We’re 44 days out from our departure from post. Here’s what 44 days looks like:
We have plane reservations. Sort of. We think. Probably. We don’t have places to stay in 2 of 3 cities, or rental cars anywhere, or any sort of schedule. We also haven’t passed our itinerary to our family (Hi, family! Now you know!).
The dog is hanging on. So I guess we still need to reserve a place for him on the plane(s). And we need to get his rabies vaccine updated before we get to 30 days out. Then he needs an exit inspection, 7-14 days out. And some other bureaucratic something when we’re less than five days out. All downtown somewhere. Chinese language only. Without a car, because that will be gone by then.
We have a pre-pack-out survey scheduled, and two days scheduled for the actual pack-out. 900 pounds of UAB and up to 7200 pounds of HHE. All split and shipped. This is after we pack suitcases and set them aside, with enough stuff to get us through late August, which is when we hope to see our 900-pound UAB shipment again. Probably need to buy a couple new suitcases, too.
We have a new mailing address in Jordan, though we don’t have a housing assignment yet. We have to change addresses for banks and magazines and bills. We have a social sponsor in Jordan, and she’s been writing to me, sending answers to all of my questions. So have two other people I met through this blog. Still, the questions multiply.
We have a line on a new job for our ayi. We have to come up with a large chunk of change for her, because we want to give her a good severance package. She’s been such a blessing on our household; we don’t want her to be stranded and unemployed when we leave.
We’ve notified the schools here that we’re leaving, and the schools there that we’re coming. We’ve faxed report cards and evaluations and recommendations to the new school.
We have doctor appointments lined up for one child who needs them, but not for the other.
We have to settle outstanding hospital bills and pay any traffic tickets. We have going away parties to attend.
We have 2 kids’ birthdays to celebrate between now and then, too. And I have a column due shortly. And life: just everyday life, which is hectic enough.
That is what forty four days looks like.
Should be fun.