Slow Progress

I’m making some headway with book packing, but as you can see, there’s a long way to go. Already 60 boxes packed, not counting the CDs. Those 1.3 cu.ft. boxes are heavy. So, here’s some pictures to show how things are going. Keep in mind there are bookcases and shelves in other places, I just took a few shots to give you the idea. Too bad we have to leave all those built-in shelves behind, but that’s the way it goes.

Oh, and today is the Official Book Buying or Ordering Cutoff Day. No more stuff until the move is over, the new shelves are built, all that. Could be a while. I did get a few things yesterday, so there will be a New Arrivals post come Monday. Of course, we are going to Bouchercon in San Francisco next week… uh oh.

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18 Responses to Slow Progress

  1. Chris says:

    Man, I don’t envy you. Don’t blow a gasket!

  2. Bill Crider says:

    I wish I had those bookcases built in my house.

  3. Richard says:

    So do I, Bill, so do I. In the new place, I mean…

  4. Jeff Meyerson says:

    They remind me a little of the great set (you can see part of it in the picture) in La Bete, which we saw last week.

    Of coruse, their bookcases are 19 shelves high and need a very tall ladder to get to the top. And they fill three sides of the stage.

  5. Richard says:

    Also, they are black, so as not to intrude on the eye too much. I left mine white thinking they would look better in the light-colored room, though I had already painted that one wall with an “accent color”. Which now has to be undone. The realtor wants the shelves left up for perspective buyers to see. They can be somewhat minimized by removing many of the shelves, but a take down would require un-bolting them from the wall, filling those holes, and so on. The area where the desk is now can be used for a sofa bed to make it a useable guest room.

  6. Packing books (and CDs and DVDs) is a daunting task. Unpacking them is a chore, too. But at least you don’t have to move them. I’ve done that, too.

  7. Richard says:

    Me, too, but never 1000 miles. It’s always been take a few boxes, go back, get a few more… But we’re really glad they are doing the rest of the house. Man, I hate packing kitchens.

  8. Evan Lewis says:

    A Herculean task. By the way, if you see books you just can’t wait to order, you’re welcome to have them sent to my address to await your arrival.

  9. Richard says:

    Get thee behind me, Satan! Captain Satan, that is, King of Adventure! Thanks for the kind offer, Evan. Of course, you’d need to open the packages to inspect that they are in good condition…

  10. Carl V. says:

    I am so glad that you had some “before” pics, or I would’ve been mighty disappointed. I don’t envy you the herculean effort of packing, rebuilding, and unpacking, and yet I also know that once they are all in their new home you will feel great about it and so I’m also happy for you. That’s the sacrifice of being a book lover, movers hate you and moving is never any fun. Thanks for taking pics, it was fun to peruse your shelves vicariously.

  11. Richard says:

    Carl – it will be fun and exciting, as well as a lot of work, once we’re there. It’s this deconstruction that’s a hassle. About the pictures, sorry they were a little out of focus, but I was in a hurry and didn’t check the images carefully at full size before posting.

  12. Carl V. says:

    No problem, I was able to see enough to slobber involuntarily. 🙂 Moving in general is a hassle. Sorry if this is a memory loss question, but have you set and mentioned a move date?

  13. Richard says:

    Yes and Yes.

    Oh, did you want to know what they are? Heh. We leave here early am on November 12, the day the moving van is loaded, which our neighbor will oversee. It’s a longish (500 miles per day) drive and we’ll arrive late afternoon of the 13th at a hotel near the new place. We get the keys on November 15th (still in hotel, as we won’t have a bed yet), we’re supposed to have utilities at that point. The movers are to arrive November 16th, the cats to follow on November 17th.

    Then the real fun begins. We have to buy a washer and dryer, the ones here are staying, as is the refrigerator), get internet, new e-address, the computers hooked up, cable TV on, phone up with new number. Yes, I’ll still have a land line, Wife has a cell but I don’t — yet. Then we need to find the grocery store (we have a vague idea), stock up and start unpacking and settling in… a process that I expect will take months. The other thing is we need a separate phone and internet line for Wife, set up by her company, with billing directly to them, and that has to be in right away so she can work (and make lots of money so we can make the new, exciting, house payment!). Sometime in there her car will be arriving, it’s going on an auto transport. She doesn’t like long distance driving, and 500 miles per day for two days is not gonna happen.

  14. Richard says:

    And as soon as the moving van pulls away our realtor will be here with the carpet guy measuring for new carpet, the painters setting up to repaint two rooms and touch up the rest, other tradesmen doing their thing to make the place shine for prospective buyers, and then it goes on the market. It’s a terrible time of year to sell a house, but we’re hoping to sell it by the end of the year, or at least by the end of January.

  15. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Timing is everything. Good luck, you’ll need it.

    You didn’t mention buying the bed.

  16. Richard says:

    No buying, it will come in the moving van. We’ll have to buy one for the guest room, though. Did you want a queen size, Jeff?

  17. Carl V. says:

    Wow, that is coming up quick! I’m looking forward to the play by play.

  18. Richard says:

    As there is time, yes.

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