Friday, October 11, 2013

California to Ohio | Our Move

Last week we drove from CA to OH and to say that I'm happy to be somewhat settled would be an understatement! Before we moved, a good bit of time was spent returning our rental to it's bland self, selling tons of furniture on craigslist (if you've ever done this you know it's very annoying except for meeting a few very sweet people, if you're reading from the central coast, you are one of the exceptions :) clearing out the garage (that took way too much time and too many trips to the dump/habitat restore), and de-junkifying ... I'm exhausted just thinking about the few months prior!

Here's what happened last week.
MONDAY

Moving day was probably one of the most exhausting, uncoordinated days ever. David's company organized our move and said that they would take care of moving our box springs downstairs (on move in we had to pull them up to our third story balcony since they wouldn't go around the stairs). A few days before move in, we were asked if a crane would fit to lower them, we said NO, they just needed to be lowered by a pulley etc. Well that morning a crane showed up ... it got here before the movers did, so it sat in our driveway, blocking our neighbor's garages for about 2 hours and he missed two other appointments. I need to emphasis that we didn't organize or pay for this!! I don't want to know how much it cost ... I'm sure way more than the box springs cost. 

They were lifted out the back balcony, over the roof and then down. 

I won't bore you with the details, but there were a lot more hiccups that day ... Lets just say that I was glad to be out of Pismo so it was all over.


TUESDAY

First day of our drive and first day of the government shutdown. HORRIBLE timing, right?? We planned our entire trip around going through the national parks, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, etc.. Jennifer suggested that we focus on the yummy food along the way, and we did! It was a little hard with the puppy, so we focused on quick places with outdoor seating. I gained a few pounds along the way .. so it's going to be clean(er) eating for a while now .. 

We decided to head through San Francisco instead. We had lunch with David's brother at Boudin. Annabelle had the whole backseat to herself, her bed on one side and blankets on the other so she could look out the window without standing up. She loved it :) 

We went through Napa, ate at Gott's, we got an ahi tuna burger, barbecue chicken sandwich, and garlic fries. And finished it off with a black and white shake :)  Yum!


WEDNESDAY

We woke up in Lake Tahoe, such a beautiful place! Got our last In n' Out before we left the west coast in Reno.


Saw a double rainbow, stayed at Hotel Monaco - how great is that headboard?

THURSDAY

By chance visited the Park City, Utah olympics site. We got off to let Annabelle go potty and found outlets (love me some j crew) and the olympics site, a happy accident!

We saw windmills in Wyoming, got some rain and snow, and then lots of fog (thankfully not at the same time) before we called it quits in eastern Wyoming for the night. Oh and my car hit 100,000 miles :) 



FRIDAY

We started early, trying to get out the snow. The car was already covered, picture us in flip flops wiping the snow off the car with our sleeves, we took our scrappers out of the car before we moved to CA. Whoops!

We drove about 14 hours that day and stopped in Iowa right on the Illinois line. 

SATURDAY

We stopped in Elgin IL, to see my childhood home and a few other things in the area. I wish I could have gone in!


We stopped at Portillos, one of my favorite placed to eat as a kid (see Annabelle?) We also got a Chicago style pizza. Trying to avoid traffic we stopped outside of Chicago, but we really should have went in, it wasn't as good :( Love Giordanos IN Chicago. We also stopped at Blick Art supply to pick up a few things for projects, but forgot to snap a pic.

We then drove to South Bend, IN to to visit my brother. So funny that we got to see both of our brothers on this trip!


SUNDAY

We made it to Ohio! We got some more rain - we made up for all of the rain that we missed in CA. First stop, Target, naturally :) I restrained myself from picking up a few things in the home clearance section. 

MONDAY 

I worked on my laptop from the deck of the hotel. The view was pretty! 

TUESDAY

We found a place to stay! More details soon, but we're staying in a unit until ours is finished (getting new appliances etc.) So we're waiting to get the rest of our things delivered until we move into our "permanent" (for the next few months) place. 

It's kinda like we're in a little treehouse or camping ... it's smaller than our last place, lacking storage and  a garage, but it has cathedral ceilings, a loft and a spiral staircase so that's pretty cool! I'm hoping that they'll let me do a little DIY ... so we'll see :) 

We're so glad to be semi-settled! Unfortunately we'll have to wait about 2 weeks to really move in - we we're just happy to find a place that would take Annabelle (I got a lot of no pets allowed ..)

