Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Final wrap up to leave the house

Well, as I'm waiting for files to copy from my flash drive (wonderful little devices, those) to the laptop, I thought I'd blog on our progress. The house is mostly cleaned and packed. The container left the morning of the 23rd, and that was a bit of a panic. Were it not for the help of some very good friends, we would have been up all night the night before (and we're too old for that sort of thing!). The 20 ft. x 8 ft. x 8 ft. container was nearly full, all the way to the top. Lots of stuff, and we'd pared down quite a bit! Some of the stuff we'd "pared down" was actually to be packed up and put into the attic. One disadvantage of retaining our house was the abundance of free attic storage. Translation: we've kept a lot of stuff we wouldn't have kept, I'm sure. But truly we have gotten rid of a lot of junk. And if and when we move back, I hope we can be even more discriminating. We still have more of the kitchen to pack up, and boxes and boxes of stuff to take to various agencies. I need to pop into the office to shred a few docs.

Thank goodness for Izzy, who has come almost every day to pack and make us keep moving. Today she packed and packed and cleaned and cleaned and cleaned, which is a good thing since I can't seem to get another friend's cleaning lady to call me back. I am so looking forward to a few days at Izzy's house, when everything is done and we can kick back by her pool before the long flight across the pond. I'll be able to get some luxuries done, like a haircut, manicure, and pedicure. Aaaaaah. Maybe we'll even take in a movie (Hitchhiker's Guide, anyone?). For now I must finish copying files from my old PC to the laptop so we can give the old PC to our neighbor. Yet another delivery to make tomorrow...

Monday, June 20, 2005

Thinking and not sleeping

There are so many things to take care of when you're leaving a country. And when you're busy all day just doing the things that have to be done at that moment, you don't have a chance to consider all the other things that are yet to be done. So, when you lie down to sleep, that's when the mental hamsters start running on the wheel. Many a night in the last couple of weeks I have found myself staring into the darkness, composing emails to old boyfriends, letters to long lost friends, figuratively packing my case and arranging items into box categories ("Open right away", "Open fairly soon", "No hurry", etc.) }sigh{ no rest for the wicked...

Tuesday, June 14, 2005


Hello and welcome to the new location for the I18n G.A.L. !
To those of you who have followed me from, thank you. To the new folks, you might want to read some of my previous blogs.
I need to keep this short due to a time constraint. You see, I'm off to a new adventure, moving to another country. Needless to say, there's loads to take care of. I expect my new experiences will give me quite a lot to write about. Until then, I'll be packing and sorting through 15 years worth of accumulation, and having lots of fun doing it, rest assured.

Until later...