Turned over the keys to the real estate agent this morning. Got ourselves to the airport with overweight bags - we weighed them at home but we were off by a few pounds per bag. Now we look like we've put on 10 lbs wearing extra clothes, coats and our pockets stuffed. Our first flight … Continue reading The Big Schlep
The shippers got the moving truck back to our house around 3:30 yesterday afternoon. I almost cried when they left. Our house is empty, except for the life raft (air mattress) in the bedroom and it echos. Jeff can no longer mutter under his breath on the other side of the house without me hearing … Continue reading Last Dance with Mary Jane
The truck showed up at 7:15 pm tonight and then they told me - 'Yeah, sorry, but we don't have enough room in the truck for your stuff.' Am I kidding, you ask? No. Were they kidding, I asked? Sadly, No. Deep breath. They promised - after spending two hours wrapping our couch and bicycles … Continue reading Wait – What?!?
Just like Paul Revere of Revolutionary legend. Yes - we got the word. The shippers are coming today! Everything is ready to go - labeled, numbered, and on the inventory sheet I created. I'll just hand it to them and off they'll go. Again, this is a prime example of how much communication is key … Continue reading The Shippers are Coming, The Shippers are Coming!!
Ok - My international shippers are giving me acid reflux. They gave me the estimated window for picking up our stuff about a month ago. Promising to refine the estimate to an actual day, and then further to an actual time. I have neither in my possession right now. I have emailed repeatedly. I'm trying … Continue reading Moving Voo Doo
We have one week to go. Next Monday we fly to LA to pick up our visas and then we're on a plane to Spain. It's down to the wire. And while I've been handling most of the list over the last 6 months, the last few things are going to be a group effort … Continue reading Detente
I'm usually incredibly disciplined. I only eat protein in the morning. I do my yoga after lunch a high protein lunch, and I walk at least 6 miles every night - if not more, and other work outs. But these last few days here, I've thrown my entire routine out the window. I've peaked too … Continue reading Stress Eating for One
There are points in life - graduations, kids going off to college - where we both celebrate and we mourn. We buy cards and gifts and we cheer. And then we cry tears of joy and loss as we see the back side of our children or grandchildren, as they go off to new horizons, … Continue reading The Grief of Goodbye
Just heard - we are good to go. Its a little surreal. If we hadn't had to provide one more month of financial statements, it would have taken only 3 days. I love the Spanish Consulate in Los Angeles. Crazy! After all that - it was quick and painless. It's strange. Thinking back, when we … Continue reading Visa Approved!!
We're just waiting now. Checking email throughout the day to see if the 'We like you, come to Spain' email is waiting for us. Now I'm doing the housekeeping of sweeping up all the little things. Funny, I thought the list was almost done, but the closer we get I keep adding one thing here, … Continue reading Day 8 – Visa Watch