we are settling in to our new home after almost a week of being here. move day went fairly smoothly - only about 4 hours - though i was happy to be inside mostly directing boxes and things to where they belonged. even still, with stairs in both places, i was a wreck the day after and even the day after that! matt and i both were, partly due to the free bottle of champagne left to us by management which we discovered at 10 pm that same night. i thought it was a very sweet gesture, but according to matt's mom, it was a "cheapie". still it was nice. now our biggest thing is trying to get a hold of management. you'd think they'd want us to pay them the monthly maintenance fees, but they haven't returned our phone calls and yesterday when i tried to email them, the email just bounced back. oh well, we're living in the lap of luxury these days.
the first day, i was able to do a load of laundry in our own place! the second day i ran the dishwasher for the first time. sweet! and we enjoyed an oven-baked dish, which turned out perfect. (our previous place did not have an oven and the place two before the last, had a non-working oven which we took our landlord to court over... yeah, we're hardcore like that) so we are pretty happy to have an almost brand new one here. the other night we took stuff to our storage locker, which is bigger than i thought. it beats having to store everything in your basement and having to see it everytime you go down. the rest of the time we have been unpacking gradually. i just got my shop stuff somewhat organized yesterday and will finally be able to sit down and paint again, soon!
the cats are loving the place too, although it always takes dex a bit longer to adjust than suki. he was hiding most of the first day and several times i thought he'd just disappeared. now both of them are literally climbing the walls or wall posts and trying to get as high as possible, what with the 10 foot ceilings here...
and today is a big delivery day for us. we had a shopping spree on sunday at ikea and best buy and are - oh my god - getting hd cable!!! neither of us has paid for cable tv in our many years of renting. and the only reason we're getting it is because our reception here is shite for the four free channels we do watch. let's hope we can still get our money's worth.
as far as my shop
, we made the draw for the holiday giveaway over the weekend and the official winner is jennifer judge. i'm still waiting to hear back from her... hopefully she will reply and i can send out her goodies for her to receive in time for christmas. there were 79 entries altogether and i'm truly thankful to all my buyers! as well, i'm still hoping to list some new items before the big day but time is a factor.
the new year will also bring a change for me, as i gave notice here
the other day. my last day will be january 14 i believe. although i've had a blast meeting all the designers and getting the chance to sell my wares here, i think it's time to explore new things. my goal is to get into as many stores as possible, all over the world and also do more shows. so far, i've only really ever done smaller shows, or else have not had the "right" things at the right place. and i'd like to expand my products so look for new items on etsy, as that will be my test market now.
i'm off to do some work.