Ok – My international shippers are giving me acid reflux. They gave me the estimated window for picking up our stuff about a month ago. Promising to refine the estimate to an actual day, and then further to an actual time. I have neither in my possession right now. I have emailed repeatedly. I’m trying to stay away from my inbox for a few hours to calm down.
Everything we’re shipping is stacked our dining room, so Jeff stops hitting his 6 foot 3 inch head on the light fixture. This includes our bicycles and our couch wrapped entirely in plastic. I lamented that we no longer have anything to sit on, other than our two air mattresses in the bedroom. Our last TV is on a cardboard box in the bedroom until the guy comes to get it on Sunday.
If I had actually met the ‘customer service’ people from our shippers, I would be crafting Voo Doo dolls of them with the old cat hair in our vacuum bag, and some paperclips and old string I found in a drawer. I have no straight pins left, but I found nails in the garage, so I figure this would work in a pinch. Their back pain and migraines would force them towards their inboxes to email the information I require.
Jeff has assured me that we can still use the couch.
‘It’s gonna be moist, but my grandma had her couch covered in plastic for like 40 years, so I”m pretty sure we could sit on it for a few days.’
I declined, since it’s pretty sweaty in Arizona and I’d like to keep the skin on the back of my thighs for later. My confidence in these people isn’t as high as I need it to be. They’re going to be in possession, of all our possessions, for up to 16 weeks. I think my favorite boots actually cried when I closed the box.
I’ve learned to trust strangers on two continents in the last 6 months. I have no choice, I have to. But I don’t have to like it. Those shippers better watch out. I’m a woman with ALOT of time on my hands, until that truck pulls up – please let it by by Friday. And I’m feeling particular crafty in my doll making skills.
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Hmm, it’s a bit late to tell you about this, but for future reference, a super way to move your things internationally is by taking one of the Cunard ships, like the QM2 or the Queen Elizabeth. Our friends moved to Italy and then back 10 or so years later using this method. There is NO limit on luggage, although it could get a bit crowded in the stateroom. I thought it was a brilliant way to bring household goods – but no couch or bikes. They shopped around for a sale fare and it cost them considerably less than flights plus shipping.
Hoping your movers show up soon and it all goes very smoothly.
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Thx Melissa – definitely would have been a possibility. Hoping by Friday night we clear of all this and just killing 48 hours before we leave. It’s been quite the editing exercise that has stretched my patience. Jeff keeps saying it will all come together.