In 4 short weeks I’ll be boarding the plane to the Republic of Georgia – so exciting! The to-do list that spans those four short weeks, however, is not as exciting. It’s fairly daunting, but the reward is so sweet that I’m soldiering through!
First things first, I finished up my 2-month temporary gig as the Interim Communications Manager at UC Hastings College of the Law. As much as I would have liked to spend some time enjoying San Francisco and unemployment checks, I decided to be a productive citizen and found some temp work. It was actually a perfect gig for me – I had the chance to meet some cool new people plus start dusting off my writing skills, since I’ll need them as a Kiva Fellow (and as a blogger, if I want to keep your attention!).
Now that work is officially over, I’m focusing 100% on moving! My boyfriend Ian will be moving in with a friend of mine while I’m gone to save on rent, so we’re in the middle of the delightful process of packing, sorting, cleaning, purging, and more cleaning and packing. To our credit, we’re both still speaking to each other and the cat hasn’t accidentally been packed in a box (though we’ve come close a few times). The actual move is on Thursday so I’ll be sure to let you all know how it goes. I hope my life gets more interesting to write about when I arrive in Tbilisi!!
(In the meantime, if anyone wants to borrow our couch for 6-8 months, we would be eternally grateful and the deal would likely include you receiving cake pops along with the best couch ever. Leave a comment if interested!)
On a more fun note, I have a very special visitor this week – the lovely Miss Melanie Pipkin, in town for her 2nd visit since I’ve moved to SF, and bringing the gorgeous weather with her for the 2nd time in a row – thank you! We’ll be relaxing and enjoying the city, heading up to wine country to enjoy a few glasses of vino, getting some spa time – in other words, glorious gal pal time!
As soon as Melanie heads out though, it’ll be down to the wire for preparing to move to Georgia. I’ll be cracking down on prep reading, learning some Georgian words (any tips, anyone?), taking a Microfinance 101 course, and completing the million other little tasks that I’m sure will pop up in the next 4 weeks.
In the meantime, I would love to hear from any readers! Let me know what item was a MUST-HAVE when you were living abroad. I already have a head lamp thingamajig but would love more suggestions of what else I’ll be kicking myself if I don’t bring with me!