Krissie: Jersey, My New Jersey

10 Nov

That look of absolute terror is the fact that I’m in NJ again. Oh, and if I remember correctly from 4th grade, the theme song from the state begins “Jersey, my New Jersey …” Terrible song.
So I’m sitting in the living room of the rental while Jenny and Lani are slaving away. Unfortunately I’m a little crippled, though I’m not sure why. But I’m sitting here in comfort while they tote dat barge and lift dat bale. God help them. We got to the rental house with three bedrooms and they had one bed. Then she met Lani at the house (where Lani had a nervous breakdown trying to drive the truck there) and found no one had cleared out the house and the place hadn’t been touched. It’s amazing Jenny doesn’t look like my photo. Though we did load up on alcohol last night, and Jenny and I don’t drink. I don’t know if Jenny cracked any of the bottles — I didn’t. (I bought Peppermint schnappes to go with coffee and a boozle of Drambuie because I am, after all, a Stuart).
NJ gives me the heebie jeebies, whatever those are. Suddenly I’m 14 and vulnerable. Ohio is safe, the house is magic. Here we’re waiting.
But I’m going to take a shower and then try to write. Because the anxiety is bearing down on me again, and I have to finish the damned book.
I’ll give you an update after they get things unpacked (and they have a strong young helper). but pray for us all.

15 Responses to “Krissie: Jersey, My New Jersey”

  1. Skye November 10, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    The house hadn’t been touched?! Someone isn’t getting paid, that’s for damned sure. What is wrong with people? So Jenny and Lani (and young, strong helper) have to move stuff in the house before they can move stuff into the house. Which will all have to be moved around when actual work happens that hasn’t happened yet. What a nightmare. Don’t be afraid if Jenny wakes up screaming in the night! 🙂

    Many, many organizational and home vibes of goodness coming to Jenny and vibes of relaxation coming to you.

  2. Maria Powers November 10, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    Really, not touched? What the heck. Well, you are all there. You are all safe. You are together. Good times ahead. Hopefully the NJ thing will ease away as you spend more time there with Jenny.

  3. oneoftheotherjennifers November 10, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    So glad you all made it there safely. The house not being cleared is upsetting, I’m sure, but not as upsetting as eating a Peterbilt would be- well, at least briefly. It’s all relative.

  4. stephanie November 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    holy moly. good luck today – to all of you.

  5. Robin S. November 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    Wow. If I had walked into that, you’d have heard me screeching all the way back to Ohio. Ugh. Many FGBV’s that your day settles down nicely.

  6. KateGeorge November 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Time to start cracking skulls! House not touched. I can’t even articulate – the words won’t come.

  7. Reb November 10, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    Hopefully you can replace those memories of NJ with great sisterhood ones, fast. In the meanwhile, good luck with the writing and organising!

  8. Lynda November 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    I’m unclear as to whether you meant that the rental house Jenny’s supposed to be moving into temporarily is the one that’s been untouched, or are you talking about her cottage? And by “untouched,” do you mean it’s dirty or that somebody else’s Stuff is still there? Whatever’s going on, that’s terrible!! If it’s the rental, then I hope she was on the phone to the landlady at once. If it’s the house she’s buying, then I’d dump everything into the yard and call Goodwill–or maybe 1-800-GotJunk–and tell them to hall everything away. Somebody screwed up Big Time.

    That said, I’m very glad you guys made it safely to NJ. I hope there’s no more truck driving involved. That’s the part that scares me the worst. Love and hugs for everybody.

    • Lynda November 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

      That’s supposed to be “HAUL everything away.” I do know the difference.

    • oneoftheotherjennifers November 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

      LOVE 1-800-GOT-JUNK. A number of the various relatives I am reluctantly responsible for are hoarders, and I call the GOT-JUNK people on a biennial basis.

  9. Carol November 10, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    That’s not good. Glad you all arrived safely and Lani can have a good stiff drink.

  10. jinx November 10, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    There are an awful lot of unplanned, unforeseen upsets going on in New Jersey now, even in the parts that weren’t the most hard hit by the storms. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if somebody didn’t have family upsets disrupting all their plans or their ability to get to the right place at the right time.

    On the other hand, if they’re shafting our Jenny, they deserve the very worst sort of recompense.

  11. Jill November 10, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    Good grief ! Dumb rental house owners. Well, I do not KNOW that they are dumb, but going by the evidence-they are dumb.

    How many roundabouts did you go through ? NJ is worse that Ireland.
    The only piece of NJ that I like is Lakewood. We lived there for a while in the early 70s

    Sending happy and calm settling in vibes.

  12. Louise November 11, 2012 at 3:01 am #

    Oh God, there’s nothing worse than after a long road trip, (so glad you’re all safe btw) and the house hasn’t been cleaned. We moved into rental once and there was 2 inches of fat in the grill/broiler plus an old dried up chop. Hope yours isn’t that bad. Also, it could be what Jinx said, unforeseen circumstances.

    Fingers crossed is all comes good. 🙂

  13. Micki November 11, 2012 at 4:06 am #

    Oh, what a nightmare. Take it bird by bird, and DON’T HURT YOURSELVES. As long as you don’t panic, it’ll be OK, because houses can be cleaned and things can be brought back to normal.

    It’ll be OK. That’s my prayer.

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