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Little by little the apartment is coming together. Finally being able to sleep on a real mattress has been helpful. I bought some new bed linens, and the bedroom almost looks like a normal room now. The kitchen is almost done; I hope to finish it up this afternoon. I got my bookcase full yesterday, which emptied two boxes.

Few items have been damaged. Nothing too serious, but enough so that we need to start making a list of claims. One mirror (explains the bad luck involved with this move). Two wine glasses and a vase. A floor fan had a little piece broken off so it wobbles and makes a horrible noise when it's running. The most annoying so far--when the movers packed us out of San Diego, they took our large bookcase away in one piece. Wednesday it arrived in several pieces. Somewhere along the line it got taken apart for storage, but when they took it apart, some of the wooden dowels broke off in the holes, so we can't put it back together. We'll be claiming that and getting ourselves a new bookcase. Unfortunately all our book storage space is full, so we have to buy a new bookcase (or bookcases) this weekend in order to get those book boxes emptied and thrown out. Back to Ikea I guess.

PS. Books are heavy. The moving guys did not enjoy carrying our book boxes up several flights of stairs, from the truck to the 3rd floor.

PPS. It's been fun to unwrap Mike's photos and some of our other photos and decorative pieces. I can't wait to start decorating this place.


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