This summer has been stressful and relaxing at the same time. It started out a little chaotic because I immediately had to tell the principal of my school in South Carolina that I would not be staying another year. I was very nervous about this, but had to go through with it in order to make the best decision for my life. That's all taken care of now, thank goodness. Since I didn't need to be in South Carolina for any reason, I decided to then move out of my apartment and back into my best friend's house in Georgia. I like the area he lives in way more than the area in S.C. where I was living. Also, I'd be living with my friends again, and it was going to save me money, so there was really no reason not to move. I wanted to sit down and tell the lady I was renting from this, but she happened to be in Ireland for weeks. It didn't make sense to pay July rent to both her and to my friend, so I just decided to pack up all of my stuff and move out, which also kind of made me anxious. I would have preferred to explain this in person to the woman I rented from, but ended up having to message her on Facebook her about it. I didn't have to sign a lease or anything and my rent was on a month-to-month basis, so it's not like I was trying to get out of an agreement, but I just felt kind of weird packing up everything while she was not there! In the end, she was super understanding and wished me good luck. Another weight off of my shoulders...
Moving itself is also not the most fun. Last June I moved from Ohio to Georgia, then from Georgia to South Carolina, then from South Carolina back to Georgia, and now I have to move all my stuff back to Ohio so that I can move to China. Needless to say, I'm OVER moving so much!!! Luckily, Everett helped me clean out my place in South Carolina and all my stuff is now at his place.
As soon as I got moved into Ev's place, I drove to North Carolina to visit my sister for 5 days. Just a few days after that, I spent some time in Savannah with my parents showing them around. It has been wonderful, but I have been busy!
As far as China is concerned, I had been interested in going all year long, but then started experiencing a health problem so I ended up thinking that I wouldn't be able to go and told my contact for the program that. After some conversations with my doctor, he gave me the go-ahead to go to China, so then I had to hope and pray that there was still an available position for me. Thankfully there was! I really lucked out in that respect. Then I had to work on filling out the paperwork and get a doctor's note saying I was fit to work, so it was a good thing that I was on summer break in order to have the time to get this taken care of right away. Everything is pretty much set for China, and I actually bought my flight yesterday! When I taught in Korea, they paid for my flight, but the way it works in China is that I pay for it and then receive a stipend for it at the end of my contract. Another source of worry for me is that I do have a lot of expenses for China upfront and I'm going to Iceland, so it's not exactly comforting to see my savings account dwindle, BUT I keep telling myself to not freak out because I know that I'll make it back as soon as I get to China. It will be just fine and all worth it, but I do need to keep reminding myself about that. At least I'm still receiving paychecks from the school I worked at last year through the first half of August.
This Sunday, I have to pack up my little compact car with as much stuff as will fit into it and make a 12 hour trip from Georgia to Ohio. I'm going to try to get it done in one day, but gosh...I don't know if I'll be able to make it. I might get a hotel room on the way depending on how I feel. Also, the kind of crappy thing is that I won't be able to fit all my stuff in one trip, at least I don't think so. That means after I get back from our trip in August, I'll have to drive all the way back down to Georgia and make another trip back up to Ohio for the 2nd part of my stuff.
I've also been busy preparing for my trip to NYC, Iceland, and Boston with Rachael. Rachael can attest to the fact that we have been using WeChat almost daily to get everything in order for our adventure. I think at this point we both just want to relax and enjoy the trip we spent so much time planning. This summer, I've been running around trying to make sure that I have what I need for the trip. Blog business cards for BlogHer? Check. Hiking boots, a converter, a waterproof jacket, and Lonely Planet Iceland? Quadruple check. Yesterday I worked on making a packing list of everything I will need for Iceland, and I have to start packing here in the next few days so that I can take it back to Ohio with everything already prepared. Today I also need to print a bazillion things: flight schedules, AirBnB accommodation receipts, bus tickets, receipts from all of our tours we pre-paid, etc.
Another thing that I have to do is sell my car. I was kind of hoping that my parents would let me keep it at their place for a year, but my dad does not want that. He says that I might agree to stay another year in China and then it will just be sitting there for years with no one using it, which is a valid point. I feel like I won't really have much time to sell my car because I'll need it up to a certain point, so I figure that I'm probably going to take a loss on it financially since I'll need to sell it fast. Also, I've never sold a car before, so I feel kind of clueless.
As you can see, I've had some more time to blog lately and have been getting back in the swing of things with posting regularly again. I just don't know how much that is going to be able to continue since I'll be gone for the next three weeks. With everything else that is going on in my life, I have been able to keep up with blogging, but not get ahead. I feel like we are supposed to have up good content during BlogHer since we will be meeting so many other bloggers and businesses might be visiting our blogs, but at this point, if I can just pre-write about three-four posts, I'll be happy with that.
Something else that has been weighing on my mind is that I have to do is figure out where I'm going to store all of my stuff once I get it back to Ohio. Right now, a large portion of it is in my parents' basement in boxes. I don't know if they're okay with me keeping it there, so I might have to look into getting storage unit.
Also, for China, I'm supposed to send in my actual passport next week, but since I'm going to Iceland, I cannot do that. That means as soon as I get back to the U.S., I have to immediately go to the post office and mail out my passport and forms so that everything gets done before my departure on August 19th. I might have to pay extra since it will need to be rushed, which is fine.
On top of everything else, I've had to squeeze in doctors appointments for that health problem that I mentioned earlier. Since I started seeing the doctor in South Carolina, that is who I go through, so it has been kind of annoying to drive over an hour each way every time I need to go, but I don't want to switch doctors just for a month. Also, my insurance with the school I formerly worked at expires on August 1st and I don't start working in China until August 19th, so I have to look into getting coverage for that one month.
Finally, I've been exercising daily with Everett to try to get in better shape and more prepared for my Iceland trip. Hopefully I have time to keep this up!!
WHEW! I know I'll get everything done that I need to work on, but I'll just feel a whole lot better once I get some more things crossed off of my list, you know what I mean? I just have to stop, take a deep breath, and try not to get overwhelmed because everything that I'm doing is for something awesome!!
I have had some relaxing moments like just chatting with my sister in NC, trying out new Savannah restaurants with my parents, and this past week my friends and I caught up on our favorite Netflix show of the moment, Gran Hotel. Mostly, it has just been really nice to be on a vacation from working.
How has your summer been going?