August 13, 2007

Bust A Move

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I'm happy to inform you that the Great Move of '07 is officially over. We've lived to tell the tale. Although on several occasions, it was a near thing.

Beth and I awoke Friday morning to sign our names more times than Wilt Chamberlin had sexual conquests. In other words? A lot. After closing on the house, we scoped out the new Cactus-Fish pad and moved some stuff from the Old House (TM) to the New House (TM, too). Mia hung out with my parents. My mother exhausts me. No shock, she was wiped out when she came home. Our last night in the house was marginally traumatic although it paled in comparison with the truly apocalyptic previous night. Meltdown City, population three. Then came Moving Day, the day in which we paid four dudes cash to break their backs, load our shit into a giant truck, drive five miles and repeat in reverse. Long story short? It went okay. One minor wrinkle though.

Sometime Saturday afternoon, I noticed that cold air was no longer being delivered courtesy of the New House's air conditioner. So, we've been unpacking and we've been slightly, uh, warm. Welcome to our house-slash-Native-American-sweat-lodge. Now we're faced with the unpacking. The hot unpacking. And not hot like topless thong-wearing hot. Old-fashioned hot. And that's all I have to say about that.

But, even though I was an asshole about the AC most of the damn weekend because, well, I'm just an asshole sometimes, it was totally worth it. Because this is our backyard.

Posted by Chris at August 13, 2007 7:51 AM

Good Luck with the new home.

Posted by: William at August 13, 2007 8:01 AM


Posted by: wordgirl at August 13, 2007 8:04 AM

That is a very nice back yard,... it needs a swing and slide and monkey bars though...

Congrats on the successful move!

Posted by: Heather at August 13, 2007 8:11 AM

Beautiful!! Congrats on the new house. =)

Posted by: Secha at August 13, 2007 8:17 AM

Bet you're relieved it's over (except for the unpacking of course).

Posted by: ann adams at August 13, 2007 8:23 AM


Beautiful back yard, indeed!

Posted by: Peggy at August 13, 2007 8:40 AM

Beautiful backyard! You guys are going to have fun back there catching fireflies!

Congrats on the new casa. Hope everyone is settling in nicely!


Posted by: Shash at August 13, 2007 8:58 AM

What a lovely yard! Is that a koi pond? Such a great space for kids--I see a swingset there soon!

Posted by: Alissa at August 13, 2007 9:07 AM

I don't like old-fashioned hot. I do, however, like pretty backyards. Congrats again on the move.

Posted by: Fraulein N at August 13, 2007 9:08 AM


Happy hot unpacking...bow chicka bow bow

Posted by: Pamalamadingdong at August 13, 2007 9:09 AM

When we moved into our house in August in Texas (heat index: 110), we had no AC. We painted in the 110 degree heat. It was awful. I feel your pain.

Your yard, however, is far more beautiful than mine.

Congratulations on the move. Can't wait to see more pictures. :o)

Posted by: Emily at August 13, 2007 9:24 AM

That's a purty back yard. I bet you guys are so happy (or at least, will return to a state of happiness once the AC is fixed).

Thinking cool thoughts your way...

Posted by: Ross at August 13, 2007 9:42 AM

Woo hoo! It's never easy, but it's also pretty amazing to spend your first night in your new house. Congrats again. I hope you're buzzing with (sweaty) electricity as you unpack and find new places for your old things.

Posted by: Brad at August 13, 2007 9:45 AM

Congrats on surviving the moving experience! Ours is Friday/Saturday and I'm a little intimidated.
Button gets worn out at my parents' house too. She'll nap for 3 hours straight over there, and then come home and crash. I don't know what they do all day but I need to learn how to get her to nap like that.
Nice back yard! I'm a little jealous, ours is pretty small. The people who own the house until Friday took up half the yard with a sunroom.

Posted by: Amy at August 13, 2007 9:50 AM

I love your new back yard -- it looks awesome! And I hope the AC situation gets sorted out soon.

Posted by: bad penguin at August 13, 2007 9:56 AM

The yard looks awesome!! Congrats on your lovely new home - can't wait to see more pics!

Posted by: Heather at August 13, 2007 10:20 AM

Can I just say I am in love with your backyard!

Posted by: Teresa at August 13, 2007 10:44 AM

I see a treehouse in your future...well, not a treehouse in a tree, but like a fort/treehouse in the bushes. Well, you know what I mean.


Posted by: oakley at August 13, 2007 11:06 AM

Very awesome backyard. Hope the AC is on the mend.

Posted by: anna at August 13, 2007 11:06 AM

Hey, you can hang out in the pond when the heat gets too bad!

Posted by: Elaine at August 13, 2007 11:10 AM

Ugh. That yard. It's just, y'know, completely gorgeous.

I should send you a picture of MY yard- it'll make you feel even better about your house, AC or no.

Posted by: heels at August 13, 2007 11:33 AM

Ooooo...ahhhhhh...ooooo.... nice.

Posted by: sue at August 13, 2007 11:35 AM

Back yard looks grand and very park like.

