here and that Addie has been so well-taken-care-of in the interim. The driving is worth it.
And when we drive back down to Chicago tomorrow I’ll have to remember to get off at our new exit: we’ll be driving to our new house!
I’ll write more about the conference when I’ve processed it and more about the house once we’re settled in. Fun times!