June 29 09

…we are moving.

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We have sold some furniture on craigslist.

We have given some furniture to my nanny.

We have donated baby stuff. ALL of our baby stuff.

I have lent some books to my reader friends who will kindly “babysit” them while I’m away.

We  left stuff on our lawn in the hopes that someone would take them and make a good home for them (they did!)

We even donated some books to the local library. The husband didn’t even bother going in and asking if they would take donations. He simply threw 150 books down the book return slot outside. Someone in the library is either going to be very confused or very excited about this.

We have packed 3o+ boxes. They are all labeled and coded with my no-fail coding system. well, with the exception of A-5. somehow there is NO box A-5.

HOLY SHIT. IT’S OFFICIALLY HIT. WE ARE MOVING. TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY.

and since we packed our 3 sets of dishes (yes, we have three. actually we DID have 4, but we threw the ugly totally chipped to hell green set out last week. don’t ask. It’s a Jew thing. If you don’t believe me, ask Metalia. heh) we are eating on paper (go ali, single-handedly killing the earth!) and eating take-out for the next two weeks. and since we packed the wii and all the games and all the toys, my children will be annoying the crap out of me whining for the next two weeks. and since I packed all my clothing, I may rewear the same 4 outfits (and there’s a good chance I *might* look homeless at blogher, which is totally why I’m coming in on WEDNESDAY so I can go shopping with Angella and Kristabella so I don’t scare any of you guys away)

(yes, my homeless self and I ARE GOING TO BLOGHER)

on a totally unrelated note…I have a question for you that came from a very heated discussion with some Canadians…what do you call the thing you use to change the channels on your tv? a remote? or a converter? When I moved to Canada, being asked to pass someone the “converter” was one of the strangest, most bizarre things I’d ever heard.

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  1. The clicker. Or the remote. Either.

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    Comment by Steph on June 29, 2009
  2. definitely call it a remote. never even heard anyone call it a converter!
    yippy for moving! how miserable, yet so exciting.

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    Comment by sweet cheek's mom on June 29, 2009
  3. the tv clicker or the remote

    ugh .. 2 weeks of takeout .. I feel for you!

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    Comment by Sarah on June 29, 2009
  4. The Changer!

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    Comment by Brenda on June 29, 2009
  5. A remote. Definitely. My grandpa used to call it a clicker.

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    Comment by suze on June 29, 2009
  6. A Canadian here. The converter was a big brown plugged-in box with beige buttons that we had in the 70′s. So you didn’t have to get up & change the channel anymore. I get it that it’s called a remote now (obviously, a completely different thing), but I still say converter when I’m not thinking.

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    Comment by Tracy on June 29, 2009
  7. Why would you possible call it a converter? It’s not converting anything.
    .-= slynnro´s last blog ..My iTunes Account is in Your Hands. =-.

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    Comment by slynnro on June 29, 2009
  8. We call it a remote. My 3 year old calls it a cha-mote.

    If you asked me for a converter, I would think of one of those electrical converters you need for your hair dryer when you go to Europe.

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    Comment by Corey on June 29, 2009
  9. I’ll be there Wednesday too, so I’ll track you down and give you a quarter or buy you a bottle Iof hooch.

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    Comment by Avitable on June 29, 2009
  10. remote. but I was raised by my american mother (i’m also American but moved here at 3) so i say “soda” and “p-ah-sta” and “zee (as in wxyz).

    Also, do explain the packing system! i could have used that about a month ago…

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    Comment by joscelyn on June 29, 2009
  11. In my house growing up, it was either the flicker-flacker or the hinkydoomper. My dad is weird.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Inspiration =-.

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    Comment by Sarah on June 29, 2009
  12. Wow, you look way organized and in control. We are on the verge of selling our house and it is complete chaos and I don’t think we have 1 good box packed. At all. Oh well.

    And why would anyone call it a converter? I don’t get it… are they converting fractions or something?
    It is called a remote or remote control… I will answer to either.

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    Comment by ClassyFabSarah on June 29, 2009
  13. Remote, though I know that different regions of Canada call it different things.

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    Comment by Heather on June 29, 2009
  14. We call it the ‘mote here. We’re badass like that.

    You’re getting to Chicago on Wednesday to shop? JEALOUS! I can’t wait to see you again!

