And we’re moved!

Phew.  It’s been a long couple of weeks.  The weekend before last, Ike and I spent the weekend painting the new house (it’s ours!!) and celebrating my birthday.  We painted four ceilings (who paints their ceilings the same colors as the wall? gross.  I’m a strong believer that ceilings should be white, not blue…).  I had ambitious plans to paint an entire room, too, but painting the ceilings took a whole lot longer than I expected.  But, I’m awfully darn proud of those ceilings!

For my birthday, I went out with a group friends went out in the new neighborhood – pizza, bowling and bar hopping.  It was the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of the last year of my 20s.

Last week involved a number of nights of working until midnight, plenty of packing, a birthday dinner with my mom, time spent with friends, and a trip to the Paramount Theatre to see Mamma Mia.  There was entirely too much crammed into one week, but I survived and everything got done.  Phew.  Then, Saturday was the big move!  Thank goodness Isaac has three brothers who were available to help.  Those four, plus me, and three other friends (as well as Isaac’s very helpful 5-year old nephew) made moving as painless as it could possibly be.  And the guys were even able to find time to squeeze in a basketball game at the park just a block away from our new home!

And now, we live in a sea of boxes…

Now the fun begins...

 

But at least it’s a sea of boxes in our very own home!  Wahoo!  I can’t wait to get everything settled so it begins to feel like a real home.

We had to say goodbye to our lovely apartment right near downtown…

Our first home together. (please pardon the sappiness of that statement)

 

With this amazing view…

Won't be able to walk to work anymore...

But it is worth it to have more space and a place that really is our own.  I’m excited about settling down and not having to worry about moving again in a year.   I’ve moved entirely too many times in the last 10 years!

 

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rambling thoughts

In January, I was complaining about not having enough work to do.  I had lots of free time, so buying a house right then sounded like a fantastic idea.  We found the house, put in the offer, and got the house.  (We’re supposed to close this week!)  So, of course, I’ve been absolutely swamped since the middle of February.  As soon as it’s time to pack and do the necessary renovations on the house (which are quite minor, but I still am determined to complete them before we move in), I have absolutely no time.  I was billing until after midnight last night and expect to be doing the same again today.  I definitely prefer to be busy, but now is one of the few times I’d prefer not to be busy…  It’d be wonderful to relax during my birthday week and have time to paint and pack, but I guess that’s not what is in store for me this year!

So, somehow, this week, I need to pack, clean the apartment, sign all of the closing documents, start painting the house, AND review 23,713 more documents which need to be produced to a government agency as soon as possible. And I’m supposed to run a 4 mile race on Saturday, for which I’m absolutely not in shape…  Oh, and it’d be nice to celebrate my birthday at some point in there, too!  But, at least I won’t be bored!

I’m finally starting to feel like I have a vague notion of what I’m doing as an attorney, so that’s definitely a plus.  I have to say, even having had 40,000 discovery documents to review over the last couple of weeks, I love my job.  I love being an attorney and I’m really glad this is the career path I’ve decided to pursue.  Hopefully, after six years in the profession, I’ll still love it as much as I do at six months.

As I approach my last birthday in my 20s, I realize just how amazing this decade has been, and I eagerly look forward to the next one.  I have never worried about getting older, probably because I’ve always felt older than my age anyway.  Each birthday, I feel like I’m getting closer to the age I’m supposed to be.  In the past year, I’ve lived in France, graduated from law school, passed the bar exam, started work as an attorney, gotten engaged, and purchased a house.  It’s been a wild ride and I can’t wait to see what is to come!  As soon as we get settled in the house, I guess I’ll have to start planning for the next adventure (that wedding date is getting closer and closer!).

Also, it’s snowing.  In Seattle.  In March.  Because moving isn’t hard enough when the weather *is* cooperating…