Happy New Year!
My partner and I just got back from our vacation on St. John, USVI where we spent Christmas snorkeling and relaxing on the beach. It was a much needed break from work and moving to-do's, but it's nice to be home and getting things done for the move, like FINALLY booking our ONE WAY TICKETS this morning!
Turns out we are being delayed a week due to impending projects for Marc's work, but I'm not complaining about that because it gives me more time to spend with friends and family before we leave on the 28th. :-)
My last day at work was yesterday. I submitted my final expense report, disconnected my business phone and data accounts, sent farewell emails, and said goodbye to my company car, laptop, and iPad all in a few hours. It was a surreal experience. I will miss my job and my colleagues, but I am excited to see where this new adventure takes me.
Marc's employment (E) visa and my entry (X) visa were finally sent to us after being in processing since November 21st, which means we can get the ball rolling on our household goods shipment. On Monday surveyors are coming to our house from the shipping company to assess the amount of our household goods shipment and hopefully we can get it all packed and in transit by the end of the week or the beginning of the following week.
Our liaison in India confirmed that we can pack toiletries and unopened food items; jars/cans of familiar foods and Stella's big bag of dog food will be a welcomed sight for sure! I wish I knew how long it will take our shipment to get to Mumbai, and how long after that it will take to clear customs, but I think there are several factors that could affect this.
Speaking of Stella, we went to the vet last week and she got a microchip (around $75.00), a rabies shot (around $35.00), and a general wellness exam. We had to be sure that the rabies vaccination was given more than 30 days prior to our flight but not older than a year, and that it was a killed vaccine. I bought her a year of heartworm meds and flea and tick prevention as well so that we are prepared for the immediate future. All said and done the visit was around $275.00. The microchip is a 15-digit international chip, and though it is not required for import, we liked the added security of being able to register her online in case she is lost, heaven forbid. I registered the chip online as soon as I got home. She didn't need anesthesia for it, and it was a very quick procedure, less than 2 minutes.
It will be a busy week next week, and I'm thankful that I can devote 100% of my time to making sure we're all set to go.