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iwouldratherbeknitting
04-26-2008, 09:59 PM
do the sorting/etc that is necessary for a move to a new location? I have stuff everywhere.. keep being 'diverted' by other things.. and now have all sorts of 'started' projects going on.. and not much of anything really sorted.

However, I did clean out and organize the guest bathroom's medicine cabinet.. like that is really going to make a big difference, right? :roflhard: :teehee: But, it was at least something that was small enough that I could finish and see some progress.

I have to sort my household goods into: what goes into storage, (it will be shipped to storage in the states- so, it's not like I can get it later if I want it), the items to send with me, the items to be sent in a small shipment (I think it's 100-150 pounds of household/etc items that you'll need immediately.. I put sheets, towels, a few kitchen items, my microwave, more clothing, etc..), items to mail ahead (when I get an address) to myself.. (teaching materials and other things that I'll need when I get there) and which items to put in the suitcase (and did you guys know that they changed the two checked bags at 70 pounds each to 50 pounds each? I noticed that on the ticket last summer when I flew to the states. Normally, it doesn't matter to me-- but, when I'm MOVING .. I need every pound that I'm allowed- since, my household goods won't arrive for about 3-4 months after they are picked up by the movers! )

AND.. what to donate to others, and what to throw away or to give to friends.. (like the food and cleaning supplies that will eventually be left over).. and of course..

WHAT did I start sorting first last week? Why, my yarn, of course! I sorted the yarn to put in these huge cloth bags.. that are so heavy.. that it will take the movers to 'move them' once I get them full.. and OF COURSE, I'll have to decide which yarns to take on the plane for the 25+ hours flight to the states.. then the flight from the states to EUROPE.. because, right now.. there isn't any time for knitting.. sigh.. (when I need it most for stress relief)

SO, who's in? Who wants to fly to Seoul, Korea to help me? I can offer you a couch.. or a guest bed.. but, right now they are holding 'items' pending the sorting process.. ok, the truth is.. stuff is just on them. :teehee:

Oh, I forgot to mention.. that I have to do all of this after I get off work.. that might be why I have various projects started? However, I'm going to work on it all day/evening today.. (Sunday)

Mulderknitter
04-26-2008, 10:11 PM
I swear if I were within driving distance I would come help! moving is no fun especially on your own! :muah:
good luck dear, and even though I have no time to reply to your blog I do read it!

iwouldratherbeknitting
04-26-2008, 10:18 PM
Thank you.. for the offer.. it's nice to know that you would help. I've helped so many people move.. but, somehow that favor has never been returned. AND, moving while working for the US Government.. is a whole other matter.. you have to do way more than 'just move'.. it just adds to what has to be done.

Thanks for reading my blog.. that's nice to know that you do read it.

I hope that I can keep the postings up- it takes 30 minutes or more to do one blog entry. *Of course, it doesn't help that in this 'mess' somewhere is one of my camera memory sticks.. that I took out of my camera (got distracted) and DID NOT PUT IT BACK IN THERE nor is it in the 'normal' place that I would put a memory stick. Sigh..
Well, my 30 minute break is over- time to get back to work. :tap: :hair:

sabrinasmom
04-26-2008, 10:26 PM
If I were closer I would help but..... I enjoyed your pictures of Vietnam. My sister-in-law is from there and came to the States for the first time about 6 weeks ago. I see what they were talking about with the mopeds. She has her learners permit to drive a car. Bet that will be a change from driving a moped!!

iwouldratherbeknitting
04-26-2008, 10:53 PM
Oh no, watch out! NEW DRIVER!!

And, she will have to learn that she can't just drive where she wants, when she wants! I was so amazed at the people who were going in all different directions at once.. and not on the correct side of the roads either! You can see this happening in some of the photos that I took.. :D

Knitting_Guy
04-27-2008, 01:07 AM
I'd gladly do it in a heartbeat but somehow I just don't think I can swim that far.

iwouldratherbeknitting
04-27-2008, 02:32 AM
:roflhard: I know that I couldn't swim that far.. I couldn't even swim across the HAN River.. that I can see out my apartment window much less across an ocean.

But, then again.. you could look at all of my yarn that I've bought 99% of it overseas.. of course, I might have to search all suitcases.. to make sure that none of my 'yarn' wanted to be FOSTER YARN and go live somewhere else.

I just found some SOY YARN at the market Saturday... "Yes, I did buy some." ;)

Debkcs
04-27-2008, 03:16 AM
Are you a civilian employee? As military, we didn't have weight limits, but that was a while back. But I would come and help you pack, it's always more fun at someone else's house.

iwouldratherbeknitting
04-27-2008, 03:49 AM
Yes, civilian.. I have a pretty high weight allowance.. but, they include the STUFF already in storage too.. :aww: AND, I've purchased some furniture during my time here.. and need to buy a couple more pieces before I leave.. since, GERMANY won't have any closets or storage areas in the apartment/houses for rent.

