The story of last few days in Texas begins with moving day. The movers were supposed to come at 8 AM on Wednesday morning. They finally arrived after 11 AM. The guys were awesome, but we apparently have more stuff than we thought. They didn't leave until after 8 PM...their guess was 4 PM. Because they left so late, we delayed our departure a day to clean up after the movers and see Grandma and as many other family members and friends that we could one last time...as well as use Paul's birthday gift certificate to our favorite restaurant in Tyler. Yamato Japanese Hibachi & Sushi, oh how we'll miss you and your very generous $15 birthday gift certificates you send us every year.
|We had almost devoured all 4 rolls before I remembered to take a picture.|
My mom helped me drive, since I can't go for more than about 4 hours at a time. Paul was such a trooper and drove the entire two days BY HIMSELF in our little, old, uncomfortable Civic. To say it was an adventure wouldn't quite be the right way to describe it.
Here's how it went....Paul's alarm didn't go off b/c we set it incorrectly before going to bed after 1 AM Friday morning, so we woke up 2 hours later than we wanted. The poor kitties were still so traumatized from the movers coming in and stealing all of their stuff that they wouldn't take their "happy" pills. We had to stop at the vet's office to have them administer the medication, then 3 hours later than planned we were finally on the road.
We stopped at a rest stop in Louisiana to let the cats out to use the litter box, as directed by the amazing lady that runs the office at the vet's office. They weren't interested in using it at all. Pascal just buried herself under the towels and blankets in the carrier because of all the scary highway noise, and Pythagoras and Oreo just wanted to roll in the dirt.
Once we got them cleaned up and back in the car, we went to leave and my car wouldn't start...ARRRGGH. Luckily there was a Walmart not to far away and Paul went to get me a new battery. We were fortunate that's all it was, so after a 3 hour pit stop we were on the road again. We had planned to stay in Georgia with Jerry and Sue (Paul's aunt & uncle), but we just couldn't drive that far. We stayed in Birmingham, Alabama for the night.
The next morning was much better. We slept in a little and enjoyed breakfast at the hotel before trying to give the kitties their medicine again. I'll just say that prayers were answered because all three of them took it on the first try. It was still slow going, but we finally arrived at our hotel in Sterling, VA at about 11:30 PM on Friday night.
Saturday started bright and early with the realtor who had been helping us find a place to live via e-mail and internet listings. She was a God-send. I can't imagine how stressed I would have been if Cindy hadn't responded to one of my e-mails and asked if we wanted to let her take care of everything...for FREE. She gets a finder's fee from the agency of the home we end up renting, but for us it is absolutely free. We went to 6 disgusting places, 1 newly remodeled, very small town home, and a really great but out-dated home. I'm happy to say that after working out all the kinks with the landlord, we put in our rental application on the home.
It definitely needs a face-lift, but we are up for the challenge and the landlord is more than willing to let us do the work. So, you'll hear more about that later. If you've made it to the end of this extremely long post I'll leave you with some disappointing pictures of the cherry blossoms in DC. They hadn't bloomed yet because it is still too cold, but we are planning on going back next week (or the week after) depending on when they finally do come out.