Road to Hawaii – T Minus 9 days – The value of Ziploc

The Road to Hawaii, or how we sold (almost) everything, quit our jobs and moved to Oahu, as told by one family who is experiencing it.

Today’s quote (thank you, Carla): “What did we do before Craigslist?”

Reducing a household into a dozen boxes is daunting.  I’ll be the first to admit I’m a packrat.  Making the decision to move to Hawaii has forced me to evaluate everything and take only the most important items with me (a tenth each of my fabric and books, the barest office supplies, my expensive pots and pans bought on impulse {beware of boat show demonstrations}, tax records and various other items too expensive to replace once we arrive).

Beside the importance of cardboard boxes and packing tape, don’t underestimate the simple Ziploc bag.  I’ve used them to group together jewelry, sewing notions, photos, office supplies, toiletries and other small items that otherwise would jiggle around in a box and look for a mousehole to escape through and go on a Pixar-like adventure.

I want my stuff when I want my stuff, and it’s so easy to grab a Ziploc than hunt around in a box that’s jammed full.

It’s also good to pack like things together.  A basic, I know, but I’ll know enough not to look for the Post-its in the fabric box.  Also, label each box.  Duh.  You don’t have to use a Sharpie in big letters that reads, “My secret porn stash” or “Maps to where I’ve buried the bodies”, but “OF” for office and “BK” for books works.  Because the timing of our closing (for which we still don’t have a date) is before “A” and “H” reach Oahu and secure a PO Box, we’re having someone else ship the boxes to us later.  I’ve added 2-3-4 to the labels to indicate in which order to ship (2 for stuff we need right away, 4 for tax records.  The “1” stuff is going with us).

So remember:

* use Ziploc

* label

* pack like stuff together

Now, I’m off to map out the Road to Hawaii.  All I know at this point is “Go West, young man, go West.”


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Road to Hawaii T Minus 10 days – Life without a bed

Ode to the bed sold and now enjoyed by strangers because we’re moving to Hawaii:

You were the best part of the day.


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The Aloha Road Trip T-Minus 15 Days – Life without television

We’re moving to Hawaii.  Why?  There’s no clear reason except you can’t sit on the sidelines your whole life.

Yesterday’s quote (thank you, Daryl) “You can’t steal second base with one foot on first.”

Life without television

We’ve been without a television since the weekend.  Withdrawal pains are not as bad as I had imagined, especially with four adults cooped up in one room, as we tend to congregate in the living room.  I am starting to worry about everyone’s  addiction to Epic Fail.  I’m overhearing some mighty weird stories.
Of course, I’m above shlock. (the severity of my “America’s Got Talent” loss is staggering).

I miss the drone of the background noise, unusual because the T.V. is almost always off when I’m alone.  But the minute “L” is awake?  Bink! On it goes.  Local news, the Today show, the Nightly News, AC360, CNN, and all things Historical, Biographical or movies we’ve seen before.The man loves him some T.V.

With two laptops and four iPads between us, we’re as informed as we want to be.  I really don’t care to hear the latest Michael Jackson drama (let him R.I.P. for God’s sake).  I’ll look it up on Yahoo news if I need to know more.  For the last year or so, I’ve said, if it doesn’t make it to Yahoo’s front page, it’s not really news.

Will we buy another T.V. once we get settled in Hawaii?  Maybe.  The consensus is no, we’ll be at the beach every spare minute, but reality and holding down multiple jobs might squash that opinion.  If we don’t buy another, there’s always Netflix and my personal favorite, Hulu.

In moving news, pending deliveries include: the sewing machine and a bookcase.  Stainless steel pots and pans went yesterday as well as two milking stools we’ve been using as end tables for the last millennium or so.

Existing furniture: One small dresser, one blue chair, one gravity chair (sold), two barstools (sold).  The air mattresses are one step above sleeping on the floor and two steps below an army cot.  Fifteen days (or less) until we sleep on a real (motel) bed.

We’ve released the mortgage information to the title company so they can pay it off.  Just waiting for a firm closing date (hint – we’d like it to be on the 7th).

It’s too late now to watch last night’s AGT, don’t spoil it for me by letting it be known who’s going to the next round.

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