I agree with you.. it's always more fun to help someone else.. much easier to make decisions.. Easy to tell them.. "Get rid of it!"

Me? But, 'so and so' gave this to me.. (truthfully, THEY are not going to come and see me while I am overseas and I need to realize that they probably won't even remember that THEY gave it to me anyway!) :teehee: So, it is OK to get rid of some things that you don't really like.. to have more room for the things you do like..

But, no matter.. I still have to sort to decide what items go into which of the 3 different shipments.. much less.. what to mail to myself/etc. IT takes time.. especially being by myself and having to work all day.. no energy left at night to do much of anything.. (which is why I started sorting the yarn).. :roflhard:

sue in canada
04-27-2008, 08:09 AM
I certainly don't envy you packing and sorting. It will be exciting to go to a new place but the actual move itself is no fun. All that wonderful yarn you have bought at the market must be in the top priority packing pile. I presume that a place is found for you to live, do you get any kind of choice?
The recent holiday pictures on your blog are amazing, I look forward to seeing photos from Germany soon. Do you have your actual moving date yet? Good luck with all the preparations.

auburnchick
04-27-2008, 08:29 AM
Moving is a great time to throw out stuff. Every time we've moved, half of my dh's stuff has "mysteriously" disappeared.

:rofl:

cheley
04-27-2008, 09:15 AM
:hug: [quote=iwouldratherbeknitting;1101010]do the sorting/etc that is necessary for a move to a new location? I have stuff everywhere.. keep being 'diverted' by other things.. and now have all sorts of 'started' projects going on.. and not much of anything really sorted.

However, I did clean out and organize the guest bathroom's medicine cabinet.. like that is really going to make a big difference, right? :roflhard: :teehee: But, it was at least something that was small enough that I could finish and see some progress.

I have to sort my household goods into: what goes into storage, (it will be shipped to storage in the states- so, it's not like I can get it later if I want it), the items to send with me, the items to be sent in a small shipment (I think it's 100-150 pounds of household/etc items that you'll need immediately.. I put sheets, towels, a few kitchen items, my microwave, more clothing, etc..), items to mail ahead (when I get an address) to myself.. (teaching materials and other things that I'll need when I get there) and which items to put in the suitcase (and did you guys know that they changed the two checked bags at 70 pounds each to 50 pounds each? I noticed that on the ticket last summer when I flew to the states. Normally, it doesn't matter to me-- but, when I'm MOVING .. I need every pound that I'm allowed- since, my household goods won't arrive for about 3-4 months after they are picked up by the movers! )

AND.. what to donate to others, and what to throw away or to give to friends.. (like the food and cleaning supplies that will eventually be left over).. and of course..

WHAT did I start sorting first last week? Why, my yarn, of course! I sorted the yarn to put in these huge cloth bags.. that are so heavy.. that it will take the movers to 'move them' once I get them full.. and OF COURSE, I'll have to decide which yarns to take on the plane for the 25+ hours flight to the states.. then the flight from the states to EUROPE.. because, right now.. there isn't any time for knitting.. sigh.. (when I need it most for stress relief)

SO, who's in? Who wants to fly to Seoul, Korea to help me? I can offer you a couch.. or a guest bed.. but, right now they are holding 'items' pending the sorting process.. ok, the truth is.. stuff is just on them. :teehee:

Oh, I forgot to mention.. that I have to do all of this after I get off work.. that might be why I have various projects started? However, I'm going to work on it all day/evening today.. (Sunday)[/quote Wow,LOL we are planning a giant move for my nephew (he's taking an assignment in Africa) from what I understand he even has to take ALL maintenance stuff for his vehicle too (tires, oil etc)...So I feel for you:hug: Oh, but he won't be taking any yarn:teehee:

iwouldratherbeknitting
04-27-2008, 09:30 AM
Sue,
I'm glad to hear that you read my blog! :woot:

No, I don't have a place to live in Germany yet.. the place that I'm moving to-- is undergoing a huge expansion.. or in other words.. thousands, THOUSANDS of people are moving to the same place at the same time.. all looking for a place to live in a fairly rural area of Germany!

So, my plan is.. 'not to take all of my HHG's so.. that I won't be tied down to having to find a large place to rent.. to hold all of my stuff.. (I'll take the basics.. and enough furniture to live somewhere.. but, most of my things- I'll put in storage.)

