A Not-So-Beautiful Mess

Hi everyone!  I’m alive, just surrounded by boxes and packing material.  This move has proven to be a frustrating and tiring one (or maybe they all are?), but things are starting to look better today.  After getting my household goods delivered during a flash flood, battling Comcast (they are the worst), conducting wedding planning phone calls in the midst of the chaos, and doing it all alone because Tom is in Korea, I’m definitely not feeling uber creative at the moment.  That being said, I don’t have any decorating tips for y’all today, but I promise those are coming soon once things get settled.  I do have a short list of a few things I’ve learned from this move though:

1.  Maryland does not allow alcohol to be sold at grocery stores….why did no one tell me this!?!  I was devastated yesterday when I got to Trader Joe’s and was searching for a good (cheap) bottle to sooth my mind after battling Comcast.  I think I’ll definitely have to stock up on my favorite cheapo wine next time I get back to Virginia.

2.  Don’t trust Comcast when they say that you are all set to move and transfer your service to a new apartment.  They actually mean that once you get there your box won’t work because you changed service regions.  And they also mean that they will start billing you for two locations.  And they also will make you drive to get a new box/remote, but the remote won’t work, so by the time you get the box working it’ll be stuck on whatever channel it happens to be turned to (which in my case is some ESPN baseball channel…so I’ve had the joy of watching pre-teen boys from Czech Republic and South Korea duking it out on the baseball field.  Fun stuff, let me tell ya…).  (Although I decided to log into Netflix last night and am now officially hooked on Orange is the New Black.  I know I’m a little late in coming to this realization, but it’s amazing!!!)

3.  Columbia, Maryland has some great running paths.  When I’m feeling overwhelmed sometimes I just need a break from it all, and running is definitely my therapy.  I was pleasantly surprised when I found many nice paths today that were in the woods and along creeks and lakes.

4.  Even though it stinks and is annoying, weed out what you don’t want/need anymore before you leave.  I now realize that I need to “edit” my closet, knickknacks, dishes, etc. and I wish I had done it before I got here.  Sometimes I guess you just never know.

Alrighty y’all, that’s it for today.  Once things get more settled I’ll get back to work and share some fun upcoming projects.  Thanks for sticking with me!  Here is a glimpse into my chaos, if you’re interested.  They are iPhone pics, but you get the idea 🙂

This is how the movers left my precious wingback chairs because there was no space for both of them on the floor.  You should have seen me trying to get that top one down.  It was almost a disaster.

My lovely (but tiny) kitchen is back there somewhere.

The poor garden stool didn’t fare so well 🙁

I’m definitely a coral hoarder.  I blame this on my time in Hawaii.  They are just so pretty!

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Katie Vail
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  1. August 15, 2014 / 4:08 pm

    Moving can be so crazy! On to a new adventure in your life! As an "army brat" I truly get the picture! One day at a time and you will be all set up before you know it!

  2. August 15, 2014 / 4:08 pm

    Oh my stars! The kitchen 🙁 It's never as bad as it seems though. With all those cabinets, I'm sure you can make that mess disappear quickly. The pink chairs look like they are having fun 😉

  3. August 16, 2014 / 3:32 am

    Congrats on the move and best of luck on your next chapter! I went to high school at Ft Meade and live in DC but always enjoy going back to the Columbia area!

  4. August 17, 2014 / 10:49 pm

    As a military wife of many years I feel your pain. I lived in Hawaii for 21 years and loved every minute also. Can/t wait to see what you do with your space! By the way I live in Arnold..real close to Annapolis and not a short drive to Columbia. 🙂 Happy Decorating!

  5. August 18, 2014 / 1:02 am

    That was a short drive..:-)

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