Come On Irene

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Another week gone.  Packing and shopping has taken the back burner and I've used most of my time this past week to catch up with some old friends.  Friday was lunch with my old college roommate, Monday was lunch with old coworkers, Tuesday I helped a friend move, and yesterday was lunch down at Stonehill with my old boss and dinner at the Sunset Grill in Allston with two of my cousins.  Today was breakfast with my friend and our moms and tonight might be my last trip to the Old Court! 

New Kitchen!
My father was gone this past weekend and my mother and I decided to paint and tile the kitchen.  It was a good amount of work but since it has been a bleak white for 5 years now we figured it was time for a change.  It was also great to get rid of the border that we only noticed was made up of outhouses after we hung it up in the kitchen.  Other than all of that we are just getting ready for my going away/birthday cookout that we are having this Saturday.  We're also keeping an eye Hurricane Irene.  I could really go for a good storm but I'm worried this is getting very hyped up and will end up missing us.  Guess we'll find out Sunday.

Yay Corporate Finance and Organizational Behavior!

I also got two of my books in the mail today. 

2 Weeks To Go

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Time is flying.  I had my last day of work a week ago.  Hopefully my replacement is well trained and ready to go. If she's not... we'll it's not my problem any more. It is great to finally be out of there and hopefully I won't end up there a third time.

After finishing work I took a nice long weekend vacation on the Cape.  It was very relaxing and the perfect transition out of work mode. It was also the perfect way to spend time with my friends who I will not be seeing for a while.

We're down to two week now.  I've gotten my book list (and spent a gross amount of money on said books) but not my schedule yet.  I've also gotten permission to move in a day early which will solve the class/moving dilemma.  I did some clothes shopping yesterday since I haven't in far too long and it was such a success that I have a feeling I'll be going out for round two soon.  I have yet to do so but I need to work on my list of things to bring.  I have memories of moving into college with a car and truck load of stuff and I'm beginning to question how I'm going to whittle that all down to a suitcase and a backpack.  Space saver bags will be involved.

The next two weeks are going to be filled with a lot of shopping, packing, and lunch dates to catch up with a lot of people I haven't seen in a while.

And the countdown begins...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Well just a little less than a month now before I ship out!  I've moved back home to save some money and to spend some time with the family before I leave.  I will spend the end of this week training my replacement and then have until Thursday of next week to straighten out my things before I'm done with work.

I think the stress and the nerves should start setting in very soon. Luckily that hasn't happened yet.  I've already triple checked that I do not need a visa to stay in Ireland (though I do have to register with the police) and my housing is almost completely sorted.  The process of getting my loans is a bit more difficult since the money is going overseas and for some reason the school doesn't seem that eager to bill me up front for school.  I also need to double check that I'm covered by my insurance abroad. 

Most of the University starts classes on September 12th but my program starts on the 5th which is also the same day housing opens.  I'm praying that they might let me move in a day early since starting classes and moving are two things I never want to do at the same time.

I think it's time to sit down and start making lists of what I want (and can feasibly) bring.  I did a great job packing and surviving in Russia but this is going to be a very different experience and I have a feeling I will end up wanting to bring much more than I should... we'll see.