Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Day Draws Closer

The last few weeks have been crazy.  I accepted my new position, resigned my old one, and have been trying to wrap up both my jobs (as well as my life) in preparation for leaving the country.

My first day of work in Qatar is June 1st.  I fly out of Dulles on May 29th and get into Doha on May 30th.  Leaving over Memorial Day weekend has complicated matters some, not so much for me as for my two pets.

Oliver and Dudley when Oliver was just a wee lad--wee-er, anyway.

Their passage to Doha is costing nearly as much as mine. It's the one expense Georgetown doesn't pick up and while I understand the reasons they don't, I selfishly wish they did.  Factoring pets into the equation adds some complexity to the move, not to mention dollars.  It's turned out the firm responsible for flying them over is going to have to board them for several days because with the holiday, their vet (where they normally board) is going to be closed on Monday.  They'll be one day behind me, leaving Monday and arriving late on Wednesday.

So at this point I've:  passed my Maryland State background screening, been fingerprinted, had the screening notarized and sent with the fingerprints to the Secretary of State so he can authenticate everything (I am who I say I am and I'm not a criminal--I swear!), made appointments with the movers (tomorrow morning at 9:00) and for my medical exam and financial planning session (both next week when I go to DC for orientation), and found out my travel date and time.  There's  all kinds of personal prep I've needed to schedule (both the dog and I need grooming, if nothing else), and I need to sell my car (the logistics on being without a car those last few days is not as painful as it could have been, seeing as I'll be in DC for part of that time).  But all in all, I'm in pretty good shape.

As soon as I finish my grading.  I have nine more term papers to go.


  1. So glad to have found you. What an awesome adventure! Best wishes! Keep blogging! We all want to live vicariously! : )

  2. Karen - so great to see your smile! I can't wait to hear all about your new adventures! - Mark Mattison, KCMO

  3. Karen!!! Welcome home! GU has not been the same without you. Looking forward to hearing about your new adventures and hopefully "sneaking" away to visit you soon!

    Safe travels!


  4. Hope you and your pals all made it safe and sound. Can't wait to hear your first impressions of Qatar!


  5. I finally got around to updating! My stuff hasn't arrived, so the only computer I have is my work machine. Thanks for all the well wishes.