Moving: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Because December isn’t busy enough, my husband and I decided to buy a lovely new house this month, all while trying to fix up our old house to sell. Seemed completely logical. I, who hadn’t moved in over 8 years, forgot all the joys involved with moving. And I can’t say I’ve ever moved with dogs.

The good?

The new house is beeee-yoooo-teee-ful! I love it so hard, I still can’t believe it’s mine. And my dogs have gone from an approximately 3 foot by 7 foot unfenced yard on a busy suburban street, to 1.3 acres to roam in a rural area, with little or no traffic, and 8, yep 8, other small dogs for them to become BFFs with!

The bad?

Rural living (did I mention we now live on an island?) is a new experience for us and the dogs. Our house has no internet yet. For the love of jeebus, no internet! And with the Christmas holiday, no people that put in internets are working, or willing to sacrifice time with their families and stuff to put in my internet. So, that means, posting stuff to a blog has gone by the wayside with the exception of today when I made it to a coffee store with some sort of wi-fi, but extra slow country wi-fi.

The ugly?

Did I mention the no internet part? Also, no cable tv. In 2013, that’s not ok. In a way, the lack of both means I’m unpacking my house like an over-caffeinated ninja. It’s a good thing, technically, except I’m 43 and my back does not like when I do things like an over-caffeinated ninja. Go figure. To further the ugly, I have at least 10 more days of no internet/cable, so posting around here is going to be scarce again.

And a bonus “good” thing?

One day before I moved and blissfully had internet to browse at my leisure, I came across this diatribe on moving with dogs by Allie Brosh, who is one of the most funny illustrators/writers on the whole internet. This post – Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving – made me laugh so hard I just had to share. Enjoy!

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Image via Allie Brosh

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  • Sue Kottwitz

    Congratulations on your new home! As someone who left city life behind years ago, I can tell you that rural life does have it’s inconveniences… but I would never live in a city again 🙂 Looking forward to reading more about your new digs!

    • Stefanie

      Thanks, Sue! The dogs and I are loving it so far – so peaceful!

  • Kimberly Morris Gauthier

    Congratulations and welcome to rural living. Our next house will be on an island, Camano Island or nearby.

    When we moved in our current house, which I love love love, we had two littermate puppies. Sydney and Rodrigo were about 3 months old. The purchase of this house was a nightmare and J and I had horrid colds on moving day.

    We had canceled our movers (we can do it ourselves) and are super thankful for friends who came through that weekend. We think the puppies attracted a few of them 🙂

    • Stefanie

      I’m loving rural living so far, although still back in both worlds until we get our suburban house sold. Wow, you lucked out having such great friends to help you move!

  • Eloise Bright

    Wow! Very envious of your new home. Are there any unusual pet-related risks for the dogs there? In Australia we hear about all the different fungal and tick-related diseases in the US and wonder how any pets survive, though I must say we probably have more than our share of poisonous creatures here! Good luck with all the unpacking, we will be looking forward to you being back online!

    • Stefanie

      There aren’t any pet-ralted risks too much different from where we used to live. There are deer to watch out for, but our old neighborhood we got coyotes on the front lawn some mornings! I definitely keep an eye on them for ticks and hope they don’t have any run ins with spraying skunks!