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Preparing for a Trip Home

Posted in Life, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2014 by urbannight

I’m getting ready for a trip home.  Or I’m not getting ready.  I’ve been really bad at doing all the things I wanted to finish before I left for a week.  Instead, I spent a lot of time on the couch taking medication and sleeping.  The current weather pattern has been killing my head and sinuses.

What I have done is bought a new camera, I love it and I will post the first photo’s on it here, just as soon as I get to Idaho.  I bought a new dress for my niece’s wedding that didn’t fit and fell off me.  I think their sizing chart is off or I did a really bad job measuring my chest.

One wrench in my plans was that I realized I needed to renew my Driver’s License BEFORE I left on my trip.  My birthday will happen when I’m in Idaho.  So I had to use the money I set aside to check my luggage to renew my license. So now I have to figure out how to everything into a small carry on suitcase.  I think I’ll take three outfits, wear one outfit, and do laundry at my mom’s half way through the trip.

I didn’t lose the weight I wanted to lose.  I lost that 13 pounds at the beginning of the year and never managed to lose any more.  I just stalled out.  The good thing is my mom has a really nice treadmill.  I miss my treadmill.  It died on me a few years back.

I hope to get out and about and take LOTS of photos.  I want to give a good overview of anything I can.  I’m sure my focus or goals.  Home no longer feels like home.  The town of 5000 that I grew up in exploded after I moved and now is over 28,000.  That is a huge jump.  It happened over about 15 years I think.  I graduated in 1988.  I can’t go back that far, but in 1990, the population was 7,700.  The 28,000 is from 2012.  At one point, they said it was the fastest growing town in the state.  The population quadrupled in 22 years.  No wonder it doesn’t feel like home anymore.  The populations when from 5011 when I lived near the population sign in grade school to 7,700 two years after graduation.  Very slow growth the entire time I lived there, then an explosion of people coming.  It is strange to me.

Downtown Post Falls along the Spokane River

Downtown Post Falls along the Spokane River.

My flight is an early morning one.  And I have a lot to do.  Before work I managed to get a load of laundry started, emptied the dishwasher, cooked a back sandwich for breakfast and a steak for lunch, moved the laundry to the drier and started a second load, and that is about it.

Now I have to pack, and clean, and find the charger for my personal dvd player.  And try to find my mp3 player that has been missing for a year.  It has to be in one of the still unpacked boxes in my room.  I want to clean and unpack some of those boxes.  I feel like I have a lot on my plate that I left to the last minute.  Because I really did.  It is all my fault.  But trying to sleep just seemed like a good idea at the time.

So tonight, like most pre-flight nights, I’m going to be up late cleaning and up early to make a predawn drive to the airport.

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Interlude

Posted in Apartments, Books, Entertainment, Life, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2013 by urbannight
Fields of Memory

Fields of Memory

I am still in the process of packing and moving. Moving day is 2 days away. I should take pictures of the mountains of boxes everywhere.

In the meantime, here is a little something for you.

My first published poem. From many many years ago:

Childhood

Within the nooks and crannies of my mind,
The child I still am, she does hide.
To live the memories I do cherish,
Within the nooks and crannies of my mind.

It came to me in the shower when I was thinking up good names for a children’s bookstore.

To Do List; or, Why does travel trigger a cleaning frenzy in women?

Posted in Life, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2012 by urbannight

I have an ambitious night ahead of me.  I have to sort the clean laundry and pack what I need for 4 days. I’m going to Breckenridge Colorado for wedding for some friends.

I have to wash the dirty laundry because I’m sure there area couple items I want for the weekend.  I’ll throw in the sheets and remake the bed. 

I want to get all the dishes cleaned and put away.

I need to shower again to try to get the last of the grease paint out of my hair.  I didn’t put it in my hair but some got into my hair as I was trying to get it off my face.

In addition to cleaning the litter box area and making it all fresh and ready for the cats, I want to clean the entire bathroom so it is clean when I get home.

Washing up tonight means I can pack ‘most’ of my toiletries and bathroom stuff tonight and not worry about it in the morning.

I need to set up four-day feeding and watering stations for the cats.  although I will be home half way through the fourth day. 

I think I would like to clean up the bedroom so that I’ll come home to a nice tidy bed.

This is where we will be staying for 3 nights, Tomahawk Lodge in Breckenridge CO.

I’m working the day after we get back, so it would be nice to have a tidy and neat apartment when we get back.  That probably means I should put away the Halloween stuff early this year.  Leave the more autumnal stuff out and set out the more Thanksgiving specific stuff.

Basically, I’m going to try to fit in an entire Fall Cleaning ritual in about 4 hours, while hoping my roommates class runs the full-time. 

I have not even started on my plans for tonight and I already feel the need for this.

Not to mention I want to watch a show or two, do a little stitching, and take some screen shots and do a couple of blogs for which I’ll try to set up publication dates during the time I’m gone.

