First, I would like to thank the Steele Creek branch of the Charlotte Public Library system for the use of their wireless internet, since we do not yet have any at our house. I would also like to note that the library is a mere 3 mins from our house, a fact that I was much more excited to learn than Stephen. So, here we go!
The drive from Orlando to Charlotte was uneventful, even with two children, uh, animals in the backseat. Gus loves riding in the car and for the first few miles was trying to roll down the window by pawing at the button on the door. We gave JD a sedative and he was quiet the entire ride, giving a little mew every once in a while just to remind us he was there. We did get stuck for about an hour and a half on I26 just outside of Columbia, SC because one school bus being towed by another school bus caught on fire, catching the one doing the towing on fire, and the trees and brush on the side of the road on fire. The driver appeared to be unharmed, but the busses were goners.
Because of that delay we ended up pulling into the driveway of our new home around 9 pm, tired, hungry, and in the case of the animals, full of pent-up energy. Well, Gus at least was getting antsy, JD was just getting cranky. We dropped of our stuff and went in search in food that was not too fast. The only place we could find that was still open was IHOP and that was only open till midnight!
Our first full day in the house was spent cleaning and doing important home-owner things. Like figuring out how to light the pilot light under the hot water heater. It did not explode and we now have hot water. Hooray! We went to get lightbulbs and new door hardware for the front and back doors, so now we know we are the only ones with keys to our house. There was a good deal of debate (on my part, S didn’t care that much) as to whether to get round knobs or lever handles. The front door hardware I liked the best came with a knob for the inside, and the one I thought was just ok came with a lever on the inside. Stephen pointed out that the lever was not velociraptor-proof. After walking around a bit with the knob-hardware in hand, I decided I really wanted the lever, so we went and traded them out. Not velociraptor-proof, but they are easier to grip and open when your hands are full. Plus, we could teach Gus to open the door.
We found out our moving van will not be arriving until this coming Friday, over a week after they loaded it! We had nowhere to sit except the stairs, and we did not pack enough clothes, so the first big purchases we made were a kitchen table and chairs and a washer and dryer. Ok, the table and chairs were only $85 off of craigslist, but the table weighs a ton, so it counts as a big purchase. JD was very happy to find that we bought him a chair too.
We have been painting, painting, painting so we can have it all done before the furniture gets here. You can find all the house pictures so far here.
I must run now, we only have one car (Stephen’s is not here yet) so I have to go pick my husband up from work!