So unfortunately we had some mix-ups with our paperwork already! David had the FBI send his CRC to the wrong return address (a few houses down the street from him) and by the time he found this out, his neighbor had already sent it back to the post office! 😦 So now we have to wait for the FBI to receive and process the CRC and return it to us again. We are supposed to hear back by August 7th. This is not very long in the scheme of things but it feels like forever! I am anxious to start interviewing and find out when and where we will be going exactly.
As far as steps after that go, we then have to send our CRC’s to an expedited apostille service that cost $177 for both the CRCs to be apostilled! O.O Then once we get them back we send everything to Korea and we will be right as rain.
In other, non-documents, news, the reality of what we are doing keeps hitting me on and off. Sometimes I am extremely anxious about our decision, other times ambivalent, and still others excited (sometimes all three in one day). I feel as though this is normal though. The first time I really realized the gravity of the situation I was undertaking was when I was driving to work one day. On my way to work there is an on-ramp to I-5 that can take me home to my parent’s house and I often dream of ditching work and heading home for some home cooked food and air-conditioning. So often in fact that this usually occurs every drive to work. 🙂 A couple months ago I was headed to work and as I passed that on-ramp it just hit me that soon I would be in S. Korea and I would not be able to just jaunt home whenever the need hits. Then I further realized that I have never lived farther away from my parents than 4 hours and I started hyperventilating… no just kidding. But it will be quite a change! Not only will I be leaving the nest, so to speak, but I will be leaving my best friend who I have lived with for over three years, three other roommates who I have lived with for two years, and my dog, who has been my bed mate and cuddle buddy for almost two. Anyways, I feel as though there are not enough pictures on this blog so here are some pictures of things I will miss:
My favorite on-ramp… not really but it will do.
Minnie aka Minerva McGonagall-Takano eating snowflakes O.O
Minnie and me playing tug-o-war!
My family at my graduation!
My brother’s and I. This picture says everything…
This is a photo of a photo taken in Florida on the Jurassic Park ride… we weren’t expecting to get soaked…
The roomies 🙂 Halloween I believe!
Our other favorite picture!
The whole family at Christmas! Minnie is even wearing her Christmas pajamas!
The days go by, and the bureaucratic requirements of this adventure just seem increasingly wearying. Who wants to think about visas and apostilles in this heat? But regardless, I’m looking forward more and more to our arrival in South Korea. A mild Korean autumn (my best sources tell me that autumns are such there) sounds like just the thing right now.
I thought I’d share some updates on the situation with Tara and myself. First of all, last week Tara got Lasik surgery, and I could not be more excited for her. With only a little initial discomfort, she now has 20/20 vision, all the better to take in the sights of a new country. For a day after the surgery she wasn’t allowed to do any “work” with her eyes, and sadly in this context “work” includes “play” and other enjoyable things. So I spent the day reading a book for her, along with cooking her lunch and acting as her text-message secretary. Tara’s already recovered and enjoying her new vision, so it should pose no problems come the time for our big move.
Other news on my front: my mom recently moved out of the house I spent my teenage years in. I was down in San Diego for a month for my brother’s high school graduation last month, and took the time to help her move her things over to the new house. Even from afar, I’ve found it a little hard to say goodbye to the old place. But times change, and if I have to memorize a new address every once in a while then I’m sure I can manage (especially since I plan to have my mail forwarded there).
July Fourth is coming up soon, an interesting day for reflection as we will presumably spend the next Independence Day abroad. You have to think about your country and your place in it at times like these, and I’ll probably have some more thoughts on that in a bit.
More updates will surely come, hopefully with more creative titles attached! I’m not very good at titles, but I’ll do my best.