We’ve been in our new apartment for a week now. We moved last weekend and spent much of the week unboxing and organizing. After moving we met our new neighbor, you can see him in the picture at the top of the post. We didn’t really meet him, but rather observed him from a distance. He’s a 4 footer and lives in the pond across the street. As long as nobody feeds him he’ll keep to himself and steer clear of humans, so he’s of minimal danger.
The move went well. We had mover’s from Two Men and a Truck do our move. We really liked their service during our first move from our house to our first apartment so we decided to use them again. They did a good job, but their two man crew wasn’t as speedy as our the crew last year. Last year it took them one hour to load the truck, one hour to drive across town to our new apartment, and one hour to unload. This time we had less stuff, and it took them two hours to load, two hours to unload, and 10 minutes to drive between apartments. I was satisfied with the quality of their work, but less than satisfied with their speed.
Here is a picture of the fully loaded truck.
As you can see, there is plenty of space left over. All of our stuff took up less than half the truck. We had 48 boxes this time. Compare that to 61 boxes for our move from our house to our apartment. We had less boxes due to Faith’s toy purge and due to some mini purges Dream and I did throughout the year.
We signed all the lease papers on Friday, and picked up our keys on Saturday morning. One of the things we missed from our house was the personalization we did to Faith’s bedroom. In the house her bedroom was painted pink and she had some wall decals decorating the walls. We decided we wanted to paint her room in the new apartment and spent the day Saturday painting her walls a lovely shade of lilac. We love the way it turned out and it really looks like a little girls bedroom now.
Bike Commute Update
My Beach Cruiser died last week. Something inside of the rear hub broke. When I peddle, the chain spin, the front and rear sprockets spin, but the bike doesn’t go. I could maybe repair it, but I’m not sure if it’s worth it to sink much money into a $100 bicycle. I’m leaning towards getting a bike that is more suited to the heavy use of commuting.
I have my eye on a Jamis Commuter bike at the local bike shop. I’ve been keeping an eye on craigslist, but commuter bikes are rare around these parts and nothing has appeared in the last couple of weeks. The Jamis is $400, and it a bit cheaper than my dream commuter bike, the Breezer Uptown Infinity. The Breezer has some nice features, but it’s a $1000 bike, and I’m not ready to sink that much into a bicycle. The Jamis is a good bike and will suit my basic needs in a commuter bike.
I’ve been mulling this over for the past week. My bike broke last week Monday, so I drove to work all week, and all week I kept wishing I could bike to work.
I’ll let you know what I decide later this week.
- Moving to a New Apartment (rethinkingthedream.com)
- Pre-Move Closet Purge (rethinkingthedream.com)
- Beach Cruiser Commuting – Groans and Squeaks and my New Bell iPulse Bike Light (rethinkingthedream.com)