gettin’ ready

Just one more business day in the old apartment before we move to the new place. Today Sarah and I (mostly Sarah) made some chocolate-orange cupcakes and carted them over to the new apartment building to greet the new neighbors and wish them a happy new year. Everyone seemed really nice and pleasantly surprised to be cupcake recipients. Cupcakes are good like that.

On Monday, movers are coming over bright and early* to pack our stuff up and cart it across town to the new place, unload it and then leave us to unpack at our leisure. They’re going to be disassembling and reassembling all our furniture as necessary to get it out the door and down the stairs as well as packing our breakables. Here’s hoping it goes smoothly. What are your inside-Germany moving experiences? I suppose tomorrow during the day, if possible, we should get all that official stuff done (GEZ, REWAG, Bürgerzentrum-whatnot) — at least as much as possible. pc255057 pc255056 Then our last remaining activities in this apartment should be cleanup/touchup work, like filling in holes drilled in the plaster with putty or painting over scuff marks, and being here for visits should prospective new tenants need to stop by for a look-see. We got some preliminary packing stuff done. Have you ever used Space Bags? Big thanks to mother-in-law Susie for sending us a box of them. They are too funny — conceivably really, really handy for shrinking down your out-of-season stuff or maybe for getting the most efficient use out of your suitcase prior to a big trip. All you need is a vacuum cleaner and good luck in customs / bag-inspection.

This evening we had a great time over at pal An & Alex’ house for dinner (prepared by a visiting novice chef in the family — under An’s guidance, and it was great food) followed up by an intense euchre tournament. Sarah and I routed the first three teams confronting us and got big swollen euchre egos. Then Team Alex nearly skunked us right before our bus came by to pick us up.

Last night we brought in the new year at Tammy & Matthias’ house — along with 22 local and extended friends (including the euchre tournament participants from today). We did an evening of raclette grilling and shooting the breeze before heading out to the river to marvel at all the fireworks (and make sure no one lost any digits). I took a few pictures worth keeping around.