First, some minor explanation. As soon as we knew we were moving, we investigated cable vs. FiOS. FiOS won (principally because it carries the Yankees' YES network, plus the NFL network; Comcast has neither. I am married to a man of priorities.) We booked Verizon for an install on Friday. As a new customer I was asked to fax them ID; I did so.
On Friday, after moving in, Neil rang Verizon to confirm that they were coming. it turned out that the fax I had sent them hadn't been correctly connected to our order. Consequently, no install. The next available date was Wednesday. So, no phone, no TV, no Internet. Bah.
Side story: We do have basic cable (very basic) included in our rent. it uses a coax cable. We couldn't find a coax-to-component cable and resigned ourselves to no TV. However, on Tuesday, when Neil unpacked our new TV (more later), he discovered it does have coax input. He subsequently discovered our other TV does as well; he just missed it! We missed the season finale of House for no reason! Harrumph.
Anyway.... we drove down on Friday, but none of our belongings did. By the time they'd packed everything up, it was too late for the drivers to get to PA and back. We spent the night in a Holiday Inn. (We did get the grocery shopping done, though as always, I subsequently discovered various items we'd forgotten.)
New place, by the way, is a 3 bed, 2.5 bath townhouse with garage and basement, at a rent to make a New Yorker weep. Location isn't ideal from my perspective (suburban hell) but we were on a short timeframe and this was the nicest place we saw by far. I do mean suburban hell, by the way. The main street is basically lined with big box malls--the really awful kind where if you need 3 stores, you need to move your car every time. Bad enough on your own, horrible when it involves getting a toddler in and out of a carseat repeatedly.
Saturday was a haze of unpacking. We're still not done (32 boxes of books remain, but the shelves to hold them are as yet unassembled). Our garage is filled with boxes and packing paper. The garbage was picked up on Monday and we disposed of some of it, but i think it's going to take weeks to get rid of all of it. The packers did an excellent job (only breakages: a ceramic ramekin and the glass on one picture, and that was in 2 moves) but they used an obscene amount of paper.
Sunday, I had to go to Bed Bath & Beyond (again. My 3rd trip, I think, I've lost track. I believe I've had 4 trips total. Worst part is that if i'd realized how much stuff I needed I would have gotten it all in New York with Carly's 20% discount, but it was impossible to keep it all straight... I did get a new Dyson there for 20% off, but there was one annoying part. BB&B Farmingdale didn't have the DC25 Animal. They didn't even have shelf space for it. So, I assumed they didn't carry it, and got the DC25 All Floors. When I went to the one here, they had the Animal. Gah.) We keep finding things that were missing, that were thrown out because they were broken, that we didn't need before (we only ever had 1 bathroom before, for example), that were accidentally thrown out or sent to the charity shop (Neil confused the good glasses with the £1 IKEA glasses), etc.
As I was leaving, Neil phoned me from Target saying he'd spotted a great deal on a new TV, but didn't want to buy it until I'd seen it. As it happens, BB&B is in the same shopping center, and I ran into him on the way out, so we went back in. It was a 46" Sony Bravia LCD (in the top 3 in Consumer Reports, though I don't know if it was the same model) at a great price. It may be a discontinued line, or not the top series (damn my lack of internet to comparison shop) but it had the right features, looked great and it is a Bravia--not going to be a piece of crap. Neil decided to get it then and there. Hilarity with transport ensued. It seems that a 46" Bravia is just a little too wide for the back of Neil's (rental) car. On top of that, the backseat had previously been occupied by a new wheelie bin. We ended up swapping the contents (including Aliza + carseat) of both cars, and swapping drivers as well because transporting the bin in my trunk meant keeping it open.
Monday, Neil started work. He has a very easy commute. His current lack of distractions also mean he has a very short getting-ready period, which meant that he spent half an hour on Monday sitting at the kitchen table, waiting to go.
This brings me to the final episode (for now) of this saga: the IKEA furniture. We decided that the easiest way to procure necessary IKEA flatpack would be to get it in New York and load it on the truck. Fine. Until Monday night, when Neil went to put his desk together. It comes in 2 boxes. Despite being labelled 1 and 2, they have identical contents. We now have to go to the nearest IKEA (90 minutes) to exchange it. Hopefully. They originally told him he'd need to take it back to New York; however, at the time, he thought he'd lost the receipt. Turned out he hadn't. So he has to call again and find out if he can return it to any IKEA. Hopefully yes, though it means a lot of driving. Also, because we haven't been able to set up bank accounts here yet (and won't be for a few weeks, I think, because banks usually want proof of address which I don't have yet) I may have to go to Philadelphia this week (home to HSBC's only branch in PA). Luckily, there is good train service so I don't have to drive. (The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania subsidizes Amtrak from Harrisburg to Philadelphia, no doubt so legislators don't have to stay here too long.) Driving to Conshohocken (IKEA) or King of Prussia (megamall) is one thing but driving into, and parking in, downtown Philadelphia on a weekday can be tricky.
Aliza is adjusting. She's got the concept of "new house", but this morning she asked me, "go home? Grandma? Papa? Ziggy?" I felt guilty. It's 200 miles, so I can't just pop up there. Neil can't take any vacation days yet, and I'm not enough of a fool to attempt to drive to Long Island on Memorial Day. We might go up for July 4th, though, in which case I'll try to drive at some convenient time, and Neil will take the train up. That's also my birthday (well, it's on the Thursday, but we could use the free babysitting and go out Sunday night).