Sunday, August 5, 2007

Breakthroughs in Packing!

It actually happened -- I actually started packing. It's amazing. Two bookshelves equal something like 15 boxes. Totally ridiculous. But I also managed to both stay on my butt and contact movers at the same time. Really, I'm finally getting things done, partly because Self-Reflective and Fabulous Friend came over and let me make her margaritas and use her wunderbar puzzle-box skills to box up books and partly because I finally don't feel like a complete zombie. I also went over to the library today and got some books that have already helped me get my head back into teaching. So, even though I promised myself that I wouldn't really work on writing/publishing or teaching on the weekends, I actually feel pretty good about prepping for teaching.

Packing and moving is a bit of a different story: though I borrowed beaucoup bucks from the fam, it's clear that I'm going to have to beg for more from someone. I'm trying to do this move on the cheap, but I've got so much stuff that I can't possibly lift. A lot of antiquey-type stuff. The kind of stuff that makes me so nervous about moving it that I MUST pay someone to deal with my anxiety and backseat moving. This is the first move I'm really trying to do on the cheap, so if anyone has any ideas about free boxes or whatever, I'm all ears.


Sisyphus said...

There will periodically be cardboard boxes broken down for removal behind your friendly neighborhood liquor store, if you don't mind the message that will send to your movers and future neighbors!

If your library is a big fancy research library it gets lots of bookboxes and you might be able to ask them for the empties --- my friend who moved had a librarian girlfriend with the hookup. The downside is that they are very small, which is good because then they are not too heavy, but bad because then you have to make 8 million trips up and down the stairs for all the little boxes.

As all of my furniture is the cheap kmart-put-it-together-yourself crap, I have no advice for moving nice or antiquey things.

Earnest English said...

Oooh the library. I had found and begged for some of those tiny boxes from the bookstore. I knew when I was in the library today with a former student working the circulation desk I should've asked. Grrrrr. I'll ask the liquor store I go to -- I'm sure I'll be in there again soon. OY!

Good tips, Sis!

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