I’m new to the Borracha Blog! My name is Emily, and I handle the social media for this fun company (so if you don’t like our Facebook, Twittter, or Pinterest accounts… blame it on me
About 2 months ago I moved up to San Luis Obispo,CA (Borracha Headquarters) with my boyfriend. He got a great job offer, and I was ready to leave Los Angeles for a quieter and simpler lifestyle. We got to town and immediately went on the hunt for a place to live and found an AWESOME home right in the heart of Downtown SLO. The only problem was that it wouldn’t be ready for another month and a half. Our very generous friend let us (and our cat) stay in one of his spare bedrooms for the time being, so we threw our stuff in a storage unit and went along with our lives. As the move in date approached, my boyfriend and I grew more and more excited about truly settling in and claiming our space in this new town… Man, did we underestimate the power of moving (again)…
We had already packed up all our stuff in LA, squeezed it in a moving truck, and unloaded it into a storage unit in San Luis Obispo. The excitement of our own space made us forget about the STAGES OF MOVING (as follows):
- Heavy Lifting: In this stage there is a lot of sweating and grunting (get your mind out of the gutter!). It starts out promising, but always ends up with all involved just wanting to get it over with.
- Just Boxes and Bubble Wrap: There is ZERO energy left for unpacking after all the heavy lifting, so this is the stage (which typically only lasts 1-2 days) where you feel overwhelmed, wonder if you’ve made a horrible mistake, consider hiring someone who you can’t afford to do everything for you, and get the worst night’s sleep of your life.
- Reluctant Perseverance: Even though you slept like shit and drank too much wine, the show must go on! Obsessive cleaning can take place during this phase (which it did), and eventually you get on a roll. Typically, one can get so engrossed in their activity that they are certain once they are done the whole house will be magically unpacked, decorated, and ready to go! Unfortunately, this is never the case…
- Acceptance and Isolation: This is when you just can’t unpack ANOTHER BOX. You rearrange and “organize” the chaos to the point that it’s acceptable and then pat yourself on the back for the hard work you’ve put in. The couch and that glass of wine is calling your name. You sit down, freshly showered and exhausted, and then you realize… fuck… the internet and TV won’t be up and running till Monday (and it’s Friday). This may not be as tragic for you as it is for me, but… it was horrifying… No Bravo TV?? No DVR?? My cell phone can’t do everything I need it to do on Facebook! How will anyone find me? I’m all alone!! WINE!! MUST HAVE WINE!!!
- Connecting, Adjusting, and Strategizing: This is the phase that I’m currently in… Internet has been turned on (thanks to the boyfriend), the DirecTV guy is here connecting things and asking me questions I don’t have the answer to, the boxes are still set in their nicely organized areas, the fridge and cabinets are stocked with food, there’s a semblance of “home” that’s starting to come together, and Project Manager Mode has officially kicked in. There’s a list of things we need to get, lots of inspiration pics (thank you Pinterest), prioritizing, and strategizing. First things first… Window coverings. Next? LAMPS and END TABLES! After that? Call interior designer Jeff Lewis from Flipping Out (every Tuesday at 9PM on Bravo) and get a quote for his services… KIDDING… Sort of…
Now I know that I could continue to list the remaining STAGES OF MOVING, but I’m going to end it here because I don’t want to get ahead of myself! What this process has taught me so far is that I need to move forward “one box at a time” and that patience is a necessary virtue when going through major life changes… Along with wine, beer, and margaritas!
More to come!! Thanks for listening!
Tags: bravo tv, moving, unpacking, wine