I have two appointments this morning. At 8 am, I have a meeting with my “personal design expert” for a consultation a out the blinds I want to get installed in my new apartment. She’s going to measure the windows, show me some different blinds, and give me an estimate. Later this morning, I have a pre-op physical that’s required before my endoscopy next Friday. After my appointment, I have to head to work, but it won’t be just a half day. I have to be at the museum until 7:00 or 7:30 pm. Two on campus departments have a reception in our entry hall and the university’s board of trustees will be meeting simultaneously in our conference room.
Hopefully, everything will stay on schedule and I get back home at a decent hour. I also hope that all will go well with the consultation and I can have new blinds installed quickly. Finally, I hope that the pre-op physical goes without a hitch.
In the past three weeks, I have worked exactly three days. One was a Saturday that no one else could work, and the other two days were last Monday and Tuesday. I had not planned on it, but I ended up taking the rest of the week off to finish clearing out my old apartment. Thankfully, I am now done with the old place and I can concentrate on getting settled into my new place. There were a few new pieces of furniture I needed: nightstands, a chest of drawers, and a bookcase. I’ve gotten all of that. The only thing left is a dining room table. I just need a small one that’s either square or round with four comfortable chairs. I don’t want to spend a lot of money on a table, but I’m not sure where to look for one.
The next thing to do is to get mini blinds for the windows. Currently, there is nothing covering the windows, and I feel like I’m constantly on display. I plan to call a local company today to get a quote to buy install the blinds. I want metal blind and not vinyl. Isabella tends to chew on vinyl, and I think she’d have a harder time with aluminum blinds. I may also get blackout curtains for my bedroom. When I have a migraine, I like it to be very dark. I’ve used a sleep mask before, but with the really bad headaches plus the trigeminal neuralgia, no matter how loose I have the sleep mask, it can still hurt. It’s all coming together though.
As for work, it will likely be a busy week. I have a program to host on Wednesday, and today,I need to catch up on emails. I also have several meetings throughout the week. Hopefully, I’ll get back in the routine of things fairly easily.
Yesterday, I had to make up for the time lost to me by everything going wrong. I’ve got a few more things on my list for today, then I can rest. I may not do a damn thing this weekend but rest and enjoy my new home with Isabella.
Yesterday was one of those days when nothing went according to plan, and basically, if it could go badly, it did. i bit roadblocks with everything I had on my to do list. Finally, I just surrendered defeat, said, “Fuck it!”, and went home. By that time, I had a raging migraine. I just couldn’t take it anymore. I am praying today goes better, and I can get done what needs to be done. I have one more day in my lease and I want to get everything I can out of the old apartment and dispose of those things I want to throw away. This week just needs to end so that I am done for good with that old apartment and those horrendous landlords.
All of the major items that needed to be moved were moved by the movers I hired. However, there were still some things I needed to get on my own, some stuff that I just need to throw away, and clothes that I need to donate. So, I rented a pickup truck and will use it to move things a bit easier than in my vehicle. I will use the truck to take the stuff that I just need to get rid of to the trash collector. I’ll also take some recycling there as well. As for the clothes, I will probably load them into my car and take them to a local thrift shop that is owned my the hospital here. I did not want to take the clothes to the Salvation Army, so a friend told me about the hospital’s thrift shop, so I will be taking the clothes there. I hope they’ll be useful for someone who needs them.
Then, there are a few last minute things that I need to get, such as cleaning out the refrigerator and getting my summer tires from the basement. Once that stuff is done, I should be finished, but it is going to be a busy day of taking things here, there, and yonder to finish my move. I can’t wait to be finished. I went by on Sunday and Monday to get some things, and after climbing up and down those stairs and going up and down the hill to the parking area, my thighs are incredibly sore. I’m just going to push through the pain and get it all done.
The movers came at 8 am and loaded everything on their truck, drove to my new apartment, and unloaded my stuff. The movers I hired were fantastic. They took great care of my stuff and were exceedingly nice. I did some unpacking yesterday and set up my new mattress, but it needs 24 hours to expand before it’s ready to sleep on. I was up late the night before getting the last few things done and ready for the movers. I was utterly exhausted and went to bed early last night.
When I moved to my last apartment, Isabella hid for nearly a week. She does not like change. Yesterday, she hid for about two hours and has been roaming around exploring ever since. She eventually settled down and found some place to curl up and sleep for a while. A cat has to have her naps. She seems to really like the new place and so do I.
