Oh Happy Day!

19 Jul

Our sea shipment has arrived.

There are boxes lined up all along the left and right walls that you can’t really see so it’s slightly more significant than it appears.

The Graebel guys were really great – they did all the unpacking in the corridor so none of the foamy stuff was brought inside. They would have unpacked all the cardboard boxes for us too (apparently it was included in the package) but it seemed unnecessary, especially since we didn’t really remember what we had packed and had no idea where it would go.

Stuff that we had in the sea shipment that we were really looking forward to getting:

  • James’ toolbox (also his spirit level and measuring tape)
  • Couch
  • Extra toiletries (before we knew we were moving to the US I massively stocked up when Woolies had a sale, and yes I was tight enough to ship them internationally if Amazon was paying for it)
  • My computer chair

I was a little worried that the couch would be too matchy-matchy with the wooden floor but it’s significantly lighter which is good. I had actually remembered the couch as being smaller and now I’m worried it will be a tight squeeze with the table that I want (not the CB2 Dylan anymore). I’m waiting for James to get home tonight so we can move the couch around in different configurations to see what works. It looks like the couch will have to be quite close to the TV which may mean that James will have to settle for the 46″ instead of the 50″.

In the meantime I’m washing the clothes that came in the sea shipment (we’ll be able to wear different stuff now!) and putting random things away. It has been a few hours since I took the photo above and the room looks largely the same but with more open boxes.

There is some damage to the chest of drawers (not the handle pulls, they were already stuffed, but there was this decorative wooden bit on top that was removed. Otherwise everything seems to have made it through safely – although *knock on wood* I haven’t opened all the boxes yet.

I ordered the bed today, which will arrive on the same day as the mattress. Then once the credit card has been paid off I’ll order the chairs, pay off the credit card, then the dining table, and pay that off (we have a ridiculously low limit on the credit card and the bank won’t let us pay off the card in advance). Then the TV will be the only big thing left to get, plus some odds and ends like extra storage bins.

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8 Responses to “Oh Happy Day!”

  1. Kalo July 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    get the 50″, don’t be lame

    • pamperedhousewife July 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

      Well we have to measure how close the couch will be to the wall. I don’t want to get a monster TV that’s too big!

      • Ormi July 19, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

        Yeh I’ve never been a fan of huge TVs. Are you still going for the same bed from your earlier post, and did you check if it has a middle leg?

      • pamperedhousewife July 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

        Yup pulled the trigger on that one yesterday. And no to the supporting leg, though if we find we need it there are some places that sell ones that you can attach to your existing bed.

  2. Kalo July 19, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    how the fk can a TV be too big? what is wrong with you

    • James July 20, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

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  3. Libby January 15, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    Hi there, love the posts. My fiance as just been offered a job with Amazon and we’re still kind of in shock. It all happened so fast; initial interview on Monday evening and offer by Saturday morning. Just have some questions.. How long did it take for your items to arrive? Did your hubby have to start work as soon as you guys got to Seattle? Would it be better for me to head over with my fiance on a tourist visa initially (as only spouses can get the E3D) so i can help with apartment hunting, etc or would he be able to handle all that on his own? Thanks again for your blog 🙂

    • pamperedhousewife January 16, 2013 at 9:14 am #

      Congrats on the new job! The air shipment arrived quite quickly – I think within a week of us arriving in Seattle. The sea shipment took about a month to get here but Amazon pay for rental furniture until it arrives so it’s not a huge hassle.

      James started work within a few days of arriving but the first couple of weeks is pretty cruisey. Most of the first day is orientation and you don’t get any real responsibility for a few weeks, so your fiance could definitely juggle apartment hunting with work if he’s organised. I’ve met a lot of guys who did the apartment hunting part on their own – one guy looked at 30 apartments in a single weekend!

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