the sound of silence

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So, we’re all moved! And of course the most important part: the computer is hooked up and I can get online. ;-)

My sister, who came down for the weekend, just left to return to North Carolina. Paul is out playing football with the guys, and it’s just me and the kitties left in the apartment. The kitties spent the weekend at the kennel and were just brought home about two hours ago, and so they are still exploring. It’s so quiet now after a really loud and busy weekend.

I really like our new apartment, despite the fact that it’s much smaller than our other one (900 sq ft versus 1500). It’s much brighter, and newer so overall nicer! It has an actual laundry ROOM which is so nice. The bathroom is HUGE and not carpeted at all!! The big problem right now is where we’re going to put everything??? I thought I’d done a good job about condensing but not good enough. Our trouble area is boxes and boxes of papers and “memory” stuff, that we don’t want to get rid of but don’t know what to do with. It’s such a problem! :-/

The big adventure of the weekend was finding gas! As most of you know, the southeast is experience this “gas crisis” from Hurricane Ike. I’d say about 85-90% of gas stations we pass are closed due to not having gas. The stations that do have gas are open but have really long lines. And by really long – I mean, lines going out into the road quite a ways. It’s really frustrating. :-( Part of the problem is that people are freaking out and topping off their tanks every day. We were saying that what they should do is have a $30 minimum or something so that people only fill up when they actually need gas. But I can understand the panic you feel when your tank is getting lower and you don’t know that you’ll be able to fill up. :-(

I heard on the radio that Monday we were supposed to be getting gas, but I don’t know if that’s reliable information or not. Let’s hope so! Between Paul and I we have enough in our cars to last through the week so let’s pray that things are better next weekend!!

We rented a 16 foot truck to move, and last night we had to fill it up before returning it to the truck rental place. Paul left around midnight to go find gas, and was going to call me when he got it and returned the truck so I could go pick him up. We thought being so late it would avoid those long lines. Keep in mind that we both had an entire day of heavy moving, so we were already exhausted! Anyways, I feel asleep and was woken up at 2:30am by a very tired husband who finally had gotten gas! Yes that’s right, it took him 2 1/2 hours to find and wait in line to fill up! When I picked him up at 3am I saw that the gas station still had long lines extending out into the road. We decided it would have been worth the $30 fine to return the truck without filling up the gas tank.

Anyways, I want to post pictures but I haven’t taken any yet! I’m actually not sure where my camera is at this point… I’m sure it’s around here somewhere. :-p I am going to do some more unpacking while the house is quiet before Paul gets home. I don’t think I will feel comfortable and “at home” here until things get put away.

packing, cleaning, and sorting

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Well our apartment is slowly getting packed up. I felt like last Saturday I got a lot done. Yay! There is still a lot more, and I’m hoping to find time in the next few days to do that. It is challenging because Wednesday evenings I have discipleship group and Thursday evenings I have choir. Also, because I’m hoping to take a half day on Friday so I can go sign my lease, I’m having to work 9 hours every day to make up for the missed time. It’s been difficult. :-/

Last Monday (as in a few days ago), Paul had all four of his wisdom teeth taken out. The doctor kinda freaked me out because he was trying to prepare me for “worst case scenario”. By working 12 1/2 hours on Friday, I was able to get a few hours on Monday off to take Paul to the doctor for the outpatient surgery. Then Paul’s brother came up and sat with Paul while I hurried to work. I was so appreciative that he was willing to do that! The doctor didn’t want Paul by himself that day in case complications developed.

Paul, of course, is fine. Around midday I got a text message saying that his brother had gotten restless and so they went for a drive – with Paul driving. Then when they got home, Paul decided to go ahead and go to his discipleship group. Silly boy! I was totally expecting him to be in bed all day, sleeping and recovering. He is pretty medicine-averse and has difficulty swallowing pills, needing to take them in yogurt to get them down. So, he decided this morning to stop taking the Advil. Yep – he didn’t even fill the prescription painkillers! I told him I was going to make him birth all our children, because obviously he can handle pain much better than me.

I, on the other hand, was a basket-case. Seeing his mouth full of blood made me so physically nauseous. I struggled a lot more than he did with this whole surgery!

So yeah, Paul’s fine now. I’m grateful that he wasn’t laid up all week and tomorrow he can help with the packing! I haven’t even started the kitchen packing yet, bleh.

On Monday while I was in the waiting room, I made a to-do list that’s actually been quite helpful. I’ve been making a lot of phone calls, from setting up utilities to renting a truck. I also made reservations to board the kitties in a local kennel. Kitties + moving = bad combination! I’m trying to be on top of things with this move. We have several wonderful friends who are giving up their Saturday to help us move, and I want to respect their time by being organized!

