gerwinium, for being our driver and putting up with my Ikea-enthusiasm and Ikea-rage.
nitoda & a_musing_amazon, for packing vast quantities of our junk extremely well (I really appreciate people who can take charge of other people's breakable items and wrap them in a way that means they arrive in one piece!).
wuluf for lifting and carrying stuff.
bondagewoodelf for coming to help a casual acquaintance move house despite being in the UK on holiday (!), and painting our bedroom.
x_mass for feeding people, finding boxes and (especially for) finding some strong latex-free gloves.
otterylexa for moving and sorting stuff, and painting some of the front room,and keeping wuzzie sane (oh, the not-often-mentioned joys of polyamory!).
mjl for doing some other painting and moving, and being our emergency backup driver.
I owe all of the above people something for helping out. I fear Ikea vouchers would not be a good gift for Peter, though, as I doubt he ever wants to go there again :) Also, I think I will have to go and pay forward the good karma by helping someone else move house, too - but not for a few months at least!!
We are now living in a complete mess of boxes and unassembled flat-pack furniture. Actually I exaggerate - we only have two rooms full of boxes now: most other things have been unpacked and either placed carefully in Ikea "storage solutions", or thrown away (MY GOD WE HAD A LOT OF CRAP!). 3/4 of everything we own is in the new place, which is enough for the moment, seeing that we need enough space to assemble the furniture before the boxes can be unpacked...
But we don't have an internet connection there yet?!?!!!
Apparently it takes 14 days to move an ADSL connection if you keep your existing phone number. I wish someone had warned me of that before. I suppose as I have absolutely no free time courtesy of the need to paint and assemble furniture and unpack boxes, this possibly isn't a bad thing. It just means that getting hold of me is even harder than usual :) So right now I'm in the flat clearing out my email and posting a quick hello, but it's the first time I've been online for a week, and probably the last time I will be online until the ADSL gets moved. Hello! and Goodbye! (for a bit)
Advance warning: I am going to have a joint birthday/house-warming party the weekend of 25th-27th June - not sure exactly when, probably the Saturday (as is traditional for these things). Don't know if that clashes with anything else anyone has planned... don't know how I'd find out, either. (When is H & D's commitment thingy?!)