This was a blog about my adventures with Joe. Then, along came Nia. Four years later, along came Stage 3 breast cancer. Fast forward two years, and I'm now caring for my dad while he fights his own cancer battle.
This is so bad, but I found a countdown ticker online that I now have on my desktop ~ counting down the seconds till my vacation comes: 42 days, 22 hours, 07 minutes, 26 seconds (30 actual work days). We won't leave for Copenhagen for a couple days after that, but vacation begins at noon on Friday, June 1!
Reminds me of George'sretirement countdown -- what are you at? 6 Mondays to go? Amazing...
We wrapped up packing this afternoon at Harbor Dr! Every thing we own is now either in a box in garage, or at the cottage with us. I can't begin to express how happy I am to having The Packing Phase done! No more cardboard boxes. No more packing tape. No more bubble wrap. No more back pain medication. High fives all around.
Joe will spend Monday at Harbor "helping" the contractor and his crew haul our stuff to storage. Then he has one last load of records to haul up to Skyline for safe keeping. But I'm DONE! (OK, truth be told, I have two boxes in the trunk of my car that I have to unpack tomorrow, but for all intents and purposes, I'm DONE!)
We got the wireless connection & Tivo set up tonight at the cottage. Hooray -- we don't have to pay Geek Squad $160 to help us after all (in a moment of panic last week, we called for some help -- there were just way too many wires and components.) But after three days of working on it little by little, we now have it all sorted out and working. We're settling in. :)
In the midst of our house construction & cottage summer, we are also going on our honeymoon this year. We are off to Copenhagen, Denmark for the month of June!
Being the organized & prepared former Girl Scout that I am, I went to Google Maps for directions from "Santa Cruz, CA to Copenhagen." Try it yourself, & check out the results, especially line 33. (This trip may be more physically taxing than we bargained for!)
(Thanks for the heads up on trans-oceanic directions on Google, Victoria!)
After emailing this to a friend, I thought it would make for a good post, too:
We spent our first night in the cottage last night. Man, yesterday was
a L O N G day! George was set to arrive at 12p to start taking a few
big things to the cottage in his truck (bed, bike, coffee table, etc).
So we got up at 9a to load our cars and do some other last minute
things. Around 10a we noticed that Kalli wasn't well -- she was showing
signs of a bladder infection (her second in 10 days!). So I rushed to
the pet store to buy a carrier for her while Joe called the vet. Then I
whisked Kalli down to the vet where she stayed all day (should I
mention that I ended up crying at the vet because it just felt like too
much to be happening all in one day?) Then we
basically had to get all the moving done by 5p so we could pick her up
again. George ended up running late so that bought us a
little extra packing time and then the whole thing took 2 trips across
town. It really wasn't that much to move but with beach traffic it took
a lot longer than expected. So we got done moving by 3:30, had a quick
lunch with George & Dale at the Crepe Place and then went and got
Kalli to take her to her summer home.
think we got to the Cottage around 6p -- from then till midnight we
were unpacking and getting Kalli used to the place. It was nice to
wander around and unpack and hang a few things on the wall. I forgot
how nice it is to do that. Meanwhile Kalli was getting pretty
comfortable pretty fast with the new place. We were really impressed.
When we moved her to Harbor she was really overwhelmed but this time
she was only scared for a little while and then her curiosity got the
better of her. I think it was either the relief to not be at the vet
anymore, or I bought this Glade-plug-in like thing that emits kitty
facial pheromone and
is supposed to really calm cats down -- so maybe that really did the
trick (thanks Julie!!).
all that was good, but then the hard part was after we went to bed --
Kalli really wanted to go outside. So for the rest of the night she
climbed all over us and meowed and just seemed restless. I think it has
a lot to do with her bladder infection. She has the urge to pee
constantly, but nothing comes out. And she isn't used to using a litter
box so she wants to go outside every time she has the urge. So we didn't
get much sleep last night. Finally this morning around 6a, she settled
down to sleep in the closet. Hopefully as we start giving her the
antibiotics that will get better because we hope to keep her indoors
for at least a couple of weeks so she can get to really know this place
Anyway, we had a long night and there is some getting
used to it to come, but all in all, we are happy in the cottage and
just have a bit more packing to do at Harbor. The end is in sight!
best part: When I walked out to my car to drive to work this morning,
the sun was just rising over the wharf, sparkling on the water. What a
So where are Joe & I moving? We are moving back to the Westside -- into a 1886 cottage behind a big, beautiful Victorian called "Epworth-By-The-Sea." We'll be there from April 9th till approximately September 30th. This will be quite a change for us. The cottage is teeny tiny. But, it is right across the street from Cowell's Beach! How lovely to summer on W. Cliff!
Phase 1: Phil & Pam purchased our Harbor Drive house back in November 2005. Joe & I moved in in
December 2005. Since then, we have been living here, enjoying the Seabright neighborhood and the harbor so close at hand. And, while living here, we got married. Phil & Pam stayed with us in the third bedroom frequently. During this year, plans were drawn up and permits obtained to enlarge our house to 2 stories so P&P can live upstairs, while we live downstairs.
Phase 2: We are about to enter The Construction Phase. The first hammer will swing on Tuesday, April
17th. Before then, Joe, Kalli & I are moving out. We are taking some things with us, but most everything is going into storage at our contractor, Jesse's, place. He and his guys will move everything out for us on the 16th.
Today I'm home sick with a chest cold, but my hope is to be feeling better ASAP so I can continuing packing. It is pretty surreal to put all of our belongings in neatly stacked, labeled boxes. Weird when your life can be reduced to that...