Thursday, August 18, 2011

12 Things Learned During Our Cross-Country Move

1. Check every cabinet, nook and cranny before letting the movers leave your house because there could very well be an entire kitchen cabinet that they missed FULL of bulky kitchen appliances. That was fun...but on the bright side we had tons of homemade waffles and burgers cooked on the George Foreman grill during our move! (Not really)

2. Hope and pray that your landlady has already made out your deposit refund check when she comes to do your final walk-through, because otherwise she will try to charge you for not mowing the "lawn" (a.k.a. weeds...this is Arizona, people!).

3. Audio books from The Cracker Barrel are life savers for getting through a cross country drive. (I listened to The Hunger Games and The Island and both were excellent!)

4. Driving across West Texas is really, really, REALLY boring, but you can drive really fast (80 mph). And it hurts me to say that since it's my home state (but we don't claim the Western half).

5. It is possible to sneak a 36 pound dog into an indoor-entry hotel (in middle of nowhere, Texas) that technically doesn't allow pets. Picture this: Dog wrapped in a blanket, tail sticking out conspicuously, me on the lookout. It was reminiscent of the scene in The Hangover where they sneak the tiger out of the hotel room....and it was hilarious.

6. Arkansas is really freaking hot in the summer. Like, 115 degrees, hot. It felt like an oven. Thank goodness we only spent one night there. (Sorry, Arkies)

7. Your husband's bladder is even smaller than you originally thought. Another bathroom stop?!?! No more liquids for you until we arrive!

8. Big rig trucks should not be allowed to pass each other on highways where there are only 2 lanes. I swear it's like a pissing contest for them to see who can get in front of each other and it SLOWS ME DOWN and ruins my cruise-controlled contentment! Just get the heck out of my way!

9. Having walkie talkies while you're driving cross country seems like a great idea at first, until your husband proceeds to interrupt your attempt to listen to an audio book no less than 357 times during the most intense part of the story to tell you about random things he sees on the road (such as roadkill) via his walkie talkie. Apparently he was bored (see #4). He should have rented an audio book!

10. Tennessee is a pretty state, but I hate the highways (see #8). Coming from Arizona, I was in green landscape OVERLOAD with all the trees, rivers and rolling hills.

11. Your household goods delivery men will have at least one lazy one amongst them who will refuse to actually read the label on the boxes and will just put them wherever he wants. Such as boxes clearly labeled "office" or "master bedroom" being lovingly placed in the garage. Thanks, dude.

12. Moving is fun. (not really...see #1-11)

Have you experienced any of these pleasures? Do tell!


  1. Woo hoo! You're back to blogging! I think the exact same way about trucks passing each other. And I really, really, really wish you had a picture of operation: hide Libby!

  2. I have. We moved from the southeast to the northwest and then two years later got moved from the northwest back to the southeast. We did DITY moves both ways but let me tell you, when we got to where we currently live, the movers missed a bunch of stuff belonging to the people who lived here before us. They previous tenants were also nice enough to leave us a garage full of paint, chemicals and cleaners they couldn't move. Thanks people. Next time try it in a blizzard....yeah we did that.


  4. We also learned the hard way about the movers missing a drawer. Luckily, they only missed a few pieces of stoneware..nothing to big. Hope the unpacking goes smoothly!

  5. I love this post. Here are my comments...
    #1- sounds like the large 60 pound black box that our movers left at our house last week
    #4- you better claim the western part of may not be the prettiest, but it has some of the best people there! :)
    #5- Hilarious! I wish that I would have had my video camera for this little stunt.
    #8- Amen.
    #12- Moving is not fun!!!

  6. We just drove from Utah to Maryland in June. Kansas is really really flat and boring I learned. We should have done books on CD!


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