Monday, September 8, 2008

Mustard Moves House

Saturday Mustard and I packed our bags and moved to our awesome new apartment in Capitol Hill.

It was hands down the most complicated move I have ever been a part of, and I don't mind telling you I stayed up late several nights fretting about how we were going to keep all of the cogs moving. Foolishly, I didn't give myself any overlap days, so I had to do the entire move from top to bottom in one day. The entire process was pretty damn stressful.

Here was the basic plan:

  1. Go to U-Haul, pick up the truck.
  2. Drive it around back to load up all of Camie's stuff that has been in storage for 4 weeks.
  3. Take it to the new apartment to be dropped off
  4. Maneuver everything up one really skinny set of stairs, and for bedroom items up a tight spiral staircase.
  5. Drive to Silver Spring, to load my apartment
  6. Load my apartment
  7. Drive back to Capitol Hill to unload my stuff
  8. Take truck back
  9. Pass out

At each stage we had to make sure we had a crew of people (read: men) who would be able to help. Not as easy to arrange as I'd hoped since there was apparently some sort of out of town Man Convention that all of my men friends claimed they were attending. For those I could get, some could only stay for so long, or arrive at a certain time, so there was a lot of coordinating to do. Plus I needed to make sure every one was fed, had addresses and directions for the multiple locations, and had our cell phones so they could meet up with us en route if need be. An event planner would have been proud!

As I sat there strategizing all of the ins and outs of this move I thought to myself, "You know what? This seems TOO easy. I need something that would make this move more exciting. Kick it up a notch. How about a Tropical Storm? Nothing like torrential rains and hurricane force winds to really motivate your movers!"

So I dialed up Tropical Storm Hanna and said, "Yo, Hanna! Babe! DC has been having the most amazing Summer in the history of the world. I really want to give my friends a treat on my moving day. Do you want to come over and spice things up for us? .... YOU DO?! Excellent. Let's see, I'm scheduled to move at 9. Would 8 AM work for you? Great. See you then!"

And so it was.

My awesome friends took all of the challenges of this move in stride, and were AMAZING! From my point of view it went really well! We all got really, really, and I DO mean REALLY WET. But nothing was ruined and no one got hurt or a cold, so in my book that counts as a resounding success! With any luck they'll stop cursing my name after I take them all out for a battery of very expensive lunches.

P.S. If you want to read the death-defying story of how the box springs were magicked up to our bedrooms, then check this out. There were at least 3 times when I thought for SURE someone was going to the hospital. Or the morgue.

P.P.S. Pictures of the new house will be coming soon. And BEST OF ALL, we have already christened it with the most perfect name.


erinmalia said...

oh man i am really sorry that chuck was away at the man conference. and even sorrier that rhett was sick, making a roll delivery impossible. however, if you think you can be up one sunday morning at 8:30a, i'll deliver them to you girls. you just let me know when...

Sandra said...

Congratulations on the new place! Can't wait to see pictures of it. You should have given us a call to help you move, we were in town just waiting around for Hanna.

Margaret said...

The name, the NAME! For the love of all that is good and holy - what's THE NAME?!

Margaret said...

wow. I just took out all MY stress in that last comment. I feel so much better now.

Um, thanks.