I leave in a month and a half.
It’s slowly sinking in.
I have tons of things to take care of and I’m so unsure about where to begin. I’m anxious and excited and generally feeling like this is going to be more fun than I can possibly imagine. At least it will be at first.
I am still waiting for that housing information. Newcastle said we’d get it by the end of July. Guess what just ended yesterday and I have nada from them. Well they the offers are being sent out to unconditional offer students (I am one of those), so I guess it’s a game of patience now. I think I can be patient for about another week and then I start making phone calls.
I also have to figure out my tuition payments. That’s going to hurt a lot. Aid and money transfers and conversions and. . . well, the math makes my brain hurt. More from the fact that I am losing a lot of money in the conversion over to British pounds. This is not going to be nice. Hopefully I shall find a nice job that will give me some pocket money to work with so I won’t rely completely on whatever I can bring over. A graduate student’s life is not one of riches and shiny things. Unless you count silverware. Even plastic shines in the right light.
I need to plan a little party thingy before I leave. One at J. Pats will do quite nicely. Walt plans on attending. He’s a priest for the Baltimore Fire Department. And he’s highly amusing. I love making new friends. That being said, I hope to see a lot of old friends before I leave for England for a few months. I’ll be back in December but that’s when people are traveling all over as well. I shall keep everyone posted.
The hardest part about this is saying goodbye to so many things. My online game runs out September 6th. I’ve frozen it until I feel that I can safely play it again. This means I might never come back to it. The tear jerker is that I have to say goodbye to my dog. I am not sure if he will make it through August (but he should), and after that there is guarantee he will make it until I return home in December (the 18th if you’re wondering). So that’s really going to be rough.
Okay, I’m waxing on and on about my dog. I’ll stop.
The house cleaning commences today. I think I shall start with the outdoors, i.e. my car. I need to get the darn thing and vacuum, wash and throw out the 80 billion tons of trash. This also involves my trunk. After that I shall start in on my room. This will then lead to cleaning out the hallway because it will be full of my crap and then finally helping out with the rest of the house. My mom wants the two of us to go through our pictures from decades past. We are to sort sort sort. And all this has to be done before the end of August when we go to my cousin’s wedding out in San Francisco. I’ve never been to California. . . This should be exciting.
And right now I am off to take care of the funds to see what can go where and how and all that shtuff.