updates

We’re in the new house.  We don’t have very much furniture at the moment — a lot of it is still in the storage pods, and we also got rid of some things that were just too beat up to be worth moving (e.g. the 10 year old couch that the cat had destroyed).  Add the increased size of the new house, and the built in bookcases that we had in the old place, and you can see that we don’t have a lot of room to put things.  But we’re starting to feel slightly less discombobulated, and to only open an average of two cabinet doors before finding the things we’re looking for in the kitchen.

The boys are doing pretty well with the transition, although D is grumpy about having to go to school instead of being able to hang out and explore all day.  (But he was fairly grumpy about going to school before the move, too.)  We clearly made a strategic error in talking about the move, though, because we kept telling them that they’d get all their toys and stuff back after we moved.  So we’ve moved, and they want it all right away.

Two months ago I wrote about my frustrating customer service experience with buy.com.  Several people suggested that I should take it up with my credit card company, and I probably should have, but I just didn’t have the energy to deal with it on top of the chaos of moving.  (Buying and selling houses also does funny things to your sense of what’s
a lot of money.)  So I didn’t do anything.  But much to my surprise, I got an email today from Google checkout saying that buy.com was returning my money. 

In another customer service report, back in February, when I wrote about how I liked our trunkis, but they didn’t stay latched, I also emailed the company.  They promptly wrote back asking what colors we needed.  I replied, and then didn’t hear anything further from them.  And then last week, replacement latches arrived, direct from England.  And the new ones do stay shut.  So, now the endorsement is unqualified.

5 Responses to “updates”

  1. dave s Says:

    My guess is that moving when you did will be an enormous plus for your kid, that when summer comes he will HAVE SOME FRIENDS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD instead of facing the yawning emptiness of a new house and no one to play with. I think mid school year moves are far better for young children.

  2. Jackie Says:

    My kids thought the same thing about all their toys! There is still a box of toys that is unpacked, and since they haven’t asked for anything we can’t find, I’m thinking about donating the box, contents unseen. They have so many toys already, truly.
    I’m still feeling discombobulated because all my books are still in boxes (we’re building shelves) and our walls are still the hideous colors they were when we bought the place. I miss seeing my familiar wall decorations, so this weekend I’m going to lay down a coat of primer anywhere I can.

  3. Jody Says:

    Congrats on the move!
    We will have been here for three years in June, and right now, the master carpenter expects to install our built-in cabinets/bookshelves at the end of June.
    Take it from me: DO NOT WAIT THAT LONG.
    Ahem.

  4. Anjali Says:

    Glad to hear the move went down. Good luck with finding the toys.

  5. Jennifer Says:

    Congrats on the move! Hope you’re still having fun at the new place. And I know what you mean about the bookshelves – we lost some when we moved to our place four years ago too. Jody’s right, we really must get around to getting some new ones made!

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