What is it about going on a trip that causes women to go into a frenzy of cleaning?  Is it learned behavior?  Because I know my mom did it.  Do men suffer this compulsion?  My roommate is a naturally neat and tidy male.  Most I know have not been.  I knew that he, and most other men I’ve met over the years, often just grab their stuff and go.  So I don’t really see men as the ‘gotta clean’ now type.

I also need to take a book or two, a stitching project, a crochet and/or knitting project for riding in the car, and some food prep and take my tea.  Oh, I don’t want to forget the lap top for extra photo storage.

Maybe I need to take two suitcases?  One for clothes and bathroom things and one for stuff to do?

I’m getting tired just thinking about it.  And I have to work a half hour late today.  ARG!

27 Days of Moving

Posted in Apartments, Life, Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 27, 2011 by urbannight

I saved this as a draft with the intent to add pictures. This will not happen for the next few days. So I’m just going to post it rather than hang on to it. It would be horribly long if I were to do that.

The main move is going to be May 15th. Sunday evening. After 6:30 PM. Rather late but that is when the big strong male with pick-up truck will be available.

In the mean time, I took all my Friday’s off for moving. Last Friday started out good and ended behind. I had planned out three trips and the first trip was right on track. The second trip took twice as long. At that point I was so exhausted and tired and sore and hungry that I wasn’t worrying about the third trip. I felt quite brain dead and zombiefied.

Saturday was difficult because I was still exhausted and sore and hungry. (I was so tired Friday night I forgot to eat dinner. Hot bath and going to bed early took top billing) The result was that I got in one trip. I was also still so tired that I didn’t get around to packing that evening either. The result was that I only had one trip worth of stuff for Sunday. I still felt rather like the walking dead.

Sunday I felt much recovered. I didn’t have enough for two trips so I didn’t rush in the morning. I got my car loaded and went over with an overnight bag with a change of clothing and bathroom stuff. After unloading I took a long hot soak and got ready for Easter dinner. The water gets VERY hot. A big improvement over the current apartment. But I discovered that the bathroom door is out of alignment so I can’t get it to stay shut and lock.

My roommate and I work at the same place but in different departments. We went to dinner at the Office Manager’s home. It was a nice time and good food. We left much later than I expected. By the time I picked up my car and got back to my place it was 8:00 in the evening. I was ready to go to bed. Totally crash. Much to my amazement, I had a great deal of trouble falling asleep. I was still rather sore and it kept me up late.

Monday was a crazy day at work. But the evening turned out really productive. I packed up a carload worth of boxes and got in a couple of hours of stitching. Due to the pouring rain, there wasn’t a lot of people in the Old Market so I was able to park fairly close to the apartment and unload my car full of empty boxes. I was able to sleep very well and got up in time to pack up another car load.

Tonight I’ll get that dropped off and I made up a new schedule. The frustrating part of all this moving is that now my place looks like a big disaster. I’ve gotten a lot moved but the mess of everything else and the mess of empty boxes makes it feel like I’m farther and farther behind. The more I pack the more I have left to pack. Shouldn’t it be diminishing?

There is a small feeling of productivity. The bathroom is almost empty. It is the only place where I feel like I made progress. Not even the mostly empty bookcases make me feel accomplished. With the books gone, I see all the odds and ends I’ve stuck on the shelves and never found specific places for them to live.

I thought that with all these weeks to do my moving that I would be able to sort through and weed stuff out. But panic set in and now I’m just packing up everything unless it is obvious that I don’t need it anymore. I’ll have to sort and weed out while I’m unpacking. That means I’ll end up moving extra stuff I didn’t need to move.

On the other hand, some of the tubs of really odd odds and ends and miscellaneous stuff are getting left until the end. Maybe I’ll get ahead enough so that I’ll have the time to see what really needs to be discarded rather than moved.

40 Days of moving

Posted in Apartments, Books, Entertainment, Life with tags , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2011 by urbannight

I had a checklist for the weekend. I scheduled in my fun stuff as well as my packing stuff.

Yet now that it is Monday, and I look at my weekend check list, the only things checked off are the fun things.

I didn’t get much done. I did get a total of 6 boxes of books packed.

This did NOT make a dent in my book collection. Although one bookshelf IS starting to look a little bare.

So that means I’ll have to focus on it during the week. I have to be ready to move on to next weekend’s check list on Friday.

I may not have enough boxes. But at least I know a person who owns a book store. She is keeping book boxes for me. Which is perfect. The maximum sized box to pack books without becoming too heavy.

I am stronger than I look. I’m used to moving book boxes. But some people don’t realize just how heavy a box of paper can get. They use boxes a little too big and regret it.

I also was supposed to sort clothing. That was not touched. Books or clothes? What to do tonight? Clothes could be easier, but the tubs take up more room than the book boxes.

I go to help with the roommates moving on Friday. I’ll have a lot more boxes after that. It will be a good thing.

In the meantime, I’ll try to clean out my car so I can fill it with the boxes I have ready to go. That will free up some space for more box stacking later on.

I probably shouldn’t have watched seasons one and two of a cool anime show back to back all weekend. It wasn’t so bad on Saturday. I watched an episode, I packed a box. I watched an episode, I reorganized. I repeated that pattern for 6 boxes.

