Countdown: 3 Weeks, 1 Day

Maria’s sleeping next to me right now. It’s hot, but the fan’s kind of nice. At least it’s nice for her. I’m not entirely sure it’s doing anything for me. It’s actually almost exactly only three weeks away, but I’m writing this just before. I’m giddy I think, and it’s keeping me from sleeping. We just booked our last vacation in the states before heading out. We’re spending three nights up in Carmel, where Maria’s never been. I’m imagining we’ll drive up the long, scenic way, spend a day in Carmel proper, a day at the aquarium in Monterey, and a half day goofing off and relaxing before heading back. I think it will be a good way to say goodbye to California.

I don’t think this post will be long. The details have mostly been squared away. I got new glasses today, which should prove an interesting change. Tomorrow Maria’s getting our Visas along with my step mother, and she’ll make an inquiry phone call to a travel agent about one way tickets to China and to the health insurance agent to settle our international health care plans. I’m actually beginning to think that maybe we won’t need US insurance per se anymore; there seems to at least be the possibility that while in China we’ll be able to get decently good Chinese insurance for much cheaper. But this will suffice for now.

It’s close. So very close. And I’m giddy, and a little sad. And nostalgic. I think I’ve been dreaming about California, even though it’s very, very hot. Maria’s going to schedule some final social events, meet ups with the last of her friends whom she’s yet to say good bye to. I have some similar things to do as well. And before you know it, we’ll be gone.

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sean | August 31st, 2009 

I promise these posts will get much more interesting once we actually get to China. And Maria will post more. We’ll both have much more to say. I realize that for now this just seems like me rambling and complaining, stressing and whining. I’m hoping to be able to close the “pre-china” category soon, and continue on properly with “in-china.” I’m imagining this taking on a very grand and epic scale. I’m imagining a “post-china” category even.

sean | September 1st, 2009 

This is a test comment. I just got the site to validate and I hope I didn’t break anything.

sean | September 1st, 2009 

Ok so I broke it for a moment, but it’s fixed now.

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