Kitchen!

The cabinets are complete! Whoop! It really changes the space and we are pretty pumped with the results. Not only does it brighten everything, it brings a modern twist to what originally was a river cabin. We have quite a few walls left to paint, blerg. Despite my hatred of painting, I am thrilled to have the kitchen complete…it’s my happiest place.

Before:

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After:

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We are also almost finished with the guest room – it’s looking supa fly and I can’t wait to put it together. Yesterday we got owned by Target and all it’s glory. We kept it under $100 which can be pretty difficult [under $100 means $98]. Yay for finishing projects and actually enjoying it!

Two days.

Two days until our 40 hour drive begins. Two days until the last eight months of planning and holding our breath begins to transition into reality. Two days until we step out, trusting, hoping, and actively seeking adventure. The tears have started, the difficulty has been realized and the will is being tested. We are set, ready and excited. We are fighting off negativity and fear but doing it together is the best place to be. Moves are said to be one of the most stressful things on a relationship – I have a pretty exceptional partner in crime. My appreciation only grows in each decision and I can’t think of a better person to have on my side.

Today’s decision – purchasing a cassette tape, ipod adapter for the truck. Yep – we’re doing a little time travel to 1996…it’s cool…at least there isn’t a disc man involved.

Today’s big purchase – 4 new tires – not to be replaced by Monday’s purchase of an antilock break system, fuel filter, fuel pump and eight new glow plugs.

Today’s silver lining – Hendrick’s cocktails, Steak dinner and looking at photos albums from 10-12th grades.

so many details

The final preparations are falling into place. In less than two weeks we will be packing up and sending off our belongings. We are using UPack to ship what we didn’t sell or donate. They are a nationwide company offering rental trailers or relo-cubes. We opted for the cubes and crossing our fingers we only need two. It’s not the cheapest way to move but in the end it costs about the same as renting a truck and paying thousands in gas [rental trucks only get about 8 to 10MPG]. It also frees Mick and I up to enjoy the drive, taking in the beauty of our country and checking off a bucket list item.

Once we arrive in Idaho we will store our stuff temporarily until we figure out our long term housing [upack does door to door delivery, another bonus]. In the meantime we are renting an awesome barn house month to month. We cannot wait to settle in and have our own place and unpack our things. One of Mick’s many lovable traits, he is a minimalist. He doesn’t ever need anything [except food and gin – another reason to love him]; he is content with little. I have learned a lot from him re: minimalist living – I have a longer way to go but I look forward to enjoying the simpler things. I will probably take that all back the day I get to unpack my kitchen.

The cross-country drive is a whole other animal, literally. We will be traveling in style – GMC 3500, crew cab style – massive four door truck, quite different than my Prius. Mick may have to manage the gas pedal so I can see over the steering wheel. Our current route [weather permitting]: MD, VA, TN, KY, MO, KS, CO, WY, MT, & ID. I’m pretty pumped – I have not been to MO, KS, WY or MT and I can’t wait to see the different landscapes.
Another important piece to this drive is Lil’ Buddy and hotel stays. I found this helpful website – trips with pets – and they show you pet friendly lodging along the route. It seems that La Quinta Inns will be our best bet. Most, if not all, of their hotels are pet friendly up to 80 lbs and they have rather affordable rooms. Any suggestions re: places to stop along said route or tips for traveling with pets? Lil’ Buddy is a pretty good traveler but 6 days in the truck is a lot on pup.

Future deets to organize – healthy, homemade road trip snacks/meals. Save some pennies and some calories/sugar/grease overload.