Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Moving it

       Wow!  We're almost moved in! The worst part is left ; unpacking the boxes of stuff from the junk drawers and the bottoms of closets, trying to figure out how to cram a 3 bedroom house into a one bedroom cabin, and final cleaning touches at the old place.
        Everything happened so quickly! Our new landlord is a very, eccentric lady and emailed us the contract only a day before we were supposed to move in. A couple surprises in there, but it all worked out. I have never heard of paying 1st month's rent, a security deposit equal to rent, AND last month's rent. In addition to paying all fuel and water upfront as well as some pro rated rent for moving in at the end of the month. Needless to say, we were a little overwhelmed.
        After we worked it all out, Graham got excited and decided to start a day early (Sunday). Our friends offered to help us on Monday, so we rented a small UHaul at 3pm and attempted to move all our things on our own. Poor Graham ended up moving the king sized mattress into the truck all by himself. We celebrated by driving our truck over to the new place, unloading a few items and drinking root beer floats in our new (!)  kitchen.  We drove back home and with the UHaul mostly full, we passed out on the air mattress.
        At about 3am Graham woke up to start the UHaul (so it didn't freeze- thanks Alaska!) and opened the garage door to find water spraying and three inches of water on the floor. Our pipes had burst from the cold. He had to call an emergency water guy in, who ended up capping the water and dryer. Sadly, we weren't able to do the last couple loads of laundry (our new place doesn't have a washer/ dryer).
        Later that day, our friends (Thank you Justin and Michelle!) helped us haul everything inside in the -30 weather. We definitely took some warm up breaks! Our couch wouldn't fit, no matter how hard the guys tried to cram it into the living room, so we'll be on the lookout for a small couch. Unfortunately, the pipes at our new place are frozen. We already had someone come out, but they are frozen again, so it's showering at the old place and gym for now. Whew! We love the new place though, even with all the little snafus. Hopefully, it'll give Finn some more exercise so he can lose some of the pudge he's been acquiring. :-)
Kitty loves his boxes and Lucy loves trying to get him out!

Pooped from moving- so sweet!


  1. I've been waiting on this post! I'm glad to see you're doing well and enjoying your new place, for the most part. I've never heard of pipes freezing in Alaska! I thought builders took extra precaution to see that it never happens. That sucks! Hopefully you all will get that taken care of soon. I wish I could see the place.

  2. Yeah, our pipes froze at the old place once. It happens if it's really cold, for a long time. It didn't help that the pipes are on a wall in the garage, away from the house. I don't know why we're having trouble at the cabin. I promise to give a tour once the place looks decent!!

  3. That really is the worst part of moving but hopefully it goes by quicly! When Kent and I moved apartments we got stuck paying two rents, two cable bills...we were so broke. But then it all got better, lol! They look so comfortable in that last picture.:)