with the asian pacific economic conference coming to sydney, we're already busy at the consulate supporting various visitors that will be arriving. well, actually i'm not. but that's giving me time to followup on my arrangements for my departure.
some of the things i'm working on:
- getting my russian visa
- buying a new car
- buying consumables
- buying new clothes
- booster shots for immunizations
- canceling all services for my home
- major cleaning for home after 2 years of wear and tear
- donating, trashing or selling anything i don't need
- sorting what goes back to storage, what goes to russia and what never leaves my side
the first one, i thought would take the longest but i'm learning it's even more difficult than i imagined. and i haven't even applied for it yet.
buying a car, sounds easy and it would be normally but i only have a month in the states and i'd rather use the time for something else. so i'm looking into buying it with the help of family back home.
vaccinations- another surprise. i discovered one of the immunizations i had for africa never actually took. when i asked the dr. if that happens a lot for that type of shot, she said "not really, only about 2% of the people taking it reject it." so i get to try again and see if it sticks.
when you begin to prepare for the next tour, you unconsciously shift from priorities at work to what do i have to follow up on for moving. no matter what you hear about the foreign service, it's up to you to check on tickets, packing, training, home leave, etc. there's no one there to give you daily reminders on what to do next. it can shred an ADD person to pieces.
talking to coworkers turns into speaking in different languages. when they mention a project that's going to happen after i leave, i mentally file it in the "make sure to tell my replacement" folder. and my "get-done-before-i-go" projects are "we'll-get-to-it-eventually" ideas.
did i mention the lists? no matter how many times i do this, i'm realizing i have too many to-do lists. my best advice for someone doing this, get one pda or one notebook or one scribe to keep everything written down. because the list you just made at home, is going to be the one with the note on it that you need that day at work..