Is This Real Life?

I’m in a fog… no, it’s not a dental-work induced fog. It’s far less funny.

All last week I would head over to my new house right after I finished my regular day job to do chores/tasks/duties around the house. Moving smaller items, painting, clean-up, meeting with service people, etc. On Friday my hubby and I each took the day off work to prep for the big move on Saturday.

Moving Day 2011
At least I didn't have to drive the truck, my hubby took care of that!

Early Saturday morning I missed Team Challenge training (and our midway/recommittment party – sad…) so we could pick up a U-Haul and fill it with our belongings.

Several of my husband’s co-workers came to help us load all the big & heavy furnishings into the truck and unload them into the new house. I seriously owe them a lot… if we ever move again, I just want to use a moving company. Then again, if we move again I will probably plan a little better. Since we were moving to a new house just 2 miles away from our other house, I was really scattered in packing… loading boxes to overflowing, haphazard placement of things, small trips back and forth… scattered.

The weekend left me feeling shredded, worse than I have after doing a marathon. In fact, I even bonked during this process.  There is evidence of it here:

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I also iMessage’d my hubby at that time and told him to bring me some sugar.  He was packing at the other house, I was working in the new house with ZERO food anywhere.  He showed up a little bit later to take me to Lowe’s to buy a new paint roller and some mallowcreme pumpkins.  That’s what I needed to make it through a little bit more work.

My whole body is sore. The large muscles in my legs, backs and arms are sore, but I also have sore muscles in my feet from climbing up and down a ladder and tiny muscles in my hands are sore from painting.  The skin on my hands is dried and cracked from repeated paint supply washing and scrubbing cabinets.  My knees are sore from crawling along the carpet while painting baseboards.  My nose keeps bleeding from all the dust I’ve been inhaling.  I wrote this on Facebook and I’ll repeat it here… moving is no joke!

Especially when you try to do much of it yourself.

I’m no good at asking for help.  I know I need to ask for help more, but I just have a hard time with it… “Hey, do you want to come mop a floor?”  “Do you want to come paint a room for me?” “Do you want to hang some curtains for me?”  “Do you want to install a ceiling fan (or four)?” “Do you want to fix that broken toilet in my spare bathroom?”  Those just don’t feel like things I can reach out and ask people for!

I ran a little last week… about 9 miles total.  I was planning on doing a 9 mile long run, but I did the first 4.5 mile loop and when I was stopping to drop Jade off at home, I just couldn’t continue.  Not when I knew I was already aching and that I had more painting to do.

I’m happy to have a new home.  I’m a little scared about renting out our other home, worried that it won’t rent out fast enough or that renters will trash it and that will make me sad.  I’m overwhelmed when looking at the piles of stuff around the house.

But it’s all for good… Someday I will be comfortable again and back to training regularly.  For now, I’m just going to try to get out for a run sometime this week!
Sitting at my desk...

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  1. You are not kidding, that moving is no joke! That is exactly why we always take advantage of the fact that the military will pay for professionals to pack and move our belongings for us, and why we often hire someone to clean the house for us after everything’s moved out.

    Honestly, I bet moving only two miles is harder than moving cross-country in a way, because you aren’t forced to take care of everything all at once, and you end up dragging it out over weeks and frillions of trips back and forth.

    Good luck with finishing the move! You’ll be so relieved when it’s done. And I hope you find good renters! Would it make you feel better if I told you that we found amazing renters for our house in Maryland?

    • It does make me feel better that you got good renters. And you would know the moving woes… you’ve moved far more than I have! I don’t know how you do it, even with movers helping. I feel so frazzled!

  2. Wow, it sounds like you had an epic weekend of lifting and painting – if only every paintbrush stroke had the same fitness benefit as a step on a training run. Considering that you broke three rollers you must have been paining miles and miles of wall lol.

    Best of luck with the unpacking!

    • Yeah, really… if this was all the perfect form of cross-training, I’d make sure my house was always perfect and I’d be running PR’s all the time!

  3. well i knew that house paintings and such was no joke… certainly not as easy as they make it look on hgtv! 😦 i’m not sure which is harder… moving or house stuff. i’d have to say house stuff b/c moving you can knock out in a day or two (i know how productive you are at house projects) 😉 i am also not good at asking for help with “dumb” stuff like that. oh and i would feel the same about renting out a former house – dumb sentimental attachments! most likely, even if the renters do “live hard” in it, it’ll all be fixable stuff. hope the settling in goes well — take this time to purge yourself of old things you don’t need anymore!

    • HGTV sucks… they are so unfair. They make painting a room look like it takes a couple minutes, and then they lay a hardwood floor in a matter of moments and then they re-wire new lighting and re-upholster all the furniture. It all looks perfect and convinced me that I could do all that too… I think my husband was ready to beat me with the floor after my genius idea that we could lay new flooring throughout our last house. (Yeah, not just one room… but EVERYWHERE! Need to reign that enthusiasm in some. That whole experience is what has caused me to be so slow on home improvement now, I’m scared to get into another situation like that one!)

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