The Big Move has been done for over a week now, but the process of settling in with Anne’s parents continues at a slow and steady pace. Kathy and Aral, Anne’s parents, and Angela, one of her younger sisters, have done their best to make us feel at home, but it’s difficult to shake the “extended visit” feeling I had when we first moved in. There’s six of us in the house total and when you add in the other four family members who live just across the street who come over on a regular basis the whole situation takes on a very Walton’s kind of feel at times.
I’ve managed to carve out a small computer area amongst our boxes of stuff in the basement while Anne and Courtney’s PCs are in the bedrooms. Aral has already let me drill one hole in the floor so I could run an Ethernet cable down to my PC and I’ll probably have to drill one more to get Courtney’s PC hooked up to the net as she’s still offline at this point. I’ve been in the house a week and I’m already drilling holes all over the place. My first plan was to use my wireless router as an access point so I wouldn’t have to run wires, but it doesn’t want to talk to the DSL Modem/Router combo they have so that ruled that option out for the moment.
In addition to hole-maker I’ll probably be trying my hand at electrician soon. There’s an absolute dearth of three prong outlets in the house other than a couple in the kitchen and one in the basement near the washer and dryer so Aral and I went out and bought some three prong sockets so I could swap them out with the two prongers so the PCs can be hooked up properly. Before I do that, though, I need to figure out how to determine if a properly grounded wire is already available in the walls and what to do if it isn’t. Needless to say I’ve not busted my ass on trying to get this done yet as my electrical skills are minimal at best so I’m going to have to study up a bit before I feel comfortable even considering the possibility of trying it. It’s the sort of thing you want to make sure you’re doing correctly lest you end up killing yourself and burning the house down in the process.
Anne and I went out and signed up for a Family Share Plan with the T-Mobile folks as they did a good job of convincing us that we’d have decent coverage at the house, but it turns out that they were wrong. At home the phones are in a near-perpetual searching for service mode with only the occasional, and very short lived, connection established. This is a problem in part because I need a cellphone I can be reached on at all times as part of my job. The T-Mobile folks gave me a suggestion to try when I get home tonight, but if it doesn’t work I have 12 days or so left to take both phones back and cancel the service outright. Problem is, I don’t know of any other providers that’d be much better. I already know Verizon is for crap out there from the Blackberry I had been provided by the folks at Compeople. I have no idea if Sprint or AT&T would be any better. Cellphones is another area I need to study up on.
So that’s how things are going so far. We’re still working on getting addresses changed and making arrangements to have Courtney transfer high schools at the end of her semester in about two weeks time, but we’re getting there.