There are about 5000 phone calls, appointments, forms, and miscellaneous 'things-to-be-done' involved in an overseas relocation. Someone asked where we were in that process. Well, somewhere around #3000 I think. <g>
Although we are still in Europe, all of our outlets are different so none of the appliances work here. The car has to have a light kit installed within a few days to make the lights tilt the other direction since we drive on the other side of the road. At this point only one of us is currently driving in this fine land. I need to do this. I need. to. do. this. But gosh darn, it feels really odd going the other way on these narrow roads. I didn't much like driving in my own country for that matter. And on that note I have to take my new drivers exam this week. Wish me luck...
The telephone and computer will not be fully set up for a few weeks. We got new cell phones (those don't transfer either) but it seems all our machines will have limited internet access. I am ok with that. In fact I think it's a blessing. After accounting for online school reporting and mail, it definitely curtails surfing to next to nil. No matter what they tell you - ignorance is too bliss. I mean it <g>
We are still figuring out all of our doors and have had to release a couple kids who were stuck inside rooms. Every door has a different handle, mostly wonderful old Bakelite turn knobs with cast iron plates and skeleton keys. They don't all shut right and some need a good shove to open again. And I actually really love all the above. <g>
The garden is shared with a large population of plump pigeons which lends a park-like feel to the place. They are mostly sedate though when you jog along the lane you flush them out of the trees which is a little startling. We have also seen a few pheasants in the yard and near the trees in the fields.
Tomorrow morning the movers arrive with our household goods and we return the loaner things to the base. It will be a good thing to get this over with quickly, but I admit I am not looking forward to this part. We worked very hard to organize on the other end however and I will let you know how that works out on this end. You know, in the spirit of, "If you can't be a good example at least be a horrible warning." : )