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Get stuff organized

The first two weeks were a mad rush, stressed out, trying to get everything done - at least the things that needed done immediately.

We stayed at a hotel for the first five nights and had a rental car for a week. We had figured, that this would be enough time to get things sorted out, but then nothing really goes exactly as you plan it.


We wanted to rent furniture for our apartment - but once we saw the prices, we decided otherwise. Buying stuff out of the  *Peddler's Post* is fun, and you get really good deals, but you need a big car to haul home whatever you buy. So our first purchase was a 2000 Ford Windstar Van, cost us around 4800 €, big enough for beds, desks, dressers and all kinds of odds and ends. We had a bed for everybody, plus a table and four chairs, and dishes, silverware, towels, bedsheets, by the day we had to sleep in our rented home.


The next big problem we ran into was our internet connection. Tom had signed up for DSL a month ago, we were supposed to have that working by January 23rd. But then Verizon said they ran out of lines, and actually we had found out at Tom's sister's house that Verizon DSL doesn't work for his VPN client connection. So we had to sign up for Comcast cable. The kids like that better anyways, because now we have more channels on TV.


And there are some other things we got organized along the way:

  • apply for social security numbers for my daughter and me
  • sign the entire family up for the Spiece fitness center
  • get renter's insurance for personal property and liability
  • sign up for a family cellphone plan for the four of us
  • register my daughter in highschool - she's a junior
  • start looking at houses to find one we'll buy



I found your blog-URl in the "Auswanderer-Forum" and I´m very curious about your new adventure, what happens to you and your family, how your start is, how you feel... I wish you very much luck, optimism and anything you need for your new, exciting life! I´m looking forward to read more of your story!

Regards from Germany,


Posted by: Jeani | 01/26/2006

Thank you Jeani,

yes, it's a big adventure - and we're enjoying it.
Of course I'll keep everybody posted.

Posted by: Karin | 01/26/2006

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