The Big Move

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  • Usually when you move you have all the usual things to pack up, and address changes to make with everyone. When you are moving to another continent for the rest of your life, there is a bit more. It almost feels like final preparations for dying, it's all so final.

  • Decide what is going and what is staying. Must be brutal with this.
  • Weigh and measure all belongings.
  • Research shipping companies and request quotes.
  • Choke.
  • Toss out loads more stuff, reweigh and remeasure.
  • Contact company pension plan about transferring pension to Canada.
  • Get incredibly detailed bank account details in Canada to arrange for final paycheque to be deposited directly. (Actual paycheques apparently have gone the way of the dinosaur.)
  • Get final reading on gas meter, then cancel.
  • Get final bill for electricity, then cancel.
  • Get final bill for telephone, then cancel.
  • Cancel internet access.
  • Find place to get rid of mobile phone.
  • Invite friends over to grocery shop in kitchen.
  • Clear out bank account, then cancel.
  • Clear up credit card, then cancel.
  • Give notice on job. Try not to look too pleased about it.
  • Begin gruelling job search, hampered by 5000 mile distance from interviewers.
  • Give away knick knacks that have somehow accumulated over 2 years. Where did they come from?
  • Go crazy with the bath product usage, in desperate bid to finish them off before leaving.
  • Go through clothes, shoes, etc. and throw away trousers I'd always hoped I'd fit into again (*snif*), shirts I like well enough but hardly wear, shoes I haven't touched in more than a season, workout pants that are handy but were cheap and not essential. In all, reduce clothes to 1 large suitcase (!). Another suitcase will hold jackets, also culled to the bare minimum.
  • Swallow tact and offer back some impractical gifts we've received over the last 2 years. Why would we cart over a fondue set? Why did that seem like a good idea for a gift?
  • Have endless arguments of the monetary value of shipping our stereo. It doesn't even have the right sort of plug! (I lost this one.)
  • Go on one last trip, this time to Northern Ireland. Ill-advised and unnecessary expense, but not my call. Necessary for a few reasons.
  • Arrange to see all sorts of people for what is likely (in some cases) to be the last time ever.
  • Generally dread all goodbyes.
  • Try to focus on all the things I'm looking forward to.
  • After many going away parties here, fly over to a big old welcome party in Vancouver.