6.03.2010

Drum Roll Please....

On Thursday May 22, 2008, the movers came and packed up our house in Tel Aviv, Israel. It took five men less than one day to wrap, pack, move, and crate all the contents in our entire house ... all 182 boxes that weighed a total of 7028 pounds.

Well today, the movers finally finished packing up our house here. It took an average of eight men three FULL days to wrap, pack, and move our three separate shipments all into the downstairs floor of our house. Of course they're still not 100% complete. They still need to crate each shipment, which they're going to do on Saturday. So until then we're walking around a maze of boxes which are organized and stacked in the same dimensions as the crates they'll be moved into...

And now for the moment we've all been waiting for. I had to ask the owner of the company to re-calculate the totals at least twice because I didn't believe him. Out of a total of 8000 pounds we could ship to the States (7200 by sea and 800 by air) ... here's where we came in ....

Household effects (HHE) going to California ~ 47 boxes totaling 1503 pounds.

Household effects (HHE) going to storage ~ 100 boxes totaling 4728 pounds.

Unaccompanied baggage (UAB) going to California (with 250 of that going onto Iraq) ~ 9 boxes totaling 695 pounds.

For a grand total of 156 boxes and 6926 pounds (695 air and 6231 HHE)


Even after purchasing a coat rack, book shelf, TV stand, armoire, console table, 2 marriage boxes, a custom couch/chaise, and a 12 piece set of china, AND even with the movers incessant wrapping of every single solitary item in tissue paper, bubble wrap, and peanuts, we STILL came in 1000 pounds underweight.

All I can say is wow, wow, wow ... the planning totally paid off. And I rock.

20 comments:

Sara said...

You do rock! That's awesome!!

Bfiles said...

you sure do. Wow. Big relief, big sense of accomplishment. Congrats!

Christy said...

You said it sister - you totally rock!

Mommy, I'm Home said...

YEAH!

TulipGirl said...

You TOTALLY rock!

Shannon said...

You DO rock! Any hints for me? The movers show up here next Wednesday. I hope we make weight.

Mom24 said...

AWESOME! Great job. I'm sure it's a big relief to have that done and underweight too. Counting down...

Emily said...

AMAZING! I am awed by your greatness!

Thomas and Andrea said...

After you pulled this off, I´d say it´s time for hubby to weigh you up in a luxury good of your choice!

Robin said...

You totally rock. And knowing how speedy (though less cautious) Israeli movers are I think I'd have gone mental watching these guys stretch it out so long.

Thanks for all your votes last week! I really appreciate the support.

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Jen said...

My dear, you totally do ROCK!

Z. Marie said...

Awesome!

Daniela Swider said...

Wow, absolutely impressive!

Of course, if it were me, I know I'd be thinking "I could have bought more cool stuff." But that's just me...

OHmommy said...

Wow THAT is amazing Jill. You rock!

Donna said...

And the contest is on! We're still not finished, but I'll post some numbers today, hopefully, and we'll see who "wins" this battle of the HHE.

Of course, I just discovered there are no bowls or silverware in my welcome kit. I think the movers packed some of the kit, so we'll be unpacking the garage today. Sigh....

Congrats to you.

A Daring Adventure said...

I am bowing. You cannot see it, but it is happening.

And now I am bowing again. To your greatness.

And you have given me hope! Hope that such a thing is possible for us, too! (Yeah, right...)

And I LOVE Donna's comment. Cracked. Me. UP!!

Natalie said...

Geez, do you have a clone that I could hire? :)

Sara said...

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anymommy said...

Beautiful. Kudos, my dear, and safe flights.

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