Our Ship Came In!

Ever since the Five Little Peppers spent their childhood waiting for their ship to come in (and I waited right along with them, although I didn’t really know what that meant), I’ve wanted to say that my ship came in. And now I can! Today our ship came in!

Our crate

Movers packed 31 boxes of our belongings in Nellysford on August 15 and crated them for shipping to Rome. The ship left New York around August 25 and arrived in Milano on September 19. The crate was then transported to Rome where it had to clear customs. Yesterday it cleared customs, and we got an email at 3 p.m. saying that the movers would deliver it today between 8 and 8:30 a.m. if that would be fine with us.

Would that be fine with us! You betcha!!

So the movers arrived at 8:23 this morning and delivered and unpacked the 31 boxes, leaving piles of stuff on our bed, the dining room table, and the guest bedroom bed. The three movers were great guys, and we got along just fine, although they spoke not one word of English and my Italian is limited to counting (of which I’m very proud!), greeting people, and asking how much something costs. They were gone in an hour.

Our dining room

But what on earth were we thinking! We now have 31 boxes of essential items (A hot water bottle? Chopsticks? Why not!) strewn throughout the house. I don’t know if we have room for everything or not, but I can tell you one thing: I’m putting my stuff away before Michael comes home!

How wonderful to find our kitchen knives, heavy cutting boards (the ones here are about the consistency of cardboard), and a terrific set of heavy pots and pans that we bought at Costco before we left the US. I was almost out of shampoo, but here are two more bottles. Italian dictionaries, cookbooks, salt and pepper grinders, mechanical pencils, a microplane, the afghan Mom made me years ago, wine aerators, a clock radio—finally they’re here!

So if you wonder why I haven’t blogged much for the past week, editing a research report, studying Italian, and unpacking 31 boxes are keeping me busy. Oh, and if you’re planning to stay with us on your next trip to Rome, good luck finding a place for your toothbrush!


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2 Responses to Our Ship Came In!

  1. Meredith Prock says:

    That’s an awful lot of kitchen stuff for people who enjoy eating out as much as you two — as well you should considering where you are! So many restaurants, so little time (in the whole scheme of things, two years is not really long enough to enjoy all the gustatory delights of Roma!).

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