Here’s the details I know so far: Ted will be home Tuesday, for a couple of weeks. He leaves again the first weekend of October. I’ll stay here about another week, then I’m gone. I’ve got a couple of lunches with my old coworkers, and we’re having a going-away party at a local microbrewery September 29. It’s all coming up very fast!
(Anyone want to buy a 2001 MR2 Spyder or a 2002 Hummer H2?)
Moving to the Netherlands is definitely an adventure, but it’s also a major organizational effort. We have to sell the cars, sell the house, get the cat microchipped and get a health certificate for him, get birth certificates and marriage licenses and have them formally authenticated, decide what to take and what to leave behind, and on and on. And since Ted’s over in Europe just now, I’m the one who gets to do a lot of that. He gets to find the new apartment, make sure they allow cats, and think up additional jobs for me to do. (Don’t worry, he’s be back soon to help with the local work.)
So far most of it hasn’t been uncomplicated. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania finally returned my birth certificate but I still haven’t gotten a copy of our marriage license (I just called – they sent it a couple of days ago). When I receive it I have to send both documents back to PA to get an apostille (legalization) stamp on them. The State of Oregon is more efficient; I’ve already gotten the apostille on Ted’s.
I’m also a bit worried about the cars; we haven’t been getting any calls on either my MR2 or Ted’s Hummer.
On the plus side, giving notice at work was fun Getting everything ready and all the loose ends tied up has been kind of satisfying, too. And it looks like Ted has found us an apartment – only two bedrooms, but it’s nice and big.