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The less than frequent updates of late have been due to the fact that Renee and I are in the midst of getting settled into our new house.  We officially closed last Thursday and spent Friday through Monday shopping, assembling, and unpacking everything in our new house.  Somehow Renee and I managed to survive three years of being our of college and between us we owned no major furniture.  I owned a desk chair, a bookcase, and a beat up computer desk.  Renee owned a dresser and a twin bed.  That's it.  Thank goodness for our parents who have contributed a double bed, a futon, lights, and a cedar chest to our cause.  Another thank you goes out to the good people at Best Buy and Ikea, which are officially our two favorite stores now.  All the new furniure in our house we've purchased at Ikea (seriously) which includes a couch, loveseat, computer table, two filing cabinets, a kitchen island, a chest of eight drawers, and a wardrobe.  We also purchased a bed but don't have a mattress or springs for it yet, as well as a set of shelves that we're going to wait to put up until we've painted.

Our parents were a huge help for the move.  They came down Thursday with the van and spent Friday and Saturday with us helping get things from Ikea loaded and unloaded, cleaning our oven (thanks Mom!), and moving our washer and dryer.  Renee's dad and brother drove down to Maryland last Wednesday and helped us move all of Renee's stuff (along with Harley, an elder from Hampton).  And Renee's mom and brother came over Saturday with all the wedding and shower presents and put together our chest of drawers.  Needless to say, we are really appreciative of all that they've done to help us with the moving and unpacking process.  

Besides Ikea, Best Buy, where I have a Reward Zone card (thank goodness) has been our second favorite merchant.  They provided our fridge as well as our new "TV".  Renee and I decided to put my desktop computer in our living room, and connect it to a TV there.  Then Renee came up with the idea to replace my two bulky 19 inch monitors with two new LCD screens – and instead of getting a TV just get a nicer LCD monitor.  Well, she didn't need to convince me twice of that.  So we now have two nice Westinghouse LCD screens (a 19'' and a 20.1'' which doubles as our TV).  Needless to say it looks a lot better than the two CRT monitors did.

So far the only hiccups we hit was being unable to lock the sliding door out to the deck (which I managed to fix with a hammer), having the gas company shut off our gas (even though I called them two weeks ago and told them to switch the account over), having to rewire a dryer for a three-prong plug (which I almost managed to do completely right – thanks to a little help from Rick (another person from church)), and having a two-hour wrestling match with our freezer and refrigerator doors as I tried (and eventually suceeded) in reversing the way it opened, and having the wireless card on my desktop decide it wasn't going to work for more than three hours.  Other than that, it's been clear sailing.  On a side note – my handyman skills are improving daily.  

Today is the first day we've had in a while to just relax – and we're looking forward to that.  Tomorrow we're off to Roanoke Virginia for our honeymoon.  When when we get back we have about a week (I have a feeling Renee is going to have me painting) then I start work.  Lots of changes – but all very exciting.  

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