Monday, February 27, 2012

Back Among the Living

Yes, ladies and gents, we finally have internet.  And after 3 years of slow Maine internet, this is city internet.  It's fast.  No more pixelated Netflix, no more day-long downloads.  We are legit. I've really missed blogging and sharing this whole process with you.  I'm so sick of using my iPhone for internet, you have no idea.

Anyway let me bring you up to speed! Be warned that this will probably be a long 'un.

The trip was pretty uneventful all in all.  I'll sum it up with a few points:

1. My sister Megan totally kept me sane for the entire trip.  Don't know what I would've done without her.
2. Amie kept Rob company, which was good because driving the Jeep + trailer turned out to be pretty damn stressful.
3. No offense to those of you who live in Oklahoma, but I don't really like Oklahoma.
4. Same to you, Missouri.

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We rolled into Santa Fe in the evening of February 21.  We were all exhausted but it was pretty awesome to get "home."  I had a mini-meltdown when I realized the sink was really small (yes, this happened) but Rob seemed excited.  The only issue we've had is that our shower makes a really high-pitched noise when on the hot water, but our landlords are hopefully getting this fixed soon.  In the meantime we affectionately refer to the voice as our shower witch.

On Wednesday we began the unpacking process, visited Target four times, and took the dog for few walks around our new home.  This was also the day that my iPhone took a bath and my hand got a load of cactus spines in it (more on that later).  Additionally, our Comcast self-install kit didn't work and we found out we'd have to wait until Sunday (yesterday) to get internet.  I had a few freak-out moments because I hate moving and all the stress that comes with it, but Megan, Amie and Robbie (and Cypress, a little bit) did a great job of calming me down and redirecting my energy.  I'm very lucky to have so many people around me that understand the direction in which my thought process typically goes.

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Thursday came much too quickly and I had to say goodbye to my sister and Amie, and let's face it, goodbyes suck.  Even though I will probably see Megan soon-ish, the mere fact that I'm 3600 miles away just feels weird.

Friday and Saturday were spent unpacking and organizing.  It's been a challenge to effectively use the space we have, to say the least, but I think we found a nice balance.  Our new home is very "us" and very homey.  I have a video tour of it all unpacked, which you can see here!

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On Friday I noticed that I still had a cactus spine embedded in my finger and that it was beginning to become infected.  I sort of ignored it until yesterday, when my finger became pretty swollen and the pain was intense enough to wake me out of a sound sleep.

At around 6:30am, I went to the ER which was an experience in and of itself.  After three penetrating needle jabs in the base of my knuckle to numb my finger the doctor told me that I should just take antibiotics and see if the infection dies down on its own.  Side note: I think it's funny when people tell me that needles shouldn't scare me because I have tattoos. Anyone who has tattoos know that the burning sensation tattoos cause does not equal the penetrating evil of medical needles.

Anyway my finger is still swollen and achy, and now sadly bruised because of the needles. I'm hoping the antibiotics work quickly.

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Did you enjoy those pictures of my fingers? Hopefully I didn't gross anyone out too much.

So far, we really like Santa Fe.  I think Rob is still getting used to living in a city and somewhere other than Maine, but all in all we're having a great time together.  I'm so happy that we decided to come early so we could spend March getting to know each other before Robbie starts work.  I sure am going to miss him when he's out on fires.

One of our favorite things so far has been the views.  The view from our patio alone is absolutely stunning.

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You know, despite having written this post in my head a few times, I'm still shocked with how incoherent it turned out.  I hope you enjoyed looking at pretty pictures, anyway.  I have some more from my camera (which has been resuscitated, thankfully) that I will share at a later time.

For now I'm going to get caught up on your blogs!   

38 comments:

  1. Looks like you guys are settling really nicely into your new home... That REALLY sucks about the cactus needles in your finger though, holy painful-looking. Hopefully it heals up soon!

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    1. It does suck! And it's slowly healing I think...still hurts. Whine whine.

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  2. It looks really nice there. And on the plus side you now know where the hospital is. I always stress when I move somewhere new until I know where to get food, drugstore stuff, where I have to go to work, etc. So you checked one thing off the list.

    Also, shower witch made me laugh.

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    1. I'm thinking of giving the shower witch her own vlog.

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  3. What a view! Happy that you're all settled in. How exciting to be starting a new adventure together...

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    1. Thanks! I love it :) And settling in is happening slowly but surely.

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  4. Lol. "Welcome to New Mexico, have a cactus attack!" Welcome to the wild, wild west - I loooooove Santa Fe and I'm super excited for you guys as you start your new adventure! That view is gorgeous, by the way. I currently have a great view of a parking lot and office building in Ohio so...super jealous.

    Your apartment is ADORABLE! Great job putting it together so quickly! I giggled when I read about the shower witch. Our last apartment had the same problem. Super charming and quirky, right?

