I feel like I’ve gone dark over here. And in a few ways, I have. First of all, I have no wifi. NO WIFI. We are paying for it, but apparently the last time internet was in this house it was 1994 (was there even internet then?) and so we need to have someone come out and dig a hole and bring a wire or something. I’m not sure how the internet works, but that’s how I imagine it.
The other kind of dark is the darkness of actually being kind of in the country. One of the things Rob and I love about our house is that it really does feel quiet and country-like. I took Tex for a walk last night and it was so dark and still that I had to sort of talk myself down: This isn’t scary; this is NORMAL. You’re just too used to city life. Even though I was in the suburbs before and really, we still are. But for now, our neighborhood is surrounded by farms and there is less light pollution 30 miles outside of Houston, so we have gone dark. The stars are lovely!
As we settle in, I’ll do my best to post, but without internet, this proves to be a challenge. Here are a few photos to tide you over if you haven’t already watched our house tour or read my newsletter about the deep cleaning and the filth. When you’ve got boys (or kids at all, for that matter), boxes will not stay simply boxes. They become houses and stories and forts and creatures. See Exhibit A, from the day before we moved. And even with the best adult packers and movers (thank you, Rob and all those who came out!!), often the end result looks similar (or worse than) the sculptures that your kids make out of empty boxes. Can you ever have too many lamps in the kitchen? The answer is, of course, yes.
Moving is especially stressful for the pets, but Tex seems to have taken it in stride once he realized we still have a bed he might get to sleep on, there are bushes outside to pee upon, and that his food is here too. He (and I) will be much happier when the yard is fully fenced.
Rob and I have made a list of things we want to change or fix and put a number by them in terms of immediate need or want. Even in a house that was fully renovated, there are things to do. You know, little things like relocating the laundry room door to another room. More to come and soon, but we need to get the internet up and running. (Please hurry, dear internet.)
If you’ve moved, what has been the first thing you’ve done to put your stamp on a house?