It was a long week. Part of me wished that we flew, but at least 50% of our reason for driving was still applicable, Annabelle. She would have to go in cargo... So worth it :)

I hope that you all have a great weekend!! 

23 comments:

  1. What we do for our baby-dogs :) Cargo never seems like a puppy friendly place so its nice you had the option of all spending the week together traveling. On the crane ... its amazing what can be deemed a good decision, right!? Totally agree that the purchase of new / replacement bed should have cost way less money than the crane, but it might have been a business policy issue that drove that choice ... one that makes sense 95% of the time, just not this time. Hopefully you'll be asked for feedback on how well the move arrangements worked and you can share.

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    1. Yes! although the time spent in the car and moving from hotel room to hotel room was probably just as hard on her :(

      The whole moving process was so unorganized, we were told the day of that the method of moving our herringbone table wasn't going to work out ... so the movers came up with something, it better not be damaged!!! I just hope that everything gets here ok (last time all of our furniture was damaged somehow :(

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  2. Welcome to Ohio! I am a new follower of your blog who loved your redo of your last rental in CA. Can't wait to see the marvels produced by you and your husband in your Ohio "home." Best wishes!

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  3. I had my first Portillo's experience this summer...YUM! And you're right...the pizza is definitely better IN Chicago.

    You were in my neck of the woods on your trip! (I'm a South Bend-er)

    I can't wait to see everything as you settle in!

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  4. Girl that sounds exhausting! I cannot imagine with that crane?!? But, it sounds like many memories were made on this move and sometimes it is times like those that make for the great stories down the road. So happy that you are getting somewhat settled in now!

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  5. Welcome to Ohio!! Let me know if you ever venture down to Cincinnati! Would love to meet up with ya! Lake Erie is so pretty. I spent many days on the beaches as a kid, but on the Canadian side:) Sorry to hear about the bad move. Hopefully the rest goes smoothly!

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  6. What a trip! Glad you all made it safely even though the government ruined all the fun. Can't wait to see your new place!

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  7. Sounds exhausting! Your little swirls on the map cracked me up ;)
    Loved seeing all your trip photos.

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  8. What an awesome adventure you guys just went on...so happy you found a home!

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  9. Glad you made it safely across the country! LOVE Portillo's! They just opened 2 in the Phoenix area with one about a mile from my office... so dangerous! Can't wait to see what you do with the new place!

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  10. So happy your are settled, Sarah! Loved seeing the crane adventure!! :)

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  11. how cute are you two? seriously- such an adorable couple and team you are- i love it! fun road trip and so glad you made it safely!

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  12. Welcome to Ohio! Let me know if you are ever in Columbus, my new digs! Just moved myself. Sp not fun. But at least this place is mine! Can you come and decorate for me?

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  13. We are not far from Park City. My husband and I even went to the olympic event from your picture (at least it looks like it) aerial freestyle. I'm quite excited to see all the things you come up with in your new place, when that time comes.

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  14. SUCH a bummer about the national parks - I am a total nerd for national parks, they're my favorite kind of place to visit and I could listen to park rangers prattle on all day :) Still...looks like you saw some pretty sights and got some good eats along the way! So happy for you that you found a cool place with a view!

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  15. Happy to have you here in Ohio! Welcome!

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  16. What a road trip...full of adventure! LOVE Giordano's in Chicago, it's been 13 years since I've eaten there but still probably the best pizza I've ever had! So glad you're getting settled!

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  17. wow! that is quite a trip across county! I'm in Indiana! I can't imagine going California to the midwest! That stinks about the parks! Im sure that ruined some fall breakers plans this year! Glad you are settled in and cant wait to hear about your place! Happy unpacking

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  18. Yay! Welcome to Ohio! I'm so excited to follow along with your adventures ;)

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  19. I love portillos and am more of an avid lou malnatis fan but giordanos is good too! :)

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  20. I loved all your IG photos of your moving adventure. You really found a way to stay positive through such a stressful time. I'm so happy you made it to your destination safely. Now hurry up and get back to designing already' I'm having Sarah withdrawals!

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  21. I don't even know how I found your blog but I'm happy I did! As an Ohio to CA interior designer transplant, I did the reverse journey and let me tell you, I miss my home because the people were so damn great. Nowhere will you find harder working, more real, honest, been-there-done-that peeps than Ohio. It's the best place ever to adventure around the urban ruins and go on weekend thrift scouting trips. I am super excited to read through all the old posts as your creativity and love show through on each project. Can't wait to see what beauty you make on the East Coast! xx

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by!! :) I've loved thrifting so far, lots of great stuff!!!

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