Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Longest "To Do" List




The months of May, June and part of July 2012 are a complete blur.

So much happened in such a short time that my head still spins when I look back at my calendar.  From August of 2011 until July of 2012 Devin and I have been planning, scheduling, over-working, mega-socializing, and creating the longest "To Do List" of our collective and individual lives.


Just a hint of what this now completed list looked like (I'll spare you the actual lists that existed under each subject heading):
  • Plan Wedding (That deserves another bullet point)
  • PLAN A WEDDING
  • Complete Master's Degree
  • Complete PhD
  • Secure Post-Doc
  • Find place to live in England
  • Deal with health issues
  • Apply for Art Therapy License in UK (TWICE! Thanks for nothing USPO!)
  • Apply for UK Work Visas
  • Move from Berkeley
  • Let's say that again, MOVE!!
  • Close out jobs we've had for 6 years
  • Say goodbye to all our dearest friends & coworkers
  • Attend multiple, amazing parties and celebrations. (That part was SO GREAT!)
  • Plan 9 day road trip
  • GO on 9 day road trip
  • Buy one-way plane tickets to England
  • Reserve and pack crate of belongings for 2.5 years in England
  • Unpack and REpack all of our belongings to fit in crate to England
  • Find a job

And simply for the pure satisfaction of doing it I'm going to do this:
  • Plan Wedding (That deserves another bullet point)
  • PLAN A WEDDING
  • Complete Master's Degree
  • Complete PhD
  • Secure Post-Doc
  • Find place to live in England
  • Deal with health issues
  • Apply for Art Therapy License in UK (TWICE! Thanks for nothing USPO!)
  • Apply for UK Work Visas
  • Move from Berkeley
  • Let's say that again, MOVE!!
  • Close out jobs we've had for 6 years
  • Say goodbye to all our dearest friends & coworkers
  • Attend multiple, amazing parties and celebrations. (That part was SO GREAT!)
  • Plan 9 day road trip
  • GO on 9 day road trip
  • Buy one-way plane tickets to England
  • Reserve and pack crate of belongings for 2.5 years in England

Okay, there are only two things left from the above list that are not yet completed. Come August 13th, the first one get's the line! The second one might take a bit longer, but I'm feeling alright about it.

  • Unpack and REpack all of our belongings to fit into crate for England
  • Find a job (at least I don't have to worry about getting health care coverage!)

What a whirlwind of planning, possessions, emotions, natural beauty, and magical moments. This past year has been more than I'd ever imagined I'd go through in many years, let alone just one. And for the most part, every little thing went smoothly. No flat tires on multiple road trips, no trouble getting Visas for the UK, wonderful friends and family to help with the move, and of course the most amazing wedding ever! 

Thank you to all of you near and far that ha a role in helping make all of the above things happen. Whether you helped us directly with your hands, lent us your ear for our constant stream of stress-filled musings, or simply sent your love and support through the internets and atmosphere, I am so grateful for you.

To all of you I say, promise to come visit in England? 
Our "To Do" list in Europe is much more fun that the one above!

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