Tuesday, July 22, 2008

It's Here! It's Here!

Our sea freight container arrived on Monday morning. It was like Christmas and your birthday combined, but with no surprises. Well, that's not entirely true. There are surprises, but they're not the happy kind. After opening boxes for an entire day, the only surprise is trying to figure out which of your things never made it into the container.

You need to understand how insane packing is. You prepare for a long time, trying to decide what to bring with you and what to keep in storage. You sort things into different rooms in the house so that they don't get mixed up. (OK...your wife does all that while you live the bachelor life in Singapore.) Then 4 guys with boxes, paper and tape come and take over your house. They're working so fast, in so many different rooms, you just have to hope that things go into the right boxes and the boxes get sent to the right place.

The packers actually do a very good job. I have very few complaints about Crown Relocation. Friendly professionals who do their best to do a good job. You can't ask for much more.

So far, the list of items we haven't seen isn't too long. Jack's scooter and my kitchen knife block are probably the biggest items on the list. If I get out of this move with this being the worst problem I have to face (aside from the kidney stones) I'll be pretty damn pleased.

Right now the biggest problem we have with unpacking is trying to figure out where to put everything. I don't know how we decided to bring so many books. We need at least 2 more bookcases. I'll be visiting Ikea this week for sure.

Here's an idea of what we're dealing with. Once we get everything sorted out, I'll post some more pictures.




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