Adventures in moving cross country- Volume 3 : A Trip to Michigan in the Winter
I took a red eye from L.A. to Grand Rapids, MI and taking off in the early morning on the final leg from Chicago, it was exciting to see the snow on the ground. It was even more amazing to see the sheets of ice on Lake Michigan as we passed over it. One thing that keeps dominating conversations of the move is how bad the winters are going to be. Fortunately, the extremely moderate climate of Eugene has primed me to be over the freaking moon about extreme weather.
Landing in Michigan was full of more snow and my mother-in-law, Cathy, picked me up. I hadn't slept much on the flight, but it was so exciting to be in our soon to be new home and we decided that the day was young and we could make the 1 hour drive from Grand Rapids to Lansing to check it out.
When we got to the house, our first impressions were of awe in how HUGE it was. In Grand Rapids and in Lansing, I noticed how many more multi-storied houses there seemed to be in contrast to to the West Coast. Perhaps it's a heating thing. Making it more efficient to heat more rooms by stacking them on top of each other. Or maybe it's a space thing, with larger lots in the "wild west" and therefore, more chance for houses to spread out. In any case, our house, with it's 3 stories, was larger than all of the other 2 storied houses on the corner it sits.
The outside of the house seemed pristine as the red vinyl siding seems relatively new. But as we got to the front door, the shiny veneer faded a bit as it was clear that the house needed a lot of work- like needing locks on the doors instead of just a padlock bolted to the outside. Getting inside furthered that feeling of entering a project that is really big and you just don't really know where to start. Even with all the floor plans and videos I'd seen- it was still almost disorienting to be inside the house.
We started by walking around the whole house. Then walking around some more and talking about what might go where. Then finally, I was reminded that I wanted to take pictures. Thanks, Cathy!
Going around the house and snapping pics was kind of hard. How are you supposed to capture a whole room? What are you supposed to focus on? What makes a good "before" picture? With a house so full of projects, there was plenty of things to document, so I did my best to just try to get as much as I could.
I'll go ahead and post as many pictures as I can in the next few volumes. They will be divided into two categories: "My Favorite Things" and "This House has Issues".