It’s Monday, it’s back-to-work day. Even though I had almost a full week off to pack, move, unpack, and get settled – we’re still not quite there yet. We’ve got a couple rooms pretty close to finished — the den, mostly. The kitchen is unpacked and functional. The dining room is still cluttered with boxes, but our new dining room table is even better than we hoped. Our bedroom is 90% unpacked, so I can finally find clothes again. Just don’t look in our formal living room or garage or nursery yet, or you’ll be attacked by boxes. We prioritized the important rooms though!
One thing that’s really come to light was just how unhappy we actually were in our former house. I tried to justify a lot of it – by saying that we only felt unsettled and hectic there because we knew a move was inevitable. But the bottom line is that we just didn’t like it. It was fun to be central to ‘everything’ and walkable to restaurants — but we don’t drink so the bars were useless aside from generating no parking and riff-raff, and we got sick of all the food a year in so we’d end up driving to get dinner anyway. Normal Heights is a ‘hip’ and ‘trendy’ place, but that stuff doesn’t really fit our lifestyle anymore. For the most part, we’re homebodies who enjoy spending time watching movies, playing video games, and spending time with our dogs at home.
The biggest change so far with our new house in Poway is just how quiet it is here. Eerily quite at night. We’re not exactly out in the boonies, but we’re the last house on a dead end street with only 8 houses on it. We’re surrounded on all sides by barking dogs, but for the most part it’s not an issue unless we’re tormenting them on the other side of the fence. At our old house, our dogs would stare out the window all day and bark at anyone who walks past. It was hard to take meetings and phone calls from home without being interrupted by them, which isn’t conducive to a good remote working environment. They were always stressed out and guarding the house. When the mailman or a package delivery arrived it was ALL OVER. Here at our new house, our mailbox is at the end of the street so we have to actually walk a decent distance to get the mail. This is PERFECT. Everything is so quiet here. I love it, even though it’s a little weird trying to sleep without the sound of police helicopters, traffic, or people rummaging through our trash can.
It’s also super self-contained. We’re off Poway Rd, which has just about every store we could imagine. We don’t have to go far to get to anything, so it’s super convenient. I went to the post office a few days ago and I was the only one there, compared to waiting in line for 25 minutes like I used to do. There’s parking available everywhere for what we want to do. We even visited the charming Poway Farmers Market and snagged front-row parking with no difficulty. Just the convenience of everything reminds me how much I actually enjoy suburban living. I guess I’m not as cool as I used to be. 😉
The most exciting part about our new house is having a pool. It’s not a big pool – it’s a swim spa. Which turns out is the best possible scenario for us. We don’t have a ton of friends who live here in San Diego and we don’t throw big parties – so having a 3-4 person hot tub and a pool that can fit ~6 people is awesome. I’m not sure how I’m supposed to resist hopping in and ‘working from pool’ during the day. But can I just say, that being 32 weeks pregnant and having a pool is the greatest thing on earth? My feet have been DEMOLISHED lately, so the combination of being able to soak my feet in the hot tub and float weightlessly around in the pool is a godsend. I bought a maternity swimsuit from Target and it felt weird to have my big belly so restricted – so I’m saying ‘eff it’ and just rocking the bikini. I figure if there’s ever a time to let your belly hang out, it’s when you’re preggo. 🙂 I’m just a little worried about how much it’s going to cost to have central air and run a pool filter for 4 hours every day…my first bill might give me a heart attack. Wishing we had the money to drop on solar, but alas – we don’t even have baby’s nursery furniture yet! AAAHH!!!
On the baby front, I have my second appointment with my new OB this week and he’s awesome. Baby is kicking me in uncomfortable places and it’s getting harder to sleep and breath. I’m actually thankful that it’s been so hot out – because I love wearing my maternity shorts & tank tops…and wearing jeans sounds horrific when I’m up like 45 pounds and no longer fitting into a single thing I own. For nursery furniture, our next big purchases are the dresser/changing table combo and the glider chair/ottoman. My parents are ordering us a crib, so we’ll be putting that together when we get it. Otherwise, all is well! Really looking forward to meeting our little kiddo in less than a couple months! Eeeep!!!!---------------
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