Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The trials and tribulations of moving

While I never expected moving to be easy, exactly, there have been some unforeseen speedbumps in the last couple of weeks that have almost nothing to do with the house itself and everything to do with a finely-orchestrated battalion of individuals and activities that must happen in order for us to move in.

It started with the gas service. Back in November when we bought the house, we had all the utilities for the new house transferred to our names. However, unbeknownst to us, the gas company apparently decided that one family can't possibly have two houses for any length of time, and so they randomly decided to turn off the gas at the old house on February 1. Of course, they didn't think we'd need any notice or warning that they were turning off the gas, so one night (handily, when the hubby was out of town), I noticed that our furnace seemed to be struggling. Twenty minutes of diagnostics finally led me to try turning on the stove (also gas), which promptly would not light. And of course, I figured this out at 7:20 p.m., 20 minutes after the gas company's support desk closed. Did I mention it was supposed to freeze that night and that we had no heat? Near tears, I called the hubby, who promptly deemed this an emergency and called the emergency hotline, which you're supposed to use for reporting gas leaks. Bless them, the gas company came out at 10:30 p.m. and turned the heat back on. They might have screwed up by turning off the gas in the first place, but at least they fixed it promptly!

Unfortunately, we haven't been so lucky with the cable company, which provides our Internet service. Since you can't have a single account with two houses on it, they had to shut off service to the old house and turn it on at the new one. They assured us that they could do all this Wednesday morning, but we changed our appointment to Friday due to the snow in our area. However, they turned off the Internet three days early, and no amount of begging, pleading, or complaining could get them to turn it back on at the old house in any sort of timely manner. So they will turn it on at the new place on Thursday, sometime between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Nice concise window of opportunity, don't you think?

In addition, the snow meant that the tile guys we hired to tile the hall Tuesday afternoon couldn't make it, so they tried to reschedule for Thursday. But we can't do Thursday because the new upright deep freeze is due to arrive on Friday, and 24 hours isn't enough time for the mastic and grout to cure before running such a large appliance over the freshly-laid tile. Argh!

So hopefully, the tile guys are out there right now laying tile in the hallway. Tomorrow the Internet service gets turned on, and Friday the freezer is being delivered. Saturday the kids and I officially move in, then the parents-in-law head out on Monday for their next destination.

Assuming everything goes as planned, of course. :)

P.S. In case you're wondering, I'm writing this from the local Barnes and Noble. Thank goodness for free wifi!

UPDATE: I wrote this a week ago but am just now getting to posting it. I'll get more up-to-date soon, I promise!

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