I've been running around like a madwoman. More precisely, like a chicken without a head.
Aug 26th : Friday, I find out about the job.
Saturday night, I arrive in Montreal.
Sunday, I get liberated from my lease. We do some house visits all day, and Dave leaves a deposit on an appartment for himself.
Monday, I spend the day at my mum's getting down some lists and preparing some logistics. Dave finds out he did not get the appartment.
Tuesday, I find out I might leave later due to some HR issues. I spend the morning making phone calls and gathering departure info. I apply for my Medicare card. We spend the afternoon roaming Little Italy to find Dave an appartment. I'm dead. I get some work info that I print out. I need to read that stuff eventually.
Wednesday, I get confirmation that I will leave with the next 3 weeks. I spend a part of the day blogging. The sum of stuff I have to do seems like just too much. Dave finds out he is accepted for the appartment. I pick up some documentation at my mum's. A girl visits my appartment. I give 2 hours of pro bono counsel at the Y.
Thursday, Dave signs his lease. I make my application for a 2nd passport at the French Embassy. I make phone calls to various embassies for my visas. I spend time emailing my manager about various logistical issues. I find out that I will leave Montreal on the 17th. I get confirmation on housing in Ottawa (see later in post why). I attend Goodbye dinner #1.
Saturday the 3rd will be spent packing. In the evening, we have Goodbye dinner # 2. Sunday will be spent packing as well.
Monday is Labor day. We'll take the day off. I have Goodbye dinner # 3 that night.
The following 4 days will be spend packing and fixing logistic issues. I yet have to :
- change my address everywhere ;
- open a US bank account ;
- get my digicam fixed ;
- call the Salvation Army to pick up whatever furniture Dave and I don't keep ;
- shop for clothes ;
- store away my computer ;
- close my bills ;
- take care of my unpaid parking tickets ;
- recruit hands and arms to move my stuff ;
- meet with the gentleman who will supply me with a moving truck ;
- advertise my car ;
- get all the paperwork pertaining to selling my car ;
- take ID pics for my visa requests.
If I have more time I will :
- help paint and clean Dave's appartment ;
- pay a goodbye visit to my ex-boss ;
- pay a goodbye visit to the Mountain ;
- pay a goodbye visit to the YWCA.
Saturday the 10th, I move all the furniture Dave isn't keeping to the country house for storage. That, and all the boxes I will have packed.
Somewhere around Monday the 12th , I will get explanatory letters from my employer for my visa requests. Somewhere between then and Friday the 16th, I will spend 3 days in Ottawa to get all my visas done. If necessary, I'll go back and forth twice. A this point, I need to have my luggage (20 kg's) ready.
I hope I can do this on Monday-Wednesday and that this way I'll have at least 2 last days with Dave, my mum, and my friends.
Saturday the 17th, I fly to Baltimore.
Saturday the 24th, I fly to Conakry.
Now, please tell me : GUYS, DID I FORGET ANYTHING ?
ON ON !
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