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posted by [personal profile] alexist at 11:07am on 24/05/2009 under ,
1 (could be 2 but I think only 1) of the boxes of books I left in my parents' garage has gone missing.

I am now missing about 60 books :( End of the alphabet for trade paperbacks, beginning of the mass market paperbacks, several linguistics books, 3 cookbooks, and a couple of random hardcovers. I actually want many of these books, so they'll have to be replaced over time. The only silver lining is that Neil owns a few of the missing ones, so I don't have to replace those.

To make it even more fun, some of the books were cheap mass market paperbacks that I picked up used to begin with, but they're no longer published in those editions and I don't have a good used bookstore near me. With shipping, it may not make sense to even try to find them online. (I have Amazon Prime for anything I buy new, so the Amazon discount isn't eaten by shipping.)
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posted by [personal profile] alexist at 03:17pm on 13/05/2009 under , , ,
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).
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posted by [personal profile] alexist at 09:11am on 08/05/2009 under
I love short notice moving, I do. Oh, and the movers got here, worked out the timetable and said they can't deliver our stuff till tomorrow. So we had to book a hotel room for tonight (we have to go down today to sign our lease). We've booked Verizon for this afternoon, so this will be fun--we don't actually have the TV for them to hook up! We have my laptop at least. I think our new phone went with the movers. Oh well.... (We booked it for today because they couldn't come again till Tuesday and then we'd miss the House finale ;) )
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posted by [personal profile] alexist at 09:16pm on 20/08/2008 under ,
We're here.

Aliza was not an entirely happy bunny on the flight: she wanted to run around and couldn't. Also, we got an A340-300, not an A340-600. They'd put in the new Premium Economy seats but it still had the old Odyssey IFE, not the v:port on demand. (Odyssey has the programs running on a loop.) Interestingly I've always had 346s on that flight but V-Flyer's database says 61% of flights were on 343s. This limited my ability to distract her with the IFE.

She did sleep a little, and threw some crayons (sigh) and watched In the Night Garden twice (with no sound).

My family is insane. But you knew that.

Aliza likes my parents' dog. I'll have to take pictures.
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posted by [personal profile] alexist at 11:27am on 20/08/2008 under
I'm packed. My god I have a lot of crap and there's still tons here.

Leaving in 20 minutes. Eep!
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posted by [personal profile] alexist at 10:24am on 19/08/2008 under
I filled out and mailed the forms for the movers last week. Didn't hear back. Rang them today--they didn't get them. AAAAAAAARGH. I do not have TIME to redo all the damn forms today. (one is saved and can be reprinted, but another was a non-fillable PDF and I have to do it by hand.) Not to mention the delay, etc. And I need passport photocopies and Neil's signature so it can't actually be posted again till tomorrow.
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I put our shelves up on Freecycle an hour ago. It was clearly marked "Fair Offer Policy" and I said I would be waiting 72 hours to give more people a chance. (the usual is 48, but I'll be on a plane in 48 hours.)

I have gotten 6 replies. Half don't say which items they want. 4 are asking "are these still available". I SAID 72 HOURS BEFORE I DECIDE. Read, people, READ. Is functional literacy a lost art?

On to bus drivers: I got a crazy one today. First, he pulls up, is having some argument with a guy getting off. Guy gets off, driver gives him the finger behind his back. Two, he opens the doors BEFORE stopping. Three, I rang the bell after we turned into our road, and he stopped at a totally random place where you can't get onto the sidewalk so I had to push the stroller in the road.

Oh, and some arsewipe parked his Transit on the sidewalk. Not on the curb, not on our (very wide, at least 6') verge, completely on the sidewalk. The driveway was empty.
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posted by [personal profile] alexist at 12:50am on 14/08/2008 under
And I'm suddenly thinking of all the things I didn't do in my 4 years here! I should have made more of it....
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posted by [personal profile] alexist at 03:47pm on 11/08/2008 under
Still going:

all the furniture (please take it kthxbai, really, if you can get it down our stairs you can have it)
magimix - again please take! Going for £95. Costs £249 new.
Ice cream maker
Portable air conditioner (I was asking £75 but might drop the price slightly)

Possibly our washer/dryer (again you need to be able to get this out!)
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posted by [personal profile] alexist at 12:55pm on 05/08/2008 under
List will be updated as necessary (as items are claimed or added). Claim your item and we'll dicker on price, because I don't have the time/inclination to price it all now. The Billys are free if you pick them up.

ETA: Pickup/availability will be after 20th August (preferably, though I might let some stuff go before ;) ) and before Neil leaves (2-3 weeks later).

List - some stuff already claimed! )

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