We are now officially ensconced in the Town-That-Rhymes-With-Clevery and plans are afoot for the bellini bar open house. Already on the menu are mini quiches, steamed pork buns, sausage balls, citrus salad parfait, and popovers. We made the first stab at the invite list and are thinking late July for the open house.
So how did the move go? Swimmingly. Friday night, the Marrieds, Auntie Em and Uncle Tim and Pauline came over to move some stuff and assemble the dining room buffet. They were treated to a casual dinner of chicken salad sandwiches, tortilla wraps, hummus and six layer dip, and cookies and strawberries for dessert. All of this courtesy of my mother in law who is seriously the best in law ever born. She singlehanded assembled out dining room table that seats eight without the leaf and ten with the leaf and 14 if you squish. I'll tell you what, there's something different about sitting around a dining room table as opposed to balancing plates on your lap. The conversation feels easier and the sense of community is stronger. Already I am making up dinner party menus.
For the actual move, we really dodged a bullet. Somehow, mother nature decided to hold off on her deluge until Saturday night. Thank you mother nature. The movers came at 8 am and hauled ass on the move, getting us fully moved in by 10 am. J's mom was back at the house cleaning. That's too crazy. After lunch, while J and his mom were exhausted, I was pumped to get the living room/dining room/kitchen in order. I feel bad because J's mom seriously needed a long soak after going above and beyond the call of duty on the moving, assembling and cleaning. But I think my frenzy of unpacking gave her some undeserved guilt and she started unpacking with me. By the evening, the basement rumpus room, our bedroom, and the dining room/living room/kitchen were unpacked.
And can I tell you how fabulous our dining/living/kitchen looks like? It's a effing Ikea show room!!! We have a green Ikea Ektorp sofa with floating shelves of crown molding above it. On the shelves are my cobalt blue bottle collection and my shell collection, Directly opposite the sofa is the entertainment center and catty corner to that is our easy chair. I love the dining room unabashedly as it acheives the high end restaurant kitchen look that I was going for. Our buffet has drawers for the silverware, potholders and napkins, beneath the drawers is the first shelf which holds our wedding china and J's grandmother's daisy dishes. Beneath those in the bottom shelf are our artfully arranged cookware. While the house is spacious (for us), the kitchen is pitifully small with no drawers and storage space for pots and pans. We also bought a kitchen cart to hold our food processor, blender, standing mixer, and glass bakeware.
We're so in love with the house and the neighborhood. Yesterday a co-worker of J's who lives a few blocks away stopped by to see the house and gives us a housewarming gift of rootbeer, ice cream, and handpainted glasses. Even better is that we know we are only one town over from a certain blogging twosome. We promise to call first. :P