Saturday, December 18, 2010

Goodbye Naomi

We just met Naomi's new owner, Rob.  He seems like a really nice guy and likes her for all the right things.  She also seems to like him and was brushing up against his legs and let him pet her.  She is normally a bit uncertain with new people so that was a great sign.  They left together about 20 minutes ago and he promised to give her a good home.  We will miss you Naomi and hope you warm up to Rob quickly.

John & I are really feeling the impact of losing her right now and feel reality of everything we are going away from starting to hit us.

Naomi's favorite sleeping place:

Last goodbyes:

Friday, December 17, 2010


Last weekend we put fliers up looking for homes for Naomi & Specs.  Amazingly someone called about Naomi within a few days and he is coming to meet her tomorrow.  We also might have a home for Specs with a friend.  Although I am really sad about losing them it will be nice to know their futures are secure.  John & I have been doing a lot of preparation to leave with getting rid of a lot of our belongings, trying to ensure we will be fiscally sound and having an end date with our jobs.  Amazingly this step is the one that makes everything start to feel real rather than just an abstract concept.  

Some of the main things we have left to do are:
  • Figure out our route (not super specific, just directionally so friends can meet up with us)
  • Pack away long term items to store at family/friends
  • Figure out what we are taking on our US trip
  • Figure out what to sell rather than just give away
  • Power of attorney
  • Living Will
  • Rollover 401Ks into a single account
I'm sure other things are missing but hopefully this will be a good memory aide.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Kitty update

It is not easy to pinpoint the most difficult aspect of the upcoming changes, but parting ways with the fur balls has to rank high on the list. I set up some email address for them and Naomi got the first response! Exciting and sad at the same time.
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Monday, December 13, 2010

On we go

As John & I have started making big changes in our life it feels right to document this for fear of eventually looking back on our life and forgetting the little things that have made life amazing.  Currently we both have been going through a tidal wave of emotions ranging from excitement and nervousness about our future to sadness about missing those we care about.  We have spent some time over the past month volunteering as ESL tutors in a larger classroom setting, trying to find homes for our cats, working through the financial perspective of leaving our lives as we know them, getting rid of the majority of our possessions, and spending time with friends and family.  This is just an initial post to get everything kicked off as John and I are likely to delve deeper into everything in future posts.