Shock to the System

I’m back!
Well, I’m sort of back, but I’m not all here.  Don’t know where I’ve been?  Check out my previous post for the low-down…

So I’m back online. We’ve moved house and started settling. The move went well, much better than expected, largely fuelled by the children’s unwavering excitement for all things lorry.  The unpacking has begun and is continuing apace. I mentioned 100+ boxes in my last post… actually, make that closer to 200.  I have about 60 or so left to do, so I’m doing well.

The kids have started school and are full of enthusiasm. They have made friends and even had their first playdate already: quick work!  I, too, am meeting people and making friends, and next week, hubby will start his new, local job.

However.  Here’s the thing.  This move has turned out to be far more of a shock to the system than I had imagined, and it’s only just becoming apparent why.

For a start, I can’t find anything in this new house of ours, even though I put most of the ‘stuff’ away personally.  But everything is different here, and I keep opening the wrong doors.  I constantly find myself spinning around my own axis in the kitchen trying to locate butter (which is definitely not in the cupboard under the sink) or plates or cooking utensils. And if I really can’t find it, you can bet it is still in one of the many still unpacked boxes, so I have to make do without.

Broadband took a while to come on, and then it took another few days to actually locate the computer and switch it back on.

Every time I settle down in my brand new office, something happens that takes priority over resuming my work life. Yesterday, it was a poorly child.  And today, for no particular reason at all, I had a bit of an attack of home-sickness for Bristol, involving plenty of tears and a cup of coffee with a new friend who helped put things into perspective.  I know, I know: tears, home-sickness, grown woman?  What can I say, it’s a big change for everyone!

Just now, we’ve had a massive thunderstorm including a mini power cut. And it is only another hour to the school run… What’s that they say?  Time flies!

So this post is merely to say:  I’m back, almost.  Over the next few days, as the shock to the system will hopefully start to abate, I’ll be re-emerging on Twitter, I’ll say ‘hello’ on Facebook, I’ll start visiting blogs again and resume business as usual.  With a bit of luck, I’ll be bringing you Music Monday on Monday.  But if I don’t manage, please do forgive me.  I never thought I’d be this discombobulated after a simple move up-country! And I never thought that everything would take so much longer than planned…

If you know of any shortcuts to make the adjustment process easier… or faster, please share. I could do with some help! xx 🙂

17 responses to “Shock to the System

  1. Sounds like everything is normal or better, considering you’ve just been through a huge upheaval. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done and try not to build Rome in a day.

  2. One day at a time, one box at a time. Considering how much you like things tidy, I know you’re rushing to find a place for everything. They will fall into place, in time. Slow down and give yourself a moment to settle in and relax. In no time your new home will feel like home. 🙂
    We miss you but don’t worry, we’ll be here forever so don’t worry about blogging, tweeting or anything else but your family.
    Take care, Nicky, and just keep swimming…

    • Just keep swimming, just keep swimming… that reminds me the kids’ favourite film! Thanks for your comment, Dana, and you’re absolutely right. Both about me trying to do it all at once, and the need to take time. Thanks for your encouragement! XX

  3. Welcome back, Nicky! We missed you. 🙂

  4. Nicky, so glad to hear you’re “in” even if you feel a little frazzled still. Please, remember to breathe, and take some time for you. Moving house/schools is a MAJOR adjustment and there is plenty of time to get it all straight.
    None of us are going anywhere, so enjoy this part of your life and take the time you need for YOU! xXx

    • Bless you, and thanks so much. If I could, I’d probably need a few weeks… But I’ll just keep on chipping away, meanwhile it’s great to be back in touch! xx

  5. I know just how you feel, Nicky, and I’ve been in my “new” home for nearly 8 years. Sometimes, it’s just difficult to adjust. And I think the older we get, the harder it is. At least your kiddos are young and that’ll help fill your days and to make friends. My boy was older so that never came easily for me. Still hasn’t. That’s why I’m ready to move again now that my son is jetting off to college. Moving is never easy. No change ever is. You’ll adjust though. Good luck!

    • Thanks! I’d forgotten just how stressful it is. I used to be quite good and efficient at the moving house thing, doing it nearly twice a year for the best part of six year… but this, this is something else altogether! Thanks for commenting and understanding. x

  6. Looks like you’ve moved further away from us if you’ve gone South young woman! Good that things have gone well and that you’re feeling positive.

    We had a massive thunderstorm yesterday too, it must be pretty general since I’m just South of the Midlands …

    Try not to be like an oozlum bird and disappear up your own fundament with the ‘spinning around … own axis’ !!

    Good luck with the rest of the sorting out …

    • Never heard of an oozlum bird, must go and google that! Have stopped spinning now, just simply looking dazed and confused. Getting there by degrees! Thank for saying hi today, Polly! x

  7. Awwwww, honey (((((hugs)))))

    When I moved out of London when I was 29, where i’d lived all my life, I felt home sick for ages, especially as I had to deal with getting use to all the shops shutting at 8pm (that was definitely a shock!).

    It will take time, allow yourself the tears, it’s good to let the emotions out 🙂


    • Aw, thanks, Vikki! I agree, moving out from London was a big shock too. Although I have to say, the local village co-op here is open until 10pm (!!) and it has a deli with a fresh cheese, meat and roast chicken counter (!!!). So it’s not all bad news! I can get pretty emotional when I feel overwhelmed and tired, so the tears were flowing but have stopped now. Better day today! Thanks for your understanding… catch up soon! x

  8. Aww, Nicky. It’s hard work! A major life change, y’know! Tears allowed. As Joanna said above, none of us are going anywhere, except a bit round the twist possibly! Slooooowly, hon. See you soon! 🙂 xx

    • Hey, now, Sheryl, don’t you be going round the twist too!!! You take it slloooooowly as well my friend, and I’ll see you really soon. BTW–tears have dried up for now, I think, and I’ve even managed to hang a few pictures today: result! xx

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