Time out

My toes are a disgrace and I needed some down time so I am at the salon having a pedicure.  God knows if my toes will ever see the light of day where I am going but at least I feel more prepared and tidied-up!

I planned this last minute, right after one of the realtors left, so I wasn’t thinking very straight and have jeans on (so can’t pull my pant legs up as far as I would like) and didn’t shave my legs today so all in all it is not the best look. ūüôā

I liked the realtor that came today.  She seems willing to be a bit assertive on the price, which I like.  I have another realtor coming tomorrow who happens to be the agent that sold the house to the owners before me (Adam, for those of you that remember the homeowner).  I bought the house straight from Adam, it never went on the market. They realtor is excited to get back inside and see how the place looks.

The way that the relo works is that I need at least two realtors to submit a Broker Market Analysis and then I am supposed to put the house on the market at the average of the two.  I have three agents coming all told and will pick the two that I think have done the best assessment.

Tomorrow I also have the moving company coming to do an overall estimate of the move. ¬†Even though I won’t be moving the furniture until later, this step has to be conducted so I figured I might as well get it out of the way.

The car is being picked up on Friday afternoon, between 4pm-6pm.

I am slowly inching forward! ¬†Lord, I hope I am doing the right thing! ūüôā If one more person mentions the weather “out there” I think I’ll have a fit!

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Endless days

One of the worst things about moving to the Pacific Northwest is the time zone!

I start getting calls in the early morning here in N.C. based on East Coast timing but then all the stuff that comes out of the PNW goes on at least till 8 or 9pm, depending on how late they stay in the office.  It is like the day never ends!

I am also not too crazy about the idea about being 3 hours behind the East Coast once I get out there. ¬†I am so used to things being ‘live’, like the Today show. ¬†Now everything will be taped/delayed. ¬†Not sure how long it will take to adjust to that! ¬†I’ll have to look at the positives, like the Oscars will end at a reasonable time of night!

Anyway, I am inching closer!  Today I got my corporate housing confirmation so I have an address and a phone number for at least a little while.

I also went to pick up my clock from the repair shop, that was funny as the guy in the shop really liked the clock and carried it out and carefully buckled it up in my little sports car. ¬†It will be challenging to find all these kinds of places once I get out there. ¬†I know who to call or where to go for so many odd things here (like clock repair, and the chip on my oven) but will be “Clueless in … ” once I get out there! ¬†At least I have a sister and brother-in-law that can help me with some of that kind of stuff.

I have some realtors lined up, I have to have 3 assessments on the house and then it is supposed to be put on the market at the average of their feedback (all part of the relo policy).

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Getting high with Gary

I had a tub resurfacer, Gary, come over this evening to fix a spot on my stove where I chipped off a chunk of porcelain a few years ago (this is what you get for trying to cook!).

He was a hoot, a short little guy with one of those quirky Southern personalities and using all sorts of Southernisms, etc.

When he opened the itty, bitty jar of porcelain repair the smell was overpowering.  I told him I loved the smell of those types of things and he said he did, too, so we enjoyed several whiffs before he said we better stop because he heard smelling too much of that sort of stuff could make your hair fall out.  Hence the photo below, of Gary.

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That’s how I feel today, inundated!

It seems to have started last Friday, all of a sudden I am getting phone calls and e-mails from all sorts of people concerning my move to the Pacific Northwest (PNW)!  There are all sorts of different people arranging my corporate housing, scheduling the transportation of my car, mortgage brokers calling about pre-qualifying me for loans for home purchase, etc.  Plus, I have loads of documents to read and sign and scan and return regarding all sorts of things ranging from direct deposit forms to relocation reimbursement forms to documents concerning selling my home in N.C.  Lots of stuff!

Plus, my mother’s birthday is coming up and I need to get her something and ship it to Ireland before I leave or God knows when I will get around to that and if it arrives late I will never hear the end of it!

Earlier today I headed over to the outplacement office to print all of the above documents out.  I assume I will be returning there tomorrow to scan and e-mail it all back!

