Ready, Set, Move! Part 2

Well, here’s the update folks.  The movers come next Tuesday for the express shipment and Wednesday and Thursday will be the pack out days for the household goods shipment.  Hubby, Rocky and I will move into an off-base hotel that allows pets on Wednesday for our last three weeks on the island.  Now you might be wondering how quickly the “express” shipment will get to Virginia.  A MONTH!  I don’t know why they bother calling it an express shipment.  We are allotted 1000 pounds and no furniture in the express.  Clothes and shoes that aren’t going in suitcases, towels, sewing machine, fabric, stampin’ stuff and whatever else we feel that will safely arrive in that shipment. 

Household goods is EVERYTHING ELSE.  Furniture, computer, kitchen stuff, BOOKS, CD’s, patio furniture, nick-knacks, vases, elliptical machine and everything else we own here.  It’s scary to think that all our stuff is going on a ship across the Pacific Ocean and then on a truck or train across the U.S.  When we moved here we had a missing crate out or seven crates.  It was the most expensive crate all in all and included our bedroom set (but the bed made it), our large T.V., a brand new coffee table, guest bedroom dresser/night stand, Calphalon set, stainless set, cookbooks and numerous other items had disappeared.  Thank goodness our situation was put into perspective when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf and we realized that we really weren’t missing much.  But, I will admit that for our first move with the job, I will worry every time from now on. 

Have you ever moved across the country, around the world or just down the street?  Did things go smoothly or did things go hair-wire?