Return Of The Fat Chick

Monday, July 28, 2008

Ok, so no one lost their hand, made out with their sister, found out who their father was, or hung out with those adorable Ewoks (I still want one), but it was still just as intense. I don’t even know where to begin, but I guess I could start with “moving day”, yea, it’s in quotes for a reason. Saturday morning started off so beautifully, the sun was shining, not a cloud in the sky, almost a perfect day for moving, too bad no one else saw it that way. Getting people to the house to move things was like trying to teach a toddler calculus…it just wasn’t happening. From one excuse to another, everyone put off helping us, when finally it happened, we got the phone call that said a vehicle was on it’s way. However, there was a catch…it was just the Chevy Blazer and we were on our own. What can I say…when it rains, it pours; and that’s exactly what happened to us.
It was sometime after 4pm before we actually started moving boxes to the new place. First we had to drop the kids off at their great-gramma’s and then we HAD to get something to eat…I could feel myself wasting away (yea right). So anyways, since we only had the Blazer, it was pretty obvious that we weren’t going to be moving any of the big items, ok…whatever…we can load up the boxes. I believe Murphy’s Law says it best, that anything that can go wrong will, and I am living proof of that. The first load was a breeze (literally-the wind could have knocked over a small child), got the boxes moved over to the new place and went back for a second load. As we put box after box into the car, I thought I felt a few drops here and there, but didn’t see anything…so it must be my imagination. Finally the car is full and on to the new house we go. I light up my cigarette (yea I know, bad habit…one life changing activity at a time, and right now it’s weight loss), and roll the window down. I am just about to enjoy that first puff when out of nowhere this torrential downpour starts. It doesn’t let up before we get to the new house either, so as I get out to start unloading, I am instantly soaked to the bone. Just what I needed, to weigh more! Another load taken care of and back to the old place to get more boxes…I kid you not, the very instant I get back into the car, the rain lets up. It was like that the entire time, it was almost as if someone was sitting on a cloud playing with the sprinkler system, just to mess with me.
Day two of moving, and once again we are stuck waiting, the only difference is, this time people are actually helping out. Matt and I tried to make it easy for everyone, by putting the majority of the stuff near the door, especially when most of it came from upstairs…and wouldn’t you know it, it’s still not good enough. Apparently when you help someone it gives you a free pass to gripe, bitch, moan and criticize the entire time. I will definitely have to remember that for next time.
Let me tell you, you never really know 100%, how much someone can be a jerk until they help you, and I use the term loosely. Because I am a bigger girl, than I am sure my step-father in law would like, I was given all the grunt work. “Take that load over and stay there and unpack boxes” or “Stay here and pack all the leftover stuff you have”. I also heard; “Anything you want moved better be moved to the door by the time we get back or it stays” as well as; “Don’t worry about moving things around, to make room, just get those boxes empty”. I’m more than certain you get the idea, and it went on all night long. We finally finished up a little before midnight, and if that wasn’t bad enough, we still had to get the kids’ rooms somewhat organized so they had a place to crash for the night. Chickens with their heads cut off look less chaotic than we did. Running up and down the stairs, to get this and that…I definitely got my workout in that’s for damn sure, and the sweat pouring off of me could have filled a kiddie pool.
We are now officially moved in, and at the time had a week to get the place ready for a birthday party. So back up and down the stairs I go again, carrying box after box after box. Trotting from room to room, grabbing things here and there, and unpacking boxes. Doing all of this, while at the time, taking care of two under two, not easy task…let me tell you. Somehow, through all the chaos and hectic-ness (its my word, just go with it), we manage to get the house ready for Campbell’s birthday party, and if you wanna know how that turned out, I suggest you stay tuned, cause this fat chick’s story is far from over…
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    The Ewoks remind me of the Gremlins..especially Gizmo..too cute!
    3732 days ago
    I completely understand!! When my DH and I moved a few years ago, all the people who said they'd help never showed up. One guy my husband talked to the night before said he was definitely coming. We never saw him and when my DH called him a couple times on the guys cell phone (which he always carried), he never answered! And we never got a reason from the guy either. And it rained all day for us. Our new house was 45 minutes from the old house, it was pouring and we kept coming across roads that were flooded from the rain, so we'd back-track and try to find another road. I think the first trip to the new house took 2 hours. My DH is an EMT and the one person who showed up, a girl who is also an EMT (advantage...they know how to lift!), called their co-workers on duty at the local ambulance station and made them come over and at least help load up the moving truck. All the neighbors freaked out when they saw the ambulance and were all coming out to see what was going on. Of course, when they found out the guys were there helping us load up our moving stuff because none of our other helpers came, all the neighbors went back inside without offering to help. The 2 years we lived there only 1 neighbor would even speak to us. Since I grew up in a rural area, I wasn't used to that at first (I live near a city now). Anyway....it all sucked, but we all survive!
    3866 days ago
    ugh, don't you just hate moving?! I've had to do it three times in the past year before we found our place. That totally sounds like me, going here, going there trying to get that done or this done and the people helping you are just causing more stress because they are pissed off at themselves for actually agreeing to help, lol. My fiance and I don't have children but the last time we moved we had a puppy and that can be just as stressful as a child (probably not quite but you get the point). Well i'm glad you got all settled in, now its just the unpacking!!!
    3884 days ago
    HAHAHAHAAHa I totally understand what you are going through! I had to pack and be ready to move in 16 hrs. My husband was overseas and I had a newborn. But I had noone to help me. You are just too funny. I do the same thing when I get overtly stressed..... light up and then I end up having to try to run, or climb or it pours. Can't wait to see whats next.... emoticon
    3884 days ago
    Welcome back! Sounds like such a hectic month, I'm glad you're settling in!
    3885 days ago
    God bless you for all that you went through. That is pretty much how our moving went. Everyone volunteers to help but then there is no one when it's time. Just make sure you are ready to help them and be there on time if they want something. I really hope your family and friends are much better and nicer to you when there is no pressure to get things done. I am sorry they weren't more help. At least now you have everything in one spot, so you can take an occasional break just to get a breath. I really don't know how you did all that. And with two kids under two. Impossible for me, I'm sure!!! I can't wait to read your next blog...You sure do have an interesting life!!!
    I will continue to pray for you and hope that you have time to get it all together for a great party.
    God bless you.
    3891 days ago
    wow loni!!! so glad you are back.... but that sounds like such a mess! yikes... hope you are getting settled ok. :)
    3891 days ago
    Glad you're back and I'm looking forward to hearing what happened next.

