Friday, January 28, 2011

The Packing Adventure, or Tales of the Winter Move

We're moving this Valentine's Day.

I feel like I should have epic background music for this...
in manner of soundtrack of the Helm's Deep charge in The Two Towers.
I mean, the boxes block out the sun!

Technically, we were supposed to move last December. But since we were renovating the new house, we had some last minute difficulties. So, the new date was 1/14. Oh, did I say middle of January...? I meant, 1/31... Wait, no - 2/4... No, 2/14. Definitely, 2/14. No, really. Because we called the movers and everything. :-P

Boxes Galore

But basically, I wanted to tell you the story, so you understood this important fact: I HAVE BEEN PACKING FOR A MONTH. Gasp!

Things I Learned While Packing

1. I am the Queen of Book Packing. (And yes, books did come first. In case you were wondering.) I can fit more books in one box than anyone else in the family. Muahahahahhaha.

My room - the first victim of my messy packing skills

2. This is not always a good thing....Because sometimes, the boxes I pack are too heavy to lift. Whoops!

3. I may or may not have created an Excel spreadsheet labelled "Shelby's Library.xlsx" that lists each book I own by title, author, and which box I put it in.

4. I currently own at least 248 books. I find this number shockingly low.

5. I do actually want all those (expensive) English textbooks that my mom wouldn't let me donate years ago when I graduated from college. (Don't tell her that, though.)

6. I now dream of bookcases. I used to have one like this...

(Actually, basically, I just left it on the sidewalk, but since it was NY,
the bookcase was gone in the morning.
So, I'm guessing that someone found it and is enjoying it now.)

...but I donated it when I left New York.

Those tiny boxes at the top of the heap are really cute.
I have no idea what's in them.

7. When you share a room with two younger siblings for twenty years, you require an insane amount of toiletries. Like sunscreen I took to summer camp in 5th grade...which expired ten years ago. Like old unlabeled post-braces retainers, which might have belonged to any of us. Like hair gel that my little brother used to make his crew cut stand up circa age eight. (I have pictures, but I am holding myself back. Mainly because that same little brother recently found my blog and asked me about some other pictures I posted here. (Love you, Clint!)).

8. I am not allowed to pack anything fragile. I broke one mug and three wine glasses. Then my mom bought lots of packing paper, bubble wrap, and styrofoam peanuts, and then she shooed me towards the books in the living room.

These are stacked higher than my head, btw.

9. This whole writer thing goes way back. Check out this school project/poster we found in the back of a drawer downstairs. We've dated it back to the first grade.

I won't lie. It made my day when I found this.


Pedro Padro said...

It’s great that you enumerated all the things you learned in packing all your stuff. While the list is mostly personal, it will surely be helpful to those people who are also going through a moving process. Well, when I moved out, I also packed my books first. I allotted boxes for my precious books to make sure that they wouldn’t get damaged. :)

Louvenia Pinkerton said...

Packing your things is fun and exciting, but you can’t deny the fact that it’s tiring as well. :p I’m so thrilled the last time we moved out, and was delighted during the first day of packing. But I was too exhausted to celebrate. Haha! It’s seemed a never ending process. My mom would bring more stuff to the living room and I’ll put it in the packages. Hooh! It took us a week to finish everything!