We’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting for a couple of things to fall into place here and it looks like they’re both going to happen within 24 hours.
We’ve been here for almost 8 weeks. Since I got my first car at age 16 I have not been without one for anywhere near this amount of time. It’s been interesting. Shops are close enough to walk to (maybe 20 minutes away), but it’s been too hot to do that, so we’ve relied on a bus that Dave’s school is providing for us a couple of times/week. Which is great! And we have called local driver’s etc when we needed something other than that.
It’s not the end of the world, just inconvenient and life feels very small and confined. 8….weeks….!
Dave got his residency permit last week, which means he can get his license now (he just missed the license bureau yesterday so we’re hoping for today). Unfortunately the car he has diligently researched and selected is now back ordered…figures…but who cares. We’ll rent a car until his car of choice comes in. The rental is lined up and waiting and costs no more than a car payment.
The other thing is the shipment of our things from home.
We whittled (sold, gave, threw out, divvied up between children) our personal effects and shipped about 200 kilos of goods here. We were allowed 400 kilos – and I should have used more of it. There are things we regret not bringing, but how were we to know what we’d like/need.
That shipment left our house and has traveled by ship to Qatar. It left our home on July 22! It didn’t take all that time to get here. It has been sitting in the harbour for quite some time. Well we got an email today that it has passed customs and will be inspected tomorrow morning and delivered to us tomorrow afternoon. Happy Thanksgiving to us!!
Here’s the thing – after painstakingly (and there was at times pain involved…relief and pain) culling our possessions to ‘just the important things’, I now can’t imagine what all is in there.
Oh there are some things I know for sure. There are family photos for our walls and some decorative things (can’t remember what). That will be nice. There are musical instruments – yay! My favourite drinking glasses, some clothes (whew! tired of this one suitcase worth of clothes) and ….maybe that’s it?
Any bets that there’ll be things that I’ll shake my head about and wonder what the heck I was thinking?
The picture below is a quilt made by the ladies of Silver Spire Church in St. Catharines. I threw it into a suitcase on a whim at the last minute. Couldn’t part with it – for some reason I love it. I’m glad I did. It’s the only homey thing we’ve had to snuggle up with.
It’ll be interesting to see what I thought was important at the time when I was freshly separating myself from my material possessions.
If you had to say good-bye to everything but 200 kilos of stuff, what would it be?
Stay tuned for tomorrow. I’ll let you into my shipment (aka baggage…aka psyche).