Today, my alarm went off at 6:30 a.m. I hate alarms. Always have. If something has to wake me up, then I'm not ready to get up. I guess it would help if I would go to bed before 1:30.... So, the alarm went off. I got up about 7:20. Yeah, that's right, 7:20. I rushed out of here at 7:50 to take Matthew to school then I had to head to an appt. with an International Adoption Doctor. That appt. was at 9:30. The parking situation there is so great, they told me to allow 20-30 minutes to find a place to park. (Gotta love Northern Virginia!!) So, I thought, well, I should just leave after dropping Matthew off and head straight there. It is 14 miles to this place... it took me over an hour on Route 66 to get there, but the good news was it only took 5 mintues to find a place to park! I went to the top of the garage... plenty of spaces. (Until I came out of the appt. and every last one was filled.) I'm sure the rainy/dreary morning made for a slightly slower commute, but for the most part, that is normal life around here.
The appt. with the doctor went well. Since I am traveling blind (that means without a referral) when I go to Kazakhstan, he told me what to look for to try to determine the health of the child based on what I observe as well as what the records might say. It was quite informative. I just hope I remember it all when I'm over there.
Then I went to the Post Office to get a passport picture taken to send with my Visa application. That was exciting... another step in the process. Even though I don't have my dates to travel, I was going to send the Visa Application to the travel agency so that I could have the paperwork there when the Confirmation number finally decided to come. Then I was headed home for lunch.
I was on the main street in my neighborhood when I got the call!!! The Confirmation Numbers have finally been issued!!! I am expected in Petropavlovsk on Saturday Feb. 9. Although I haven't booked the flights yet, it is looking like I will travel on Wednesday Feb. 6th and arrive in Petropavlovsk on Friday the 8th. It finally came! Can you believe it? It finally came... and it was just a normal Tuesday...
What do you think I did next?? I went shopping for shoes! Yup, shoes.
Now, before you laugh too hard... I actually filled out the Visa paperwork and took that to FedEx first, THEN I went to get the shoes. What I wanted/needed is a pair of shoes to wear at court in Kazakhstan. Nothing I have is really great with a dress. I wear a lot of pantsuits here, rather than dresses/skirts and those are different shoes than those I wear with skirts. Anyway, I found a pair of shoes - just what I needed! Shoe therapy to calm me down. :) I love shoes. OK, OK, I admit, I bought two pair of shoes... but I WENT to get shoes for COURT.
Tomorrow will bring a lot more stuff to get done. It is never ending. I guess it will end when I board that plane next week!!
So, who said I would travel by Feb. 8th? I guess you win the Blogging Voter Prize. Congrats. Too bad no one said Feb 6th! :)
Last chances to vote for names. You can write in your choices too if you'd prefer. Who voted for what? I like to know and don't. :) You don't have to tell, I just like to know.
Alright, I have no idea what else to say now as my head is sort of spinning. I knew this was coming but it is still a little like WOW when it comes because now I truly only have a week and that's it!! Tick tock, tick tock.