I may not have been clear in this post, but we are renting an apartment, which we moved into on Saturday, with a view. The photos do not do the lake front justice.
We are very excited and happy. We’re also wondering how we’re going to get all our furniture in here. Actually, we’re wondering how we’re going to get less than half our furniture in, since the rest is still in Southern California.
Despite all the stuff we got rid of, as I mentioned here, our old house furniture is just of a different scale than the space available in an urban apartment. Will our California king fit in the elevator? Where are we going to put our two 6-foot tall bookcases? It is going to be a challenge.
In the meantime, we paid a price for the view our first morning here. That’s because the apartment lights up like a supernova as the sun charges up the horizon. As I enjoyed watching the orange orb brighten all the rooms, I knew that much light would wake up Seth.
That’s because the blinds in this place are made of some sort of see-through plastic. I got Seth back to sleep once, but 15 minutes later he was up for good. Six hours of sleep means a grumpy, rambunctious boy for the rest of the day. Since I didn’t sleep well either, I played the role of zombie man.
Overall, though, I think having the morning sun will be healthy, especially as Seth needs to get up early for preschool everyday. See, I’m looking on the bright side.
I feel particularly bad for Leah, a blogger who invited us into her home so we could cook homemade lentil soup; we won’t have real cooking supplies until next week. Restaurants are okay, but I greatly prefer my wife’s cooking. Thanks Leah!
As I said, our kids were CRANKY and jazzed up at the same time. Every time I asked Seth to stop jumping off Leah’s couch, he’d climb higher up the back for an even riskier plunge onto his head. Seriously. (Right before bed, Seth told me that he had lots of fun at Leah’s house, even though she didn’t have toys.)
Returning home, we again sized up our apartment and made plans for a Target run this morning. We need some basics such as cleaning materials, vacuum cleaner and a toaster oven, all of which we threw out before moving.
We would have bought some of these items at Bed, Bath and Beyond on Sunday, but it turns out the urban version of this store should be called Bed, Bath and Priced Beyond Anything a Sane Person would pay. We may need to find a Sears, too, which shouldn’t be too hard because the headquarters is around here somewhere. (It’s in the village I grew up in – Hoffman Estates.)
But I will have to stop writing soon, because the sun is coming up and I want to watch. That, and the room gets so bright, I can’t see the screen on the laptop. Seriously.