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The Fabulous Adventures of Astera: Writer/Actress for Hire

Meet Astera (aka: me), a star in her own mind. Our plucky little heroine has embarked on not one but two difficult, low-paying career paths: writing and acting. Witness the menial jobs! The unreasonable demands! The quirky friends and family! And the glimmer of success just ahead! Through it all, Astera maintains her core beliefs: 1) She is destined to be fabulous 2) Everything is more fun with a cocktail.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Moving Is Hell

Moving really takes a lot out of you. That's what I've been doing for the past week, it seems. Well, first it was packing boxes. Then it was carrying boxes downstairs. Then it was loading boxes into the truck. Then it was driving the 17-foot U-Haul 500 miles to our new apartment in Dana Point. Then it was unloading all the boxes. And then, it was unpacking all the boxes. (Yes, we have stuff besides boxes, too. Like furniture. But I wasn't responsible for that part. Just the boxes. So many boxes!)

Here are a few things I learned about moving this time around:

1. ALWAYS get the big truck. We thought that the 17-foot truck would be fine. Then we got everything that was at my parents' house all loaded in, and the truck was full, and we hadn't even gotten anything out of the storage unit yet. Oops. I grabbed a few boxes of our dishes and glasses out of the storage unit, but that's how we ended up down here with absolutely no silverware. And no bedframe. And no kitchen table.

2. Loading the truck will take much longer than you think. We had three workers plus Greg loading all the heavy stuff, along with me doing boxes, and it took four hours to get the truck loaded.

3. If possible, load the truck the day BEFORE you are going to drive 500 miles to your new home. Loading truck all day + driving truck all night = very cranky people.

4. An Aero bed is key. Once we got the truck loaded, we knew that we wouldn't get to Dana Point until about midnight. We also knew there was no way we'd be able to get the bed out then, since it was shoehorned in there. We borrowed a self-inflating Aero bed to sleep on the first night, and that saved us from sleeping on the cold, bare floor.

5. Moving is way more expensive than you ever think it will be. No matter how much stuff you bring with you, you will have to go out and buy more stuff. Always.

6. If you have a Mac with an Airport, and your upstairs neighbor has a wireless Internet connection, you can join his network for free! (Well, at least until Cox comes to set up your own account. I feel a little bit like a criminal right now.)

So, our apartment is looking good, although we are missing quite a few things, so we have to come back to NorCal and rent ANOTHER U-Haul truck to empty out our storage unit. Clearly, this proves #5 above. But in the end, it will all be worth it! (I hope.)


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