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Christmas Stocking and new home

Not sure what happened there but it wasn't working - i'll try again maybe later - sorry guys...  i was trying to make the 'wishes' more visible as i found it almost impossible to read the flakey green on stocking itself...

i'm moved in to my new abode but man! what a cram!   You know what those exploding diagrams for engines or workings of machines?  that's kinda what my room looks like...  oh woe is me...  always something...    i have boxes stacked in the corridor too...  will have to start with those, to stop the other tenants falling over them...  they do know who they belong to and there are only two rooms after mine [5 bedrooms here].     There's #4 a tiny Greek called Kostas [for short] *snorts* - there's #5 a couple at the back, she is middle European something - Begonia, Begronia or somesuch, #2 is an IT engineer called Paul from up North somewhere and the new #1 who i have only seen once i think, is an Indian chap, no idea of name as i was dashing out.

We share dining/kitchen facilities and joy of joys, have a girl who comes in and cleans the communal areas three times a week...  *bliss*   We only do our own rooms.  You can see about three square inches of mine at the moment.   *snorts again*
i have sorted some of the room but the boxes are 6 or 7 deep in some places, so it will take a while...   i did make sure the computer desk was next to the door and set up my computer on the night i moved in, as the NTL tech was coming the next day...   About 10am and black as your hat, speaking Portugeuse to Aunty on his mobile!  Nice lad and helpful & courteous.

The actual move was a disaster waiting to happen from the go-get.   They were supposed to arrive 8am Monday last - i said earlier if you like but oh no, that would have been too easy...   So i go down just before 8am to wait for them and 20 minutes later, i still there freezing my ass off in the doorway.   Mobile rings, it's the driver - "I'll be there 9-9.15 when i have filled up with diesel" - Me: "What happened to 8 o'clock?" - Driver: "Huh? i'll give you to Mike"- i go off at Mike, owner and true-blue twat, asking what happened to 8am - He:  "WE must have got our wires crossed" - Me: "No, WE didn't, you said 8am, not me."    Several minutes of waffle later, we are no further forward but Driver is coming 9-9.15...   He eventually does - on HIS OWN - no set of wheels to move heavy boxes, nowt!!   Another lad turns up and give him a hand, so we are out of there fairly quickly and after i return my key to Accounts, i get in the cab with said driver, Steve and we set off.   i bend his ear about only one person - what about Cambridge?   If it has taken two of them about 3/4 of an hour, to put my stuff from my room in the little truck, how long is it going to take JUST HIM to unload it in CB?  i am NOT pleased....
It took us about four hours to drive down, with one break for coffee and a pee and then we turn off the motorway onto the A14 and get this!  i am guiding and giving HIM directions on which part of CB we are driving to...   Luckily i had a map covering the approaches on the CB map i had with me...  only one wrong turn and we arrive.   i call landlord and he arrives very quickly.  We finish our business fairly promptly and i get my keys.
Steve has started to bring stuff in and put it in the corridor as i do this and then the real nightmare begins...   It was taking him so long to shift it all, i started to bring in what i could manage...  It took us 2 1/2 hours....  it would have been another 1-1 1/2 if i hadn't helped.   i thought Steve was going to have a heart attack with several of the boxes [no wheels remember?] - he had to half UNPACK two of them in the frickin truck...   Un-sodding-real...   
i was so tired and my hip was complaining loudly, by the time he shoved off just after 5pm.   Kostas was there and making sympathetic noises.   There is a decent takeaways just over the road a bit and i got chicken & chips for tea.  i was pushing myself to eat and Kostas made me a welcoming mug of coffee, nice man...
All i did was let Lynnie know i was still alive, make sure the computer stuff was ready and then found sheets, blanket and my pillow to make the bed and promptly fell into it. 
i must go do some telephoning etc, so part two of the Saga later!
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx  to all for your good wishes.

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kazzy_cee
Dec. 14th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you've got the computer set up as a priority to let us know you've arrived safe and sound! Good luck with the unpacking!!
lovejames
Dec. 16th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
Oh yes, i know what is important! And don't forget that the phone & digital tv came in as parts of the package...
Thanks for the luck, i'll need it....
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ukchrisp
Dec. 14th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
At least your in now - that's the main thing :)
Fancy that guy turning up with no way of shifting the boxes !! what a pillock, hubby sympathised with you and thought it was ridiculous to turn up without a sack truck to load the boxes on.
Kostas sounds a sweetie :) it's good to have nice, friendly neighbours.
lovejames
Dec. 16th, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
Thanks, babe! Hubby is right, man's a pillock... i'm not sure which to tackle first, the mounds in here or in the corridor outside... should be outside i guess, so my house mates don't break an ankle. Kostas is a Greek dwarf with very little English but friendly enough - he thinks Jude is 'a very beautiful woman' and he's right, he let her in on Tuesday night when she came to say welcome - must remember to tell her!
Is it May yet?
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stretfordditto
Dec. 15th, 2006 12:35 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness. Moving is mega stressful even when it's like clockwork! Glad you're in anyway and soon to be settled. :)
lovejames
Dec. 16th, 2006 01:29 am (UTC)
Yes, it's one of the most stressful things you can do 'they' say - and you're right, thanks be to the gods & furies - i'm here, broke but here!
i'm hoping that i will be at least some way towards being sorted by the end of December...
Have a good Christmas, petal!
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