The last leg of the road trip was completed on Saturday after a miserable sixteen hours and 750 miles riding in the car.

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The reason for our very long day was due to a pit-stop in Tallahassee before continuing on to St. Pete, which is my temporary stopping place for the summer. I purchased a house sight unseen and after many skype sessions, pictures, and videos, this was my first opportunity to see the actual house in person.

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The moment I stepped out of the car I was hit in the face with a blast of Florida heat and humidity. Welcome home!

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We also needed to pick up the keys from the realtor, since we closed on the house just prior to my dad flying out to Seattle to see me, we didn’t want the keys getting lost in the mail.

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Twenty minutes after picking up the keys to my new abode, I was checking it out in-person! It still doesn’t feel real, but I guess once I get down and dirty with the painting and re-flooring projects, it’ll feel very real.

Admittedly, there were some aspects of the house that made me cringe, but most of the “cringe-worthy” parts were the stuff I already have plans to take care of — the carpets, the linoleum, dirty walls, the blah front entry way.

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As a bonus house-warming gift, the previous renters left me a 30 pound weight. I decided to do some impromptu squats and jackhammer moves.

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Charlie also enjoyed the break from the car and checked out every nook and cranny of the house. I think he’s going to enjoy his new home and the stairs to run up and down.

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I love this brick wall on my back porch. I foresee many pictures being taken in this spot. šŸ™‚

My mom also loves my brick wall, but because “it’s a fire barrier” between my townhouse and the neighboring one.

Mom’s are always thinking about safety hazards and the little details.

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After a quick inspection of the house, some obligatory pictures, and a super-short hello-goodbye to the old roomie who is moving to NC just as I am moving to Tally, we were off on our way.

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We arrived in St. Pete around midnight. We said hello to my mom and then promptly crashed into our beds.

Florida, I’m so happy to be home.

One other thing — Yesterday, June 26th, was the anniversary of H and I running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Seattle. I can’t believe it was a year ago!

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Question: What’s the longest road trip you’ve ever been on OR what is your favorite marathon or race?

1 comment on “Sight Unseen”

  1. LOVE that brick wall! OMG KATIE CAN WE PLEASE MAKE OUR OWN Platform 9 3/4 pix this summer?!?!?! I want to take as many nerdy/goofy HP pix as we CAN while I’m down (i’ll bring props) and this wall IS PERFECT. It’s also really awesome in general. And your mother is right. šŸ™‚

    Longest road trip: 5 driving days (+2 rest days in nashville), 55 driving hours, St. Pete to Whistler, BC, with my mom, 2 dogs, 1 cat and 3 computers.

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