Wow, what a couple of days we've had around here!
We've been staying in the new house since Thursday night, when we got a new king-size bed moved into the house, along with Krypto's crate and some other essentials... and then on Saturday, Jessi was able to move some stuff over as well, so that by Saturday morning, we just had the last three bookshelves, the couch, the old bed (now in the guest room), Jessi's computer desk, the kitchen table, the washer and dryer, the extra refrigerator, and some assorted odds and ends to bring over, which (thanks to the help of my family and my co-worker, Marianne) we were able to bring over to the new house and set up in a few hours' time!
After that, it was time for the barbeque! I started the grill warming up, and once our friend Tifney (who'd helped earlier this week) showed up with some corn she'd grown in her garden, the burgers and smoked sausages started cooking, and as they cooked, I started putting out all the other food I'd purchased for the barbeque.
You know, one of these days, I'll have to figure out better how to plan how much food to prepare for these things... we could've had twice as many people to feed, and still not run out!
We did invite our neighbors (who live in the other half of the duplex) to join us, which they did, and we got to know them a bit better, too.
They're an interesting couple... both of them twenty-somethings, and the more they told us about themselves, the more they sounded like a Jerry Springer episode waiting to happen! To start with, the guy is the only one of the two whose name is on the lease -- originally he was going to move in with his previous girlfriend, but then this new girlfriend stole him away, and she moved in instead (along with her child from when she got preggers at 19). And then, there's the guy's friend, who is currently not working, and is staying with them, occasionally bringing his kids from his marriage (which is breaking up, naturally), and who has barely paid them any of the rent he's supposed to be paying them (yet another lease violation -- they're not supposed to sub-let at all). Oh, and this guy's driving around a new PT Cruiser that's a rental because someone else totalled his car, and that person's insurance is paying for a rental. And he's not working because he was fired by the rent-to-own place he used to work for (which the guy whose name is on the lease is still working for) for sexually harassing a customer there. And, last weekend, when the couple was vacationing down in Portland, he started a fire in the kitchen that burned cupboards and the kitchen floor -- which the couple is trying to fix themselves, because the landlords don't know about the fire (or the roommate). Oh, yes, and the former girlfriend still has a set of keys to the house, so she can let herself in at any time (and has done so).
There's probably more that they told us, but at a certain point, I kept hearing in my head a crowd chanting "Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Jer-ry!" so I had to go clean the barbeque grill.
Anyway... tomorrow (Sunday) is cleaning day at the old house, which may begin with our running our full garbage can and a beat-up couch to the dump (which I really hope is open on Sundays), and then while I start cleaning up, Jessi has to return the truck she borrowed, and then she'll rejoin me to finish the cleaning. We've got to finish the scrub-down and vacuuming and sweeping and so forth Sunday, PLUS I want to get all the tomatoes out of the garden so nobody else gets to enjoy the fruits of our labors (we're going to see if we can come back in October to harvest the squash that's been growing, but I have my doubts that'll happen).
Should be a busy day, but I'm hoping we can get all that done in about five hours or so, tops.
In other news... starting Monday at work, we're short an ad services assistant, so I'll be helping to cover that desk while doing my own work, and also trying to get the billing packaged up for mailing as soon as possible (and maybe working on some other stuff for that desk, as well). Probably will mean a lot of overtime, as I'll be coming in an hour earlier than normal starting on Tuesday (I can't on Monday because I'm meeting a carpet cleaner at the old house to finish the grand clean-up). I'll be amazed if I'm out of work any earlier than eight each day next week, so you can imagine how the hours will stack up then!
I'll be almost completely covering ad services the following week, as our paper planner (who figures out where the ads will go in the newspaper) will be on vacation, and the main ad services person will be covering that job, so I'll be trying to cover ad services... I just hope that things slow down a bit for us, work-wise, because even with working overtime, I could burn out quickly at this pace! But I'm sure it'll all be worth it.
Thank goodness next weekend's a three-day weekend, eh?
Anyway... my home office is really coming together nicely. I think I've mentioned before it's much, much bigger than I had at the old place, and it's nice to be able to have the space to properly organize stuff. Once it's all put together, I may do another photo essay to show you what I've done with it, and you can compare it to the one I did when I first set up my office at the other house if you choose to do so.
Oh, I should mention a big THANK YOU! to my brother Jeff, who was one of the people helping us move today. A number of years back, when I wasn't working and having to sell off almost all my collectibles to pay my rent and buy groceries, he very nicely purchased a number of my collectibles from me... and today, he brought them with him, and gave them back to me! What a guy!
During this coming week, I'll have to work up a few more weeks of Cover Stories columns (you did check out this week's installment, with the theme "Dance Crazes", didn't you? If not, hie thee hence to http://www.wfcomics.com/coverstories and do so now! Once I've got those written up and have some breathing space, it'll be time for me to work on checking out these old PCs I picked up a few months back, to see what I can put together into the best possible PC so I can start playing Roller Coaster Tycoon again -- the only computer game that's been able to hold my interest for a long time. Don't worry, I won't let that get in the way of blogging regularlly -- sometimes when playing RCT, one has to just wait and let the customers spend money, and that'll be a good time to go back to the Mac and blog!
Did any of you happen to catch the season finale of Psych Friday night? A lot of the action took place at a comic book convention, and there's a lot of fun stuff in there for comics geeks (like I presume most of us are) to pick up on.
Well, that's about it for now... got to get some sleep and let my back recover some!
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