EPISODE 3: WE’RE HERE

I originally intended to document the weeks spent selling our house, finding a rental, packing our house, and preparing to move to Vermont. But life got in the way and there was no time for all that. So we’ll have to start the tale of our grand adventure with the start of the actual adventure – the move to Vermont.

On Monday morning Bisson Moving arrived at our house in Brunswick and loaded (almost) everything we own into a 26-foot truck. Doreen and I did a final cleanup, locked the doors and drove ourselves to Montpelier. Because our belongings were sequestered in the van, we spent the evening at Betsy’s Bed & Breakfast, an inn that I became well acquainted with over the last 8 years of traveling to Montpelier for my work. Unfortunately I slept very poorly, lying awake worrying about several details for the move in. Not the least of which was the tricky driveway to the house.

It turns out that my worries weren’t completely unwarranted, as Tom, our crew leader, resorted to driving the wrong way up our one-way street in order to negotiate the narrow lane and the parked cars that take every possible inch of legal space and a couple of inches more. However Tom was able to get the truck in (making the decision to hire movers an even better one, as there’s no way I’d have gotten down the driveway), and three hours later our house was full of boxes.

So week one has been spent mostly moving boxes to the correct rooms, emptying, and figuring out where everything is going to go. Because we are in a rental, we’ve decided that it doesn’t make sense to unpack everything, so several boxes are remaining taped up in the basement. It’s slow going, and there is still much to be done.

We haven’t had time to do a lot of exploring, but we have started to set up our life in Vermont. We joined a credit union and the Hunger Mountain Coop, and even lucked into member appreciation day (and a case of Heady Topper) while we were there. We’ve looked into the local shopping scene (not a lot of chains in these parts, so we need to do some research to learn about the local merchants). And then we drove back to Maine to party with some close friends who came from out of state. It wasn’t the best timing, but it was a lot of fun.

Tomorrow I return to work, and we start our first full week in Montpelier. Finding the routine will take awhile, but it’s going to be fun. I’ll keep you posted.

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