You're all sitting around, anxiously tapping the "refresh" button, hoping for an update.
But we are wheels up in 30 days, people, and there is a lot of stuff to cross off of my to-do list.
I did finish up with work last week, which was sort of bittersweet. This was the first time in more than a decade with the Foreign Service that I found a job I really liked, and for which I had the right skill set. I was working with some of the smartest people in the FS, I'm sure of it. I'm no dummy, but next to these people.... Still, it was time to be done with my paid job so I could focus on the rest of this craziness as it unfolds.
I gave away the crib yesterday, that crib which held four of the most beautiful babies ever to crawl this earth, which means I'll be announcing a pregnancy on this site within two months. I also gave a vanload of toys and clothes away.
But we still have to: reserve rental cars in the States, and find hotel rooms. We have to pack suitcases and lock them away somewhere so they don't accidentally get packed and shipped. We have to make sure our "go-bag," with passports and school records and pink slips and bank account numbers, is hidden in those suitcases - it wouldn't do to ship your passports with your HHE.
I have to schedule two well-child check-ups. Oh, and I have to convince the hospital to stop sending me bills. Seriously, every time I pay off my bill in full and request a note from them stating that I have a zero balance, they find some other little bill they forgot about. I am so ready to be done with this hospital.
I still haven't looked into whether we have traffic tickets, but regardless, I have to go to the ticket police. A good friend asked me to claim his tickets: if you get too many points on your license, you lose it, but if someone else is willing to take your points, you can keep your license. Since we're getting ready to leave, and he has another year, I'll be claiming his tickets.
And I have to solve the problem of what to do with the computer, which apparently has to die a horrible death in order for us to leave here. Lots of file transfering, scanning, cleaning, erasing and then buying anew in the near future.
Don't feel too sorry for me, though. I hired a babysitter and went out to dinner with friends on Saturday: perfect weather, rooftop restaurant, good friends, awesome Chinese food. I got a massage for Mother's Day, courtesy of my awesome husband. On Monday, I gave myself yet another holiday and spent the morning at the gym followed by an afternoon at Starbucks with a novel. Tuesday was move-related stuff all day long, followed by today, which was spent in one of the local markets with friends.
So you see: I complain, but still my life is pretty darn good.
Tomorrow: Day Two at the vet, lunch with former colleagues at the Embassy, a trip to the hospital to visit a sick friend, and more items crossed off that ever-expanding to-do list.
The countdown continues...