Today is moving day. The movers will be here at 8 am. Hopefully, it won’t take them all day to get me moved. I was up very late last night getting the last little bit packed. I’ll be so glad when all this is over and I’m completely moved into my new apartment.
No matter how diligently you plan or how prepared you think you are, things rarely go as smoothly as they should. Moving prep has been no exception. Last Friday a week ago (March 25th), I emailed my new apartment manager with questions about setting up the electricity in my name. I could not call her as the only phone number I had went directly to automatic voicemail. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday came and went with no response. I emailed again on Tuesday. With no response by Thursday (March 31st), I took it upon myself to call the power company to set up my account with the hope I was doing the right thing. It turned out this was an easy process. After a five-minute conversation, I had power set to turn on the morning of the next day, April 1st, the day my lease began.
That same morning, I finally received a reply from the apartment manager. She said she had seen my email from a week ago and had tried calling and texting but had not gotten a response from me. I emailed that I had not received any texts or phone calls and gave her my personal phone number just to clarify. It turned out she had been leaving messages and texts on my office phone while I had been on vacation! I also told her I had already taken care of the electricity, and it should have been turned on that morning.
She called a few minutes later. Apparently, things were not going as planned on her end. The previous tenant had not moved out on the date she’d given as her vacate notice. There was a problem with the apartment where the old tenant was moving, and she decided to stay a few extra weeks without telling anyone. When she finally did move out, she had left some furniture that needed to be removed. Also, it quickly became apparent that one or both of her cats had been urinating on the carpet in the second bedroom. The apartment company had shampooed the carpets and was shampooing them again that morning trying to get the smell out of the carpet.
As you know, I had planned to go by the apartment on Friday to move in a few things especially into the second bedroom. That was not possible now. The apartment manager asked me to come by on Sunday (I had to work Saturday) to verify whether I could smell urine in the second bedroom. If the smell was still there, they would remove the carpeting, reseal the floor underneath, and lay down new carpeting. She assured me that my planned move-in day of April 6th was still good, but the second bedroom might not be completely ready if the carpeting needed replacement. I did go to the apartment yesterday. There was a strong odor of cat urine in the second bedroom. I told the apartment manager the carpet would need to be replaced. They are ripping out the old carpet today. She is scheduling the carpet people to come as soon as they can to lay the new carpet.
The rest of the apartment is in pretty good shape. I measured everything so I could decide ahead of time where I want to place my furniture. I will have to buy new blinds for the windows. The ones that are there will not do. The apartment’s maintenance person will install all the blinds; I just need to buy them. I set up the wi-fi and cable box although the cable box installation won’t finish until I bring in my TV. Otherwise, the apartment is move-in ready for this Wednesday.
All that’s left now is finishing packing up my current apartment. To be continued…
For most of the day yesterday, I was feeling better, good enough to run errands during the morning. By late afternoon though, I had a raging headache and a fever again. The fever was a little higher than the day before, though still a low grade fever. The fever was gone again by the time I went to bed, but I still had the headache.
I’m really hope I am feeling better this morning. Today is the first day of the lease on my new apartment and I want to go by Spectrum and get my new cable equipment and set up the cable and internet at my new apartment. I also have a bed frame I want to put together so it’s ready for the movers to put my old mattress on in the spare bedroom. Then I’ll head back to my current apartment to continue packing.
As long as I’m continuing to feel better tomorrow night, I’m supposed to go have dinner with a coworker. We’ll see how I’m feeling as to whether I actually do that or not. Tomorrow, I have to work at the museum. I’m a bit aggravated that I’m having to work on the Saturday in the middle of a two week vacation, but apparently, no one else could work tomorrow. Although, if I’m not feeling well, i.e. still have a fever, my boss will have to figure out something else. We apparently have to be open since there’s an open house or something at the university this weekend.
I can be the world’s worst procrastinator. Sometimes, that’s because of my migraines, but other times it can be just plain laziness. I know I have things that I need to do to get my apartment packed up, but I was too lazy this weekend to get much of it done. I did pack a few boxes, but mostly, I watched movies and television shows. I will start packing in earnest today. I just have to make myself do it and pack one room at a time until I get everything boxed up and ready for the movers. The movers will be here at 8 am on April 6. That should give me plenty of time to get all of the packing done.