Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Home of Our Own...

   As many of you have probably noticed from our Facebook pages, we have a new place!  The 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath, 2 level unit of the triplex we are living in is absolutely adorable!  The entire building was designed by an architect and an interior designer who works for an architecture firm.  The counter tops are made out of reclaimed bowling alley lanes.  The kitchen is full of open shelving (reclaimed from a formerly owned property).  The spiral staircase is wrapped in thin sheets of bamboo.  There is a wall of ambient light centered on the main floor and plenty of natural light from the large windows and sliding glass door out to our little tiny yard (which is just right for our little, tiny dog).  If you haven't gone to see the pictures Joe and I have posted, then go do so!  I cannot express the overwhelming charm this place has in words alone. :)   And the very best part about all of this is that we get to move in on Friday!  Yay!

   Now let me tell you a little bit about the drama of choosing a place on a street that is at a 45 degree angle...

   Did anyone ever mention that Seattle requires a street permit for almost everything?  Well they do and let me tell you, those permits do not come cheap!  If we had bought a place with a drive way we wouldn't have needed a permit, but as it is we have just a walk way so we need to put the POD on the street.  Unfortunately, the street that we live on is at a 45 degree angle.  POD will drop off the container there, but it might cause damage to our belongings to be on that steep of a grade and will certainly make moving things out a little more difficult.  Luckily for us, there is a little dirt side road right next to the house.  We will need to walk everything down the hill a little ways, down a few stairs, across the path and then up all the stairs to our front door, but really that's not much further then we would have had to bring it if we could just put the container in front of the house.  Joe and I have run the budget and discussed the merits over and over and have decided to hire movers to help us bring everything in.  We know we could do it ourselves, but we're not sure we would be able to move for the next few days afterwards.  The good news is that I went downtown today and got a permit from the transit authority.  The bad news is that it's up to us to make sure that no one parks in the area that we would like to put the POD in.  This means that we will be leaving Joe's car there so that we can hold the spot (the POD is coming sometime on Thursday).  The only issue I can potentially see with this plan is that a mini cooper is not nearly the same size as a 17 foot POD.  Oh well...

   Bear is actually going to be spending our moving day at the groomer/doggie day care.  We decided it would be less stressful for him if he was there playing with the other dogs rather than with us stuck in his crate.  The funny thing is that as we were leaving our new home after signing the lease agreement, we met a woman and her dog outside and come to find out, she's a dog groomer who has a place just a little down the way from our new house.  Small world, right?  So that's where Bear will be spending Friday and hopefully other days once the budget gets settled.

   I didn't realize that I would be this excited to move out of the hotel.  I think what it really is, is that I'm excited to move into a place that is ours with all of our stuff.  The things I miss most out of all the things packed in the POD are my jewelry and my craft supplies.  I'm sure this doesn't come as a surprise to any of you who know me.  :)  Joe says that he misses his guitars and magic cards.  We're a bit silly, aren't we? 

   I'm also really excited about getting to decorate this new space.   Joe and I sold most of our old furniture, so we need a few staple pieces, like a kitchen table, right away.  I'm really going to try to Craig's List, Freecycle, Thrift and fix up a lot of the pieces because I would like the pieces we put in the house to be as unique as the house itself.  We'll see how long this lasts against my OCD though.  :)

   All in all, we're still thrilled with Seattle, but we're also thrilled with the very real possibility that we will be coming back to the NOVA area over Labor Day weekend for some fun, family, friends and the Maryland Renaissance Festival (I know, we are big dorks!).

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