Wow! I cant believe Steve and I have been living in Indiana for a month already. I also cant believe how little I have posted. I do apologize. Weve pretty much hit the ground running since moving in. Today is the first weekend day that I can say I had nothing planned. Steve is studying diligently for his Sweetwater training classes. Lots of reading, homework, and tests. He seems to be enjoying it all so far. The free swag has also helped him adjust.
Let me back track to our pre-moving day: Wednesday 4/28/10. The final pack up of the U-haul was a total nightmare. We had waaaaay too much stuff and only a 17-foot truck to pack it in. U-haul lied when they said that would be appropriate for a 1-2 bedroom house. The 24-foot truck would have given us plenty of room but you live and you learn. Steves BFF Jay came over to help us pack up the truck since he is a moving expert. We seriously would have been up the creek without his help. He crammed stuff into spaces I would never have imagined. If youre reading this Jay, we are forever indebted to you kind sir. We love you!!!!
The truck loading wouldnt have been so bad if we had had all of the boxes packed. We really underestimated the amount of crap we had amassed in 2.5 years. I was frantically packing boxes (with help from mom and dad) while Steve, Jay and cousin Ryan humped them out to the truck. I have to say that the down to the wire packing was really good for purging inconsequential items. I had no time to waste in figuring out if I was going to need said item in Indiana. If I couldnt find a reason to keep it, I chucked it.
Our moving day plan was to be on the road between 5 and 6am to beat the crazy NY traffic. Again, we underestimated. We were up til 2am packing the U-haul. Space became and issue and we had to start shifting and re-shifting items. The kitchen chairs from IKEA had to be disassembled, the patio set we got from Steves mother had to be left in NY, and so did 2 boxes of food. The box spring and mattress were the last things to be packed in Jays plan. In the 1am hour, Steve asks me Would it be ok if we left the box spring here and Jay can drive it out to us at another time? Knowing that all of Steves audio equipment and instruments were already packed in the truck I reacted as such: death stare as if to say youre out of your mind if you think I am leaving NY without that box spring. Needless to say both Steve and Jay found a way to make the box spring fit. We eventually got to bed around 2:30pm after an emotional goodbye to Jay. We knew the 5am departure was impossible.
We left New York the next morning at 10:30am, which was the worst thing, we could have possibly done outside of leaving during rush hour. It took us 2 (yes 2) hours to get out of New York City!!!!! On a Thursday afternoon, not on a holiday weekend, and the president wasnt even in town. That instantly put a huge damper on the trip. Steve and I were driving in the U-haul with Ryan and Chris driving our Lancer. After getting out of the city, it was relatively smooth sailing until we hit Pennsylvania. I think I will forever hate that state (sorry). Not because of the people or the scenery (they were both very nice) but because of I-80 and the ridiculous traffic we had to sit in. 2 hours to go 5 miles because of one lane being closed due to construction. The kicker was that there wasnt even an orange-jacketed man to be found on site!
We were determined to do the trip in one day. There were clear roads ahead once we got out of the I-80 construction zone. We stopped for dinner at an Applebees in the western end of Pennsylvania and drinks were a definite requirement. The remainder of the trip was rather uneventful. It consisted of gas and restroom stops as well as trying to keep each other awake. I failed horribly at that job. I kept dozing from the lack of sleep from the night before. I could not wait to reach the hotel in Fort Wayne.
Our spirits were lifted once we crossed the border from Ohio into Indiana. Ohio was a mercifully brief state and I love them for that. I cannot, however, forgive them for the terrible coffee at the gas station we stopped at. I really needed a caffeine jolt and could not even handle 3 sips of what they called coffee. Blech! Our 2 cars had a cell phone party when we finally reached Indiana. We screamed our heads off for a good 5 minutes. Mostly out of relief that we arrived in the final state of our journey. The hotel kindly agreed to wait for us to check in late. 2am is probably a new record for them to have arriving guests. We got a lot of strange looks from the desk clerk.
After a round of much needed showers, we all passed out happily knowing that the long drive was behind us. The next day would be our official apartment move in date.