It was Sunday that got me. Over slept. Went for a long walk. Took a hot bath. Watched shows while eating lunch. Then alergies kicked in and I didn’t want to move the rest of the day.

I have to get a move on it. I have to stop worrying about getting to far ahead to early. The result was getting behind at the very start. I want it to be kept in balance.

43 Days. A Moving Experience

Posted in Apartments, Books, Economics, Entertainment, Life, Technology, Work, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2011 by urbannight

43 Days until I want to move all my furniture. Is it to early to start writing about moving?

I’ve spent the past two weeks teasing myself with the floor plan. I’m so eager to be moved already.

I want to move on the third weekend in May. I have 6 weekends before then. Trying to organize packing this far out is a terrible challenge. It is hard to focus on specific areas.

My roommate is moving in next weekend. I am taking the day off because I’ve been informed that I get the job of directing the placement of his furniture in all the public rooms and he doesn’t care where the kitchen stuff goes just so long as he can find it.

I think I may finally have a plan for my stuff. Start with books and clothes. Pack the boxes I have and try to set aside a box each for donations. (I’ve gone through one of 10 book cases and only come up with 6 books to donate!)

The goal is to get rid of the two smaller brown bookcases that really are not in very good shape. So I really ought to try to weed out that many books. I will pack away winter clothes and costuming stuff. Of the three boxes of too small clothes I couldn’t part with 3 years ago, I’ll sort through and ONLY keep a few items as motivators. I’m moving with a friend who has an elliptical and the apartment has a really nice fitness center.

Of the clothes currently in the dressers and closet, I ought to try to weed out a good portion. Since I’m moving, it’s really a good time to break down and get rid of some of the beloved pieces that got an oil stain that would never come out, or mystery washing machine stains that were not there before loading into the washer. Since I’ll be saving every month, I should just start refreshing my wardrobe by one item a month. So I should purge it ahead of time.

Next will be my scrapbooking stuff and hobby stuff. (non-stitching) Not a lot of weeding to do in that stuff. But it is also stuff that I can easily not use before the move.

Weekend three should belong to organizing, sorting, and packing most of my computer and electronic stuff and returning the Cox Digital box to them. I will probably not going to have cable again. It is just too expensive anymore. And SyFy shows my programs on SyFy Rewind. So I can watch them eventually. I mostly use Hulu and Netflix at 1/8th the cost of my cable bill.

Weekend four is getting closer to move date so I can really start packing up the majority of kitchen and bathroom stuff. At this point I’ll start taking my boxes over as well. I can get my bathroom set up and half my clothes in my bedroom closets and start getting stuff organized. Maybe I’ll get a new computer desk and set it up over there ahead of time and when I move my computer at the end, I’ll put the sewing/computer desk in the storage closet. It collapses flat. I also want to get rid of the extra dresser I use for storage and the computer des I’m currently using. Move it to the previously mentioned sewing desk during this packing stage.

Weekend 5 will see to the packing and organizing of my very important stitching stuff and anything else I want to see handled with great care. And moving more boxes. I still need to find someone who can remove my defunct treadmill.

This brings me to Weekend 6. The last weekend before the big move. I’ll leave myself with basic bathroom and kitchen stuff. One week of clothing. Get everything moved over except the BIG stuff. And take over empty drawers from the dressers so it is easier to move them.

That leave 4 piece bedroom set. One small table with 4 chairs. 8 bookcases some only 3 feet some up to 6 feet. One entertainment center. One flat screen t.v. and one regular t.v. One sewing/computer table. One hope chest. One rocking chair. And my computer.

My biggest concern is finding people to help me move. Movers will cost a minimum of 200 dollars for a minimum of two hours. Not sure I can afford that, but I could try. If it went over 2 hours then it would be a real problem. Maybe I can move all the short book cases myself. (I’m doing the computer myself.) The end table I could possibly do. Not sure the collapsible sewing/computer table will fit in my car. But I could try it. I could probably get the 4 chairs in my car at one time. And the bedroom TV.

If I managed that it brings the stuff to move down to Bed-frame, Mattresses, Dresser w/ mirror, Tall Dresser, Table, Entertainment center, Flat screen TV, 4 or 5 Bookcases, Hope Chest, Rocking Chair, and maybe the sewing table.

Renting a U-haul is so much more affordable, but if I can’t find muscle to help me move (for the price of beer and pizza) it doesn’t’ do me much good.

I have to make that decision in the next two weeks so I can get it set up. That is the only thing I don’t have much time left on to make that choice.

The last two weekends in May will be for moving anything I didn’t get moved already and getting a professional carpet cleaner in and for doing the rest of the cleaning on my own. I do own my own carpet cleaner. But it doesn’t do the greatest job. Not when trying to clean up an entire carpeted area.

On the whole, I wish I could start taking over stuff this instant. I’m to eager to be in the new setting, in a lovely apartment, with a nice gym, no longer having to park on the street, no longer having to run the dishwasher to get the water hot enough for a hot bath, and saving some money each month.

Just writing this feels like a huge tease on myself.