linaewen: (Chibi Katakura-kun)
I'm having an adventure this week. My healthy, active hubby went and had a heart attack on Monday. Part of the adventure was me driving him through Chicago traffic and construction zones to the ER, praying the whole way that I had not made a bad decision about where to take him or about not calling an ambulance instead. My prayers while driving were answered, and we made it in the nick of time -- he had his attack in the presence of the ER staff while I was getting the car parked. He is getting awesome care, and surprising the doctors with how quickly he is bouncing back from a 100% blockage on one side. I guess being healthy and active doesn't always prevent the attacks, but it helps with the recovery! He is actually doing so well that there a possibility he will be discharged today.

The rest of the adventure will continue next week, as we are scheduled to close on a condo we are buying the 28th, and then move into it by the 30th -- which I imagine will involve hubby supervising from a chair while other people do all the work! I'm praising God that he is still with me to do that, and for all the help we have been offered for the move, so that hubby can relax in his chair.  I'm also even more pleased now with our new condo, which is only a few blocks away from our current apartment, on the first floor, which will be good place to live for a heart patient and his wife who has arthritis in her knees (that's me)!
linaewen: (Bag End by John Howe)
Thought I'd get some pix of the new place while it still looked neat!  ;-)  We still don't have all the furniture we need yet, but we're getting there.

I have included the first two, and then a link to my Scrapbook Gallery where you can keep clicking until you've seen them all.  Some of the pictures are of the apartment before we moved in (marked "Before", others were taken after we moved and got set up (marked "After".  I included the before pictures to give a better idea of how the apartment is laid out -- for some reason it can be seen more clearly when there is no furniture present.

On to the tour...



Living Room before



Living Room after


The tour continues here -- fourteen more photos besides these two!

http://pics.livejournal.com/lin4gondor/pic/00039r0a/g9

Luckily, I am currently at my other house in Wisconsin for a day or two so I can actually use the internet long enough to post something -- even pictures!  I have my fingers crossed that the DH's plan for getting hooked up to the worldwide web in Chicago will come to pass within the week.  Cross your digits with me!

Progress

Jul. 17th, 2008 04:20 pm
linaewen: (Box by wizzicons)
We are in the midst of that part of moving where some rooms are nicely set up and organized, while other rooms are a hazard of boxes piled high waiting to be unpacked, and suitcases with the contents spilled all over due to searching for something that is needed without taking the time to unpack everything and find a home for it.  So that's progress, I guess!  The landlord came by today and was happily pleased with how nice the part that is set up looks -- he didn't have to look at the other parts, thankfully!  It was nice that he came by -- it saved us having to call him about a few things that have yet to be done.  He made a list and will hopefully be getting on that soon.

The DH is still researching the best deal on phone and internet.  We have discovered that we can get something like 20 channels on the TV with just an ordinary antennae, so we will probably save ourselves the cost of cable and just go for DSL and phone.  That will hopefully make the decision easier -- but DH is always one to take a long time coming to a decision, especially when it involves a monthly bill.  That is frustrating when one is limited to using the internet once a day in the library, but it's also going to be good in the long run, because any way we can save some money on bills, we'll be happy.

We have been walking everywhere we need to go, and so far, nothing we need is more than a 5 minute walk -- which is very nice!  One doesn't want to give up a parking place unless one has to!  It's a bit hot walking the last couple of days, but not unbearable.  Thankfully, we have central air conditioning in our apartment, so we have been comfortable while unpacking our boxes!

I set out my Lord of the Rings books on a shelf by the bed today, next to a Boromir action figure, so now I can officially say I am home.  ;-)
linaewen: (Zoro Loafing)
The first round of moving into our apartment is complete, and we are now back in our house in Wisconsin for a few days, where we have a real bed and internet without having to go to the library.  Yay!  Our old double bed here is nothing to write home about, I can tell you, but it's lovely compared to what we have been sleeping on lately in our new place.

For the past few nights, we have been sleeping on an inflatable double bed air mattress -- two of them, actually, neither of which holds enough air to support us through the entire night.  Between the two of them, it's bearable, but only just.  On top of that, we don't have any curtains or even blinds on our windows yet, and so the light from the biggest street lamp I've every seen that shines into our bedroom all night is rather disturbing.  Add all that to the fact that people were setting off fireworks all night the last few nights, and you come up with a couple of really sleepy people.  ;-)

So I'm feeling pretty tired right now, but still happy with the place we are moving into.  Getting a queen-sized mattress and box spring and something more than just an office chair to sit on, though, are high on the list of priorities.  DH's middle name is Thrifty, so we have been following up leads for used furniture throughout Chicago -- but so far, all our promising options have fizzled.  We are, on the other hand, learning our way around the city, and know where all the Salvation Army thrift stores are.  ;-)

I'm starting to whisper "buy new" in his ear, we'll see if it works.

Tired!

Jul. 2nd, 2008 07:49 am
linaewen: (Zoro Loafing)
Ugh, I forgot how tiring packing can be, lol!  I'm ready for a nap already, and I just got up an hour ago!!

It's a good thing we have the option of making innumerable trips in the course of moving, because I'm having a hard time deciding what is important to take in the first load of stuff.  I'm trying to include a little bit of everything, but even my brain is tired trying to anticipate what I'll need right at first.  I'm out of practice at setting up two households, methinks!

