Friday, October 19: Closing and moving day
Although we had the day off work, Scott and I were up at our regular time of 5:45 AM so we could get started on our move. It seems like no matter how much you do ahead of time during a move, there are always last minutes things that pop up. I do not respond well to these 11th hour challenges because I always think I will be able to plan my way out of that frenzy. Not so.
Scott left for our Penn Avenue closing at 8:30 AM. I stayed behind and soon found myself pacing around grumbling about the fact that it was raining after a two month dry spell. Thanks Mother Nature! When the moving company did not arrive when I thought they would, I called to confirm they were on their way. I did my best to keep my cool after the moving company rep assured me that the crew left Burnsville at 7:00 AM. So I did the only thing I could do -- connect with friends via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
I called the moving company a second time at 8:15 and was again assured that the movers were on their way. They finally showed up at 8:30 an hour and a half from when I was supposed to have everything out of our house. Spoiler alert: that didn't happen. Scott texted be updates as he took care of the closing. Fortunately there were no last minutes issues. His texts became less helpful when he started conveying messages from our realtor was urging me to hurry up - like it was at all in my control that the movers weren't on time and that they were still loading the truck at 10:00 AM when I was scheduled to be out of the house and on my way to the closing of our new home. I had no choice but to leave our house while the movers were finishing the job. I was sad that I was unable to take photos of our empty house like I had planned. I did get a shot of Scott saying goodbye to his gaming room/office.
In order to make it to our closing on time, I shoved all the random odds and ends that I was unable to put in boxes and threw it into the backseat of the Prius.
When I arrived at Coldwell Banker Burnett Lakes office, I took deep breaths and focused on the positives because I was not going to let the unfortunate start to the day ruin this momentous occasion. Thankfully this self pep-talk worked. Scott joined me shortly after I arrived with the biggest check I've ever received. It was ours for approximately one hour and then we signed it away to the mortgage company. We again lucked out and had no last minute snags. With keys in hand, we were on our way to our new home (well, after signing our name a thousand times).
While the movers did their thing, Scott and I unloaded the electronics and beer from the cargo van we rented. Things went smoothly and the only thing that broke in the move was a carboy from Scott's homebrew supplies which the movers deducted from the bill. They were on their way around 4:00 PM. Our friend and former neighbor Karen stopped by to deliver us a drink so we could take a little break. It was fun to show her around - we are really going to miss living so close to her. After she left, the first thing we did was clean out the refrigerator. It honestly seemed like it had never been cleaned. After we had it looking like new, we decided to call it a day and went out for dinner at The Lowbrow to properly relax. It was a full day and we ended on a high note - better than I expected.
The Nivens Family