I Survived Moving Week

I survived The Great Move of 2014.

No, there’s no t-shirt commemorating the event like those saying “I survived the Polar Vortex” or “I survived sorority rush week”.  Just a huge sigh of relief that it’s over and everything went relatively smoothly.

In case you missed my account of our insane moving plan, here are the cliff notes: we left Old San Diego Apartment, downsizing to New San Diego Apartment, sending some of our belongings to the new abode and sending the rest along with my car and the wine collection back to our house in Chicago.

moving boxes

Ready to go.

Here’s how it all went.

After a month of packing and organizing and a weekend of shuttling our clothes to New Apartment, the Phase One movers arrived at 8 a.m. on Monday. The crew of sweet and ridiculously strong guys made quick work of the loading.  They were delighted that I was so organized (I called it being anal – but you say pot-A-to, I say po-TOT-o).

I told them I’d had a lot of practice.

Mid-morning I texted the person arranging to pick up my car for transport to see if she knew which day they were scheduled to come. She texted back saying that I should be hearing from the driver soon and that he planned to get the car THAT DAY.

Thirty seconds later, said driver called to tell me that he was at New Apartment to pick up my car. I had to tell him that the car and I were still at Old Apartment so he was out of luck.

I suggested that perhaps needing a “heads up” of more than 30 seconds was not unreasonable.

“Fine, I will come back at 7 a.m. tomorrow.”

Okee doke.

By dinnertime on Monday, the local move was complete.  As my mother taught me during my childhood moves, the very first task to attend to at the new home should be to make your bed.  Done!

However, as soon as I crawled into bed and finally put the brakes on my non-stop movement of the day, every single one of my joints started screaming.

WHAT ON EARTH HAVE YOU DONE TO US?!?! We are not trained for this kind of behavior.  

Also, you know that if you exercised more we wouldn’t get so irritated.”

My joints can be rather impertinent.

As promised, promptly at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, a flatbed tow truck arrived to take Charlie (my Honda Pilot named after Charles Lindbergh) home.

towing car

Godspeed, Charlie.

The rest of the day was spent unpacking at New Apartment. The nice cable installer kept me company for almost three hours. I’m pretty sure he could have rewired the entire tiny place in three hours but, whatever. When he left we were all set up with the holy trinity of services: cable, internet and phone.

By Tuesday night, with the help of under bed storage bins and a bunch of 3M hooks, New Apartment was all set up.

A place for everything and everything in its place.

Anything that didn’t have a place was dragged back to Old Apartment to be boxed up for the trip to Chicago.

Wednesday was wine day. (Just as it is every Wednesday for Hoda and Kathie Lee.)

wine shippers

This is what 76 cases of wine looks like.

It took all day to gather the wine from the storage lockers and box it up in shippers to be loaded onto a climate controlled truck for transport to its new home in our wine cellar.  More on that later this week.

Thursday, the long-distance moving crew arrived to load the rest of our belongings to head back to our house in Chicago.  Furniture, rugs, and boxes full of whatever wouldn’t fit in New Apartment.

Friday and Saturday were spent putting the finishing touches on New Apartment and cleaning up Old Apartment before returning the keys to the property manager.


I don’t normally carry this many keys.

My joints finally quit their complaining.

Now I’m in Chicago waiting for the moving truck, the wine truck and Charlie to meet me here. A few days of unpacking then we will be done with this phase of our transition back to full time life in Chicago.

We’ve traded the gorgeous sunset views of Old Apartment for the mountain views of New Apartment and taken one more step toward Sweet Home Chicago.


Even under three feet of snow, it’s home.

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  1. I am exhausted just reading about your multiple moves. And I have been wondering if you survived!

  2. So glad Peter got some sense and you are not driving Charlie back to Chicago. Good work on that one!

  3. Whew! It’s so nice to hear an update from you, Mo – I’ve been thinking about you and your move. Glad it’s all going well and that your joints are behaving again. And I knew you had a lot of wine, but seeing it all in a photo is impressive!

  4. Yes! We can comment! Love all your photos Mo. Especially the one of the new abode. Even though it’s three feet under it sure looks like home. I’m with you. 30 seconds isn’t quite enough of a heads up. So glad for you that that week is done. (Huh- that that looks funny however I think it’s right.) Time for a glass or 6 of wine, I’d say.
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  5. Glad you got that out of the way! That house is beautiful! Happy to hear we are getting another great Chicagoan back! That is A LOT of wine wow! Party at Mo’s house? lol!

    It would be cool to do some kind of wine event in the city!
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  6. Wow – that is a lot of organizing. Hope everything ends up in the right place! Enjoy the Chicago snow – doesn’t it remind you of midwestern childhood winters?

    • I realized that I’m being a bit premature in saying I survived the move because there is the whole delivery and unpacking part that still has to go smoothly but I’m knocking on wood and hoping it does. Yes, this winter does feel like the Chicago winters of old. I guess we just got soft over the years. This winter will surely toughen us up!
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  7. You are so, so, so your mother’s daughter! Yet another reason why you’re so awesome. Brava, Mo!

  8. I am honestly exhausted just reading this! 😉 Seriously, I feel like moving to more than one location at the same time has to got to deserve some kind of very large reward…I am thinking jewelry, somewhere tropical, etc.! :)-Ashley

    • I like the way you think, Ashley! I’m telling you, next year when we make the final move back to Chicago it’s going to seem like child’s play. What? Not sending boxes to multiple locations?? Hardly even a challenge!
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  9. For some reason I thought you were leaving there completely not getting a new apartment in addition to the house in Chicago! Talk about complicated!!
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  10. Wow…that is a lot of work! Congratulations on getting it all done!!
    I have plans to be in both Chicago and San Diego this year…depending on where you are when, maybe we can get together for a coffee! Have a fabulous week, Mo! xoxo

  11. I think this is another way we are similar – not anal, just very organized!!!
    I’m so glad that things went smoothly (for the most part!!) with all of the packing, shipping, reorganizing…..Hopefully you like the New Apartment and enjoy your time in it until you settle back in Chicago.
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  12. So glad to hear you survived the move! Good luck selling into the new place 🙂
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  13. I’m exhausted just looking at the pictures. What a relief it must be to be settling in – love your home in Chicago! Can’t wait to follow along on your journey!!

  14. Mo, your house is like a postcard, picture perfect.
    So glad you survived.
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  15. Dang, I am tired just reading that! Sure beats packing at 3 am the day you are supposed to be out of the house and 5 months pregnant with twins and on partial bed rest. Not that would ever happen to me…
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  16. Welcome back, Mo! I missed you! Sounds like things went relatively well considering. I have spent a lot of time with with my cable guys too! My joints are STILL sore after two months. Love your new old house!
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  17. mo, i am so excited to read all about your chicago adventures. your home is beautiful! glad the move went well 🙂

  18. hmmm, i commented, then it disappeared. cannot wait to read all about your chicago adventures!
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  19. testing…this is my third comment.
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