September 17, 2004

ready, set, go..?

Countdown to the big move has officially begun.

Reserve rental moving truck. Check.
Check into furniture pad rental. Check.
Devise most mileage-reducing route. Check.
Take inventory of what absolutely needs to be moved this weekend. Check.
Send out all change of address forms. Check.
Update voter registration. Check.
Call Dad to confirm tomorrow's itinerary. Check.
Breathe. Check.

I can already tell that my dad is going to be pretty put-out by the whole moving adventure. He's rather curmudgeonly as it is, but the minute you get him doing any sort of team-style physical labor, forget about it. I'm going to need to make sure he has all the cigarettes he needs, some cold drinks and some snacks that he might enjoy (buttermilk, french bread and pickles?) on hand. And we mustn't foget his blood pressure medication!

He'll need to take frequent smoke breaks, and he's got the gout in his big toe, so hopefully that won't flare up. I can't believe my young, strong, 22-year old brother James is refusing to help me at all with this move. What an a-hole!

I don't have a lot of stuff to move, in terms of furniture. I have about 7 big-ticket items that will require more than one person (myself) to lift. So hopefully, it shouldn't take too long to get the truck loaded - but my conception of the process may be completely incorrect - as I've never really moved on this scale before.

So, rent the truck around 1pm (after the little brother's parade). Drive to Glendale. Load up everything (4 hours?). Drive to IKEA to pick up bookshelves & storage unit. Head to Simi Valley. Unload, unwind and unpack. And then Sunday, return the truck. Phew.

Tonight I've been taking down shelves and packing up more crap. I just made a grocery store run for some more trash bags, paper towels and caffeinated beverages. My iMac's on a little side table and my keyboard's on my lap, as my desk has been cleared off. This will most-likely be the last entry I compose in this place. And this will be the last night I sleep here. Pretty weird.


posted by julie at September 17, 2004 10:42 PM

things people have said

That is no fun, we just went through the same about a month ago. The last few times we've moved, we've hired people and found it was *well* worth it ($200-$300 here in Dallas.) Next time if you hablo Espanol, you could probably get some cheap help there, as well :)

so said: Charles at October 2, 2004 03:18 PM



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