September 20, 2004

still alive

The move has been made! I'm not anywhere near done yet - still have lots of miscellaneous junk at the Glendale house - but all my big, necessary items have been moved to the house in Simi Valley.

My father and brother, Matthew, were extremely helpful throughout the whole ordeal. And it was an ordeal. Each of us had at least two temper tantrums over Saturday and Sunday, but we were all in good spirits last night, so that's what's important.

Here's a summary of what went down:
Saturday am - do a little more organizing of boxes and de-sheet the bed.
9:45am - Return cable box and modem to cable company to cancel service.
10am - Go to IKEA to purchase EXPEDIT bookcase and three EFFECTIV storage units. Have them hold until later on in day.
10:45am - Drive to Simi Valley.
12:30pm - Pick-up truck from Cal-U-Rent with Matt
1:30pm - Meet up with Dad in Glendale and start packing up truck.
3:00pm - Leave, go to IKEA to pick-up furniture.
3:15pm - Realize left receipt for furniture in Simi Valley - helpful IKEA staff give me my stuff anyways and help me load it into the truck.
4:15pm - Arrive in Simi - take half hour break, then start unloading.

The most important goal for Saturday was unloading the bed and having clean sheets to sleep on. That goal was met, but I had the jarring experience of trying to fall asleep with no background noise - so there was a really annoying whine in my head from all the noise during the day. I took two Advil and tried to pass out ASAP.

Sunday morning was sleepy. None of us wanted to start doing anything right away. This was the day I was going to build my furniture from IKEA and set-up my TV. After a couple hours of frustrating putting-together-of-stuff, I took a break to return the rental truck... and then went straight back to building.

There's nothing more hellish than starting to build some huge bookcase and then finding out in the middle of it that you're missing a woodscrew - or assembling a door for a cabinet and trying, in vain, to screw on the handle - because it won't screw in, no matter how hard you try, the screw just won't go in, it must be a manufacturing error, stop trying, it's been 45 minutes for god's sake!

So, that was bad, but most of the furniture was completely assembled, and the problem door handle nonwithstanding, my IKEA experience this time around was way more than satisfactory.

Everybody at IKEA - from the salesgirl who explained the different options to me and was patient with me while I decided, to the lady at the furniture pickup stand who explained exactly what I needed to do to pick up my items later on in the day, and then later on in the day vouch for me when I misplaced my receipt, to the checkout clerk, to the fella who helped my brother and I lift the ridiculously-heavy boxes into the back of the truck, to the parking-lot attendant who guided me out - was EXTREMELY HELPFUL. I salute all of them for a job well-done.

Tonight I'm taking the night off, though. I'm just going to CHILL OUT. I might have a couple Netflix titles heading my way, so I'm going to eat dinner, watch a movie, and relaaaaaaaaaaaax!


posted by julie at September 20, 2004 09:54 AM


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