    3891 days ago
    It's good to have you back...I'm glad you weren't slacking on your exercise...lol.
    3891 days ago
    Hope the rest of the move goes well for you !
    3891 days ago
    Now I remember why I hate to move LOL, bet your glad it is over too! I'm looking forward to the next chapter, and know your going to have a wonderful bday party for you sweet Campbell.

    3891 days ago
    whew... thats one hectic, hell of time for ya! Well glad you're back.. hopefully the road gets smoother going for you.

    And when you're fit and hot.. i will be back to bug you about that smoking missy. lol

    3891 days ago
    Now I remember why I am single (no efing in-laws) and haven't moved in 25 years.

    I am sorry you don't have more love from the sfil and/or more defense from the dear/darn husband.

    I sure hope you called all that up the stairs with boxes hiking w 20 pack on the cardio calculator/tracker.

    I really do wish for you that you didn't have to apply humor to make this day made for tears bearable. emoticon
    3891 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/28/2008 6:59:48 PM
    Glad you got done what you needed! Hope the party is good! Keep us tuned in!
    3892 days ago
    So glad you finally got moved and are about to get settled in.
    Maybe you won't have to see the FIL for a while!! One hour of that would be too much for me.

    Good luck with the birthday party!!! Have a bite of cake for me!! emoticon

    3892 days ago
    Our last move hubby & I did it alone. we had no one that wanted to help. There were lots of fights, because I always let him sit back & I moved it all with my girls. No one was around the weekend we moved, just we were solo! I plan on moving 1 mroe time & never again! & it will only be next door once our house is built! (hopefully before kids are off to college)lol

    Missed you girl!
    3892 days ago
    I'm so glad you're back and all moved in to your new place! And who cares what your father-in-law says. You can change being a "fat chick" but he can't change being a jerk face! lol

    And I agree that you got some great exercise in.
    3892 days ago
  • 56ROSE
    Too Funny! Can't begin to tell you how much I hate moving! Glad you're back; just waiting for your next story!

    Rose emoticon
    3892 days ago
  • CAROL54904
    Glad you're back & just think of the calories you're burning! Just don't turn to junk food to fill that empty tummy! You are DONE!!!
    3892 days ago
    How well I know this scenario. People think that they can talk junk just because you need them, they don't need you. Stinks, BIG TIME!!!! But now you guys are moved and can get settled in. We have really missed you around here, SOOOOOOOOO glad you're back!!! emoticon
    3892 days ago
    Glad to see you back, love to read your blog!!!!!

    Great job on the move have been their and it is so hard. I feel you it can be very stress full depending on people to help out but hey it got done thank god. We had a bost load of help and have helped people move it is crazy. Good luck I hope the Birthday was a blast!! Do you like your new place....

    Have some fun and keep up with the weight loss.... emoticon
    3892 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/28/2008 3:43:09 PM
  • OSTERA15
    Wow, I could have said the same thing! We just finished moving (had help with 4 large items, but husband and I did all the rest) and it sucked. Love your blog, first one of yours I've read, but I think I'll just have to tune in for more!
    3892 days ago
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