I did it! I drove through Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia. We are alive, and I only thought we might die a few times, I did not enjoy the beltway at all! And, the last 30 minutes to our new house, Aaron followed me, that's right, you read correctly. Aaron followed me. I had the GPS! Ha!
Piper did great! We fed her a big lunch, I nursed her and we got on our way. She slept over 3 hours, we stopped to eat and feed her and started driving again. But, this time, she lost touch. Screaming, shreaking, full on freak out. But she did scream "IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII" instead of "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE". So we hit the next rest area and she was poopie (I'd scream to) and I nursed her again and she slept until we pulled up in front of our house! Parker was an amazing help and a fun travel companion.
We hit very little traffic. Just a couple of traffic jams, accidents, or road work. Nothing that lasted too long. Aaron got into the wrong lane at one of the tolls (he said I had to stay behind him) and we went through the Easy Pass lane. We don't have Easy Pass. We are waiting for our tickets. Nice! The belt way is insane! I just kept with the flow of traffic and learned very, very quickly to be aggressive if you need to change lanes. Just keep aware of the cars around you and it's all good. (Not that I ever want to do that again! But I can if I have too!) And, the lanes are very, very, narrow. I think the worst times driving for me were the areas with road construction and the Jersey Barriers right up against the narrow lanes. Makes me want to puke. I can see the car bouncing off the wall like a ping pong ball!
We got to our new home about 11:45 on Friday night. It is very nice. A few things remain from the 80's but nothing terrible. There is plenty of room and I think we are going to be very happy here. I met one of our neighbors last night, she is from Aberdeen and was very nice. We can not hear our neighbors at all, I think we have very good sound proofing, especially since the house is pretty empty.
Aaron and I have not been sleeping too well. Air mattresses suck. It doesn't matter how nice they are. Especially when you have a baby in bed with you. Piper's tooth still has not broken through and she is a fuss butt. You can tell it's really bugging her and she's not sleeping well.
So now, we are just waiting for our stuff to be delivered, should be Wednesday. I can not wait! I want my bed. I want the house set up. I want Aaron to go to work and Parker to go to school (Ooops, did I say that).
And I had a pleasant surprise. I found out that one of my friends from the boat lives .7 miles from us. Literally across the street. She grew up here and really knows the area. I can't wait to meet her for lunch.
We took some time this weekend exploring. I am not used to living in such a big city. There are so many people. Everywhere you go, there are tons of people. I couldn't believe it when we went to Costco (yay, finally) and it was jam packed with people. I have never seen anything like it. Crazy. This will take some getting used to.
We are in a very nice area. It is nice because we are close to everything! I have already been out on my own a few times to pick up things we need. I hate this part of moving, it is so expensive! Kind of fun too. I guess you might as well enjoy it if you have to get new stuff!
Oh, and we had no problems checking out of our old house. She said we over cleaned, of course, but at least there were no issues. Except for the fact that we are not getting almost $800 back because we didn't give 30 days notice. No one said anything when Aaron gave our move out date. A-Holes! We are contesting it because we did not know when or if the boat would be releasing Aaron. We still had to go on the assumption he was going to sea. So he gave notice as soon as he could. Anyway, he filled a form and we'll see what happens. This sheet really jerks my chain. Hello, you are dealing with the Military. Give me my money! I'm going to send Pearl after them! She'll get my money, then I'll go get my drink on!