    Please enjoy all that beautiful sunshine for me! Looking at your pictures made me homesick for Colorado... :(

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    1. Thank you! I love the new house though it is a great deal smaller than most of our other places we've lived. I'm hoping the shower witch will get fixed, but my landlords are off to Mexico soon so we'll see.

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  5. Glad you made it ok! Your place is super cute, and those views are AMAZING! Hope your finger gets better soon. :-\

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  6. Aw Caitlin, so glad you're back! Looks like you're doing a great job figuring out your small space! I'm so sorry about the cactus, that sounds awful!!! I've never (knock on wood) had a cactus experience but most people I know have at one time or another. Just part of the area I guess. =[
    And the view from your porch does look lovely!

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    1. Yeah, when you go hiking make sure to wear hiking shoes. I was wearing regular sneakers, which caused me to slip on loose gravel and forced me to brace my hand on a cactus.

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  7. Oh man, your poor fingers! This is most certainly something that would happen to me. I hope you are healing up, nicely.

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    1. Thanks friend. :) I appreciate the kind thoughts!

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  8. I love new adventures! Moving across country certainly takes the prize. I hope you enjoy your new home!

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    1. We are enjoying it! Thanks for the kind words. :)

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  9. OH ... my. What a massively huge adventure! And how exciting to be in a new place with a new home! Exciting and exhausting and overwhelming, it sounds.

    And I am so sorry about your finger! I have been to the ER for my finger as well so I can commiserate with you in a weird uncommon way. ;)

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    1. It definitely didn't feel great...and yesterday I got so sick from the antibiotics that I threw up most of the day. Warm welcome, indeed.

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  10. "Shower Witch" made me laugh out loud, hahah. I'm sorry moving was so stressful but it really looks like it was worth it!! Your place is GORGEOUS and the view is breathtaking! That finger looks like it hurts >_< and I totally agree with you on the tattoos v.s. medical needles thing. People kept saying that to me when I had to have my blood drawn 40 thousand times last year and it pissed me off! Tattoos feel like lasers burning your skin off, not disgusting proby needle stabs. Ugh, so dumb. The best of luck to you in your new home lady! Glad to have you back :D

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    1. We say the same thing - a tattoo needle is far more burn, a hypodermic needle is straight penetration.

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  11. Omg. The views!

    Glad you guys made it. Moving is stressful no matter how many times you do it!

    I love the west, I hope we live out there one day.

    I responded back you over on my blog :)

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    1. I'll go check it out! I wish we got emails when people replied to us on comments.

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  12. Your home is seriously beautiful and I'm glad you and your family made it safely. Hope your finger gets better soon! Stupid cacti!

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    1. Seriously :( I told Rob to go up the mountain and burn them for me.

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  13. your new place looks great! that view is seriously amazing :)

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  14. yay! so excited for you guys and your new home. it looks very cozy already! we had to deal with the same exact internet situation when we moved into our apartment last year, and i was miserable without any internet! haha.
    hope your finger feels better, sounds pretty uncomfortable :(

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    1. Sad how dependent I become on Internet! :-/

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  15. I'm so glad you guys are on the downward slide of moving craziness! It's nice to get settled in, put your feet up on the coffee table, and be able to relax in your new place. But I would prefer to skip the run in with a cactus - ouch!

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    1. I would've preferred to skip it too! I still have a giant lump there though the pain isn't as bad. Thanks friend!

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  16. Ahhhh. This makes me prettyyy jealous. I love visiting Santa Fe and have always imagined calling it home. So awesome that you get to!
    The next time we are around, I get to hug your pretty self! And.. my phone broke before I could text you back, and I dont have anyones number now :(, but yes! Girls weekend this summer is a must!
    :D

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    1. Please please please let's make this happen! As we get closer we'll figure out weekends :)

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  17. Your new home looks gorgeous - here's to lots of happy times together there!

    Oh, and Steve's old place had a toilet ghost; it sang to us a few minutes after every flush. Not very tunefully. But still.

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    1. Hahaha yeah, we're getting used to the shower witch but I'm hoping every day that my landlords will get rid of her!

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  18. It looks great! Cypress looks like she was exhausted from all of the unpacking. :)

    And that's super intense about your finger! Though I agree with Nova, on the plus side, you know how to get to the ER.

    I'm so bummed we didn't get a chance to meet in person while you were in Maine. You'll have to let me know next time your up in this area!

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    1. She was exhausted! Poor thing was strung out all day worrying. I'll be back in Maine frequently, so we'll figure something out!

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  19. So I love how you hate 2 out of the 3 states I've lived in, LOL! I like Missouri (Kansas City) but the southern part not so much. Oklahoma, meh, I'm only here for school then I'm outta here!

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    1. Hehe sorry, didn't mean any disrespect. I guess my biggest frustration was the fact that there were endless giant crosses and signs implying moral superiority juxtaposed against dozens of adult video stores and firework stores. Plus my friend Amie (who has dreads) got quite a few negative looks everywhere we stopped. But you're cool, and I <3 you, so maybe we can forgive Missouri :)

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