Moving to Moscow

Well, we’ve got our work cut out for us.

Amber and I are currently in the process of moving into our first place together. We’ve been living together for months already, but that was her moving in with me in my tiny one bedroom apartment in Pullman that is dangerously close to being a studio apartment. This is truly our first place, and our first move, together.

We’re moving into a small three-bedroom house in west Moscow, Idaho (a mansion compared to the apartment we’re leaving). I’ll be an Idaho resident for the second time in my life, returning to the city I was born in 25 years and a few days ago (my birthday just passed on June 23rd), for the first time since I was about a year and a half old. It will be Amber’s first time living in Idaho, albeit she grew up most of her life 8 miles away in Pullman.

Yay, income tax!

Moscow2

It’s an old house, built in the 1930’s, and needs some improvements. However, it’s a nice little place, modest, nothing fancy, but it’s our first house together, and we are both elated with the possibilities. And I’m incredibly excited to have a “study”, where I can do some serious writing. Amber will have her own office as well, where she can escape from me from time to time.

And apparently, we’re not the only people who like the house.

Monday, as I stood in the front yard hosing off built-up dust and cobwebs from the front of the house, a guy around my age came up the steps and asked if *insert name here* still owned the house, and if the house was still for rent.

I told him yes, *insert name here* is still the owner, but no, the house was no longer for rent. Our lease had just begun.

Disappointed, he told us he loved the house, and that it was the first house he ever rented when he first started college a few years ago, and he was hoping to move back into it. He was very friendly though, and wished us well with the house.

It’s been a good run at Maple Valley in Pullman, but I won’t miss the apartment life. What I will miss is my location on the outskirts of Pullman, and walks to nearby Magpie Forest, just up the hill from my apartment. The nice little knolls provide beautiful views of the Palouse, Moscow Mountain, Kamiak Butte, and Pullman, and offers a wonderful place to watch the sun set behind Steptoe Butte.

But, we’re ready to move to Moscow, which in all honesty, we prefer over Pullman (I still love you, Pullman!).

Farmer’s Market (nearly) every single Saturday of the season here we come!

Opening Moscow Farmers Market 2014

With the lease at our apartment ending July 10th, we have a couple weeks to get moved in, which is what we were hoping for. We will be moving some stuff every day for the next two weeks, and family will be helping us as well over a weekend, and we are very appreciative of that.

With that being said, my blog posts may be a bit sparse over the next two or three weeks as we complete this process, but I will do my best to get at least one post out per week, and I may have to dig into my short story archives if I’m not able to get one written.

Wish us luck, and I’ll let you all know how the move goes!

 

P.S. – Does anyone have a washer and dryer they’re just dying to get rid of? 🙂

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