So yeah, I got back from Pakistan with just enough time to drop off my luggage and change my clothes before dashing off to a very loud show in a quite small club – well, not that small, I guess. Smaller than the Crocodile, bigger than the little dives on Eastlake where my friends used to play for free beer, if that helps you visualize it.
Then home to sleep, and then in the morning I got up and went to the Recycling Kaufhaus – that’s this amazing giant second-hand shop that has everything and if there is a Look I’m going for in the new house, it is definitely “Used.” Found some wall-light fixtures (Thing 2 is tired of peeing in the dark), a mop bucket, a couple other all-purpose buckets in that white industrial plastic instead of the cheap flimsy plastic that buckets are made of when you buy them new at the store, got a few bowls and a teapot, big square basket, a Swiffer, eyeballed this wonky turquoise exercise-bike but did not buy it. Then I went to the hardware store for a few more cleaning supplies, and then I drove to the Dorfen house and hugged my kid. We had dinner and caught up on lots of things and I did a bit of cleaning and that was Saturday.
Sunday was some copy-editing and more cleaning and unpacking and also tea with my MIL to ask her questions about the garden (the answer to all of which was “wait til spring”). She seems unhappy about some of Dr. Bob’s recent life choices, but she says she can’t say anything, he just gets all mad. Sigh. I spent the rest of the day binge-watching Crazy Ex Girlfriend.
This morning I um. Hhh. Well I went to city hall and registered the Dorfen house as my new address and also picked up the garbage collecting schedule and a bus schedule, and then told the bank about my new address and then I went to the Utilities place with all the paperwork they’d sent me and nervously told them that I’m not a native speaker and also my husband used to handle everything so I am way more clueless than the usual customer and a nice young woman sat down with me and helped me fill it all out and explained what would happen when – the meter reader comes in December, you get a bill in January, if you used less water/gas/electricity than the usual amount you get some money back, it all seems very civilized. And then I went to Lidl to buy headphones – I never go to Lidl, but hey, €5 – and I saw a friend from 10 years ago that I’d lost touch with so yay, hug hug hug, you’re still here! You’re coming back! Yaaay! So that was nice. And then on the way home I found a secondhand store that has a lot of housey things so if Gus needs more bowls or something he can look there instead of waiting for me to get them at the Recycling Kaufhaus, so that was good because I’m only there every other weekend, at least for November. Maybe every weekend in December?
And then I went home and moved the furniture from the living room where we’d just plonked it down, to the rooms where it would ultimately live, and then I drove back to Heidelberg and here I am. Kinda tired, but feeling very successful whew!
Sorry for no pictures. But it was a good weekend!