In regards to the car, I was told that I have to take absolutely everything out of it which was a disappointment as I was actually hoping I could put some unbreakable stuff in it as a means of getting some of my things out to the PNW rather than having to pack them in a suitcase.

One good thing, though, is that while I was clearing out the inside of the car a little while ago I found my missing iPod Touch! ¬†I had misplaced it right before Christmas and as I have gone through virtually every inch of this house over the last few months sorting and cleaning, etc., I was convinced that I left it at the hair salon and that someone had gone off with it! ¬†It never showed up on “Find my iPod” so I figured they just threw it away as they couldn’t crack the security code I have on it. ¬†Well, today I found it stuck down tight between the driver’s seat and the center console of the car! ¬†YEAH!!! ¬† I am particularly excited as it has the cutest Paul Frank monkey case that I regretted losing!

Of course, the people at outplacement all wanted to catch up on the status of my move and two of my cousins have called in the last two days wondering if we can do lunch or dinner or something before I go.

It is a bit overwhelming as the days start to run out! ¬†I am good under crisis, though, so am pacing myself out as best I can and telling people that trying to schedule lunch and dinner are just more ‘to-dos’ on my list right now so I can’t deal with that until I have everything else under control. ¬†It may have to wait until one of my return trips when all my stuff is actually moved, etc.

I still need to get a realtor selected and get the house on the market, that’s my priority right now! ¬†Hence, my little drink respite is now over and I must be off!

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Happy Anniversary to me!

Today is my one-year anniversary of being out of work! ¬†It was at about 2:00 on June 16, 2011 that I was informed that “my services were no longer needed” and I left the corporate premises shortly thereafter.

This day next week I am flying to the Pacific Northwest to ready for my new job, starting Monday, June 25th.

Two weeks from today is my ‘official’ one-year anniversary of being employed from my last company (i.e., I was officially on payroll until the end of the month of June, then put on severance).

It is funny how all these dates have coincided so tightly!

It will be very weird to be working again.  Having to get up (ugh! I like laying in bed!!) get ready, commute, go to meetings, etc.  Plus, I will be in a completely new company, city, industry so it will be sensory overload for a while!  Oh boy!

I am going to dinner tonight with some of the friends that have been most supportive of me going through this whole period of unemployment, largely because they have (or are) going through this experience themselves. ¬†I have mentioned before that everyone that has been let-go says that these are the people that are the most helpful. ¬†The people that have never gone through it don’t seem to reach out to help, or check-in, at all! ¬†I liken it a bit to when someone has a death in the family or suffers some other traumatic experience. ¬†Those that can’t relate to the situation just ignore it or¬†avoid it, possibly because they¬†don’t realize how challenging it is, or¬†don’t know what to do or say, or any/all of the above.

Those that have gone through something difficult don’t want a pity-party, they just want some sort of confirmation from friends/family that they acknowledge what has happened and are there if you need them. ¬†It is really quite simple.

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Wiped out

Aidan came over today to help me finish mulching and to do some other odd jobs around the house as I wrap my punch-list up.

Afterwards, I treated him to Mexican. I ordered my meal, and a margarita, in Spanish and the waiter asked me if I was Italian. ¬†I told him ‘no’ but that I can speak Italian and have therefore learned to say a few things in Spanish as the languages are very similar. ¬†He said, “Oh, because you have an Italian accent!” ¬† Too funny! ¬† The Italians always praised me for how well I pronounced their language, I guess I will speak any foreign language with an Italian accent now!

Between the work, sun, and the margarita I am totally wiped out! ¬†It’s 9:00 and I am going to bed!

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She’s got a ticket to ride

OMG!  My one-way ticket to the Pacific Northwest was booked today!!!  I just received my e-mail confirmation, I leave midday on Saturday, June 23rd.

This is considered my ‘final move’ ticket as it is just in the one direction, but I will be back here in NC two more times or so to oversee the move and punch-list stuff from final inspection once the house sells.

