Moving, Moving, Moving

After what felt like decades, I’m all moved and settled into my new place…and I absolutely love it. Even though I downsized by about 200 sq ft, this place feels bigger. I’ll share pictures after I get a couple more things for the space (artwork and a rug).

But before I share more about the move, I have to share a picture from yesterday with my nephews:

We celebrated Kaz’s birthday (he’s on the left) and these kids are just growing up so much. It’s so fun to spend time with them.

Ok, back to the move. I wanted to share a couple of moving tips I discovered. My first tip is to throw everything away (or sell it) so you don’t have to move anything. Just start over. #movingsucks

Unfortunately, I didn’t get rid of all my stuff so I RENTED boxes from U-Haul. I just didn’t want to do the cardboard/tape thing so I started looking for alternatives. I didn’t even know renting boxes was a thing. I picked up 6 big, plastic boxes last Saturday. I had reserved 12, but they only had 6 in stock when I picked them up. UGH. It turned out fine, but in the future, I’d confirm before that they have the boxes in stock. They are durable and stack nicely:

Yes, they are heavier than cardboard, but make packing sooooo much easier. I returned them to U-Haul yesterday and the total cost was $9 for the entire week! So much cheaper than cardboard and no waste. Love that.

The next tip is the wagon that’s in the picture above. I wish I’d bought this earlier. It is the best thing I’ve purchased in a long time. I live on the 5th floor of my building (I was on the 4th floor in my last building) and carrying things to and from a car/mailroom is a f*cking nightmare. I went to the store yesterday and didn’t have to worry about how much I was buying because I could put it all in the wagon!

It saved me so much time because I didn’t have to make multiple trips to and from the car. And because I had rented a car, it also saved me money because I didn’t have to pay for the extra time going to and from (you’re charged by the minute). Oh and I don’t have to carry 20 bags at one time.

Also, because the building I moved from is only two blocks away from my current building, I just took the wagon back and forth for the last few things – so easy and I didn’t have to carry anything! Finally, the wagon folds up and fits in my closet when I’m not using it – perfect for a studio.

Similarly, the easiest way to move the harp was to just roll in down the street:

Surprisingly, the harp fits nicely in the studio and I may even start practicing again!

It’s so nice to be all moved and a bit settled in. Tot and I are spending the day at home today with no plans and I’m really enjoying it. Tot has already spent time at the dog spa:

The pet spa is one of my favorite things about this place and look at that wallpaper!

HAPPY SUNDAY!

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Downsizing

I’m still planning to write a couple more posts about my trip to Colombia, but I’m getting ready to move (once again) and I wanted to share a bit about it. Currently, I’m living in a one bedroom, approximately 600 sq ft apartment. I was the first person to rent this apartment and I’ve really loved it, but I also realized I don’t really need a one-bedroom. I know. #minimalist

A brand new apartment building was completed sometime last year and it’s about a block and a half from where I live. I checked it out and I decided I wanted to move into a 470 sq ft studio. The building amenities are great, the location is awesome, my apartment has a great view, and it’s less expensive. I’m moving next week. Fortunately, I barely have any stuff so the move should only take a couple of hours.

I’m really looking forward to it. I don’t know if I’ll ever buy a house/condo again. It’s so much less work to be in an apartment. I don’t have to do anything to maintain it and it’s sooooo nice.

More surprisingly, I’ve also downsized in another area of my life. I SOLD MY CAR. And I haven’t bought a new one. I few months ago, I realized that I really only drive to the pool, which is close, but not close enough to walk to and from every day – it just takes too much time. I realized that there are bikes lanes pretty much the entire way there and decided to buy an ebike.

Once I started riding my ebike to the pool (which takes less time than driving), I really stopped driving my car. And started thinking about selling it. I was/am a little worried about when I need to drive around the city or to see my family, but I discovered that there are cars parked around the city that you can rent by the minute/hour/day. It’s all done through an app and it’s pretty cool. You don’t have to talk to anyone, put gas in it, have insurance, pay for parking within the city…pretty cool and so easy. And of course, there’s always Uber and Lyft.

So I said goodbye to my car!

I got a great price from the dealership (I think) and it was so easy. I kind of love not having a car. And I’m definitely going to love not paying $200 month for parking.

I’m enjoying a simpler life and it’s a lot less stressful. Also, I’m happy to report that I’m not dating. What’s even better is that I don’t want to date. I have some major work to do re: relationships, and I think I’m finally ready to do it. What does that mean? Ages of therapy I’m afraid. I’ve realized I don’t want to continue doing the same dumb sh*t and I need some help figuring it out. #timetodothework

So now just it’s me and this guy…

Living our very best lives.

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Back to Competition

After an almost 30 year break from competing as a synchronized swimmer, I competed at the Masters Pan-Am Games in Medellin, Colombia!

The sport is now called artistic swimming and the routines and requirements have changed, but so much has stayed the same. I swam a duet with our head coach Lucie. We swam a tech routine and a free routine and I’ve never practiced so much or so hard for a competition. We also spent a lot of time coordinating our swimsuits and clothing for the meet – obviously suuuuper important LOL.

Oh yeah and we won silver!!

The twins got first place and they were incredible. Lucie and the twins have all competed in the Olympics so it was just a bit intimidating swimming with and against them. They were all so supportive, though, and cheered so much for us – and we cheered for them. We were the only competitors from the US in artistic swimming and because the twins won gold we still got to hear the US National Anthem played when we got our medals – so f*cking cool!

The twins are also competing in the European Championships later this year so this was kind of a practice meet for them. And because they knoxed their hair, we decided to as well. Masters competitors don’t always knox, but it looks nicer and it was actually kind of fun to do. Here’s what our hair looked like for our free swim:

We stayed in Colombia for almost a week after competing and we had our own little entourage:

Yep, that’s G holding our club sign and that’s Petr (Lucie’s partner) with the Ipad recording routines. No, G and I are not together, we’re just friends. #exhusbandsarethebesthusbands #exesandfriends

We also traveled to Cartagena and we had a really amazing time in Colombia so I’ll be back with some more posts about it. I couldn’t be any happier about competing again and about how I swam after being away from the sport for so long 💪🏻💪🏻.

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