Thursday, December 12, 2013

Homeless...

Yes, the casa del G. is no more. Yesterday, around noon, we sold our house. The structure we built (well, paid someone to build) starting more than 15 years ago is now under new management. We close on our new VA home in 11 days, so for the next week and a half we're homeless. As you can imagine, hilarity ensues. I've been having a devil of a time trying to figure out where to have Amazon shipments sent...

It'll probably hit me hard the next time I visit my folks, and there's someone else in "my house". Then again, it might not - when I was home over the last weekend for the final round of packing, it no longer felt like "my house" - it was a structure only, a place to sleep and little else. The elements that made it mine had been removed; although the most important part was still there of course. But they'll be with me in VA. I'm looking forward to that after two months apart.

I honestly thought that it would get to me more - and maybe in a while it will - but right now I'm entirely nonplussed at having sold my house. As I've stated before, I hate leaving my neighborhood and my town, but I am quite excited to get out of Massachusetts. And I'll be a VA resident before McAuliffe takes over, too... I'm excited - and a little nervous - to go cruising the VA gun shows with a completely and utterly unrestricted list of what I can own... That'll ease the sting somewhat I think...

We managed to time it right, though. The kids will have their last day of school in MA on the 20th, and will start in VA after the holiday break. The only way it could have worked better would have been if they could have started in September, but we weren't going to wait that long. The transition is going to be difficult, but coming back after the winter break will be better than just showing up on a random school day. Plus, in Northern VA this close to DC there's a fair amount of turnover, so the schools are pretty used to new kids.

All that's left now is the unpacking. What's going to help is having movers - we figure about 90% of the boxes will wind up where they're supposed to go, and all of the furniture pieces will be within shoving distance of where they're going to stay. It's going to take some doing to get the kids squared away, but we're hoping that with a little judicious prodding they can get their rooms set up to their liking in less than a decade.

And, Wally will be happy, I've already established a corner of the basement for my reloading efforts...

That is all.

9 comments:

Wally said...

Glad to hear of the progress and successful sale of the house!

PS: house calls available!

PPS: wv = 87 VAbuyin. Is sign , no ?

.45ACP+P said...

Joined VCDL yet? Plan on coming down to the rally on Lobby Day at the legislature on January 20. Armed citizens wandering the halls of the General assembly building is a beautiful thing!

Hafnhaf said...

hey, send the amazon stuff to my house. and when everything settles down you and yours can come down to williamsburg to check out the area and collect your stuff.

Anonymous said...

Moving with kids can be a challenge. They will need to spend more time with you while they settle into their new social circles. Plan some fun events away from unpacking the house to learn your new area (eg. go ice skating, swim at the local Y, etc.). BTW - Send the packages to the office - your office mates will be jealous. Finally, enjoy looking at the bank balance for the next 11 days!!

Stretch said...

ROAD TRIP!
I'll drive to the local NoVA Merchants of Death(TM). That way you can take note of landmarks while I worry 'bout the insane drivers.

Evyl Robot Michael said...

"I've been having a devil of a time trying to figure out where to have Amazon shipments sent..."

Thank goodness for first world problems! ;)

Reese said...

It's Christmas, and your title put this song in my head. Enjoy!

Homeless, The Forgotten Carols, by Michael McLean: http://youtu.be/2jjcQPea8YQ

Borepatch said...

I never figured that you'd make your mistake only 3 years after me. Reading your saga has been bitter sweet, recalling ours.

Watch the kids closely when they get in school - #2 Son had a particularly disastrous first semester once we were back in the USA. The move was hard on him.

\But on the other hand, check if your High School has JROTC - that's been simply spectacular for #2 Son, and yours sounds like he's active in Scouting.

And enjoy the time not being parted from your family. However this adventure plays out, that's what's important.

And welcome to America, Citizen. I forsee a blogshoot in our future.

Don Fanuche said...

Best wishes for a smooth transition...and a safe and peaceful Christmas. Moving is bittersweet...but as I always say, as long as the check cleared...

Still keeping you on the must read list.

-Don