I realize it’s been a while since I’ve written, let me catch you up on things:
After having my nose ring out for a few days, it felt too weird. I ended up putting it back in. ;-)
2. Leaving Raleigh:
It was so bittersweet!
I spent a good amount of time cleaning out stuff I didn’t need or want anymore. I’m a minimalist to begin with, and I really paired down. It felt so good! My good friend Rita helped me pack, it was so appreciated. I wasn’t motivated whatsoever and having company to help made all the difference.
Toward the end I was soooo ready to leave. I felt there was nothing more there for me, and I was balancing packing up and visiting with people I care about. It was hard having people pull at my heart strings at the end. Some cried, some wanted more time, and some clients were demanding time from me. I literally had nothing left to give, and was anxious to just get out.
This was my life, in a storage unit for a month:
3. A month in Rochester:
It was fabulous! I was so grateful to spend an extra month with my parents. I was able to spend time with friends, and work. I was able to save a lot of money doing so, and it certainly came in handy (more on that later). I went into hiding though in a sense – I didn’t communicate with anyone outside of who I wanted to be around and it was SO nice. I was super drained from leaving NC and it took me a while to adjust.
Preparing for the move was stressful. Days before I researched car insurance, renter’s insurance, and had to hire someone from afar to obtain a moving permit on my behalf. The city of Boston requires you to buy a permit to reserve parking spaces 3 days prior to your move. I couldn’t do that myself so I found someone who could. Phew! It was super busy.
I drove here on a Friday, and my stuff was arriving Saturday. My initial impression was, “Wow, this is small.” Mind you: I only saw this apartment on FaceTime with my realtor simply because when I came to visit the building in Feb., the unit I was set on was reserved by someone else before I could get to it. :-/ I chose this place instead because I really wanted to be in the building.
Indeed it is small – I just found out the other day my humble (and yes, I do mean humble!) abode is all of 570 sq. ft.! This is officially the smallest place I ever lived in! In NC my place was 831 sq. ft.
When my things arrived, I had the movers place most of the boxes in my bedroom. It all took up more than 1/2 my bedroom. No joke.
In NC it took up maybe 1/4 of it…big difference.
Good thing I didn’t have a bed because there would’ve been NO room for anything! I sold my bed before I moved because it was getting old.
My living room was unbelievably tight, too!
I spent the first week here freaking out that this space was too small. I knew I was going to have to move some stuff back to my parents’ home, but I didn’t expect to bring as much as I ended up doing. I chose to rent a mini-van the first weekend I was here and bringing everything back in one shot. You can’t tell but there are many plastic totes in the corner. This is what it looked like even after unpacking most things:
The min-van was packed to the brim – I couldn’t even see out the back window! Snickers was a trooper as always. I arrived Sat. night to my parents’, and left Mon. morning.
I was fortunate enough to get to spend Mother’s Day with my mom. We had a family get-together that day, so it was nice to see everyone. Here’s a picture of me, my mom, and aunt Alice. :-)
With my things gone from my bedroom, I finally had space to purchase a new bed. It is much cozier than my couch bed!
This transition has been anything but smooth, however.
I had a computer virus on my computer within the first 3 days of being here. It was so bad (and my computer is so old) that I decided to outright go buy a new one. To skip a lot of detail, I went back and forth to Best Buy 6 times before this whole ordeal was settled. Ugh. Mind you: I barely knew where I lived, let alone where Best Buy was! That took up the first two weeks, literally.
Oh, and when the virus popped up (my screen froze and it was beeping at me) I unplugged my internet. I plugged it back in later when I needed it, and it was dead. Nothing would work. The cable even got knocked out! I had to wait days for the cable company to come fix it. I don’t know if it was related to the virus or if it was ironic timing, but goodness…
2. Car Issues
In Rochester days before I left I had to buy a new tire because some metal had gotten stuck in it. My tire pressure light came on when I was driving to get my oil changed – good timing.
However, the tire was beyond repair. I just bought tires the month prior. The good news is I only had to buy one tire. I have a All Wheel Drive and typically you have to replace all 4 to ensure the wear and tear is the same.
