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Movers Are Coming

October 4, 2012

15724 NE 53rd St, Redmond, WA 98052

Bye bye happy yellow house. You have been good to us and we loved you right back. You can keep the fancy upgrades we have showered you with over the years. You will never be forgotten! You were the first place we called home– where we spent first five years of our couplehood together and like a good friend you’ve comforted us with a wall to cry on and kept us warm (after we refilled your insulation). We hope you’ll be as good to your new owners.

Hello red-bricked giant! Your size and floor plan intimidate us. Your vaulted ceilings, rounded windows and plantation shutters intrigue us.  We can’t wait to get to know you better and do a makeover to shave years off your age. We will even accept sleeping on the floor a few nights because you are worth it. You could be the one we settle down with and start a family together.


For some, moving cross-state is a nerve racking undertaking (for my paranoid overprotective Jewish mother for example), Eric and I are thrilled for a change and are taking the packing/moving challenge head on. We developed a great teamwork approach. Like a good program manager, I gently nag remind him of his daily tasks while allocating enough buffer time based on the previous results and, he, in between his deep Fiddler-thoughts, completes half of them in twice the time. I hate being late, so needless to say, my packing portion was completed three days before the movers’ arrival (well, almost). Eric prefers the just-in-time approach, with close examination of each item, which with time (and lots of meditation, deep breaths and happy thoughts) I have (barely) learned to accept.


At least he is packing, unlike some other family members who are sleeping the days away.


I met with four moving companies: Atlas, United, Jordan Rivers, and Allied. Each offered their own perks. Atlas had free evaluation coverage for AAA members. United’s estimator promised to provide free boxes for own packing. Jordan Rivers had the cheapest estimate. Allied seemed to have the best balance between cost and services, so we chose them.

When you are paying out-of-pocket for moving expenses, things that seemed extremely valuable at first end up donated or given away to friends in record time. We have officially finished the “cleaning the garage” project. It only took us five and a half years and a house move to get it all done. Now, it makes for a perfect moving picture with our neatly packed boxes.


Like a scene from a scary movie – a young couple moves from their small home with their Home Depot-labeled boxes of various shapes and sizes into a giant mansion unaware that the new house is haunted by ghosts of dead cowboys and Texas Republicans. Don’t worry– after a few gallons of paint, new flooring and a couple of bathroom updates, the ghosts realize that the couple is there to stay and hide out in deeper parts of Texas.

Less than 24 hours until movers arrive. Time to wrap up the packing, load the car, and bid farewell to Washington state.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mark permalink
    October 4, 2012 1:24 pm

    Good luck with the move! I hope the only stuff that gets busted is the stuff you secretly wanted to replace anyway 🙂

  2. Shaun permalink
    October 7, 2012 7:26 pm

    I hope Eric is like me…I have kept old hardware and software from a decade ago. …old video cards, hard drives @ 80 MB, plus many other historic pieces and others like ZIP drives and DOS 2.0 in shrink wrap in thoughts of it being useful again for some reason.

    If HE can’t do it, I seriously need some help in getting rid of old technology. I have TWO Atari 2600 bundles with games that I haven’t seen since moving three times in 10 years….is that a problem???

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