Settling into Seattle

 

 

View from the bus stop

View from the bus stop

We’re starting to settle into daily life here.  The big difference is finally having our stuff back and a place that we can actually call home.   Our corporate housing wasn’t bad, but it just felt like we were staying in an extended stay hotel.   This sort of made it feel like I was a temporary contract worker at Amazon.   Now things feel a little more real.    Taking the bus from our new house is working out – which is good since we only have one car now.   There is a bus that goes from our block right to Qwest Field (football stadium).   From there I can either walk a few blocks and grab an Amazon shuttle or take another metro bus.    The bus line from our house will be great for catching a baseball game this summer.
 

 

We’re getting closer to having things unpacked.   There is only one box of items left on the 2nd floor, but the kitchen still needs a little cleaning up.   Our bedroom is as unpacked as it is going to get right now.   We are still waiting on one final furniture delivery, our new dresser.  This will allow us to finish unpacking our clothes and clean up the third floor of the house.   I’m afraid that this delivery is being held up by the snow here in Washington that has kept I-90 closed on and off all week.  (The snow is all over in the mountains – we haven’t gotten below 40 degrees during the day for a while.  

 

The first floor is a whole different story.   Our new “office” is smaller than our old office, and it is also going to contain items from 2 rooms in the old house.    In other words – it’s cramped, but I am trying to arrange everything as neat as possible.   This room has a pretty nice sized closet with a storage space that goes under the stairs – perfect for stashing seasonal decor.

 

We got our first telemarketing calls today, yes calls.     It only took 5 days for our number to make it through whatever channels numbers make it through.   We’re on the do not call list now 🙂  The telemarketing call was funny – it was someone trying to sell me a security system, so I told him my house came with one.   Then he said that if it was an old system they could upgrade it or add on features, etc…   So I said it was a brand new system, and a brad new house.   Then he tried again… fun.

 

In other news – I’m getting a much needed haircut this weekend 🙂 

 

We’ll post some picture of the house soon, but we just need to get things a little more put together first.

 

Unpacking…

 

We are now living in our new house!   Yesterday, the movers delivered all of our belongings, Crate and Barrel delivered new dining room furniture, and and our new TVs arrived as well.   

The day went fairly smooth.   The big hiccup was the delivery of our big red cabinet.   It simply wouldn’t fit up the stairs and the Crate and Barrel delivery crew doesn’t do “hoists.”    Luckily we were able to work out a deal with the movers and they did the hoist.   Our couches also wouldn’t fit up the stairs – they went up and over the 2nd floor balcony.   The cabinet, however, was too big to fit over the railing.   So we disassembled our balcony railing and hoisted the cabinet into the house.   It was complicated, but everything made it in.

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Riding The Bus

 

So it tool me about a week, but I have settled into riding the bus to work.  It’s a good thing that I have the unlimited ride pass, because I end up going through 3 zones on the way to work (less than 3 miles).   I get on the bus 2 stops short of Seattle’s downtown “ride free” area, head into the free zone, and then 3 stops outside the free zone – I exit the bus.   For a while I would leave the bus and be like “I paid on the way in.”   Now I just scan my pass on the way in and the way out, the equivalent of paying twice, but I have a free unlimited pass, so no loss :).

I am hopeful that the longer bus ride will work for me (about 40 to 45 minutes each way).   Actually it must work because we are a 1 car family now.

Today on the way home, the bus was very crowded and there were people standing.   There was one empty seat – next to me.   So I’m wondering, am I that scary looking that people would rather stand than sit next to me?  

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My Bus Stop

 

Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

 

This week has been pretty busy with getting ready to move into our new house.   We signed all of the mortgage papers today, once the deed is filed with the county (tomorrow) we can start to move in.   Looks like we’ll get the keys around 7pm tomorrow night.    Then we have a full weekend of deliveries, unpacking, organizing.

