Took a little break the last 2 weeks up in Cape Cod, MA with my son. You may or may not have noticed. It was the last opportunity to see my family for a while, and it was all a little more emotional that I thought it would be. Oh well… everything’s a bit of a roller-coaster these days with departure looming only 3 weeks out.
We’re in the final countdown. Movers did the walk-through today, we’re working on getting everything together to ship our car, buying lots of stuff, etc. Some interesting notes:
1) In VA, they have electronic titles. Request your copy well in advance. They take 6-8 weeks to send a paper copy to you or your lein-holder. We discovered, however, that a Transcript of Official Vehicle Record may be used in its place. This was $13 at the DMV and a much smaller headache.
2) Shipping pets sucks. Be sure to check with the Consulate of your destination country here in D.C. before shipping for all regulations. The D.R., for instance, requires rabies vaccinations at least 30 days out, but an International Health Certificate within 10 days of travel. Your country will be different. Trust me. Find this all out first, unlike our neighbor who just left for Macedonia.
3) Even if you think you’ll be OK leaving your family… you won’t. Unless you don’t have good relationships there, it’s a tough process. I’m excited to be going to new places, but also kinda worried about leaving my support network so far behind. I’ve always been within a few hours’ drive or a quick flight from the fam. Now? Not so much. And it worries me.
That’s about it for now… a week at the beach rejuvenated me enough to get me through the next few weeks. Then I think the adrenaline will get me through.