At the beginning of the summer, Holly and I had neither jobs nor directions. One week we were moving to Louisiana and the next we were moving to Montana. We lived in a one room guest house thirty minutes outside of town. Now we have a backyard, new bookshelves and a kitten named Toulouse.
Holly started her new job last week. She instructs gymnastics, among other things. I moved all our furniture with a few friends and family to our new house in town. When Holly got home, I proudly showed her the new arrangement of couches and standing lamps. After a few minutes of inspecting our new home, she asked, “Where’s the towel rack?”
Thirty minutes away, I remembered. It took me two more trips before Holly walked me through the towel rack location on the phone.
When we got married I made a deal: in six months, we could get a cat. We’ve had Toulouse for two weeks now. She was named after a character in Aristocats, though the wrong one. Since then, she’s lost her fear of man but hasn’t yet learned what her claws are for. They are not, for instance, meant to express affection. My back isn’t a climbing wall, sunrise is not an appropriate time for play, and dairy products are for humans only.
The house we moved into is too much for us. It was a gift of sorts. The problems it comes with are upper crust ones – we don’t have enough furniture to fill it. Last week Holly and I went to the Rogers Trading Post on a whim. It’s a blank faced warehouse, crouching low behind other brick buildings. Inside, we found a leather recliner nursery. They were stacked four high next to bed frames, microwaves, wooden shutters and two full racks of unpopular flavored coffee.
The manager of the Rogers Trading Post is a Bulgarian man named Matt. Matt showed us around, explaining away the numerous trucks that everything “fell” off. He sold us a coffee table – our single objective – before Holly accidentally saw a church pew in on of the back aisles. The fabric is burnt orange but the wood has a good color. It now sits under our “cross wall,” the most heavily decorated part of the house. Matt “gives you very good deal.”