09 January, 2011

Let's focus on the positive - and a tour!

Here are some good things to focus on for a little while :)

When i was in the states visiting my dad and friends, i ordered many things i can't get here in Ireland. Shoes in my size, less expensive camera equipment, and a cool new camera bag, just to name a few.
Every single item arrived before my departure, save one. Two actually.

The first? MY BAG!! I was really sad that the bag didn't come on time because i really would have put it to good use a couple of times right after i got home... mainly at a wedding that we shot... and maybe on our anniversary when we went walking around Kinsale like tourists ;)
The second wasn't really something i had ordered. On the way to Seattle i had lost my bible and a book i was reading, and because of the holiday i was staying for among other things, the airline had trouble finding it :(

The bag arrived the day i left Seattle, 2 hours after i had boarded the plane. Fiddlesticks!!
But my dad and Barbara sent it off to me and although the airline hadn't found my bible or my book, the had included a little "surprise" in it, so they told me.

One week passed, two weeks passed, and finally, at the end of the THIRD week,  the package finally arrived! Just in the nick too - as i was beginning to worry it wouldn't arrive before we moved!
Wanna see?

 Lookieeeee!!! My book and my BIBLE!! hoorayy!!! That was the little surprise. Apparently it had arrived the day they were going to mail my bag and they had to re-open the box in order to send them. I'm delighted!
And i asked them to send me one of their Christmas cards because i had made them and taken their photo... so i was excited to see :)
Since i got it, i've been carting the bag around with me wherever i go, happy to have a way to have my camera with me at all times and not feel like i'm toting an Army style duffle bag! I love this thing!
Of course, i'm ecstatic to have my bible back and my book, as i was in the midst of a study session/program/thing when i lost it.

In other news, V and i have been working hard to get everything packed and ready to move. We've been moving in a way that i've never done before - which is to move things as we pack them. We're very (VERY) limited on moving boxes, so when we can, we move them over and unpack them so we can use the boxes again. We've filled the car 5 times and have been able to get i would say about 25% of our belongings moved. It's great to have the luxury of moving over slowly. On one of our trips today, i busted out the ole fisheye and took some photos. Shall we go on a tour? Sounds good to me!
 This is the front door. I'm standing on the bottom stair.
 Here's the view from the front door...
 Walking from the front door to the left, through that door, this is the living/kitchen/dining area. Off to the right is the kitchen, and behind it, if you look is an open door - we're going there next.
 Here, is from that open door looking back at the kitchen/living/dining area - and the dark patches you see on the ceiling, is where the ceiling fell in...
 Turning around from that last photo, this is the little launderette! Our own washer and dryer! Hallelujah! The door on the left goes outside, and the door on the right...
 ...goes to this huge bathroom! I love that it's like a mudroom where we can come in from outside, wash off the dirt from the garden, leave our wellies, and come into the house relatively dirt free.
 Here's the back yard. All that junk will be disposed of before our actual lease date - but that is the remnants of the fallen ceiling. This photo is taken through the sliding glass door by the dining table.
 Upstairs, we shall go now. This photo is taken at the head of the stairs looking toward all the rooms. Going from left to right:
 This is the GIGANTIC master/guest bathroom (and me, hi!). Not really sure what to call it - other than really, it's the "bathroom with the tub". More on that in a minute.
 Next bedroom to the right, is a little room that gets lots of light. I do believe that this will become the sewing room :) The smallest room gets the biggest bathroom. Stay with me here...
 Next to the right, we have what i think will be the office/guest room... which has, in addition to its own amazing wardrobe (right)...
 ...YES! Its own amazing bathroom! Hi again :)
 This will be our room. Its the last bedroom of the house. Also, it has a great wardrobe, and what's through that door on the right? What else?
 ANOTHER BATHROOM! Seriously folks... There will be no reason to pee your pants while living/visiting here. Just no reason!! I am very happy with this - although, i think if this were my personal owned home, i might turn this into a very amazing closet... just a thought.
 Out of the (guest) bedroom window? An extremely beautiful sight. Look! It's Ireland (everybody wave!). How would you like to wake up to this every morning? I'm certainly not complaining :)
Here you can also see the cool, fenced in back yard, where we will be letting our cat play. Sure, he'll climb the fence - but look at all that green field he has to play in!!
 Now to make up for some forgotten photos - this is the storage area under the stairs next to the kitchen. I'm so happy to have a place for storage that is not only within my own dwelling, but accessible! Huzzah! No more storing boxes in wardrobes.
 This is what's going on in the kitchen (in case you were wondering). On the left is a spare sheet of drywall, and that thing in the middle of the chairs is some sort of professional grade de-humidifier/gigantic space heater. It's being used to dry the plaster on the ceiling and warm the house to dry the attic (which you may have noticed at the top of the stairs, is open).
 Witold and Jacek. Ahem. That's "Veetold" and "Yahtsek" for all you non-Polish/non-familiar. Or if you want an bastardization Anglicization of the names - that's V and Jack. ;)
And because i didn't get it before, the stairs going up!

Thanks for virtually visiting me! I hope you can physically come see us in the future and of course, we have plenty of room for you if you do!

More good news! We were bringing our last load over of the day, and met the landlords! They were there bringing curtains, freshly washed (as they had been soaked and dirtied when the pipes burst) as well as freshly washed and cleaned couch cushions. We spoke with them and explained our current situation with the current landlords and to be honest, i was glad to get it "out there", you know? She seemed to empathize with us on the whole thing and overall seemed very positive that we shouldn't have an issue. It's very encouraging to hear from someone who's lived in Ireland their whole life! Also, after telling them about what we're going through, they were very sweet and said that we could go ahead and move EVERYTHING in this week and that we don't have to just move bits and pieces like we have been this weekend. This is SO relieving to me!!! It means we'll definitely be OUT of this horrible living situation on time, if not early! Needless to say, we'll be sleeping there ASAP!!


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