Thursday, August 4, 2011

Life... Back in Order

Well, in case you were wondering, I did not, in fact, fall off the face of the earth, but it was pretty close.  July was an incredibly hectic month, between work and family, but now I am starting to get my life back in order.

My sister and my niece came up from Houston to spend almost the entire month at home.  It was amazing to spend so much time with them, but it did make for an exhausting month.  But I love and adore my family so much that I really can't complain!

Playing in the Princess Tent with LG

Shortly after I received the email about le Morne Rouge, I received my arrêté de nomination!  I was so excited, but once I started taking a closer look, I noticed that I hadn't received any official stamp on my documents that I was supposed to.  Without allowing myself to panic, I immediately emailed the contact person in D.C.  She told me that in the past, l'Académie de la Martinique has sent the stamped forms directly to the appropriate consulate, so I should either have forms there waiting for me, or they will arrive soon.  My fingers are crossed.

So... I went ahead and scheduled an appointment to get my visa, so I am now going down to Chicago on my days off next week!  My mom is going down with me, and I am so excited to get some mother-daughter bonding time.  Plus, Chicago is one of my favorite cities, and I can't wait to go back.

Although getting my arrêté and applying for my visa are the most crucial steps before going to Martinique, my list of things to do is still a lot longer than I'd like it to be.  Let's see... I still need to:

  • Purchase my TICKET (yes, I know I probably should do that soon)
  • Translate my birth certificate
  • Get translated birth certificate certified/stamped/something to please the French officials
  • Find housing
  • Renew my driver's license
Hmm, that list seems short.  I'm sure I'm forgetting about 40 things.  Not to mention that I still have not spent any decent amount of time researching Martinique or le Morne Rouge.  Plus I want to look into what I need to get an international driver's license since rumor has it Martinique's public transportation is...less than desirable.  Which of course adds yet another expense when I get there... a CAR (or moped or scooter preferably).

Right now, it's hard to get really excited to leave because there are still so many things I need to do.  I feel more overwhelmed than anything else.  It still feels far away, even though I will leave in less than 2 months!!  Okay, that means I really need to search for flights...