China update: Still tons to do!

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Doh! I started to write this post in March, but I never went back to it to publish! I’ve been sooo busy! On top of school and kids, we are getting down to the real nitty-gritty of making this happen. Here’s my March post, then the update for mid-April follows:

Well, we are now nearing the end of March, and while time has passed quickly since I accepted my new librarian position at Dulwich College, it still feels like we’ll never get there!

We are almost finished with our visa process. The last item on the list is the health check, which will include a chest x-ray, blood test, and EKG. I now know where to go to get that; I just need to make the appointment. After that is finished, we’ll be ready to apply for the work visa.

Our biggest project right now is getting this house on the market. We still have so much to do! We had a yard sale (made almost $700!), and we’ve been selling some of our more expensive items on Craigslist and via local FaceBook yard sale sites. We’re getting there, but this part is tedious and time-consuming. We are still looking at at least 2 weeks before the house is market-ready. On the plus-side, it’s a nice house in a popular area of town, so we are hoping that it will sell quickly.

We have found a home for one dog. Still working on dogs #2 and #3.

April Update:

Wow, it’s been two weeks since my March post, and so much has happened! The biggest news is that we have a contract pending on the house! In less than 48 hours, we got 3 offers, and we took the third one. If all goes according to plan, we’ll close on May 15. Selling the house was by far my biggest worry over the past 6 months. I guess now I’ll have to find something else to worry about (I’m sure I’ll find something!).

So now the focus shifts to finding a place to live for the remainder of the school year.We have looked at a couple of weekly hotels, but we’ll see. We are still early in the process. Subleasing an apartment might also be an option.

We found good homes for all three dogs. Another huge worry crossed off the list.

We have sold almost all our furniture! All that remains is a sofa, chair, refrigerator, washer/dryer, two night stand tables, and our mattresses on the floor. Boy did we have a lot of stuff! I am really liking a more simple living. Less “stuff” means less to clean–you know I love that!

My physical is completed. I will call the doctor’s office today to schedule a “consultation” to complete the blood work results on my form. That’s the last step in our visa process, so the visa should be coming soon!

I officially have Dulwich College email, though I do not know how to check it yet.

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