New Project

Ha!  All you knitters out there thought this would be a post about a new knitting project, didn’t you?  Sorry to disappoint, but the new project is actually getting our new house ready to move into.  We got the keys last Wednesday and it’s been non-stop house-stuff since Friday night.  And the fun probably won’t be finished until 3 September when Mom and friends arrive from California.

The house was delivered in tact, but really dirty.  This, we were told, is not normal, but there’s not a lot you can do about it.  We’re on a tight schedule since we have to be out of our current house by 30 August, so it’s not like we could refuse the delivery of the house until they cleaned it.  We’ve been sweeping, then vacuuming, then mopping and scrubbing the wood floors to get a good look at it and to see if we have to sand it or just simply clean and oil it.  It looks like the latter will be enough.  Luckily!

We also have been to IKEA, ummm, 4 times?  I’m losing count already.  We had a bunch of stuff delivered last night:

Plus a couch and foot stool and mattresses.  We’ve been busy getting the place ready to paint and generally cleaning up.  I couldn’t wait to get that plastic window sticker stuff off:

This is a common window treatment in NL.  Nearly all houses and apartments have great huge windows that everyone can look into.  A lot of people don’t want to put up curtains so instead they put some sticky contact paper stuff on the windows that makes it not so easy to see into but still lets a lot of light in.  Actually we will probably put some sticky stuff back on these windows instead of curtains.  You can’t see in this photo, but we have lovely stained glass at the top of the windows and it would be a shame to cover that up.  Plus, letting in light is a good thing, and being able to watch the world go by is also nice.

Due to the fact that we are moving on 21 August, and because we have so much to do between now and then, the blog posts will most likely become no more than once per week, and even that will be an effort.  There will be no updates on knitting projects as I’m taking a break from that too (at least until 8/8 when the Ravolympics begins and I have to start my Lace Longjump project – photos will come).

One thing I’m not taking a break from is the running.  I still have to keep up the training for the Dam to Dam or I’ll never make it!  This morning I ran 11km!  And this week, as opposed to last week, I actually ran the entire way without stopping.  The weather was perfect for running – partly cloudy and cool.

I’m now sitting on the couch waiting for our sushi to be delivered (we’ll be using http://www.thuisbezorgd.nl a lot in the next 3 weeks!) and my legs and feet are tired and aching and my back too.  We came home from the new house, ordered food, and then took apart our bed to make room for packed boxes.  For the next 3 weeks we’ll sleep in the living room on the sofa bed.   Camping!  Who says this isn’t a vacation.

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