I don't know anyone there- to help me find a place to live.. unlike the military.. they tend to 'save/find/etc.' homes for the new incoming troops.. that doesn't happen with teachers.. mostly because the former teachers.. leave in JUNE.. and new teachers arrive in AUGUST.. so, you see.. no 'overlap'..

However, this time.. all of the teachers at my school will be NEW too.. all of us.. it is a brand new OPENED school.. newly formed.. not just a 'new school building'..

AND.. we will all need a place to live.. sigh.. But, it will all work out.

Plantgoddess+
04-27-2008, 09:33 AM
As a military brat I feel for you. I was the eldest of 5 and got to help my mother alot in the moves from duty station to duty station (including Rota, Spain). My dad was aboard ship and unavailable.
To this day I hate to travel even for overnight.
Also as someone who went to school on a military base in Spain, thank you for your work teaching. I remember fondly all the teachers I had my sophmore year of high school.

iwouldratherbeknitting
04-27-2008, 09:35 AM
ha ha.. cheley.. I know that there used to be a location (maybe it is still a base that we operate? I just can't remember where it is.. maybe Bahrain?) Anyway, you were supposed to bring your own toilet paper for the year.. hee hee.. and I'm sure paper towels too?

Auburn.. strange how things just disappear, huh? AND, when you move.. you can always say 'you haven't seen it since the move'.. to those people who ask about 'something' that they gave you that you just did not like and you dropped it off at a thrift store.. before you moved..

iwouldratherbeknitting
04-27-2008, 09:37 AM
Plant, I did request Rota, Spain.. but, didn't get it.. :(

I requested Italy and England too.. but, Germany will be fine.. I'm looking forward to the clean air... and traveling to new locations.

Yes, I move every 3 years or less.. doesn't make it any easier.. it just happens more often than most people..

Things are in a total mess here though.. my oh my.. I have a few 'pathways'.. had to shove the winter clothing off of the bed.. I get diverted too easily.. see new 'shiny things'.. (shiny things are anything that catches your attention)

Plantgoddess+
04-27-2008, 09:42 AM
My sister and her family loved their posting in Germany. When my nephew went in the Army after West Point he chose Germany as well for his posting.
I am amazed by the photos I've seen of parts of Germany, how clean it is.
I have a friend who is German and where she lives the farmers have to wash off their tractors when done in the fields before they are allowed to bring them on the roads to go home.

iwouldratherbeknitting
04-27-2008, 09:51 AM
Oh no! Dirt police! I wonder if there is a law about washing your car? Here.. my car gets dirty all the time.. from the EVIL yellow dust that falls out of the sky..

Plantgoddess+
04-27-2008, 09:55 AM
Had a friend (married to the German woman) who took his American pickup over to Germany (in the 1980's) He had to spend over $3,000 dollars to bring it up to emissions specs in order to get it licensed to drive.

Inis
04-27-2008, 11:21 AM
How 'bout I come to Germany and help you UNpack.

You can send your yarn to Inis Lovely, Colorado Springs --- for safe storage. :teehee:

Seriously, I do understand some what. My father was in the Army and we moved quite frequently. Even as kids we had to part with things before every re-assignment.

Debkcs
04-27-2008, 01:02 PM
How 'bout I come to Germany and help you UNpack

What a lovely idea! They sell lovely yarn there, and it's easy to find in the larger cities.

iwouldratherbeknitting
04-27-2008, 04:45 PM
:cool:
Plant.. I hope it doesn't cost that much to get my old VW to German Specs.. yikes! That would elminate my yarn budget.

Plantgoddess+
04-27-2008, 07:08 PM
:cool:
Plant.. I hope it doesn't cost that much to get my old VW to German Specs.. yikes! That would elminate my yarn budget.
Gee I hope not as well. But maybe you could get a new one while you're there.

iwouldratherbeknitting
04-27-2008, 07:57 PM
Maybe I can buy a new car when I MOVE FROM GERMANY?? However, not for the first couple of years.. no $$ It will cost a lot to move there.. (the govt pays my monthly rent but.. I have to pay the 2 months rent deposit (and probably the first month's rent before the monthly rent $ kicks in) and the $2,000.00+ fee to the realtor's to help me find a place to live.. and you only get $500.00 of that refunded) So, I won't be buying a new car for awhile.. but, the plan is to buy one before I leave.. :woot:

So, I think I'll be glad that I'll be packing all of my yarn-- especially the first year.. of 'limited fun $$ to spare!' :wink:

KnittingCommuter
04-28-2008, 09:11 PM
That picture on your blog of the injured Marine in dress blues is one of the most touching I have ever seen. God bless him. I truly hope he gets the care he deserves.