Posted on 2006/08/01 21:25:04 (August 2006).
[1st August 2006]
The first day of non employment was completely devoted at packing the mostof the stuff that I have accumulated in these five years.
I cannot believe how many things have I got, but since I wanted to get the boxes done quickly I didn't loose too much time choosign the things that I didn't want to carry over.
To be honest there is very little to throw away I had a massive "bin party" a couple of months ago, and now I feel I really have the essential.
Most of the weight and space was taken by books, clothes and paintings (in this order). At the moment I have a grand tolal of fourteen boxes, I now think that I will need two more, plus a couple of special arrangements that I devised to store all the paintings and frames.
These special arrangements are basically the cardboard boxes in their flat state, the painting is put in the middle and cellotaped inside the two sheets of cardboard. In this way I hope that they will not get ruined.
I also got a massive haircut, need to be a bit more comfortable in Guadaloupe, and I have also got the info that I needed to rent the truck.
I believe that tomorrow all the boxes will be dealt with, leaving only the transportation to be done, which to be honest seems to be the hardest part.
If the plan that I have in mind will be the official one, I will rent the truck right after the holidays and move everything down to Florence. The problem is time, as it will take seven hours to go and come back to the place where I rent the lorry (as I will have to return it to the same place where I rent it), and that doesn't leave a lot of time for loading and unloading...
I'll probably move all the things that I can with my car, then probably I'll move the bulk in September when my friends are in Florence, if there are more people available it will be a lot quicker...
The barber said that I look terribly stressed, I have a lot of ulcers in my mouth and I have troubles sleeping... Yes, I think that I am stressed, although I feel quite calm during the day...
If only the work side was sorted, I hate having to wait for this contract, I think that the major source of problems is that one at the moment...
Not an easy time, Lox, but I know you'll pull through fine. Is Marta going with you on holiday? That'll be a nice break from all of this.
I'm intrigued by the collection of paintings... Are they originals, prints?
Posted by Nigel at 2006/08/02 09:40:11.
Thanks for the message, I am not doing a good job at being "internally calm" I am afraid... :( As for the prints there are several jigsaws that I have collected and framed (Lord of the Rings extremely rare jigsaws, before the craze started), a couple of original signed drawings from a famous author here in Italy (Manara), an original cinema poster of the first movie of Starwars (it's HUGE), a couple of Japanese prints made on rice paper and yet more Japanese prints made on normal paper.. Some pictures as well... I HAVE TOO MANY!!!
Posted by Lox at 2006/08/02 13:57:35.
Oh and yes Marta is coming too.. .:)
Posted by Lox at 2006/08/02 13:57:52.
I hope you have a fantastic holiday with Marta.
I have really enjoyed reading about your life and all it's ups and downs as well as John's.
I'm sure that everything will fall into place soon and your ulcers will go away and you'll finally get a good nights sleep!
Posted by Malinda at 2006/08/02 16:23:39.
Thanks for the post Malinda! Hopefully the holiday will give me several points of interest to pass on, although the pictures will have to wait until I go back to Florence...
Posted by Lox at 2006/08/02 20:55:09.
Malinda: I have seen your page, and the pictures that you linked on John's page, they are very nice! I see that the company is based in Ontario, so I assume that you live there (correct?)...
Posted by Lox at 2006/08/02 21:02:26.
that is correct. I live in a small city, Orillia (pop. 30,000) and work in Barrie (1/2 hour drive south of Orillia, pop. 130,000). Best point of reference if you've never been would be to say I live just over an hour north of Toronto! But I was born and raised in Fredericton New Brunswick.
Posted by Malinda at 2006/08/02 22:46:48.
Malinda: No, alas I have never been to Canada... I wanted to go last year for holidays but then I decided to break my cruciate ligament and had to settle for a very calm (and hideously expensive) Cote d' Azure... :( Well, I will come sooner or later though! I have been told that Canada is a great place.
Posted by Lox at 2006/08/03 09:14:01.