(Just now I wrote a couple of nice long paragraphs detailing our moving history for the last two years, when I realized I just blogged about that a few weeks ago. Good thing I noticed, that would have been an embarrassing repeat.)
So yes, last you heard we were about to move. And then we did! And I learned a few things:
- Having assistance from friends and family makes a HUGE difference, even if you're only moving half a mile away. The first night we were working, it was just me and The Wife boxing things up and loading up our lil' car and taking stuff over one carload at a time. This was VERY slowgoing. Once Julie's visiting teacher and my parents showed up, it was a completely different experience. We were almost completely finished packing and moving within a couple of hours. Thanks, Mom and Dad and Mary! This has inspired me to be a good helper whenever possible when friends and family are moving.
- Having a family member with a truck is ALSO a huge help. It spared us the trouble of relocating our couches by hand (again). Thanks, Jonny! This has inspired me to have a truck someday so that I can be a Godsend for someone in a similar fashion.
- Sometimes, no matter what precautions you take to prevent a lapse in service (especially since your livelihood depends on being connected to the technological world), there just might be some complications in transferring your internet or TV or electricity or gas service (and issues there were with all of those listed). There were some serious headaches, but I only had to go to the library to work once or twice. This has inspired me to take even more precautions in the future, and try not to be too bothered if even those added measures turn out not to make the transition perfectly smooth.
- Cleaning checks are rotten, and even if you spend hours getting your old apartment in far better condition than it was when you moved in, the inspectorlady may nonchalantly wander about and point out things that you spent considerable time cleaning and say it's not clean enough. Then she'll come back to recheck it after you have another chance to fix it up some more, and probably charge you for the recheck (but she probably won't tell you there will be an extra charge until she takes it out of your deposit). This has inspired me to be picky about cleaning checks like I was when I was a student, and also to be annoyed by that lady.
- There are a few differences between renting from a big company with lots of properties and from a family that owns just a few. There are pros and cons to each, but for now we're looking forward to the latter situation. This has inspired me to try to find out in the future if we were charged extra fees before it's been two years and it's pretty much too late to do anything about them.
- In Provo, moving half a mile away means not only a new ward, but also a new stake. This has inspired me to, um, keep going to church? Yes, that.
And those are some of the things I learned throughout the process this time. And now I'm going to show some of my favorite amenities! Like I said, The Wife already posted a great tour, so I won't post a lot of pictures, except of my favorite things about living here.
- The second bedroom is also really nice. At the moment it's the office, and it's great to be able to shut the door on work at the end of the workday and not be confronted by it and reminded by it at every turn, but in the future this room has the possibility of being multipurpose.
So there you go! We love our new townhouse place (it has stairs! We've never had stairs before! That means no downstairs neighbors!). We've already had a few visitors for a few nights, and it was great to have space to put them and not have to apologize for how hot they were going to get during the night. So, friends and family, if you are coming to town and need a place to stay, hit us up! We're glad to give you a tour and pull out the new air mattress.