A day later, my tire pressure light came on again! I took it to a tire shop, they said the tire pressure was all over and whomever filled the tires last (the dealership a day prior) did it incorrectly. They did not see a nail though, and thought the light would go off after driving it a mile.
It stayed on…my dad checked the tire pressure before leaving for Boston but the light was still on (nervewracking!). I got my car inspected days later and they found nothing – they suggested taking it to the dealer to let them reset it.
I did take it a week later to the dealer and they found a nail in one of the tires! Gee, what a surprise ;-) NOBODY else could locate one…but luckily they did. They could patch it and $18 later I was on my way. My tire pressure light is off. :-)
Here I have to park on the street until a spot opens up in the garage in the apartment complex I live in. I am nervous daily because the Boston parking people look for any reason to ticket you. The first week I was here I was issues two tickets for the same reason – not having an up-to-date inspection. I had JUST gotten new plates, and you have 7 days to get your car inspected, and I hadn’t done so at the time of their ticketing. I was able to have those removed, but still…
You have to be careful parking on the streets because they street clean and signs are posted to let you know which days, etc. You often have to move your car for this. I parked in a spot one day and thought I was good for a few weeks, til a little voice popped up in my head telling me to go check on my car. I’m glad I did – it had been towed. :-( It was my honest mistake though…I didn’t see on my calendar when I quickly glanced at it that it indeed was the 4th Friday in May (I thought it was the 3rd). Needless to say I had to go to a shady part of town by myself in the dark to go get it. :-/ Luckily it was only $200 rather than over $400, which is what the cost was in Seattle the one time I had my car towed. Ugh. Oh, and they ticketed me $40 for not complying with the rules. As if it wasn’t enough of a punishment to have your car towed!?!? Needless to say I learned.
Sidenote: I need to check on my car daily still. When someone moves, or a dumpster needs to be placed on the road, individuals can hang up signs 48 hours in advance reserving certain spots. That could happen at any time, and though I comply with the street rules, I may violate the rules of the temporary permit. Ugh!!! September will be a Godsend once space opens in the garage here.
It’s been a slower-than-I’m-used-to month for work. It’s a blessing because I wouldn’t have been able to deal with all this other stuff that was ridiculously time consuming and frustrating.
Getting my car towed was the straw. I was frustrated how much money I had to keep shelling out, so I added up all the expenses out of my control I’ve spent the past 3 months. Between moving, towing, renting a mini-van, buying a bed and computer, and paying Quarter 1 taxes, I about had a heart attack. I knew I’d be spending money, but I didn’t anticipate this much money. :-/ Again, it’s probably a lesson all about flowing, but still.
In the midst of all this, I needed to get my website updated. I love my webmasters – they are the BEST! They’re giving me a whole face lift on my site and it’s going to look awesome. I’ll be searchable in Boston once that’s done. I’ll feel a lot better once money is coming IN rather than going OUT so easily.
I asked the apartment manager the other day about switching to a larger unit because there is next to no closet space in this place. She put me on a wait list but there are certainly others ahead. Now that I realize I’m here for now, I spent this weekend finally putting up pictures on the wall and now it feels more like “home.” I think it’ll be okay here but it is an adjustment. I will be working from home until I feel I can justify getting an office, and that was making me nervous. Luckily this building has a 24 hr. concierge which to me is like built in security. That’s one of the reasons I chose this building, actually.
So, there you have it….4 weeks worth of transition! Gotta love it, right? I am sure it’ll get better from here on out but it’s been a rough start.
The plus sides of this move: I have an amazing view! I’m on the 18th floor, and have a view of the Charles River and the Boston Harbor along with a beautiful city skyline!
There is a roof top deck I plan to utilize this summer. It’s AMAZING!
The neighborhood is gorgeous. I still am in awe this is my life.
I am in the beauty of it all, and a 5 minute walk to the crazy, busy financial district too.
Memorial Day Weekend I walked over to the park in the center of the city, which is only 5 min. away. It was beautiful!
More to come, I’m sure…
If you’ve made it this far, thanks for listening to my complaining :-) I’ll post pics of my finished place once the curtain rods are hung and all is set.