Maryland – Like Florida, But…

Hello! I am back online again and all wow’d to be able to say hi to people.

It is odd, how that happens.

One of the coolest things about having so many friends via the Internet is that when I relocate, you are still where you always are.  🙂

Okay, so the move:

We were safe on the entire journey. I am thankful for all the prayers that were said on our behalf. My sister and I had a good trip and rocked to the 80’s (she is tolerant of Big Sister’s musical tastes) and even danced in the car.  Good thing no one got us on video.  😀  I did most of the driving, but she kept me focused and handled the last leg of things (through D.C. and Baltimore) for me.


My in-laws live here in Maryland, and they were COMPLETELY AMAZING.  Well, they ARE.  So, they cleaned up the new house for us, painting walls and sanding and sealing oak floors.  How awesome is that?  So that was very cool.

We live across the street from Cyclone’s (aka Big Guy’s) new school, so I was able to walk over this morning to try to register him.  Whew.

Weird Moments of the Move:

  • It is HOT up here. I moved from hot and sticky Southwest Florida to hot and sticky Central Maryland.  And here…the A/C decided to die on us and flood the basement.  Thankfully, we have been able to alleviate the situation and have some cool ideas for upgrades. 😀
  • Whereas I didn’t even have a hangnail during the drive up here (told you, people were praying!) I did manage to fracture my foot as we were moving in furniture.  At least, I think that’s what I did.  I didn’t go to Urgent Care…but I did have a crunched foot and extensive bruising and swelling and a slight mobility issue that continues to trouble me.  Not enough to get it fixed. I mean, I have to run up and down stairs several times a day…and I have no car during the day…so who has time to go to a doc? What’ll they do? Say, “Stay off of it.” Ha! Like that’s an option? Nope.
  • My new kitchen is bigger, square-footage-wise, than my old kitchen but I lack wall space to add supplemental cupboards as I had before. So… Spouse is going to build me a new pantry.  😀
  • The hot water pipes shake, rattle and roll when Spousal Unit takes his morning shower. At 4:45 a.m. I think, maybe, we’re becoming adjusted to it because I got no visitor (LG, Little Guy, Builder) this morning when this happened.
  • I have gas.  I mean, you know, appliances.  This is odd for me! I am learning. 😀
  • The kids are locked in the basement. Okay, not locked, but that’s where their rooms are.  Yes, I shunt my kids underground… and I think BG has a bigger room. Go figure. 😉
  • Someone put 220-Volt wiring in the master bedroom.  Yep.  New vacuum cleaner went POW. Thankfully, no one was hurt. But a vacuum is totally burnt out at the moment.  WHO DOES THAT? The electrical plate was NOT fronted as it should have been for a 220-volt outlet. It looked totally innocuous.  Gracious.
  • LG tried to call my cell from the new house phone…and mis-dialed. Someone in South Florida is probably still wondering how someone got his cell number.
Overall, this is a great adventure.  Of course, it is still summer and I’m used to summer…
I heard that, in a couple of months, I will learn about this little thing called “Autumn.”


  1. Shiny · July 29, 2011

    You know, I would have thought that vacuuming at 220V would take HALF the time — rather than take more time due to an exploding vacuum! How is that, in any way, fair?!?

    Welcome to the new digs. You’ll get used to autumn, I just know it.

    Baltimore Beltway traffic, on the other hand? Not as much…

    • Sandi · July 29, 2011

      LOL Yeah, half the time. Half the vacuum! Woohoo!

      Thank you. I am sure I will get used to autumn. I even, sigh, have a pair of socks. Two.

      And oh my. Yeah. I am thinking the train and I need to be friends.

  2. blogsense-by-barb · July 29, 2011

    Not far from Pittsburgh, now! (velvetdreams416) Glad everything went relatively smoothly! 🙂

    • Sandi · July 29, 2011

      Hey, you! Lovely to see you here! 🙂

      I have heard I’ll have to get to PA. I know people there. 😀 Imagine that. Someday, I will get brave and venture out again. lol Right now, I just want to find my way to Wegmans. 😀

  3. Becca · July 29, 2011

    Fractured feet and blown up vacuums!? Good grief. lol
    Well, I’m very very glad the move went smoothly and that the house was cleaned out for you and that BG is registered for school and the pipes didn’t wake up LG this morning and all the other very positive things. I do hope your foot is feeling better.

    Think of all the fun new colors for autumn!

    • Sandi · July 29, 2011

      Hello! 🙂
      I know, right?
      My foot is improving. It is still stiff, though. Sigh!

      I am thinking of new autumn colors. I have a light coat and everything. New.LOL

  4. Joy Higginbotham · July 29, 2011

    Congratulations on your move! I’m glad you all made it safe, and sound!! ❤ I have comments on your entry.. . 😀
    Bullet points, one at a time- 😀

    2-Wrap that foot up and be careful! It will heal, though, , ,

    3- Hooray for a pantry!!

    5- I MUCH rather cook with gas! It's hot right away, and it's cool right away. . .none of the waiting like in Electric. So, when you have to "remove from heat", all you really need to do is turn it off! 😀

    • Sandi · July 29, 2011

      Bullet points work for me. LOL

      The foot is healing. Honest. Just not…wrapped. I should have, I know, but I was moving stuff and I couldn’t just quit. lol
      I am so looking forward to my pantry. I will take pics.
      I am learning that about gas! I was like…wow, the burner is… cool. Oooohhh. lol I am a doof.

    • Warren C. Bennett · July 30, 2011

      Just wanted to say hi to both of you on here! *waves to Joy and Sandi* HI!

      • Sandi · August 2, 2011

        Hi! *waves*

      • Warren C. Bennett · August 2, 2011

        Hey when are you ready to do that 30 day writer challenge?

  5. Dessie · July 29, 2011

    I would also say that I’d rather cook with gas, but who would I be kidding…? However, I hear it’s one of those things people prefer.
    Really glad the move went well – and I have to tell you that all the mis-adventures reminded me a bit of Antonio 🙂

    • Sandi · July 29, 2011

      I snorted, out loud and everything, at the cooking. 😉

      LOL Oh yes, dearest of Professors. He does have the best misadventures…and he shares them so beautifully! 🙂

  6. Kristin Hazzard · July 29, 2011

    Glad to hear you had a safe joureny! I WISH you took videos of you and your sis rocking out to 80s tune on the drive up! That would’ve been priceless.
    TAKE CARE OF YOUR FOOT, otherwise it will get worse and hinder you more in the future. Please wrap it and ice it ALL THE TIME, like every time you write or sit down, elevate it and ice it, PLEASE!

    I don’t cook, but hubby defs prefers gas, so hope you get used to it and like it.

    SO happy to hear from you again. I smiled when I saw your tweets 🙂

    • Sandi · July 29, 2011

      Hey you! 😀
      LOL no videos. Terrifying idea. lol But we looked FUNNY because we were wearing these matching shirts from Coldwater Creek and we looked like we were making a video. *snort* Seriously. It was great.

      I should be nicer to my foot. But…who will do my job if I am laid up? My guys do NOT organize kitchens…

      I missed you all so much.

  7. Warren C. Bennett · July 30, 2011

    “Au…tumn?” I Know not this weird idea. I am glad your trip up when smoothly, even if the moving didn’t. May God heal your foot quickly 🙂

    • Sandi · August 2, 2011

      I know, right? lol

      And thank you. 🙂

      • Warren C. Bennett · August 2, 2011

        Ever think that totally relying on God for…everything is never the easiest thing to do?

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