Our super movers came back today at 7:55 AM (!) and commenced loading our boxes and furniture into their truck to go to the storage warehouse. Despite a minor SNAFU related to crating our plasma TV and a little whining from the movers about how we have the heaviest mattress on the planet (we know, we know - you're not the first movers to mention this to us) they were finished loading and on their way by 12:55. This is my 7th move since 2003 and it has been the smoothest by far. I have to thank Suddath Relocation Systems, Inc. (part of United Van Lines) for being on time, efficient, thorough, polite and very professional.
Next on the agenda is a trip to Costco for more boxes. Then we have tomorrow to finish packing the rest of the things we set aside to bring ourselves. We've used tape to mark off a 4.5'x8' rectangle on what used to be the dining room carpet. We'll use that as a guide for figuring out the most efficient way to pack the trailer. Once we have it done perfectly, we'll take pictures and sort the boxes into the order in which they need to be loaded. Thursday the cleaners come to give the apartment a thorough scrub down & we are off to the movies for some R&R. Friday morning we pick up the trailer and go to the truck scale to have it weighed empty. Then we load it, take it back to the truck scale & we're on our way! We should be staying in Kingsland, GA late Friday night after stopping along the way to have dinner with Mr. Lifeguard's dad. If all goes well, we should be in VA early Sunday afternoon!
I'll be sure to check in again soon and let you know how everything's going. Thank you all so much for your good wishes and support - it means a lot and we really appreciate it!