June 11, 2005

SOOO looking forward to moving

Well, we're officially moving.

We've contracted with a moving company. For the charming price of 60⊄ per pound, these lovely people will load their truck with my stuff, drive it to CA, and unload it for me. All I have to do is pack and unpack.

They even solved a big problem for me. They told us that they can't guarantee a delivery date until the end of July. Which is fine. See, our friends are trying to move out of their house into a condo. We're trying to move into their house. But the landlord of the condo is giving them the runaround. The actual landlord is out of the country on vacation, and the management company won't do anything about them wanting to move in until this lady gets back. Meanwhile they're getting married and going on their honeymoon.... So we wouldn't be able to move in until they get back from Hawaii in the middle of July at the earliest, even assuming all of the variables fall into place and they are approved by the condo owner and we are approved by the house owner... Anyway, if the stuff doesn't come until the end of July, that's fine by me, now.

It's times like this that make me INCREDIBLY happy I own an SUV. We can haul enough stuff across the country on our own that we don't need to have furniture for a month. And we can stay with family and friends if we have to. We were planning on spending a good chunk of July in Fresno anyway.

Today's other good news: We went to Costco to pick up the dog's prescription and found exactly what we needed for a reasonable price. They had a "deluxe moving pack" from Allied, and it contains 30 boxes (most of them 18x12x12, which is great for books), 5 rolls of bubble wrap, 4 pounds of packing paper, 36 foam sleeves, 3 dividers for glasses, 3 rolls of packing tape, 2 tape dispensers, and 2 markers (not that we needed the markers....) for $50.00. Not bad considering that in the packing stores around here the boxes sell for more that $1 apiece and they really gouge you on the other stuff, like paper and bubble wrap.

The current plan is to have the stuff shipped to Fresno, and then we can UHaul it down to Pasadena when we know where we're going to live.

Posted by caltechgirl at June 11, 2005 12:41 AM

Sounds like a good plan. There's one only one problem: when it's all over, you'll end up living in California.

Posted by: Xrlq at June 11, 2005 12:59 AM

Hey, from where I sit that's the good part. But I'm in Massachussetts, so there you go.

Posted by: Deb at June 11, 2005 01:05 AM

NC is similarly evil in some ways.... Like roads that curve in 4 directions and have at least 3 names depending on which street you've just crossed. Not to mention the dearth of alternate routes....

I wish you luck, Deb, in your possible upcoming move. I can't imagine trying to move with a somewhat mobile toddling rugrat....

Posted by: caltechgirl at June 11, 2005 01:12 AM

Darn... I could use those boxes. You wouldn't want to move to Florida instead?

Posted by: vw bug at June 11, 2005 08:19 AM

Thanks. It'll definitely be interesting. Luckily Sadie is a pretty cooperative kid, generally speaking.

You know, I got all misty-eyed when you posted about streets laid out in grid patterns and people who know how to use left turn lanes. Left turn lanes? I soooo miss left turn lanes. :)

Posted by: Deb at June 11, 2005 10:30 AM

Good luck with the move. Usually, I'd say don't move in, we don't have any water for you to drink! But considering you're a native, I think we can make an exception this time.

Posted by: Bill at June 12, 2005 01:13 AM

Two extremely valuable pieces of advice:

1) Public storage is a wonderful thing, and relatively cheap. Put a large fraction of your boxed stuff (that you can move yourself) into a storage unit near the new place. It's a LOT easier to unpack without having to work around boxes.

2) The best moving boxes for any breakables are liquor or wine boxes. Very heavy duty cardboard with heavy duty dividers. Several sizes available, and liquor stores will be happy to let you have them. You just have to find out when deliveries are, because the stores tend to flatten the boxes very quickly after unloading them.

Posted by: Ken Summers at June 12, 2005 11:13 AM

I liked Cali believe it or not. But I was in a small town outside of Palm Springs :-)

I hope the move goes well. I know that can be a pain!

Posted by: Sissy at June 12, 2005 10:59 PM