Samantha Jones

Sam's Notebook

Samantha Jones is associate editor for Carroll County Newspapers. Her email address is Citizen.Editor.Eureka@gmail.com.


Settling in

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

In a word, the past few months have been chaotic. Gideon and I bought our first home in August and moved in early that month. One of our friends suggested that we hire a moving company, but we were already spending thousands of dollars just to get into the home. I couldnít imagine spending anything extra. In hindsight, we should have hired the movers.

Moving day was all kinds of stressful. We had already spent two days moving thousands of boxes ó OK, probably more like 100. If a couple of close friends didnít help us out, we would still be moving furniture. Once we unloaded everything, I planned to unpack it all immediately. But I found a million reasons why that couldnít happen. We needed to return the moving truck before 9 p.m. We still had to clean the apartment. We were hungry and tired and on the verge of a breakdown. Unpacking could wait.

That night, we dined on takeout in camping chairs. We were tired and sore from moving boxes up and down stairs, so I fashioned a footrest out of random furniture we had laying around. We passed out before 10 p.m. After two days of sleeping on the floor, we were excited to sleep in our bed again.

The next day, Gideon returned to the apartment to clean and I stayed behind to unpack. He called me around 11 a.m. saying he was going slower than he expected. So I stopped unpacking, grabbed a few slices of pizza and headed to the apartment. While Gideon ate the lunch I brought him, I cleaned the bathroom. Pardon the overstatement, but it was the most miserable two hours of my entire life.

Eventually, we finished scrubbing the toilet and vacuuming the floors and wiping down the windows. We were finally free from apartment living, ready to fully unpack and embrace our new life as homeowners. Except I didnít finish unpacking for another two weeks. Our living room furniture wasnít delivered until two weeks after that, so we spent the first month in our home sitting on camping chairs and dining on whatever table happened to be nearby.

Then our accent chairs were delivered, followed by dining chairs, two rugs, a wine cart and a couch. We found the perfect coffee table on Facebook Marketplace for $25. It all started to come together. In the weeks since then, Gideon and I have settled in to our new routine. Because we have a big kitchen and a working freezer, we can store more food than ever before. That means Iím going to Walmart a whole lot less, for which I am grateful. Thereís only so much grocery shopping one person can take!

Today, we are a few weeks past our first mortgage payment. We have put up Halloween decorations and adopted a kitten named Jaws, putting us well on our way to owning six cats ó the perfect number, if you were wondering. If I could go back to that day we moved in, Iíd give myself a glimpse of what life looks like now. Iíd want to see how good things could be if I just kept trudging forward.

Someone once told me that nothing is permanent. Thatís certainly true of stressful situations, and I hope itís also true when it comes to all the literal junk in my trunk. Yes, I still havenít unpacked my car.

One thing at a time, right?