Wednesday, May 26, 2010

How many more weeks...err..days?

June is sneaking up faster and faster every day. As exciting as it is, I am still overwhelmed by all the events that will take place. Also, F and I have a lot of things going on before I even move over that have nothing to do with the move.

Currently, he's finishing off his masters in Sweden just being a genius. I was volunteered to be his proofreader since his thesis has been written in English. Joy. I know that his work is really good and successful because I did not understand a single word of that thing. I edited it, critiqued the word use, etc. However, I could not tell you what it was about. Well, not true. It's about composite materials for a joint of some sort. Lots of tests were done. But I think it was successful.

On June 4th is his final day of 'student-life' as he is presenting and defending his work at LiU. *yay* applause applause. He is then on an official three month vacation. September of this year he starts work in Linköping (can we say YAY for that?). The job worked out as did our flat, so that Monday or Tuesday after I arrive in Sweden will be spent in a moving van traveling across Sweden and moving into our first (of probably many) flat.

This past week I have been on a holiday...some S&S if you will. Spa and Shopping. (My mom's phrase). She and I went to Santa Fe, New Mexico and stayed at the Bishop's Lodge Resort and Spa. We spent every morning in the spa (except one day was spent at the 10,000 Waves Spa also in Santa Fe--fabulous fabulous fabulous!). We had a wonderful time, found some wonderful jewelry, and had wonderful treatments at the spa. My mother truly deserved it, and I just got to benefit from it. ;)

One day was spent going to Madrid where the film, Wild Hogs was filmed. Madrid is an interesting place and we had a good time. Lots of hippies, which is always a trip. Another day, our favorite day, was spent at Bandelier National Monument where we got to see 400+ year old cliff dwellings and pueblo ruins. This was simply magical. Apparently, during the high season it can be up to a 45 minute wait just to park at the national park! We were virtually alone. Only crossing a handful of people on the path, and no one was around to disturb us as we visited the cliff dwellings and peeked inside. Words and pictures cannot do this state justice. I loved New Mexico. Here are some of the pictures I took. Please bear with me as most of them were taken from the passenger seat of a Ford Fusion named Molly. :)

 Bandelier. View from over the cliff. Stunning...simply stunning.

 On the walk, cliff dwellings in the distance.

 This was my favorite spot. Very quiet, it's in the cliff, dark, and green. You could hear the laughter. 

 Ruins with three Kivas. They think these was mainly for storage...except for the kivas which are for religious purposes.

Walking around the cliff dwellings.

<3 <3

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Panic Attack...Oh..I mean Packing.

Reality has started to set it once the joy of receiving my pretty pink and blue and green visa in the mail at the beginning of this month. Now it's business time (it's buisness, it's business timmmee, I even got my business socks on..) and I'm starting to plot out and plan how and what I'm going to pack to take on the airplane and what to send by post. It's starting to become slightly overwhelming. All the little things I have to take care of, and only 3 weeks to do it. (I'm leaving for Santa Fe with my Mom on Wednesday and wont return until Monday. This means that, that week is not being spent packing and planning, but instead relaxing and primping. EEK!)

I've visited my local Post Office to discuss M-Bags, they are so popular, that the postal worker has only seen them once in her long career and they didn't have any in stock. Joy. This should be fun. I genuinely do not know what I would do if all my books got lost in the ocean. Makes me tear up a little actually.

I've been to the doctor to make sure that I'm stocked up for a few months in Sweden before I can get to the doctor there and get my new prescription.  They are also pulling my medical records so I can take those with me as well. This was an adventure. My original doctor just up and left town and we didn't receive notification until the Monday after her office closed. So a $54 dollar 10 minute office visit to get 4 months of Sprintec and my medical records could have been avoided if my original doctor had not just decided to leave without proper warning. Sketchy Sketchy.

My Swedish tutor has told me to get my International Driver's License as close to the day I leave as possible. Which is good. Apparently, she would just renew hers every year, since she was in America once a year, and avoided having to do the Swedish driving school, test, etc. This sounds promising. However, if this move is super permanent, I guess I would be better off biting the bullet and getting a Swedish license.

I know to buy things that are easily acquire here than in Sweden. Linköping does not have a L'Occitane so I have to deal with that.

What else do I need to do? I have so much to pack and send. I'm taking 3 suitcases, but I mean, my shoe collection is obnoxious, and I own a ridiculous amount of fabric and sewing odds and ends, that will keep me entertained until I can find some form of employment. How the hell am I going to do this?

Anyone have any advice? This is totally different than when I packed for Glasgow...this is my whole life I'm trying to move...