We’re moving into a one-bedroom so we’re having to downsize considerably. As you probably guessed from my previous post, I’ve been utilizing Craigslist quite a bit. I’ve been able to get rid of almost everything at this point; anything else is going straight to Goodwill. It’s a little sad to only have one bed now, but in the end it will be good for us! I don’t want to go into too many details in this public forum, but if you’re interested in floorplans and such, just send me an email and I’ll send you a link to their website. (I LOVE floorplans, I think they’re so much fun to look at! Hence why I offer. In case anyone else is crazy like me.) After we move I’ll try to take pics and post them here.

Okay this blogging isn’t helping my sleepiness. I think I’ll go throw some stuff into boxes.

adventures on craigslist

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I know this will surprise you, but I actually have bought very little off Craigslist. I’ve mostly used it for jobs and pets. I don’t know why; it seems that whenever I’ve gone to Craigslist looking for something I’m not able to find it (or can get it cheaper at a store). I have used it a lot for selling things though! Especially right now as we’re moving to a much smaller apartment next weekend and I’m desperately trying to get rid of stuff.

The Craigslist community is different though, and I keep forgetting that! For one, I find this whole lack of communication thing on Craigslist very weird. I put something for sale, and get like 6 emails from interested people. Then no one writes back and I’m left wondering if I should hold the item for an interested party. (Thank goodness I have my email on my Blackberry. I can’t imagine trying to do this without email contact during the day.) I feel like just a simple “No thank you” email would be the polite thing to do. But, that isn’t the Craigslist way. It’s taken me a while but I think I’m getting the hang of it. It’s not “first person to email me gets it”, but rather “first person to actually get in their car and come pick it up”. I still try to be nice and email people back if they inquire after the item is sold, just because I feel bad leaving them hanging.

I’m also trying to get away from the whole “Sure I’ll meet you halfway!” thing. Case in point: We were selling a dog crate for $10. They wanted us to meet them halfway, which we did. Then we realized after the cost of gas from the 1/2 hr drive, we just about broke even. Sooo… now I’m all about “pick-up only”. I do like to try and meet people at a public place near my house, but right now since we’re about to move I’m not worried about it.

I’ve also noticed that it isn’t that uncommon to be stood up by potential buyers. Another reason why I’m wanting to be firm with the “pick-up only”. If I’m just waiting at home, I might be annoyed but at least I haven’t driven somewhere else.

I even went completely against my personality, and “sold something out from under” someone else. I have found that dog crates are a hot commodity on Craigslist. Good thing I had 4 to sell. :-) I had someone email me and want to meet halfway. I finally said okay and tried to arrange a meeting place. They took a long time responding to my email (a long time=didn’t respond until after work the next day). Meanwhile, I found someone else who was willing to come pick it up. So, I sold the cage to the second person and felt really guilty. I emailed the first person back and said I had found someone who was willing to pick it up, and apologized. They wrote back, “No problem”, but I still feel guilty. I have to admit, though, that I am glad I didn’t have to deal with rush hour traffic trying to meet them 30 minutes from my house.

Oh and one other thing I learned: don’t ever list something for Craigslist and then go out of town! Hehe I did that last weekend and poor Paul had to deal with delivering the $10 cage.

Jes told me to always put the price higher than I want, and then negotiate down. I have found a few people who try to talk me down, but not that many – and 2 of the 3 times I’ve been able to sell it to someone else pretty quickly at the original price.

I had to get rid of some mattresses. I posted it in the free section, and then went to a Bible study, leaving Paul to deal with it, hehe. :-) It only took half an hour for him to arrange for someone to pick it up the next day. She was a no-show though. I reposted it, and two hours later another person had already come to pick it up. Yay!

I also was trying to get rid of two computers. One is the PC that we used until February, when it died. We tried to fix it but it was too old. So I posted it for parts for free on Craigslist. I also had an old G4 Mac computer. It worked a year ago, and then we moved to our current place and never hooked it up. A few days ago Paul hooked it up and we couldn’t get it to turn on. :-( Since we have no idea how to troubleshoot a Mac, I decided just to let that go for free on Craigslist too (I’m also at the point where I NEED to get rid of things). I posted both computers around the same time, included my phone number, and almost immediately my phone started ringing off the hook. It only took 20 minutes for the computers to be sold and an hour later both had been picked up. I hardly had time to take down the Craigslist post because of all the phone calls! I am happy they are gone.

So I’m curious: for those of you who aren’t in Atlanta and use Craigslist a lot, are these the types of things you’ve found as well? Or is it Atlanta culture doing this? I’m curious. :-)