Friday, March 16, 2007

A deluxe apartment in the sky.

We're all movers and shakers these days, aren't we? Thursday's the day. We're closing in the afternoon and need to be completely out by the evening. How much have I packed, you ask? Does throwing away ten pounds of ugly preschool art from the back of our Subaru count? This afternoon, after we go sign Madeleine up for soccer at The Y, we're making the rounds to the print shops to get boxes. Then they'll sit in the living room, collecting stray Playmobil parts and uneaten chunks of cheese until Wednesday night, at which point my period will start, as will the moving angst and irrational crying. I'm saving up the champagne for the grand fete!

Madeleine whimpered herself to sleep last night, as she finally realized we're not going to be in this house at the end of the week. No amount of cajoling would shake her sadness (Dairy Queen will be two blocks away! The new house has mice in the garage! You can hide Pooey in the closet!). But I get it. It IS sad, and we've decided to have a Moving In party to welcome our new house into our family. (Heretofore unparalleled levels of sappiness. I know.) I'm sure House will be an exemplary family member, what with the sheltering, warming and allowing us to wash and poo in it properties.

I've gotta cut this short. Madeleine overheard me talking about soccer sign-ups and donned her fake jersey (#8 taped on the back of a t-shirt with electrical tape and silky shorts that are most likely swim trunks) and tiny soccer shoes and is practicing against the dog.

Here's the new place...

The first thing Jim said was, "Well, at least the tree is leaning away from the place..." That's high praise.

The view through the front window, better known as "The view the neighbors will see in the morning when I run down the stairs half-dressed to a wailing confused child or to take out the trash. Depending on the day."

Cool. There's hubcap art next door. I fucking hate neighborhood associations.

The view through the back window, or better known as "Mignon, buy yourself some goddamn clothes. You're not always on your way to soccer practice any more."


Blogger Orange said...

1. It's cute! Love those warm, rich wood floors.

2. Do you like gardening? And can you get a crabapple tree for the front yard? They probably don't grow very fast, but their blossoms in springtime are one of the sweetest fragrances on earth.

3. I think that house has way more square footage than my condo.

3/16/2007 9:21 PM  
Blogger meno said...

The floors are beautiful, and will make great sock skating territory.

Moving is incredibly stressful. I like the idea of a moving in party, sappy or not.

3/17/2007 2:38 AM  
Anonymous Ortizzle said...

Love the color. It looks cozy. Moving in party: a must.

Hang in there. One box at a time...

3/17/2007 4:55 AM  
Anonymous TB said...

It's going to be adorable when you get finished with it. Lots of charm and I love the floors. We're all tile all the time now that we're in Florida. I miss hardwoods a little bit.

And it's no wonder you're sick running around in soccer shorts in the middle of winter. I'm practicing my mom talk. I think it's going well so far.

I hope everyone's feeling better.

3/17/2007 5:28 AM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Gorgeous house. Good luck with the move -- I know Madeleine will love the new place once she gets settled in.

3/17/2007 7:59 AM  
Anonymous Montana1 said...

We'll miss you in the hood. Good luck in your new home. If you need help moving, well... I'm too old. Find some younger people!

3/17/2007 9:04 AM  
Blogger Esereth said...

It's DE-luxe the skhi-hi-hi. I love that song.

Go with God, Mignon. Moving is energizing, when you hit the point where there is no longer any time to organize and you're allowed to stuff crap in anything that won't bust.

Enjoy your hard wood floors.

3/17/2007 11:22 AM  
Blogger Nance said...

I still have a box in my crawlspace from my move--22 years ago. Would you like it? I have no idea what's in it, but it might contain a copper teakettle that I know I got as a wedding present and have never seen since. It's yours.

And I'd grab esereth, above. She's the only person I've ever heard who finds anything remotely positive to say about moving.

Good luck. Be ruthless and throw lots of stuff away.

3/17/2007 1:07 PM  
Blogger V-Grrrl said...

That house looks like something out of To Kill a Mockingbird. It's got all kinds of America built into it. Write like Harper Lee and don't you dare take off the soccer shorts--how will I visualize you at your keyboard in anything else?

3/18/2007 8:04 AM  
Blogger spellconjurer said...

OH MY GOSH Mignon. I need to know your address. I have to arrange flights. I have to plan a work replacement. Prepare the children. Because,,,,that is the perfect trick or treat house. We'll be there October 31!!!!!!!!!

