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The Great Unveiling

March 24, 2010

I just want to say that our move couldn’t have gone better. Literally, I was thinking back before writing this and I actually can’t think of anything I’d have changed. (Except for Greg smashing his thumb, but I guess we all agreed it wasn’t broken, so it doesn’t count as an “on the job injury”)

Not only did we pack up the truck in near record time, with the expert help of zen tetris guru, Ryan Palmer, but we managed to clean the old house, do the walk through with our landlord, and get our whole deposit back.

Wait. What? Yeah, get our whole deposit back. First time in the history of housing rentals. Ever.

Then we caravan out from SE Portland to Estacada, the 24′ U-Haul truck with Captain Jared at the helm, Greg in his truck, Alastair in our truck, Ryan in his Subaru, Jeff in his Subaru, and me in our Subaru. With a quick pit stop to buy this huge dog kennel in Gresham which gets strapped to the top of Greg’s truck. Begin sidebar: Greg came so prepared. If you ever need a mover, this is your guy. Accountant by week-day : Superhero mover/slash/uber prepared guy by weekend.

You know while we’re on the subject of accolades, let’s talk about the rest of the team. Alastair. Or should I say Father Alastair. Did I mention, that he got ordained so he could marry us? Then he skips out on a trip to Eugene with friends to help us move, and actually shows up at 8:45am like a total early bird trooper type. xo, Alastair. Jeff, our friend, my ‘maid of honor’, and total bad ass realtor (who actually picked out our house for us) helped us navigate a… we’ll say “tricky” transaction, like a pro, then helps us move. Champion. Ryan, the jigsaw master, packs the truck and brings vegan muffins and soup. Then helps unpack the truck, then goes straight to work.

:End sidebar.

So, then we come home to this:

It was the most beautiful day. Sun shiny, warm, but not too warm. We unloaded the truck, again, in near record time. We laid in the grass for a bit and the moving crew staggered away wearily after a hard days work.

By some miracle, that night we managed to finish unpacking the kitchen and set up the living room and dining room. The next day was grey and rainy, nevertheless we built a dog run and set up the kennel in the garage.

I planted nine little pots in our kitchen garden window: Cilantro, Dill, Rosemary, Basil, Lavender, Nasturtium, Marigolds. And Venus Fly Trap.

Monday we went to Coastal Farm & Ranch and made a special purchase, which deserves it’s own post, so we’ll get to that later.

Today we got home from work and watched the dogs burn around the yard for a while, and to our surprise, James, the old timer was running full out. I’ve never seen him fly like that before. I think we all thought that his time for that had passed… It brought a tear to my eye. While we were out, I took a bunch of photos of the house and land, and then some of the inside too. Check them out here:

I’ll try to get out to the creek tomorrow evening and snap some photos.



2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah permalink
    March 24, 2010 10:29 am

    What a beautiful space! I hope I can visit Portland again…and meet the dogs!

  2. Amanda Pants permalink
    March 25, 2010 12:56 am

    I love it! How happy and wonderful!

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