Nov. 2nd, 2011

I'm here!

Nov. 2nd, 2011 02:14 pm
terriko: Yup, I took this one. The eyes are paper, not photoshop (chair)
My stuff arrived today! I'd claim that my house is full of boxes, but the house is so large that the only area I really need to unpack with any urgency is the kitchen (and even then, I had enough space to make lunch without any problem). There was some very minor damage to a couple of things in moving, but nothing unfixable or that I care about.

I'm really happy with Atlas Moving, actually. We wound up playing an inordinate amount of phone tag, which was stressful, and last minute confusion about my immigration paperwork, but they carefully helped walk me through the import paperwork (which would have taken me forever on my own) and they got my stuff here with little damage, and the guys even helped me move the futon I'd been sleeping on into the living room and offered to help do things like set up my air conditioner (sadly I had to decline, as the window it's going into is currently sealed shut for the winter). The final bill was under $3k, which is impressive given that my first few quotes from other companies were well over $5k for the cross-border move. They'll probably be the first people I call when my contract here is done and it's time to move on.

I'm now officially started at my new job. At least, as far as the contract is concerned. There's still a fair bit of paperwork and running around to be done to make sure I have keys and can be paid.

I have a US bank account. Which would be a lot more exciting if paycheques were going into it, but at least I can pay my bills online now. (Although getting to that point was a hilarious adventure of "wait, you used the wrong fake SSN -- we gave you a different one!")

Despite the fact that I've only unpacked 10 boxes thus far, I'm feeling like maybe, just maybe, I'm really settled here.

... just in time for me to fly to Portland for GHC11. ;)

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