I must say – we have had unbelievable weather here in Seattle the past few days.   It has been warm(ish), about 45 degrees, all week and we have had several days in a row of clear blue skies and bright shinning sun.    This morning, we walked into the park right at 7:30 and saw a full moon hanging over the Olympic mountains, all while peering out over Eliot bay.   There’s just no beating the scenery out here, we have mountains, forests, and water, everything you’d want in your natural landscape.   

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Ikea is FUN! / House updates

 

Ikea is a huge store.   Seriously, they have everything.    I had no idea that they make appliances, or that you can purchase an ENTIRE kitchen: cabinets, sink, fridge, dishwasher, oven, table, etc…

We purchased some pieces from the build-it-yourself STOLMEN storage system.   Our new house has a decent sized closet, but did not have adequate built-in shelving.   As you can see from the cart, we are taking care of that.    Since our bedroom (and rooms in general) are on the small side, maximizing the utility of closets will reduce clutter other places.

On the house front, we are scheduled to take possession of the new houseon Thursday the 24th at 9pm – PST of course ;).  We have a very busy week scheduled.   Next Friday we have the movers coming, crate and barrel delivering furniture, and circuit city delivering a new TV.  Saturday we’ve got Comcast coming out (to make the TV useful) and select comfort is delivering our bed.   At some other point to be scheduled, Pottery Barn is delivering our bedroom furniture (yes we’re getting the mattress first…oh well).

This whole house thing is very exciting.   I never pictured myself in a townhouse with a view of downtown Seattle and Mt. Rainier, but it feels like the right place.   I actually didn’t think I would live in a major city, realy live in the city and not out in the burbs, but that also feel right.   Maybe I’m getting hipper in my old age, or maybe just a little wiser.

Our new house is in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle (on the north side of the city), and is just a really cool place.  I would say it is best described as eclectic.   There are people from several generations living side-by-side, plenty of families, and plenty of young people.   We should be able to walk most places, and really do the urban lifestyle thing for a while.   ok, that’s enough for now.

 

Cortny with our new closet from Ikea

Cortny with our new closet from Ikea

To The Market

We had a beautiful day here in Seattle. It was sunny all day with a temperature in the high 40s.

We walked from our apartment to the market (about a 15 minute walk), enjoyed some fried seafood on pier 55 (or 56) and then went through the market. No buying today – trying to avoid amassing to much extra stuff before we get into the new house.

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Italy

We’ve been so busy moving and talking about Seattle, that I haven’t really talked about our vacation.

In mid-December, we traveled to Italy – the boot shaped country in Europe.   In addition to Venice (pictured above) as also traveled to Florence and Rome (pictured to the side).

Italy was amazing.   There is so much history there, to go to Rome and see buildings that were built 2000 ago, and to see 1500+ year old buildings still in use!   And of course there is art – more paintings and sculptures than you could ever imagine.    As one of our guides said, “there are too many paintings in Italy.”

Now, while the art and architecture are impressive… the food is absolutely wonderful.  We did not go hungry and, in fact, put on some weight.

Our pictures are available online

Shopping Shopping Shopping

We had our home inspection yesterday, and everything was as expected on a new home.   The garbage disposal needs to be replaced, and there is some insulation missing in the ceiling of the master bedroom, but the builder is going to fix both of these shortly.   The good news is that we are able to move our closing date up to January 18th, so we will be in the house sooner than expected.  

This morning we took the dogs to the Golden Gardens dog park.   This park is pretty close to our new house.   The dog park is on a hill overlooking Puget Sound, and there is a beach and a marina.   This seems like the place to go boating.

Ruby and Matilda ad Golden Gardens Dog Park

Ruby and Matilda at Golden Gardens Dog Park

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Moving to Seattle

In december 2007, we moved from Cincinnati, Ohio to Seattle, Washington. We moved because I was offered a position with Amazon.com after completing my Ph.D.

At this point we’ve only been here a week, but we have settled in pretty well. We’re walking more places and acclimating to living in the city.

We are also soon to be homeowners again (second from the left in the picture). More updates on that after we move in!

 

Our new House

Our new House