Drowning in Boxes

A quick update. We are buried alive in boxes. It’s really amazing how much “stuff” we’ve acquired after living in the UK for 3.5 years – even though we’ve made a deliberate attempt to live a minimalist lifestyle. We still have boxes and boxes of stuff! So I’m doing a major sort-through, getting rid of things we don’t use and/or don’t want. All I can say is, the local Salvation Army loves me!  We’re definitely going to have to try harder in the new place to be really restrictive about what we bring home. It’s shocking once you get it all out of the cabinets and cupboards (although the hairballs under the couch are more shocking….).

At this point I would like to note that in the previous paragraph I have used the royal “we”, because really I mean “I” … because Alex is not here. He’s on a business trip to Florida.  Was it the best timing? To have him in absentia during the packing and moving? No. I’m not particularly happy about it, but it’s the way it worked out so “Onward, Christian soldiers” and all that bunk.

We get the keys to the new flat on Thursday, and I cannot wait. For some reason this new flat seems more grown up than our current place – I’m not sure if that’s because it’s more expensive, or because it’s in a proper housing development, or what, but I’m really looking forward to it. We’ll be able to hang proper paintings on the walls – in frames! – which we can’t do at the current flat because of the concrete walls. And we can do some gardening in our little yard. I will probably be a peasant about it and plant potatoes. 🙂

A note on logistics, because the next two weeks are a little crazy, so if you don’t hear from us don’t worry!  We get the keys on Thursday morning. At 1pm on Thursday our very dear friend Bill arrives for a visit. Conveniently, we still have our old flat until the end of the month, so we have two flats for the week that he is here. So we’re putting Bill in the new flat, and we’re staying in the old flat.  Alex gets  back from his trip on Friday night, and then on Saturday morning we’ve got the moving-man-with-a-van coming to haul all the aforementioned boxes over to the new ‘hood. So it’s a bit odd, because for a few days all our stuff is going to be in the flat with Bill, but we’ll still be in the old, now-empty flat! We’re making the final jump on Wednesday morning, when we turn in the keys to the old flat, and Alex and Bill leave for a trip to France and Spain. They’re gone for a week, and then Alex has a business trip back to Paris, before he finally gets home the next Friday. So it will still be almost 3 weeks after we get the keys before we’ll have a night together in our new place!

Phew!  And if that’s not enough, shortly after that I leave my current job and start my new one. And then we have a weekend trip to Luxembourg. And then Alex goes back to Santiago de Chile, and then he goes to New York, and before you know it, it’s the Christmas holidays. 🙂  Because it’s such a busy Fall, we’re already planning a quiet Christmas at home this year. We’ll need to catch our breath!


Posted on 16/09/2013, in travel. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Suzanne Moulton-Gertig

    Good luck with all that, Astrid. John and I are doing the same thing,m but over the next 8 months, rather than a few weeks.
    BTW, all you need in Luxembourg is a weekend. Been there. . .liked the little railway station. . . . .

  2. You are amazing! The fact that you are able to recall who and what is where when blows me away!! What an exciting time! Unfortunate that you are solo taking care of all this. It will be great to be a bit settled for the holidays. I think Alex should make dinner for the next few months or whenever he is in town.

    Good luck with everything. Look forward to hearing more about it all.

    Hey, which flat are the cats inhabiting?


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