One by one, step by step we inch closer to our very own full-on Japanese adventure.
1. Clothes and accessories have been boxed up and stuck in the office-turned-storage-unit. (Next time I want to go shopping, I just need to think of the 4 huge boxes of extra clothes, 1 medium-sized box of accessories, and piles of shoes we are leaving behind. These are extra, mind you, and not to be confused with the six suitcases of stuff we are bringing!)
2. Apartment informational pack has been compiled and sent to the upcoming sub-leasers.
3. Doctor and dentist visits have been completed to make sure we are at least leaving the country in good health.
4. One Visa was obtained, other paperwork is on its way.
5. 100 pounds of text books are on their way to Japan courtesy of the USPS.
6. We discovered that Netflix streaming is now offered in Japan!!!! (Thank you, Baby Jesus!)
7. We decided to keep AT&T for now and Kevin has switched to an International plan for the next couple of months. Right before leaving the US we will put our phone numbers on hold to unlock our phones and then once we're both over there, we'll find a longterm Japanese plan using our iPhones.
8. The Professor with his four suitcases is now safely in Japan. He will soon be heading to the university orientation and then on to our soon-to-be home of 500-sq-feet of Japanese living at its finest for the next 10-11 months.
1. My visa
2. Canceling cable (noooooooo...)
3. Working some trade shows to get some spending money.
4. Eating up the things in the frig and on the shelves. It's getting down to 'what can I make with a jar of sesame seeds and a bag of raisins?' When I replenish my larder next year--I need to be more judicious in my choices---do I really need those jars of hoisin AND oyster sauce, and three types of mustard?
5. Organizing my mountain of writing notes so I don't have to bring a huge pile of papers. Once over there, I really want to work on my writing.
6. Mentally preparing for leaving my friends and beautiful adopted city for awhile.
7. Enjoying the city a bit more until I have to leave for Atlanta (work), Nashville (work), SF (family visit), then on to final destination: Tokyo.
Then before we know it, we'll both be in Japan beginning a whole long list of new things to do while discovering a new language, new foods, and a new country. I'm getting excited.