I had a long conversation with the relocation agent today.  She was very nice, and there are some monies in the relo package that were assigned to my move that I will not be using so she is going to try and have them redirected to me in such a way that I can use these funds as additional buyer incentives.  For instance, I will not be taking the house-hunting trip which included round-trip airfare, 5-night hotel stay, car rental, meals, etc.  Plus, I sold the Honda so that is one less car to ship.  Stuff like that all adds up.

I am offered money to help with “staging” the house which can cover a wide variety of things like painting, landscaping, cosmetic repairs, etc. ¬†I have pretty much used all this money up already with all the painting, electrical, and tile work that was done this week, but the kitchen needs some face-lifting so if I can offer the buyer some money to shop for new appliances or countertops (or whatever), that would be great. The relocation package is really very generous. ¬†Nothing to complain about!

Other fun stuff I did today to get ready to move included vacuuming dead flies from the window sills!  Those little buggers like to get behind the plantation shutters and drop dead back there while looking for a way to escape.

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Light at the end of the tunnel

I actually feel like I am beginning to run out of things to do, which is a great relief!

Today I had a tile guy and a carpenter here doing a few things while I dusted the whole house and cleaned all the hardwoods.  It is amazing how much dust is created by painters due to patching and sanding bad spots on the walls and ceilings!

I still have a variety of odds and ends, like having to take a large wall clock to be repaired, but all of these things seem manageable now that the major stuff is done.  Aidan is coming back on Friday to help me do a couple of things, too.

Tomorrow I have a phone call scheduled with my ‘officially assigned’ relocation agent, that should be interesting.

I was able to relax a bit this evening so watched the original “Wall Street” in which Martin Sheen actually plays father to Charlie Sheen. ¬†Of course, the best known line in the movie is “Greed is good”, but my favorite line was during a scene where Martin is schooling Charlie on morals and ethical behavior and says, “I¬†don’t go to bed¬†with no whore,¬†and I don’t wake up¬†with no whore.” ¬†Well, somehow that little speech seemed to have had totally the opposite impact in real life! ¬†Who could have known how humorous that line would become! ¬†It could only be funnier if it was Charlie saying it. ¬†What a difference 25 years makes. ¬† ūüôā

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Are you ready to rumble?!

Tonight we are having one of those awesome evenings of rolling thunder storms!  I love a good Spring/Summer thunder and lightening storm!

I know I am going to get rain where I am going, but I hope I am going to get some good storms, too!  North Carolina has some great ones!

Today I had the electrician over here doing odds and ends and I spent the day gluing down the rolling edges on the wallpaper in the 1st floor bathroom, touching up paint scuffs and nail holes throughout the house, and caulking.

Good times! ¬†ūüôā

P.S…..just for Deirdre, “rolling foam of thunder” (December, 1963, Oh what a night!)

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T-13 days

Two weeks from right now I will be finishing up my first day of work at ‘major coffee’ in the Pacific Northwest!

It really hasn’t sunk in yet. ¬†I am not entirely sure why.

The painters finished up today after scraping and repainting the garage, power washing the house, porch, brick path, and touching up all sorts of things.  Plus they painted the walls in the basement which makes it less eerie down there (it is a basement-basement, i.e. unfinished).

I think what is wrong with me is that I am approaching this whole thing just like how I approach travel. I really don’t like to pack at all, so have developed a really bad habit of putting it off to the last minute (the consequence then is that I tend to overpack). ¬†I also don’t really care for the actual “getting there” part. ¬†I never look to see how long flights are anymore as I worry that will just put me off from going. ¬†Only when I am actually on my way do I start to get excited about my adventure!

So here I am with that same idea, filling my days with other necessary work and ignoring / avoiding the actually packing and going part, even though I will have movers to come and help me with a 1st stage mini-move (i.e. just my clothes and foodstuffs, etc., furniture will be later).

Last Friday, my HR rep contacted me for some info so they could start working on getting my computer and iPhone set up.  Then today I received an e-mail with instructions on what to expect Day 1, info on public transportation and/or driving instructions, etc.

So far this is very unlike my last employer where you were lucky to even have a stapler by the end of week 1!

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