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    Comment by Karen Sugarpants on June 29, 2009
  15. Remote or clicker.

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    Comment by Teri on June 29, 2009
  16. remote, although on occasion have used converter but have no idea why…wish I blogged just to go to blogher – it sounds so much fun!

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    Comment by Maria on June 29, 2009
  17. Converter? Crazy people. It’s remote or changer here on the Atlantic coast.

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    Comment by Dave on June 29, 2009
  18. remote. never in my life have i heard anyone call it a converter and that would confuse me to no ends.

    i would be totally confused and excited at the library books.

    and now i am jealous and want to move / throw away everything that i do no need anymore but i just can’t bring myself to do it if i can’t pack things away neatly in boxes. ):

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    Comment by Shannon on June 29, 2009
  19. I was born and raised on Vancouver Island and now live in Ottawa and have never heard a converter. I’ve always said remote and have heard other use clicker. I don’t think it is necessarily a Canadian thing. Maybe Toronto?

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    Comment by Anne on June 29, 2009
  20. Never in my life have I heard it called a converter. It’s a remote. And don’t even THINK about calling it a clicker or I will cut you.

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    Comment by Karly on June 29, 2009
  21. We call it a remote. Maybe it’s an Ontario thing?

    Cannot WAIT to see you, my friend. In TWENTY-THREE DAYS.

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    Comment by Angella on June 29, 2009
  22. Remote.

    My in-laws call it a “TV changer” and my grandparents call it a “clicker.”

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    Comment by Britt on June 29, 2009
  23. I turned the TV off with my remote to read your post because I got so excited to find out that I share the multiple set of dishes gene with you! Last week, my mom came barging in with a set of dishes she bought for a buck at a garage sale to give to me. THEY WERE BRAND NEW! And…sigh…my mom talked the lady down from $2 to $1 for them.

    I’m thinking of getting rid of all my baby stuff in the hopes that I end up pregnant, so, will you be announcing a pregnancy after you get settled in Atlanta? :)

    (so wish I was going to BlogHer…)
    .-= fadkog´s last blog ..vacation all i ever wanted it, vacation had to stay at home =-.

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    Comment by fadkog on June 29, 2009
  24. you’re not taking those pretty, pretty pictures with you? ;-)

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    Comment by Miss Britt on June 29, 2009
  25. It’s a remote. Hope your move goes well and have a great time at Blogher.
    .-= Deborah Pucci´s last blog ..COULD NOT WAIT =-.

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    Comment by Deborah Pucci on June 29, 2009
  26. A Twitcher…. the rest of Quebec apparently goes with ‘clicker’ but no, in this Anglo household, he who has the twitcher, rules.

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    Comment by Mrs F with 4 on June 29, 2009
  27. LOL, in our house, it’s a “clicker”. Good luck with your move!
    .-= jay´s last blog ..And another year comes to a close. =-.

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    Comment by jay on June 29, 2009
  28. It’s a remote.

    HOLY SHITE you’re leaving FOR REALZ.

    I’m sad.

    Really sad.

    But! Now have a reason to go to Atlanta, so YAY!!

    I’m going to miss you so hard.

    Can you please share your no fail coding method because I NEEDZ IT. I move in four weeks and have not one iota of stuff packed. Not one thing. Srsly.

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    Comment by sam {temptingmama} on June 29, 2009
  29. I’m with the majority of the others, that it’s a remote. We have a digital “converter” box, since we live out in the country with an antenna on top of our house. With the converter, we went from having 7 channels to having about 40 channels.
    .-= Mollie Hubenak´s last blog ..Grace in Small Things #33 =-.

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    Comment by Mollie Hubenak on June 29, 2009
  30. That’s the worst part about moving; packing everything up, not knowing where anything is, and bare sad looking rooms.

    A remote. Definitely.

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    Comment by Crystal on June 29, 2009
  31. Our big-ass wired channel changer from the 80′s was called the converter. I think I’ve dropped that name completely, but I would still pass the remote if someone asked for the converter.

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    Comment by Mac & Cheese on June 29, 2009
  32. Dude I’m Canadian and I’ve never called it a converter. When I was a kid I called it the clicker and now I call it the remote. Actually, my husband bought a superfancy wireless one so we call it Remote.

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    Comment by hillary on June 29, 2009
  33. Yup, it looks like you’re moving.

