But that's over and we're in and thankfully we know several reputable tradesman that we've dealt with in the past that will come and fix what's not up to par. Money we shouldn't have to spend, but it's clear he has no interest in honoring his word, so we'll cut our losses and move on. Which may be what everyone else decides too.....explaining how he's still in business. Grr.
There were also several lessons learned on the move itself. The most important being when you know you'll be downsizing by more than half, GET RID OF SHIT. Get rid of MORE SHIT THAN YOU THINK YOU SHOULD! When going from seven bedrooms to four, you're not going to need 20 sets of king size sheets. Sell them BEFORE you move, so you aren't like me and store them for 12 months only to have to move them again and unpack ALL OF THEM one more time. I thought I had done a good job of purging before we moved out of our last house. I was wrong. We had to have the movers come back and take a garage FULL of stuff back to storage. I'm giving myself three months to get rid of it, then I'm calling a local charity to come pick it up. Enough.
But we're in, the last of the boxes were cleared out this weekend and we're finally getting into a groove. There are loads of little projects that need to be addressed, but I'm not sweating it. I'm going to take my time to find the perfect pieces to fill the blank spaces and enjoy the process. There's plenty of time.
I'll be back much more regularly now that things are back to normal. Promise.