This website is back online. It’s host computer was packed in a box and in storage for a few weeks. I was worried it wouldn’t survive that adventure, but it seems to have done well.

Moving is a pain. We saved some trouble by paying movers to pack all the boxes, load the truck, drive it to our new house, unload the truck, and even set up our beds for us, but there is still a lot of unpacking and arranging to do. Things just don’t quite fit in the new house the same way they did in the old house. As we open each box and are often surprised by what we find, I’ve realized that we have never combed through all of our possessions with this much scrutiny before. It really slows down the process when you stop and examine each item in the box, get surprised that you still own it, wonder whether you should still own it, and then wonder how much you paid the movers to pack up and haul that item 780 miles to Utah. Like that old bag of tortilla chips that was packed inside one of our pots. Or the box of cassette tapes from our high school (middle school?) days. I don’t think we even have a working tape player. Or maybe I just haven’t unpacked that box yet.

It went a lot faster when some ward members came over and helped unpack our kitchen and most of our office. They just threw things on shelves and in cabinets, and Ily and I didn’t have to handle each thing and have all those thoughts triggered. Since then I’ve tried to act like it’s not my stuff while I’m unpacking and things go much quicker, but it’s really hard.

Maybe moving isn’t so much of a pain. Stuff is a pain. I really like a lot of our stuff, though. Can you pay someone to sort your stuff and get rid of things you really don’t need?


Steff December 30, 2009 at 1 p.m.

I want pictures! please.

Ily December 30, 2009 at 2:04 p.m.

There isn't much to see yet. Just a whole bunch of boxes and a ton of mess. I am rather embarrassed by the clutter right now!

Julie December 31, 2009 at 11:54 a.m.

Amen Brotha! When we moved to Florida we did just that, but we sold everything that we didn't use or thought we could do without. It was nice to get rid of some junk, and it's just the two of us, i bet you guys have accumulated a lot with a whole family and living in a house for several years. Good luck with the unpacking I know it is a pain.

Jennifer Wise December 31, 2009 at 2:31 p.m.

Amen! I'm hearin' ya! As you know, we just did that very same thing. We tried to get rid of a lot of stuff before we left. "Oh, we brought that?" has come off our lips more than once. Hope your unpacking goes well, and I hope you really enjoy your new place.