    It’s a remote. I have never called it a converter, nor have I heard it be called a converter. That’s just…weird.

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    Comment by mamatulip on June 29, 2009
  34. wow that is a really empty house.

    You probably got rid of so many things that where just sitting around that you don’t need…… so jealous! I totally need to do that.

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    Comment by rayli on June 29, 2009
  35. Converter? It doesn’t “convert” anything! It’s definitely a remote…silly Canadians! :p

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    Comment by Lottifish on June 29, 2009
  36. I’m Canadian and although I heard it called a converter it was always a remote in my house! Aren’t paper boxes the best for moving?
    .-= Julienne´s last blog ..All grown up. =-.

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    Comment by Julienne on June 29, 2009
  37. Yeah so Canadian here and I definitely flip back and forth between remote and converter… I was raised by my grams and she always called it the converter. She was old school like that so I continue to keep it real in her memory!

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    Comment by LovingDanger on June 29, 2009
  38. nooo, the converter is the actual box the remote works on (the cable box).
    - displaced canadian

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    Comment by Becca on June 29, 2009
  39. I live in Canada and I usually say converter but I also say remote sometimes

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    Comment by Ashley on June 29, 2009
  40. I know EXACTLY what you mean.

    My wife and inlaws still calls it that sometimes, and when they do I always respond, “Converter? What does it convert?!?”

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    Comment by SciFi Dad on June 29, 2009
  41. I am way impressed that this far out you have packed that much stuff. My packing style is to wait until 30 minutes before the movers show up and start throwing crap into boxes.

    In our house we call it a tooka, although I default to remote when people look at me like I’m crazy.

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    Comment by regan on June 29, 2009
  42. Dude! It looks like we are going to be moving at exactly the same time and arriving in the same condition at BlogHer. Only, I will not be shopping so the homeless (and fatass due to the 20 baby pounds I haven’t lost) will endure the whole trip for moi.

    Le sigh.
    .-= Loralee´s last blog ..In which my husband gets the last word. Dammit. =-.

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    Comment by Loralee on June 30, 2009
  43. Ok, after reading your comments I just feel old. Thanks for that.

    I don’t know that ‘converter’ is innately Canadian; but it is a relic of a word that just won’t go away. Converters convert the signal being received so I think it’s a throwback to when cable was first introduced. You had to have a cable converter box. In the 70′s we had these big brown caveman versions of today’s remotes that went along with said converter box. Like Tracy said, you could sit your ass on the couch and not have to get up to change the channel. They were connected to the TV with a big long wire which someone inevitably tripped over or the cat chewed on it. They had big buttons or a slider to change the channel. Here – this is what they looked like http://bit.ly/70sRule . We called it a converter in our house, but I knew some that called it a clicker; the buttons made a big clicking sound when pressed.

    I seriously doubt anyone under 30 has ever heard of a converter because the battery operated type started surfacing in the 80’s; took me years to start calling it a remote.
    .-= agentninety9´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

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    Comment by agentninety9 on June 30, 2009
  44. remote, clicker, changer, and even sometimes “the tv thingy”…

    “converter” will get you mocked in this all-too-Canadian household.

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    Comment by Nenette on June 30, 2009
  45. clicker

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    Comment by LAVENDULA on June 30, 2009
  46. I’m from Canada. Its a remote, and only a remote. Converter…whats that…meh.

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    Comment by Jamy on June 30, 2009
  47. it’s a clicker. the noise it’s SUPPOSED to make is “bloop”. mine doesn’t. it’s not tivo. i’ve complained. hmph.

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    Comment by zeghsy on June 30, 2009
  48. Changer.

    I’m pretty sure that one’s really Canadian.

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    Comment by Tali on July 1, 2009
  49. Canadians are weird. We call it the remote. My Aunt calls it the “buttons” and my roommate from college called it a “motey”.

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    Comment by Kristabella on July 1, 2009
  50. I’m Canadian, born & raised, and I’ve never heard anyone call it the converter. Maybe you’re hanging out with some strange folks? I call it the remote.

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    Comment by Carmen on July 2, 2009
  51. Grew up in Waterloo Ontario, and it was a remote. Live in Vancouver with my Manitoba born husband and it is a remote. I *have* heard converter, but really, it’s a remote.

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    Comment by Mandy on July 2, 2009
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