Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Blogging from Beneath the Piles

And more piles to come!

Our first shipment of household goods arrived yesterday. I loved my house so much more when it was EMPTY! ;)
People kept saying that opening your TMO shipment would be "like Christmas." I feel sorry for those people. Could their Christmases really possibly be so dismal and depressing? Yesterday's shipment was more like a really bad inheritance or something. Maybe tomorrow's shipment will be more like Christmas...after all, I will be reunited with my yarn, books, clothes & scrapbook stuff! The shipment that came yesterday was David's from Aviano/storage so I had the movers put most of it in the garage and in an extra bedroom. He can open it all up when he gets here. Which, really, is the least he could do, seen as how I found the house, and will be unpacking, washing and putting away all of the other stuff...including FORTY-THREE drinking glasses in his shipment yesterday. Our Okinawa shipment is arriving tomorrow. And our stuff will be battling for position within the kitchen!
Luckily, my across-the-street neighbor introduced herself this morning (I met her husband yesterday) and said that she's trying to organize a street-wide garage sale in 2 weeks. She said, "Should I bother passing you a leaflet or will you be too busy?" I told her I'd love a leaflet! I have a lot of (David's) stuff that I'm willing to part with, ha ha. I'm sure some of mine can go too, although most of the stuff we sold at the Chibana Flea Market back in Dec. was mine!

I also got my sweet new ride yesterday! And today marks my 3 week "anniversary" of being here. I'm pretty happy with all that I've managed to get accomplished, although I still don't know how to find my way to base & back home without the help of Debbie's "TomTom"/Garmin. I'll be looking to purchase my own in May. I've already spent too much money for April!

Well, I'm going to head to the commissary before leaving base for the day. Planning to make some cookies for my neighbors, tomorrow's movers and some of my other good helpers!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Breaking the Rules

So, it's after 6pm and I'm on the computer. But technically, I made that idea in Central time and it's not 6pm central time yet. Also, I think I can ask for forgiveness since I don't have much other computer time throughout the day. I don't want the guys at Bob Hope Community Center (where they have a 30 minute time limit) to think (know) that I'm a total internet addict.

But I thought it would be kind of me to update here with a quick entry. (I'm at the base library, where they have a 57 minute time limit). Next week, I will be in my house and I won't have internet set up yet, nor will I be driving back and forth to base every day to check my e-mail, so I figure I can make up for this after 6 internet sneak-on after Easter.

I am alive and well and living (sort of) in England! Isn't that the title of something or other? Alive and well and living in Paris?

House-I think I love my house! I haven't seen it since Saturday and house-hunting is all kind of a blur (and I only looked at 2 houses!) but what I think I remember of it is nice. It's in a town called Thetford, about 25 minutes away from base (but the fact that there is base housing in this town and others that are 25 minutes away makes me feel a bit better about that distance). The house meets my basic requirements: "near" a train station and more than one bathroom. It also kind of makes me feel like a movie star, because it has a blue door just like in Notting Hill and a closet (cupboard?) under the stairs just like in Harry Potter! So I love it! There are 5 bedrooms. Not sure exactly why we need 5 bedrooms, but after almost 4 years with 2, I guess I just got a little crazy. We'll have a bedroom, a Rebecca-room (or maybe 2?), a David-room, a guest room, and I don't even remember seeing a 5th bedroom, which leads me to believe that it might be so small that it will be reserved for our FMO (mil. provided) wardrobes/free-standing closets. Even though I somehow managed to find a house with a closet in the master bedroom!! It also has a shower not just a bathtub. And it has a bathtub. A beautiful "garden" (see how I am beginning to use proper vocabulary for my surroundings?) in which I hope to one day grow my very own herbs and maybe even some little veggies. I bought a book about container gardening several months ago and it seems like something I might be able to manage. My house has a two-car garage in which 2 cars actually fitting would be a miracle. However, I think it is quite possible that 1 car and my 16 rubbermaid bins full of personal classroom items will fit. Possibly best of all, my house is right around the corner from my friend and former colleague. We taught together in Okinawa and she helped me with the house-hunt. We were both pleasantly surprised to learn that there was a house in her neighborhood that might suit my needs. My house needs to pass a little inspection tomorrow, and if it does, I should be able to move in on Tuesday or Wednesday, which is good, because I am being booted from lodging on Wednesday. I could stay longer on my own dime, which is, of course, not something I'm interested in doing. Once I get in my house (which will require me to find my way back there), take some pictures, get my household goods (3 separate shipments!) delivered, internet and cable provider set, and electronic items all hooked up, I will be sure to post pictures. So please don't expect any pictures for a while! Really, I'm only very slightly overwhelmed.

Car- So my two main problems with finding a car are 1- I am cheap. and 2-I haven't a clue how to drive a car with a "manual transmission". We went looking today and at one car lot, there was ONE automatic in the whole place! It was a Mercedes that just doesn't fit in with my cheapness. We stopped at another one where I saw some decent "wheels" and are taking a guy from David's future office who has some car knowledge. If he knows anything besides where the key goes, what the gas pedal does, and how many wheels it's supposed to have, he will know more than I do. I really want a Volkswagon Golf or a Volkswagon Polo. The lot did have a Golf, but it was a darn "5-speed" which is apparently the same thing as a "manual transmission" which is code for "something I don't know how to drive". But maybe if I express enough how much I would like a VW Golf/Polo that is automatic, one will materialize by tomorrow at 0930.
Once I get a car, of course that means I will have to drive it. Good thing I have my driver's license. Only missed one question and you're allowed to miss 6. I keep telling myself that passing my driver's test is a good thing and that means I don't need to be too terribly nervous on the roads, and that I have an advantage as I have been driving on the left side of the road and the right side of the car (right?) for nearly 4 years already. But it's still a little bit frightening. Especially since even if I were an absolutely amazing driver, I would still have absolutely no idea where I am going.

Cell Phone-I haven't had a cell phone in almost 4 years, but people keep looking at me like I have a 3rd eye-ball when I say I don't have a "mobile number". So that's also on the to-do list. All I want is something that rings and has numbers, and I'm not doing a plan, I'm doing a pay-as-you-go.

Anyway...that's the story of my life the past week and one day. Hopefully it won't take too long to get my shipments all delivered, set up and internet hooked up in my house!

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