It was nice and sunny I was on my way back from the post office when I noticed the mover’s van by the roadside. They were early! I said “Konnichiwa” and I guess they knew the stuff belonged to me somehow, cos one of the guys followed me with a pallet of boxes. They had already put protective thick plastic coverings on the floor from the foyer all the way into the elevator. I guess that’s the rule here; movers or in this case, bringers, have to protect floors, etc.
I did not sleep very well last night thinking of where I am gonna put 45 boxes of stuff!! The movers (bringers) kept bringing in all these boxes, some in the master bedroom, a couple or three for the kitchen, lots into the spare room and alot more into the tatami room. I was thinking – where are the kids going to sleep when they come?? Then they brought the skis and the bicycles and the marble topped cafe table and I directed them to the balcony. Thank god for the balcony!
Dave came home for a few hours to help unpack. One of the bringers was a girl who spoke excellent English and very polite; so I was thankful that there was someone we could communicate with. She was very cute and she told me that she had been with the same two guys and this company for five years! I am sure that she is such an asset to the company from the communication point of view with foreigners.
Once all the boxes were in, the bringers started to unpack the boxes, which was great cos then they will carry off all the boxes with them. The girl was unpacking the family pictures and I said my children and this is my son and she said is he single? I told her he is only 18 and at college and she was surprised. I guess Alex looked older in his tuxedo. In no time at all, they were done. I looked on both beds and was appalled at the amount of clothings I had brought, then I looked at the entraceway and gasped! Shoes! a huge pile of them! Towels! ugh. No wonder there weren’t much left at home. Dave asked me why so many towels and i said, well, the kids are coming at christmas and they will need two each…..
I managed to put away the kitchen stuff which were not very much. I was so happy to see my spices and curry powder. By the time the bringers left, all the shoes were put away (by them!) in the shoe cupboard. The thing about this apartment is that although small, it has alot of cupboard spaces; all the ski boots, shoes and boots disappeared into the little cubbies at the entrance! Yay!! I can now change shoes; the last two months I just about wore my brown danskos to death and I can put on other sweaters now. I have been wearing just two sweaters all these weeks – I have washed them! And I cannot wait for the cold bad weather to come – bring it on – cos I now have my long down jacket!! and hats and scarves!!
I have made up the guest room bed, with pillows and blankies and comforters – mummy’s ready for you kids!! And most of our clothes have found homes in the closet and I have a huge egg on my forehead – I was on a chair putting sweaters up high on the shelf and I forgot to duck when I climbed down – knocked my noggin’ on the closet door jamb – it is stil throbbing!
Well, dinner is beef curry tonight. Dave will be happy as he thought my cooking has been very bland lately!
It is still sunny and it is after three pm! BTW, I looked at my hands yesterday and was shocked to see how “white” i have become!! It is all these fog and rain here in Aizu – I am losing my tan!!