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Elyse had the same feeling of unsettledness as I did, but while I was inclined to just deal with it for a few days, Elyse took matters into her own hands and made some temporary wallhangings while I was at work the next day.  I was very surprised to be greeted with new wallhangings in the apartment when I got home from work that night.


"Five black IKEA mirror".  "Five black IKEA mirror".

“Five black IKEA mirror”.


"Dino".  "Dino".

“Dino”.


My ATU poster is restored, in some form.  She really did a killer job on this one.

My ATU poster is restored, in some form.  She really did a killer job on this one.


The Metro map.  Unlike the real one, which is from 1996, this one had the Silver Line on it.  The Metro map.  Unlike the real one, which is from 1996, this one had the Silver Line on it.

The Metro map.  Unlike the real one, which is from 1996, this one had the Silver Line on it.


The sick copier, which I drew back in 2009.  I was especially impressed with this one, because Elyse drew it entirely from memory.  The sick copier, which I drew back in 2009.  I was especially impressed with this one, because Elyse drew it entirely from memory.

The sick copier, which I drew back in 2009.  I was especially impressed with this one, because Elyse drew it entirely from memory.


I slept much better that night, with the wallhangings in place.  Those temporary wallhangings were definitely the nicest thing that someone could have done for me right about then.  We saved the drawings after the move was done, and they’re going to go up somewhere in the house.

On Tuesday, November 14, according to plan, the Internet got disconnected at the apartment.  I was surprised that Verizon wouldn’t let me do a direct cutover.  I had to disconnect the old service at the apartment on one day and connect the new service at the house on a different day.  That night, I dismantled my computer and all of the other various electronics for transport to the house.

Then on November 15, the day before the move, we brought all of the electronics over and waited for the Verizon guy to come and hook us up.  That was a very straightforward process.  Since the previous owner also had Fios service, all of the equipment was already there.  Thus all that they had to do was turn the service back on and verify that it all worked.  I jokingly said that now that we had wireless Internet in the house, the place was, at long last, livable.


All of the electronics piled into the back of the Soul, ready to take to Montgomery Village.

All of the electronics piled into the back of the Soul, ready to take to Montgomery Village.


Elyse sits in the corner of the living room with a blanket.  Since we weren't living in the house yet, I had the thermostat set at 60 degrees when we weren't there, and it had not yet warmed up to the regular temperature of 68.

Elyse sits in the corner of the living room with a blanket.  Since we weren’t living in the house yet, I had the thermostat set at 60 degrees when we weren’t there, and it had not yet warmed up to the regular temperature of 68.


I also realized during this time that I had never taken any photos of the house while it was still empty.  The previous owner was still living there during the showing and the inspection, and I had been too busy doing other things post-closing.  But with the move’s occurring the following day, it was now or never.


The kitchen and breakfast bar.  Note the missing toe board under the sink.  The kitchen and breakfast bar.

The kitchen and breakfast bar.  Note the missing toe board under the sink.


The living room.  The living room.

The living room.


The wallhangings from the apartment, sitting on the floor in the living room.

The wallhangings from the apartment, sitting on the floor in the living room.


The utility room in the basement, with only the washer and dryer, the water heater, and empty shelves.  The previous owner left the shelves, which I had not expected, but which I greatly appreciated.  The utility room in the basement, with only the washer and dryer, the water heater, and empty shelves.  The previous owner left the shelves, which I had not expected, but which I greatly appreciated.

The utility room in the basement, with only the washer and dryer, the water heater, and empty shelves.  The previous owner left the shelves, which I had not expected, but which I greatly appreciated.


Elyse's bathroom in the basement.  We were surprised to find that this bathroom had a medicine cabinet (on the left), which we had missed during both the showing and the home inspection.

Elyse’s bathroom in the basement.  We were surprised to find that this bathroom had a medicine cabinet (on the left), which we had missed during both the showing and the home inspection.


Elyse's room, complete with ugly chandelier.  Also, yes - that is the Sable's old grille on the wall in one of the photos.  Elyse's room, complete with ugly chandelier.  Also, yes - that is the Sable's old grille on the wall in one of the photos.

Elyse’s room, complete with ugly chandelier.  Also, yes – that is the Sable’s old grille on the wall in one of the photos.

Elyse's room, complete with ugly chandelier.  Also, yes - that is the Sable's old grille on the wall in one of the photos.


The backyard.

The backyard.


Looking upstairs from the living room.

Looking upstairs from the living room.


The back bedroom.  The back bedroom.

The back bedroom.


The master bedroom.

The master bedroom.


The window at the mezzanine level.  You have no idea how much I love having this window.

The window at the mezzanine level.  You have no idea how much I love having this window.


A near-empty mezzanine, with only a chair mat, a cable box, and a future wallhanging in the room.  A near-empty mezzanine, with only a chair mat, a cable box, and a future wallhanging in the room.

A near-empty mezzanine, with only a chair mat, a cable box, and a future wallhanging in the room.

A near-empty mezzanine, with only a chair mat, a cable box, and a future wallhanging in the room.  A near-empty mezzanine, with only a chair mat, a cable box, and a future wallhanging in the room.


Inflating the air mattress for the first time.  Since Elyse was getting my bed, I would sleep on this until we got a chance to go to IKEA.  Inflating the air mattress for the first time.  Since Elyse was getting my bed, I would sleep on this until we got a chance to go to IKEA.

Inflating the air mattress for the first time.  Since Elyse was getting my bed, I would sleep on this until we got a chance to go to IKEA.

Inflating the air mattress for the first time.  Since Elyse was getting my bed, I would sleep on this until we got a chance to go to IKEA.


And that was that.  With our work at the house done for the day, we headed back to the apartment to enjoy our last night there.  The next day would be a very big day for everyone.

That day started at 10:00 AM.  I had hired Town & Country Movers to complete the move, and they showed up with their truck, and over the span of three hours, the apartment was completely cleared out.


The moving truck has arrived.

The moving truck has arrived.

The moving truck has arrived.  The moving truck has arrived.


No more table!

No more table!


This is the spot where the floor fan sat for my entire time in the apartment.  I was amazed to see how much the sun had faded the carpet over ten years.

This is the spot where the floor fan sat for my entire time in the apartment.  I was amazed to see how much the sun had faded the carpet over ten years.


The dresser is gone.

The dresser is gone.


The double bookcase next to the front door is gone.  Note the imprint on the carpet where it sat for ten years.

The double bookcase next to the front door is gone.  Note the imprint on the carpet where it sat for ten years.

The double bookcase next to the front door is gone.  Note the imprint on the carpet where it sat for ten years.


The bedroom is completely empty.  The bedroom is completely empty.

The bedroom is completely empty.

The bedroom is completely empty.


Imprint in the carpet where the bed sat for ten years.  It was compressed so thoroughly that it looked like someone had cut a section out of the rug.

Imprint in the carpet where the bed sat for ten years.  It was compressed so thoroughly that it looked like someone had cut a section out of the rug.


My stuff, stacked up in the truck, ready for transport.

My stuff, stacked up in the truck, ready for transport.


The balcony is clear.

The balcony is clear.


Elyse sits on the couch, without the cushions.  The couch was the last piece of furniture to leave.

Elyse sits on the couch, without the cushions.  The couch was the last piece of furniture to leave.


And that's a wrap.  And that's a wrap.

And that’s a wrap.


Elyse looks around at the now-empty apartment.

Elyse looks around at the now-empty apartment.


The moving truck leaves Hewitt Gardens with my stuff on board.

The moving truck leaves Hewitt Gardens with my stuff on board.

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