The last several days have been full of ups and downs. So much stress, I think I aged a few years in just these days!
It all started when the Budget moving truck we rented didn’t work out. The office was supposed to close at 6:00 but when we called at 4:45, they had already left the office. We had a $150 deposit on the truck and didn’t want to lose it but if we waited until the next day to pick it up, we would be one day behind schedule.
My dad and I found the last U-Haul in town large enough for my stuff but not too big, it was an additional $200 to the price of the Budget but it was available. So we pick it up and drive to my grandmother’s rental property to pick up a dinning table, side tables and coffee table. Off to my parents house to pick up a couch and chair for my uncle, then to my uncle’s for my couch, my bed, my night stand and to move a dresser to my brother’s new place.
When we got there in the early morning Saturday, we realized that the movers we had in place to move the furniture out of the second floor apartment of my uncle, were not showing. So my dad and I moved it all. Then we went to my brother’s to drop off the dresser and then to my parents new house.
We needed the furniture dolly that my dad loaned my brother… who loaned it out to a friend of his who loaned it out to his cousin. Yikes. So we have this 55″ HDTV that weighs 276lbs to carry now, instead of roll, onto the U-Haul. We load the TV, some granite counter tops, some shelving, boxes of CD’s and DVD’s, my refrigerator, chairs, this that and the other, packed full and then start our drive.
Since we got such a late start with the rental truck fiasco, we were forced to drive from Houston to Columbia with no stops. My dad and I split up the driving, he did the first half, i did the last half. I had driven the last half a dozen or so times and he had driven the first half several times, so that worked out nicely.
We did get a nice stop for dinner but that was pretty much it!
We got to Columbia at around 6:30am and crashed at my old apartment. I couldn’t sleep at that point so I watched some TV and relaxed a bit. Met the movers at my new apartment and helped them unpack it. They did a great job, but charged us for an extra 45 minutes! That was upsetting, and expensive. But everything fit.
We ran to my old apartment, loaded up a bunch of stuff into the U-Haul and drove it to the new place, started unpacking and wrote down things we needed to fix at the new place. The bathroom needed new shower stuff, all the light fixtures needed to be replaced, new ceiling fan, new air conditioner, new power outlets, new kitchen countertop/cabinets… We had a lot of work in store for us.
We worked through fathers’ day until 12:30 AM on monday, and four hours later I was driving my dad to MoExpress to go to the airport.
The next day I worked, unpacked boxes but had an OK day. The DSL was installed and it didn’t work, my gas didn’t work and my car needed to be picked up.
Most of my “friends” wouldn’t lift a finger to help, though I have to give huge thanks to Dave, Brenden, Ryan, Brandon and Nicole. Dave helped almost on accident and then was the hero who drove me to MoExpress today. Brenden SAVED me by driving me around town yesterday and Ryan took charge to help me put my apartment together. Brandon took two car loads of stuff from my old place to my new one, thanks!
See, the day after I picked up my car from the autobody place, where they didn’t actually repair my car as quoted… it broke down. Nicole, a friend from work gave me a ride to work, only two minutes late, and just the day before had driven me to the autobody place to pick up the car from the U-Haul place when I dropped off my truck. She was an absolute gem.
So, the car breaks down, my gas is turned on in the wrong apartment, my DSL is broken, after paying $85 to get it installed, my drains aren’t working, my shower still isn’t fixed, the light in my kitchen shorted out my electrical in my apartment, my computer is running with only 1-2% of available processor (no idea why that as going on), my other apartment was supposed to be moved out by yesterday at 5:00 for my sublease, I fuck up my knee hard core… and it seems everything I touch gets cursed. My computer at work overheats (104 degrees Celsius which is about 40 too high) and our hot water tap catches on fire. But I have a good time at work, really enjoyed it.
This was such a stressful week, everything I tried to do, backfired at me, nothing went smoothly and so many of the people who I have called friends, boyfriends, etc, wouldn’t even attempt at helping me. The help came from people who I am realizing are true friends. I would have done any of these things for any of my friends yet, only a few came through for me. Thanks so much guys, you really saved me. Ryan, Nicole, Dave, Brandon and Brenden, thanks so much.
I made it to my flight and am writing this as we approach Indianapolis. I hope to have a great time visiting Klipsch and hope some wonderful things might come from it. After this it is back to Columbia for a few days, then to Washington DC and New York City. Then back in town for a week and a half and then to California and then Chicago and then finally back to Columbia for good… unless I go to Nashville and South Carolina!
Maybe I can finally get some sleep once this is all over. I love my new apartment, it’s going to be so awesome once I get it totally set up.
Ciao my loves.