We arrived back in TN on Fri 9th. On Sunday our friends had a goodbye party for us, which was so sweet and for which we are so grateful. No pictures for that one - we were too busy nattering away to everyone. There were pictures taken...just not with our cameras. If I ever get my mitts on any I'll post 'em.
Anyway, then the insanity began.
We had been trying to nail down the moving dates for some time. To say it was excessively difficult would be an understatement. I don't know if it's actually the moving company or the liaison at Nissan, but there's something weird going on. Maybe I shouldn't be harsh. Maybe the liaison has a bunch of crazy stuff going on in her life that makes it difficult for her to do her job. We're certainly having an excessively difficult time at the moment, so there's no reason to suppose that everyone else's life is smooth sailing. However, the lack of communication is making our move unnecessarily stressful.
- We can only move 6000lbs of household items. Sounds like a lot, but it actually means we are unable to take any furniture at all. Nissan says they have a storage facility where all our belongings that are not being taken will be held. However, it's unclimatized and will not be a storage room for us individually; there are all kinds of items in there and ours will be shoved in willynilly and left for three years.
- The relocation liaison knows that we need to be out of here this coming week. They also know that we are unable to get into our house in Canada until the end of April. Nevertheless she was unable to set a date for the movers to come until we became a little emphatic. Furthermore, she has set the delivery date of the items that are coming to Canada with us for the 1st April. ?? Why set the date then when they know we are unable to take delivery until the 25th?
- There has been zero information about the storage facility. On the form the "date of delivery to storage" was left absolutely blank. That's just a tad disconcerting. Where will our belongings be going on Wednesday? Into the ether?
Having to put our homes and all our worldly belongings into the hands of people who a) appear to have no idea what they're doing, b) don't care that they have no idea what they're doing and c) don't care about us or our belongings at all is a terrifying experience.
Oh my gosh. I've just realized. I'm going to be without a bike for five weeks. Aaaagh! Oh my goodness. This is unwelcome news.
Anyway. It is my sincere hope that this whole post is just a whole load of panic over nothing. I really hope it will all work out on the day and I will have made a mountain out of a molehill. Hopefully in six weeks I'll be writing a happy blog post about how awesome our new home is and how nothing at all was damaged or lost, and how the move went really smoothly. Here's hoping.
In the meanwhile....
So, while all this stress was happening, while all the busy paperwork of moving internationally and filing taxes etc was going on, and while I was trying to sort out what was going with us and what was going into storage and what was being given away and what was being chucked....our heater broke.
No kidding. We have been without heat for three days now. Luckily we're in TN so it's not so bad. It's a bit chilly at the moment and I'm wearing my coat. The worst time is early in the morning, but we have enough quilts and blankets on the beds so we're just fine.
When it happened at first I was all "Seriously? Right now? Really?" but then I thought that actually it might be a blessing. It could have been a big problem if the heater had quit working while the house was empty and the pipes froze and we ended up being flooded. It could have been a big problem if we had renters in the house and the heater broke. It could have been a big problem if the heater broke a month or two ago when it was really terribly cold. In fact, if the heater *had* to break, it really picked the perfect time to do it - during comparatively warmer weather, and before we moved out of the house.
There's silver linings hidden in them thar storm clouds.
Tomorrow we move into a hotel.
Tuesday we are being packed up.
Wednesday our stuff is being driven away...where to, I have no idea.
Here's hoping and praying it all works out ok.