We've had a nice cushion of two weeks with two apartments. I've been going over to the new apartment for at least a few hours everyday to go through boxes and set things up. We really wanted to declutter quite a bit before we left New Jersey, but because of Hurricane Sandy and our lack of electricity, our plans were dashed. We're doing quite a bit of decluttering now, and have made two trips to Goodwill, two trips with donations to the Seattle Animal Shelter (they love blankets, towels, pillows and linens), we've sold a few things through Craigslist and given away things that didn't sell.
It's really nice to have the temporary quarters to come "home" to at night as a break from unpacking and living amongst the boxes. I highly recommend it to anyone who has a large cross-country or similar move.
Tonight, we were at the new house. Jon was in the bedroom assembling furniture and I was in the kitchen loading the dishwasher and belting out some Christmas carols. Suddenly, I heard a really loud alarm. I couldn't figure out what it was or where it was coming from. I turned my head this way and that, and it seemed to be coming from every direction. I sniffed the air but didn't smell smoke.
Finally, it stopped, and I shouted to Jon, "Did you hear that?"
He replied, "Did you see that?"
Apparently both of our phones had some sort of alarm at the same time - it was a Blizzard Warning from the National Weather Service! Oh boy! We never had any kind of alarm before hurricanes back home, and meanwhile it's 42 degrees here so I really don't think it's cold enough for a blizzard.
I wasn't happy about the blizzard warning but I was relieved - at least it wasn't my singing that set off the alarms!