April 16, 2009
You’ve got to love anti-climatic new homeowner posts.
The Day went pretty smoothly. I originally booked the entire day off from work because I love not having to go to work and this is a Big Deal, but a couple of things, including the fact that nothing would be happening in the morning, my lawyer is about a 10 minute bus ride from my work (but a 20 drive from home…my parents’ home? Awww) and I know I’ll be wanting to take time off from work to set up my house led to me deciding to work in the morning.
I worked my butt off in the morning, no doubt trying to rush the day along. It worked. I left the office around 12:25pm, waited for the bus for ten minutes, wound up at the lawyer’s office at 12:55pm and was out of the office (after signing the requisite documents and handing over five cheques, some post dated) by 1:02pm. I was told to return in an hour. I returned at 2:08pm and had the keys in my hand by 2:11pm at the latest. It was quite exciting!
I took the bus home (awww, my parents’ home) and arrived at 2:54pm. My mom and youngest brother were there so I showed them my (still sealed) envelope containing the keys, ripped it open and marvelled at the beauty of the two sets of keys I received (but only one keychain…cheapskates!). I had to go sort out my insurance so I went to do that. My brother tagged along because he had an errand to run, and the plan was originally to go and see the house. But then I thought of my sister who due to her very unaccomodating work schedule hadn’t been able to take part in much of the preliminary stuff, and I knew she’d be happy if I went with her to the house for the first time so I decided to wait for her to come home. Also, I hate making multiple trips and I knew the moment I got to the house she’d call me to come and pick her up and take her there. On a good day she’s home around 5:30pm.
It was not a good day.
I was surprised by how antsy and impatient I was to see the place. I mean sheesh! I saw it just last week!
While waiting for her I loaded the car up with things that I might be embarrassed for people to see me hauling in…like my seven containers of liquid laundry detergent, my 54 rolls of toilet paper (I counted!), my seven tubes of tooth paste and five boxes of tin foil…you get the idea. The house already looks lived in thanks to these things.
We got there and it was lovely! There was a little card and welcome bag waiting for me. Everything was plugged in and ready to go and the house was quite cozy. Of course my critical eye noticed a lot more tiny imperfections that I didn’t have a chance to notice last week because I was excited.
I kept repeating out loud that it was SURREAL. I’ve seen the place a few times in the last month but this was the first time that my brain had to wrap itself around the fact that it was MY PLACE, that I will live there. It will eventually contain all the things that I consider necessary for making a home. WILD! It’ll take some getting used to.
The day was originally supposed to be a family day. I envisioned my parents and siblings and I running around squealing but guess what? My dad doesn’t squeal (my mom would indulge me, naturally!). My brothers, aged 20 and 22, didn’t in their words “want to be stuck there for hours”. They wanted the 10 minute tour and wanted to be returned home to play video games. I declined. And my parents had previous plans that I knew of but had forgotten because the world is supposed to revolve around me. They didn’t get that memo though. As a result, family day will likely be Sunday. Moving day is Saturday (if the truck I booked can be picked up earlier than the 4pm they indicated. Who moves at 4pm?). And today and tomorrow are for the 48 hour inspection and packing my stuff. I think I’ll be pulling an all-nighter on Friday!
I had my first visitors though, and they claimed it took them only 20 minutes to walk to my place but I have my doubts. I’ll have to test out this theory, because I thought they lived further than 20 minutes away.
Are you wondering why there aren’t any pictures of me doing new home owner related things such as signing the biggest check I’ll write in the next five years? Or of my very first visitors? Well, my camera had performance anxiety and totally crapped out on me.
I may have left it on for the past week, but I’m not sure. The battery is currently being charged and we’ll see if that was the problem.
But yay: new house! Very exciting! Thanks for sharing in the excitement with me…I do appreciate it!