Monday, April 20, 2009

Live, from New York

Oh, where to begin?

We're here, in our new townhouse in the mountains of New York, listening to the wind blow and wondering where we packed our underwear. Good stuff :)

The move was amazing. I think I'd lost track of how good it feels to let other people help. Sounds ridiculous, right? But I'm rather independent, and that--combined with a strange worry I have about not wanting to bother or inconvenience anyone--led me to build a life where there aren't many situations in which I need to ask for help. But moving all of our stuff out of a third floor condo? There's no way I could pull that off on my own. (Ditto for moving stuff into a three floor townhouse).

So we asked. And I was simply flabbergasted by how generous our friends were with their time, effort and (let's be honest) muscle. Moving out felt a bit like one of those impossible challenges on The Biggest Loser, where teams go up and down stairs endlessly trying to complete the task. Turns out we have more stuff than we remembered, and our friend MacGyver Man stayed in the truck doing all manner of miracles to fit everything together, creating a puzzle that might have earned him a PhD in geometric problem solving had we thought to take pictures.

Then, the next day, after eight hours on the road--Steve in the giant truck, THAT DOG and I following in the car, the two of us communicating by walkie-talkies I picked up at Target (which, it turns out, are WAY more fun to use when you're a grown up), we arrived in Ithaca. And a team of people--some we'd met before, some who only heard we were coming and wanted to welcome us and help--pulled in one by one and moved us in. It was amazing, and humbling, and one of those experiences I'll remember for a long, long time. Sitting around afterwards, eating pizza and comparing notes on where to buy food, register a car, and get a great deal on a washing machine, I thought, "This feels like home..." And it does.

I'm a tired, but grateful girl :)

More tomorrow...

8 comments:

tootie said...

Ha! My husband and I used walkie-talkies when we moved, too. I had way too much fun with them.

And why did my brain automatically think "...it's Saturday night!" when I read the title of your post? :)

Ryan and Abby Green said...

Welcome to your new home! It sounds like it's a wonderful place!

Liza said...

Welcome to your new home! Sounds like y'all are already on your way to making some great new friends.

heidikins said...

I love new neighbors!! I'm so glad you had a lovely Ithaca reception!

xox

Stella said...

Glad for your safe journey and warm welcome! Hope you're over your cold. Did you actually give a talk/sermon at your new church on Sunday?! WOW, what a woman! Smiles, Stella

Allie said...

That sounds like pretty much THE ideal way to move house!
I love the walkie-talkies. I've always had a secret desire for them, despite the age of cellphones.

Sarakastic said...

Glad you got there safe & I want walkie talkies!

LarramieG said...

Now that's a spontaneous Housewarming Party!