Well today, the movers finally finished packing up our house here. It took an average of eight men three FULL days to wrap, pack, and move our three separate shipments all into the downstairs floor of our house. Of course they're still not 100% complete. They still need to crate each shipment, which they're going to do on Saturday. So until then we're walking around a maze of boxes which are organized and stacked in the same dimensions as the crates they'll be moved into...
And now for the moment we've all been waiting for. I had to ask the owner of the company to re-calculate the totals at least twice because I didn't believe him. Out of a total of 8000 pounds we could ship to the States (7200 by sea and 800 by air) ... here's where we came in ....
Household effects (HHE) going to California ~ 47 boxes totaling 1503 pounds.
Household effects (HHE) going to storage ~ 100 boxes totaling 4728 pounds.
Unaccompanied baggage (UAB) going to California (with 250 of that going onto Iraq) ~ 9 boxes totaling 695 pounds.
For a grand total of 156 boxes and 6926 pounds (695 air and 6231 HHE)
Even after purchasing a coat rack, book shelf, TV stand, armoire, console table, 2 marriage boxes, a custom couch/chaise, and a 12 piece set of china, AND even with the movers incessant wrapping of every single solitary item in tissue paper, bubble wrap, and peanuts, we STILL came in 1000 pounds underweight.
All I can say is wow, wow, wow ... the planning totally paid off. And I rock.