How much longer?
I’m only posting because, for some reason, when I created this blog I set a weekly posting goal for myself. I guess I was hoping this would force me to keep on blogging once I’m an Abu Dhabian (well residence wise), but it’s kind of a pain while I’m still here in the U.S. But, you see, I hate not meeting my goals, so here we go.
I’m going to call this the limbo phase because there is nothing else (on my end) that needs to be done. Now, we wait until July or August when we attend a webinar and receive our tickets and visas. And, it’s not entirely true that I don’t need to do anything else. I have plenty. I have to take the English for Arabic speakers online course (a freebie thanks to TeachAway & Toronto University), get my financials in order (close some accounts, get the money transfer codes, let them know I’ll be overseas, etc.), finish up dental/medical checkups (before U.S. insurance runs out), buy supplies and pack.
Packing is a big topic of discussion amongst we newbies. I plan on bringing just the two check-in bags and two carryons. I’m packing a duffel with my hiking boots and some winter clothes (for traveling to cooler climates) for Joe to bring over when he visits in November. WHAT I’m actually putting in the two bags I’m bringing remains the big question. I’m not freaking out over school supplies because I can’t worry about what I can’t control. I’m loading up a thumb drive with as much as I can, and then figuring it out as I go along over there. I am debating whether or not to buy a portable projector, but I think I’ll just have to wait and see. If I need one badly enough I’ll have Joe bring one over too — poor guy doesn’t yet realize he’s gonna be my pack camel.
I should be planning my east-coast road trip right now, but my heart isn’t in it as much as it should be. I am just ready to end this school year and move already. I type this knowing full and well that I also want to spend plenty of time with my family, but it’s hard to do when I am so excited about where I’ll be in a few months. August isn’t that far off, but it feels like forever from now.