Anyway, we are off in a few hours to Chicago, and since I don't know what the internet situation will be, I'm letting y'all know you might not see me for a few days.  I'm pretty hopeful, though, that there will be a wireless signal somewhere in the city I can tap into at some point!  But first, it will be the moving and the setting up and the shopping for furniture...

And of course, the napping!
linaewen: (Box by wizzicons)
I am in the process of dividing up my household goods, in order to pack what I need to take down to our place in Chicago while still leaving something here for the DS and for us when we come up for regular visits to the old homestead.  It totally reminds me of how things used to be back in Pakistan!

We had two households there, as well -- one on the plains (in the heat) where we spent the majority of the year, and one in the mountains (where it was cool) where we spent our summers and school breaks.  We had to have duplicates of everything -- every pot, pan, plate, spoon, and cooking utensil.  I am discovering I don't quite have what it takes just yet to set up two homes, but we'll get there eventually.  I shall have to find a Salvation Army or Goodwill store and pick up a few items.  ;-)

DH signed the lease on our wee condo apartment last week, and so we are getting organized to move in -- at least partially --  come Wednesday.  We probably will only be able to manage a few nights there, since we won't have a real bed.  It will be glorified camping in a way!  But at least will have AC and a dishwasher, even if we have to sleep on an air mattress.  ;-)

Next, I have to decide which LotR books and items are going to go and which will stay.  There will have to be at least one Boromir action figure to grace my shelf!  :-D
linaewen: (Asia on a Bulb by wizzicons)
One of the most frustrating things about having my mom not here anymore is that I can't pick up the phone and call her to tell her of the exciting things that are happening in my life, or to complain of the less than exciting things that are bugging me.

One of those times came recently, and I actually found myself reaching for the phone to tell her some good news, and had to stop myself, lol! I wasn't sad about it when I realized I couldn't call, I was just plain miffed, hehe! After complaining to the DH that I was irritated I couldn't call my mom, I picked up the phone and called my sister and my aunt (mom's sister) instead. ;-)

Most of you on my flist know by now that my hubby and I spent considerable years in Pakistan, where we worked with a nonprofit organization, mostly doing teaching. We are still with that organization, but have been a bit in limbo over the past five years since returning from South Asia. We spent time working in the home office, but for the past three or four years we have been not really doing much of anything. ;-)

For some time now, DH and I have been pursuing an opportunity to a work with a center that aids the Paksitani community of northern Chicago with things like learning English and adjusting to the American culture and helping in all kinds of other ways. It's the perfect set up for us who have spent so much time in Pakistan, and know the language and culture, but are now living stateside. That part of Chicago is less than 2 hours from where we live now, so we can also still keep tabs on our son as he takes the next step in independence by being in charge of our house here in Wisconsin, while living in an Urdu-speaking community just like old times.

We finally got permission from our organization to move to Chicago -- and that is the good news I so badly wanted to tell my mom, lol! She had been a great source of support of our hopes and had been praying for a long time that we would find something like this to do. :-)

One reason you haven't seen me around much recently is that this past week we have been apartment hunting! Not an easy thing to do when you don't already live in Chicago. We have made several day trips recently, armed with phone numbers and appointments to view places. Even though a number of opportunities fell through by the time we got down to Chicago to look at them, we managed to see enough apartments that we were able to make a decision on one.

The place we are hoping to rent -- if we are approved -- turns out to be the very first place we viewed! It is pretty small, but new and beautiful, and located right near all the best Pakistani restaurants! And it's only one block from the Center where we will be working much of our time.

We decided on that place on Monday, and now are waiting for the landlord to approve our credit report. DH spoke with the landlord's agent this morning, and it sounds like he might be able to go down as early as tomorrow to sign a lease, if all goes well! Nothing like waiting for ages for something to happen, and then when it does, we can't keep up with it! ;-)

I am currently visiting with my my dad for a few days, but when I get home, I guess I'll have to jump into packing some things to move down to Chicago! Hopefully it won't be too hard to go back to living in an apartment after owning our own home -- but the nice thing is, our house in Wisconsin is not so far away that we can't visit it whenever we need a break from the big city. It will be the best of several worlds all rolled into one!

Now if only I could tell my mom about it...

But who knows, she might even know all about it already! :-D

ETA: Hope this entry doesn't need an LJ cut; I'm on my dad's computer and I don't seem to be able to do anything the way I'm supposed to be able to with my LJ -- and I can't remember how to do a cut the old fashioned way. ;-) I had to come in by the back door, so to speak, in order to get this to post as it is! Oh, for a nice wireless connection right now. ;-)
linaewen: (Box by wizzicons)
I've got moving on my mind today.  I remember how much of a hassle moving was last year, and how much chocolate I ate because of the stress of it all!  I'm hoping to do better this time around -- with the chocolate, at least, if not with the hassle and the stress.  Basically, it comes down to this -- we are moving THIS MONTH and I need to pack, and soon, as well as try to keep up with all the other things that are important to me in the process.

Guess I'll get started then!  :-D

Having moving on my mind brought something else to mind, and that's a conversation I had with Boromir during one of my moves in the past -- not sure which one it was, whether it was a move within the States or a move to Pakistan.  Not that it really matters -- it still is an appropriate way to look at moving, that makes me actually feel like getting up and packing a box, lol!  And then letting Boromir carry it!

So, for verse Thursday, I give you...


ETA:  Almost forgot -- the WW update!  I amazingly lost .8 lbs this week, in spite of indulging in some chocolate and seasonal goodies like candy corn and candy pumpkins, yum! So I'm still on track, yay!

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