We’re Home in Austin!

April 13, 2008

We got our internet set up about an hour ago, so now I can finally give a short update! Woohoo!

So, we drove into Austin on Friday afternoon to our apartment where we are staying until the house is done being built. Yesterday, the movers dropped off most of our stuff and the rest went into storage, because this place is teeny tiny. There is a lot left to unpack, but I’m just glad we’re here and safe.

I mentioned via Twitter two days ago that on our first day driving, I was rear-ended in Riverside, CA in a three car pile up. I was the last car hit, so I had the least amount of damage, both to me and to my car. Even though I was hit so hard that I was thrown over a full car length ahead, I stayed far enough away from Kevin (I was following him) that I didn’t hit him. I came close, though.

Physically, I’m mostly okay, but my neck and chest still hurts a lot (I think something was bruised internally). I also bruised my knees somehow. The fire department was first on the scene and they pretty much insisted I go to a hospital to get checked out. It was the first time I was ever taken anywhere in an ambulance, and those stiff boards they put you on are more uncomfortable than the injury you have, I think!!!

As for my car, my bumper is crunched in and my trunk has trouble staying closed, and I basically had to keep my left rear car door closed the rest of our trip out here with a luggage strap. Seriously ghetto, but I did what I had to do since we were on a tight schedule. :lol:

Both Noni and Kanji did okay on the car ride over (they were in Kevin’s car because of my allergies), though every once in a while they’d have a little freak out and want to crawl up front with him. We had to stop a couple of times to zip Kanji back into his carrier for a bit until he chilled out. For the most part, though, they were A+ passengers, and were totally fine in the hotels we stayed in.

They’ve already made themselves at home here at the apartment, so I don’t think any permanent trauma was done, thank goodness! :-D

We have several errands to run today, so we’re going to head out now and get them done before Kev starts his new job tomorrow. My “job”, starting this week, will be to get my car fixed and to unpack, and then maybe look for a “real” job after.

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Jenn April 13, 2008 at 1:56 pm

I’m glad you made it safely and that the car crash wasn’t worse! I’m happy the cats are adjusting well :)

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katelin April 14, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Oh man glad you made it there safely, that car accident sounds scary!

But hopefully the rest of the move in process will go by smoothly :)

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Brita April 14, 2008 at 8:00 pm

Welcome to Texas!! (I’m in Dallas). Glad you all made it here safely, and that your accident wasn’t worse than it was. Thank goodness the fur-kids were in Kevin’s car! I’ve heard nothing but great things about Austin so I hope you guys will be really happy there. :-)

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Binary Blonde April 14, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Jenn – Thank you! I’m right there with you about the car accident and the cats. ;-)

katelin – Thank you! Me too! Yeah, it was scary, but I’m frankly starting to block it out, so I guess that’s good. :lol: So far, so good with the rest of the move! :-D

Brita – Thank you for that warm Texas welcome! I am SO glad the kits were in Kevin’s car and am so not feeling any more guilt for making that choice. We’ve only been here a few days, but we’ve had nothing but great experiences and met only super friendly people. This really is the change of pace we’ve been needing!

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Lemming April 14, 2008 at 11:47 pm

Whoa. I don’t keep up for a little bit and you move across the country.

Sorry about Celeste.

Jenn & I just moved as well, but just across town.

No car accidents though. And from my own experience with a back board, totally uncomfortable.

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