3/18/2007 3:22 PM  
Blogger drsharna said...

That's just about the cutest house ever - corner lot and everything! You absolutely must have a moving in party. Let me know if you need a killer from-scratch margarita recipe.

I'm channeling "ucwax" from the aliens in the word verification box. Somehow I think that's in your future, what with all those lovely hardwood floors and all.

3/18/2007 7:23 PM  
Anonymous wordgirl said...

I love this house. The front room has such a lovely feel to it! Hubcap art rocks!

3/19/2007 6:32 AM  
Blogger Arabella said...

So I'm gone for a coupla weeks and you up and move on me???

Good thing the house is beautiful! I love it. I hope all goes well at the closing and moving-in party and that you feel at home right away.

3/19/2007 9:45 AM  
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3/19/2007 9:45 AM  
Blogger dodo said...

having moved a lot in recent years we have discovered the crucial differences between what we call 'girl' packing and 'boy' packing. THe latter involves putting everything in the house into crates, getting to the new place, starting to unpack but chucking every other thing in the bin. The former is similar, but the other way around so as to avoid all the lugging of all the old and pointless stuff.
hope yours goes smoothly.

3/19/2007 10:53 AM  
Anonymous dd said...

Looks like a very cute & cozy home! Let us know if you need help installing a dishwasher ;)

Is it just my increasingly feeble mind, or does it have close to the same exterior shade as the Division house in PDX?

3/19/2007 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Slick said...

I hate moving, but then I'm a lazy bastard.

I do like those floors though!

3/19/2007 1:08 PM  
Blogger Mignon said...

Dodo, we're the same. Jim can't pack for shit - everything gets stuffed in a garbage bag (including glasses and dirty sink sponges) or else overstuffed in a poorly put-together box, which is then wound around with duct tape across the overstuffed top, making it impossible to stack anything on anything. So Jim carries stuff around and I pack stuff. That's our system.

Mark! I was just thinking what a shame it is you guys can't come over to our Welcome to the New House Party (and help us install the garbage disposal). And it must be the Fluorine fumes. That house in Portland was the same color as the neighbor's shed (shown in the last picture). Yellowish off-white. I drove by the place last week and she'd torn out the beautiful camelia, rhody and daphnia. All of it was gone.

3/19/2007 1:11 PM  
Blogger Tink said...

Is that a little porch out front? LOVE the floors and the spacious back yard. Is it a two-story? How old? How big? Now that I've gone through all the house hunting/selling/buying/moving drama I can't stop fantasizing about other people's houses. Seriously. It's kind of sick. I want to know what color their walls are and what kind of siding they have and shit. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?

3/19/2007 1:52 PM  
Anonymous kathie said...

Like Tink, I too fantasize about other people's houses, so you saved me the burden of actually looking through my neigbor's windows for my fix. The house is beautiful. Your descriptions are great. Why'd you guys move???

3/19/2007 4:41 PM  
Blogger green3 said...

I think your new place looks cozy. Good luck with the move. Glad we don't know each other in real life so I don't have to help.

3/19/2007 8:15 PM  
Anonymous LetterB said...

Congratulations! That house is frickin adorable. I love the details inside and out. What else can you walk to besides the DQ? Good luck with the packing. My only unsolicited advice is label, label, label, because you have no idea how long some things may stay in boxes. Ahem.

3/20/2007 6:58 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Congrats on the new house and the missing HOA! I'm jealous!

3/20/2007 8:56 AM  
Blogger mamatulip said...

Dude, the house is awesome! Congrats, and good luck!

(And Madeline's homemade soccer uniform? PRICELESS.)

3/23/2007 6:38 AM  
Blogger spellconjurer said...

Please, please hook up the pc Mignon. Leave the dishes, the clothes, the sheets and towels. Just fire up the pc and come back!

3/23/2007 7:38 AM  
Blogger Louise said...

Congratulations on the new house- it's my perfect idea of an American house- flag and all. This idea of course is not worth shit seeing as I have never been to the states, but it is my fantasy none-the-less!

Those floors are going to be great for magic carpet rides.

Remember, that after the third beer you are legitimately entitled to label every box you pack as "Misc. Crap". Thats the best advice i can give.

3/23/2007 10:17 PM  
Anonymous kathie said...

Hey, how's it going with the move? An update's in order sister.

3/24/2007 9:26 AM  

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