September 15, 2008

On shaky ground

I’m ready for steady, predictable and quiet.

A brief update: We finished all our packing with much wonderful help from our amazing friends in Atlanta. We said good-bye to our house, perhaps to never see it again. Final photos of our house.

We loaded-up “Trucker” Dog and “Road-Trip” Cat and hit the highway. It was hard getting out of our house. There was always one more thing to clean and one more final detail to attend to. Once we escaped the house the drive was uneventful, with a night in Clarksville, TN and a Friday arrival in Madison. Photos on the move.

Two parallels of interest.

When we moved to Atlanta in the fall of 05, we drove through Hurricane Katrina in the mountains of Tennessee. For the move back we packed the truck and delayed our departure as the remains of Hurricane Gustav poured down on us. Note, hurricanes and cross-country moves do not mix.

Our first week in our Atlanta house was spent in July, digging a ditch through the front yard to lay a new water main. Our last weeks in our house were spent in the front yard, digging holes for new plants. Grappling with the steep front slope in the blistering summer heat of Atlanta book ended our first home owner experience.

On to Madison.

Oh the woes of my new Madison life…

Eighty hours of sitting and working in a blown-out OfficeMax office chair have made me start to consider spending $700 on a fancy chair just to escape the discomfort. However, expensive office furniture may not be possible, as I’ve learned that it is time to start looking for a new job and that unemployment, while brief, may be in my near future. Things are not as steady as I had hoped in my transition to remote employee.

Last night my car broke. It has a fancy chip recognition system to engage the ignition. Where the ignition has to recognize your key or it won’t budge. Well, last night my car decided to stop recognizing either of my keys. Hello tow service, hello dealership only fix. Right now it is stranded in the west side Target parking lot awaiting a tow.

This morning my dog broke. Madison dog parks have blown us away. There’s a huge prairie style one about a mile from our house and about five miles away is another giant park with rolling hills, apple trees and waist high grass. We actually got lost exploring inside the dog park. Lola has been having a great time until she did something to her left front foot and is now limping around and wimpering. Luckily we just met a vet who lives a block away and has a nearby veterinary. Hello vet bills…

And finally! Finally there’s the cement trucks and jack hammering going on across the street from my home office. It has now been a steady five hours of jack hammering today. Hello jack hammer, hello headache.


  1. Glad to hear that your trip went pretty well. Pat and I are well aware of what it is like to have to get one house ready to move and sell, while getting a new apartment with issues ready to live in. I read deja vu in your post. Horrible about your job though. It will get better. :)

    Comment by Shann — September 15, 2008 @ 1:41 pm

  2. Thank you Shannon!

    Comment by Marijka — September 15, 2008 @ 1:47 pm

  3. Sorry to hear about Lola’s injury. We’ve been kept away ourselves lately as well due to an injury – Zeus slipped while jumping off the bed and hurt his leg. He was limping for a day and had a bum shoulder, but the vet said nothing was broken and to wait it out. Given the EXTREME amount of energy he’s had the past 2 days, I think we might be going back to the park sometime soon…

    Comment by jeff — September 15, 2008 @ 3:51 pm

  4. Jeff – We had a lot of fun going to the dog park with you. I highly recommend Prairie Moraine Parkway in Verona. I think Lola’s foot injury is pretty minor. We are going to wait it out for a day or two and see how it goes.

    Comment by Marijka — September 15, 2008 @ 4:36 pm

  5. Speaking of dogs, ours our staying at Spawoof while we’re out of town this weekend. Thanks for mentioning it to us!

    Comment by jeff — September 15, 2008 @ 11:03 pm

  6. Your first weekend back in Madison — getting re-acquainted with it I see …

    Comment by rosemarie — September 17, 2008 @ 10:48 am

  7. I like your groupsex xxx friends comments. That’s hot.

    Sorry to hear about Lola, she’ll be fine though. Dogs bounce back…literally :D

    Comment by Pat — September 18, 2008 @ 1:16 pm

  8. In quiet moments, Jon and I plot our return to Wisconsin. It’s not that we dislike our life here, it’s just that we know what it could be like there. And we miss it. I’m afraid I have trouble getting excited about the A2 farmer’s market because I remember Madison’s too well. I was spoiled and didn’t know it.

    Jake’s favorite park was the Sun Prairie one. He coated himself so thoroughly in mud one time that I didn’t recognize him.

    Good luck with the job hunt, and hopefully there are more peaceful days ahead.

    Comment by Haus — September 29, 2008 @ 9:59 pm

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