Posted by: Diane at August 13, 2007 11:54 AM

Beautiful! Been wondering about you guys this weekend, glad you're in.

Posted by: JuJuBee at August 13, 2007 12:01 PM

Purdy. Congratulations.
Hope the a/c gets fixed soon.

Posted by: hannita at August 13, 2007 12:18 PM

Grandmothers are like that. Good to have around for things like this, though!

Posted by: alektra at August 13, 2007 12:41 PM

Congrats, man! They say that moving is one of the five most stressful things you can do, including getting married, getting divorced, and making a pass at Glen Frey. Glad to have you on the other side of it.

And the yard looks beautiful! Should I bring the burgers right away, or should we wait to grill until the weekend?

Posted by: croutonboy at August 13, 2007 1:23 PM the backyard. yards like that don't exist where i live...grr....i'm coming over...:)

Posted by: ali at August 13, 2007 1:24 PM

Hardee har! I have a playlist on my iPod called "Great Move of 07" from when we were packing stuff at our old place. Your backyard is *gorgeous* Hope that AC thing gets fixed, too. If it's anything like it has been here...well, I'd be an asshole too :D

Posted by: Sparkle Pants at August 13, 2007 1:34 PM

wow, GREAT backyard! congrats on a successful move and damn, good luck getting that AC fixed!

Posted by: Noelle at August 13, 2007 2:54 PM

Ohhhh purty.

I can so see why you moved. Good luck with the AC.

Posted by: Phoenix at August 13, 2007 3:36 PM

Oh beauuuutiful. That backyard was so worth all the sweating. Good luck with getting the AC straightened out.

Posted by: Teenuh at August 13, 2007 4:19 PM

Holy crap! How could you not relax with that view!!!!

Posted by: Beth at August 13, 2007 4:38 PM

Lurker Delurking!!

Just wanted to say congrats on the new house and babe!! I love reading your site, and look forward to seeing how these new developments unfold. Good luck!

Posted by: MadHotMama at August 13, 2007 4:52 PM

Wow, that's awesome, Chris. Moving is a pain for sure (More so when the AC isn't behaving) but how nice is that yard?! Still, it's good to get these things like sketchy a/c's outta the way in the beginning!

Enjoy your new home!

Posted by: Trix at August 13, 2007 5:04 PM

There are several things in Life that warrant being an asshole. No AC is one of them. So no worries man, your karma's in the clear. Yo.

Posted by: GreenCanary at August 13, 2007 5:24 PM

Congratulations and Can I camp in your backyard?

Posted by: Dee at August 13, 2007 5:48 PM

I hope your AC got fixed today! The backyard is very pretty.

Posted by: Kelley at August 13, 2007 9:42 PM

Thinking about unpacking in east coast humid summer with no AC makes me want to crawl into a freezer with about 50,000 Otter Pops.

But that backyard sure does make me smile.

Posted by: aimee greeblemonkey at August 13, 2007 10:44 PM

Yay for backyards! How exciting. :)

(But the lack of AC? In this heat and humidity? I don't THINK SO...)

Posted by: Zandria at August 13, 2007 10:59 PM


Posted by: Sphincter at August 14, 2007 12:07 AM

Can I come and camp in your backyard? It's GORGEOUS!

Posted by: Nadine at August 14, 2007 1:38 AM

okay. First, I hope everyone and all is well after your move. Hope Mia is adjusting well, sleeping well, etc. Second, although your backyard is BEAU.TI.FUL, I hope Mia doesn't have a thing for splashing and jumping in any sort of body of water, like mine do. They are in our new water feature, every single day. UGH!

Posted by: michele at August 14, 2007 3:09 AM

Very, very nice.

I remember when our realtor brought us to see our current home. I like the house well enough. THEN, I saw the back yard. And OMG. The house ceased to exist. I told Hubby "I would live in a TENT if I could just have this backyard!!"

We signed the deal a day later. Three years and counting and we STILL love our backyard very much! LOL

Congrats on teh move!

Posted by: Jen at August 14, 2007 4:42 AM

Glad to hear it is all over and that you all survived! I look forward to seeing more pictures of the new Cactus-Fish Home!

Posted by: Maribeth at August 14, 2007 6:50 AM

more pictures!!! (you know in between all of the unpacking, and the house projects that you have, because you KNOW you're going to end up with 97 of them at once)

Posted by: statia at August 14, 2007 9:26 AM

Whee! Congratulations, fellow pond-owners! (And yours looks so clean and fresh and not at all sludgey!)

Posted by: Leah at August 14, 2007 4:30 PM

Congrats on the new house. And on the new baby. And on Mia turning two. Sheesh - I go away for a month and look at everything I miss!!!!

Posted by: suze at August 14, 2007 10:27 PM

beautiful backyard! I know you guys are super excited to have a real yard! Cant wait to see more pictures!

Posted by: alfredsmom at August 15, 2007 12:02 PM

Did you at least try wearing a thong while topless?

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