...from Christmas up to now. I suppose I should have blogged these things as they happened, but due to circumstances out of my control (laziness, not having time, not having access to a pc when I had time... the list goes on) you are getting this all in one big lump!
The worst news is that a good friend and collegue suddenly passed away just after the New Year. It's been a shock to all of us, as we were only just having a beer with him in the pub a day or so before it happened. I don't think it's properly sunk in yet for me, as I haven't really had much time to stop and think since Christmas, with the impending house sale. It's his funeral next week so I can pay my respects and I think then everything will become final. Still, we shall hoist a glass (or two) of red wine in his name, he will be missed, always ready with a joke, or just some humourous profanity, but ever dependable, and loved a good curry. To Martin!
Better news was that I think my Mum enjoyed her Birthday, which was last week. We went out for dinner at a local restaurant, the four of us, Mum, Dad, me and Christy (me Sister ;) A nice meal, some nice wine, and conversation too. The waiter plied us with Italian lemon liqueurs, which were quite good. Then a few of Ma and Pa's mates round after for G&Ts... and to test out their new sofas, freshly delivered (and de-cat-fluffed) from my empty house.
Which brings me onto the last few days of toil... the house sale. After spending a lot of christmas and new year packing (but not too much you understand, didn't want to over do it) I was starting to think I wouldn't have enough time, and that I wouldn't find homes for all the bits of furniture that I had left. As the 11th drew closer, the house was getting steadily emptier, until Sunday the 6th, when I had rented a LWB van. After that it was crunch time. First delivery was to Mum & Dads with the sofa and TV, moved into the van with Fish's help. The sofas are a good fit in the living room, but the TV wasn't... so that's on ebay now. Then a tour around Derbyshire dropping off tables, wardrobes and beds and stuff. Now my house is empty, I don't have anywhere to sleep! So this was official move into Dan's night. Which has gone well, we haven't argued yet, and scarily enough not drunk a lot either, go figure? (Plenty of time for that over the next couple of months I hear you cry)
So Friday was completion day, and on Weds there was still a lot to do. But by Thursday night most stuff was either at Dan's, sold, given away, or in the garage, which I managed to break the door of. Bloody typical. But at least it was looking like it was gonna be ok for the big day, there wasn't much left, other than two cats rattling around in the house.
It was weird on Friday, giving up the keys, and saying goodbye to my home of 5 years... it didn't seem so final the last time i did it, but then I had somewhere else to go that was mine and we had to do it all in a day so it was pretty busy.
Finally it was off to Notts to deliver the cats to their new keepers, which they weren't best pleased about. Daisy didn't stop telling me about it all the way there, and Molly made her point by doing a poo and throwing up in her basket. (Not sure if it was the driving, or the being locked up that she was most annoyed about) But after being let out for a few minutes they both calmed down and went to hide for a bit. I heard that they had recovered properly later that night and were running around after each other and investigating their new home for the weekend, before being taken to Kent for a longer stretch (sounds like a prison term, but it's not, I hear it's nice down in Kent, garden of England or something...), after which they will be returning to Notts, unless their keeper in Kent decides they should stay :P
Even though I don't own the place now, I was still round there today, got a garage to empty. Trips to the tip and Dave and his Dad came to fetch the last few bits of furniture and now it's almost done. A few more trips to the tip tomorrow should see that sorted.
Then it will be final...
Still, it's nice to go on to online banking and cancel all those direct debits :) Australia here we come!