What needs to be done? A better question to ask might be "what does not need to be done?"
The place is still a disaster as most of the boxes are still untouched. Or they're open, I glanced at the contents, couldn't find any rhyme or reason as to why the movers threw all this shit in together or what made them label it as that, and decided I'd deal with this shit later.
Prime examples of the WTF method of packing:
Box labels - contents
Office Supplies - two lamps, scarves and mittens and dog grooming tools
Boxes, Linens - Mirror, Jewelery Box, contents of which were emptied throughout the larger box
Iron, Linens - curtain, level, bag of polyfil
Boxes, hangers - some (very few) hangers, drinking glasses, armour, tent pegs and banner pole t-bar
Their favourite labels appear to be "boxes" and "linens". I'm pretty sure 90% of the boxes say "linens" on them. Some of the contents are actual "linens", being towels and sheets, though differentiating on the labeling would have been nice. Many of the contents are just fabric (it is my household contents after all). This is entirely UNhelpful when it comes to actually trying to find linen-like things. I have finally managed to track down most of my bath towels and bath mats. Face cloths are still eluding me, as are hand-towels. As for bed linens, I consider myself lucky to have found one set in that first, frenzied night. Since then I have been stripping the bed, washing them and putting them right back on because I have failed to find any more.
It appears that they have lost a box of our books. Maybe more than one or maybe there is a box out there labeled "papers" or something inane. They also broke our TV, which makes me sad as it is hard to get tube TVs any more and I actually prefer the picture on those old things. The claims requirements are ridiculous. They need a full inventory of the contents of the box. Which I can see as a reasonable request if I
had been allowed to pack any boxes. As I was specifically told not
to pack anything, and would be charged an additional fee if I had, and they then sent a team of 4 who dispersed all over the house where I could not possibly supervise them all, how could I possibly know what they threw in each and every box?!?! Fortunately, being a box of books, it is fairly easy (if time consuming) to use Librarything
to inventory the lot and see what is missing. On the upside I know what is gone. On the downside, of course, a lot of it is out of print, hard to obtain and even harder to price. The other issue is that even if I do inventory this list of loss, what is to say that they will agree with my assessment? I assume I will get a whole list done, submit an Amazon or Barnes and Noble list detailing the price of each tome and they will respond with "box of books = $50" or some other amount that will be woefully inadequate to actually replace the missing items, not to mention irritating me with the grand waste of time of listing them all. I really wish I could call them and talk to them about their requirements and what the results of the claim will be, but of course Jason is being the phone-phobic gate-keeper yet again. I'm not allowed to call these people and ask any questions and he simply won't.
Most of this week I have been avoiding the unpacking by watching Heroes or Dexter. Have also spent some time entertaining the guests, but not much as they were gone pretty much every day from the time they got out of bed to the time they crawled back into it. Yesterday I killed time baking and weeding. Today I have been catching up on Livejournal, but I will probably never get completely caught up as I am easily months behind on that.
It's windy and shitty out and actually sleeted last night so it looked like there was snow on the ground when we woke up. It was all just piles of ice rather than fluffy, pretty snow, but it was certainly cold. Two days ago I was wandering around outside barefoot in a short skirt. The weather report says it should be back to that by Monday.
Moving sucks. Time to get back to it.