Beginning Week Two
26 November 2008
Well I can’t quite believe we’ve been here a week already — it seems like it’s been much longer yet it also feels like it’s flown by. It’s a strange feeling. Does it feel like home yet? Difficult to say, mainly because we’re not in our own place yet. However…
We’ve got a home!
I got a call at my desk on Thursday (20th) saying our apartment was vacated, cleaned and ready for us to move in. Very exciting! We have a move date of this coming Saturday (29th) so Sap and I are getting things ready for the move. We’ve bought some inflatable mattresses in case our bed doesn’t arrive on time — we’re attempting to hire a van to get to Ikea instead of paying their extortionate delivery charges (over $200 on over $1000 worth of stuff) so we’ll see how that goes.
Anyway, we took a peek at our apartment last Saturday and fell in love all over again! It was fantastic and the views across the city are just amazing — check out the view (above)!
Trekking to Ikea
In order to furnish our lovely new place we took a trip to the ‘local’ Ikea to browse for furniture. We kind of knew what we wanted but needed to test out the different mattresses.
It turned out to be a bit of a trek — no simple jaunt down the M4 in the US! Not having a car proved to be a bit of a pain in the arse this time! We basically had to get the Blue CTA line for about an hour then Bill kindly drove us for another 20 minutes or so to the Ikea in Schaumberg. Getting there was OK — getting back was a pain!
We had to take a cab from Ikea to the nearest Blue CTA line — at a cost of $40 — with all our purchases. Admittedly they only amounted to 32 coat hangers and a pillow each but we still had fun on the train lugging it all around! Then we got a bus from Logan’s Square to Ben & Mandy’s. Phew! So we hope to have an easier journey when we hire our U-Haul!
So, we’ve got a home, plans to furnish it and things are looking good!
Tune in next time to see if John can convince Sap to let him buy $300 worth of Global knives…