Thursday, August 31, 2006

Movin' In...

Yay! We arrived in Pasadena on the evening of July 27th and slept on the floor of my parents’ hotel room on our air mattress, since we didn’t move anything into the apartment yet. We slept pretty hard that night, which was the refreshment we needed to unload and unpack the next day…

For our moving in process, Jon and I hired two movers to help haul the heavy stuff upstairs to our apartment. Not only did they help, they told us not to carry anything else – they’d finish! The non-English speaking mover at one time was carrying three huge boxes lined up his back like a packhorse. My mom called him the “human dolly.”

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


By the time we left Fort Worth, we were driving west into the sunset (picture coming later). If you visit my flickr site: , you can view the photos of our trip to California. Thankfully, it was uneventful! Jon manuevered that Budget truck and trailer around VERY well. The only issue our truck had (which we nicknamed "Could" the little Budgie - yeah, we had a long drive!) was getting up the large hills/mountains in California. We had to shut of the A/C and go 30-40mph on the highway... in the company of large semis (who we've gained a new respect for).

Moving Day...

An incredibly quick and efficient group of volunteers (David, Anthony, Nghi, Josh, Mary Beth) helped Jon and me pack up our Budget truck in a little less than 2 hours! Pretty impressive considering how much stuff we appeared to have stacked up in our living room that morning (picture coming later). Thanks also goes to the cleaning crew and later help consisting of Ryan, Erin, Brian and Suzanne. We enjoyed seeing Allison, Jessica and Stacey later, too. :)

I must admit, I am a very task-oriented person when faced with "packing and moving" jobs. I think that is the only reason I wasn't boo-hooing all afternoon on the day we packed and left. There were several moments when I got choked up, but I'm not a "cry in public" kind of lady, so the outburst of tears didn't fully occur until our Budget truck started pulling out of the apartment parking lot. (Picture coming later) Then Jon looked over at me from the driver's seat with a shocked expression on his face - I think from the suddenness of my emotions.

Anyway, we miss you all dearly and appreciate how you've continued contacting us this past week, even though we haven't been the best at reciprocating. It will improve whenever we decide what to do about Internet in our apartment. :)