Monday, July 06, 2009

Mini tour of Jess's new apartment

Hello from Philadelphia. The opening picture is for my dad (Mom, make sure he looks at it!) of the "kitty table" we built when Jeff and I went down to North Carolina, complete with Litter Robot. I stained and varnished it in the bathroom in Alexandria to make sure there was no cat hair stuck in the finish (we didn't want to risk Amtrak confiscating our stain on the train ride down). The carpeted area is definitely doing wonders for keeping the cats from tracking litter bits, and luckily they are scratching on it instead of the furniture, seeing as we forgot to move their scratching pad. I have no idea what I am going to put on top of the table yet, but I am sure I will think of something.

But I digress. As Jeff mentioned, the move was vicious - I'll just keep it short and say the movers were careless and slow. To illustrate my point, see also the picture of our ruined sofa to the right. Luckily it is microfiber. I got the grease out so it's usable, but there are holes in the fabric, so we'll either have to reupholster it or replace it after this.

On the bright side, this is my new bedroom, complete with Zoe. It's more or less set up; I just need to hang a few pictures. I love the floors here; they are reclaimed original hardwood (which means they were made into floor in the 1920s and still look fantastic).
The cats are pretty well adjusted at this point, thank goodness.

More to come.


Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th!

Also, we're in Philadelphia, unpacking from our recent move. The movers we're awful: arrived in Alexandria late, loaded slow, arrived in Philadelphia late into the evening, and didn't finish unpacking until after midnight. Fortunately, only minimal furnishings were broken or soiled (although we will probably have to replace the sofa after next time we move). It is habit to think that the military-provided movers we've used in the past were less than ideal, but after this move, I now know that they've been at least competent.

Zeke and Zoe have begun to adjust, although the first day and night were a bit miserable. Zeke yowled through the night in confusion - he has made for the door a few times, and slipped past Jess into the hallway once.

We plan to knock off unpacking soon and find something to do for the evening. We'll keep you posted.