Friday we officially started to apply for our visa. We also found out our luggage was never sent. 😦 Hopefully it arrived Saturday so we an have it for our Southern California/ Nevada trip. Yesterday we also had our going away party. It was tons of fun. It was a smallish space for a pool party, everyone who came had a good time. We had a potluck and a potlatch (where you give away your stuff).
We also announced our engagement. (Unknown words and expressions!!!) Wyll and I are getting MARRIED!
I am super excited to visit my grandparents and tell them in person. Then we are headed to LA to hang out with Wyll’s grandma and then Tahoe to see Wyll’s grandpa. 26 hours of driving and one week left before departure. Ending in Ukiah to give my mom the car then maybe getting a ride into the bay area or taking the bus. The plan at this point is to stay with Parents until the flight then to bart to sfo. The strange thing is that we don’t actually have our tickets. They will come. It will be amazing.
Right now I’m enjoying the company of my family. Camilo is eating pizza, mom and I are gabbing away about life and change. Thea is upstairs preparing for a day of adventure. I think everyone had a great and wonderful time last night. Both my mom and Thea were excited to meet Wyll’s friends (Kevin the Slam Poet was a big hit). Mom is still lit; talking about Paula and what an amazing woman she is. I see so much of my mom in Paula. So happy that all the kids got to hang out- Mack, Theo, Cayden, Camilo running around, getting into trouble and being best friends forever. Thea and Zoey got to hang out, bonding over Dr. Who. It was just so much dangy fun.
I figure in six to nine months Wyll and I will have a plan about Korea. Will we be there for a second year? Will we be moving back to the State? Will we move to the east coast for school or work? At this point there are so many possibilities. It’s hard to make any kinds of plans about the future. Wyll and I are on an adventure together, right now that’s more than enough. ❤
We are trying to hard to get everything together to leave before the first of October. We are still waiting for our apostilled degrees which should arrive any day. By that I mean a few days ago. Luckily we splurged and apostilled our criminal background checks through a private company so they are back already. It could have taken an additional ten business days. That may not sound like much but this is becoming a race against time. We have inventoried all of our belongings. That took some time. We are also close to completing our shopping list. Some friends have helped us purge and couch surf. The traveling has already begun. We spent a few nights at the Lemmer Lodge and will be seeing my sister soon. Next week might also bring with it a trip to Southern California, a visit to the Korean Consulate, a final hurrah at a friends house and a flight to Korea! Its all moving so fast like a blur!
The move to Korea is happening at lightening speed. Since July I have been entertaining the idea of going to Korea. By August I had convinced Wyll and soon after we talked with our employers about leaving the farm. Mid-August we started applying to jobs in Korea. In actuality we applied to six jobs and another six jobs the following week. We received responses from two agencies. Both were very nice. Pam from VOU Agency was both helpful and pushy. I like her. She gave suggestions on how to make thing go quicker and really wanted us there sooner rather than…sometime. Her saving Grace was our Director Grace Kim. We got a great feeling from her. She was relaxed and didn’t seem to mind the Oct 1st date. Pam is really excellent and once she knew the Director’s position she relaxed a little too. Pam has been very helpful getting the contract perfect for us, recommending companies for document expediting, really transcending the communication boundaries. I understand that we were difficult and bossy at times I think she handled us really well. I feel like light was shed on everything. We spoke with a teacher working with the same chain. We have seen pictures of housing and the school. We really scrutinized the contract and maybe even offended her at times. She was a great sport. We have been riding the lightening.
The last two days Wyll has been too excited to work on his game though some progress has been made. Cro-Magnon Wars or Neander-Dome (as I will start calling it) is heading into the final stages. Play tests will be held hopefully twice before we leave. There is also hope for a week of design work in Santa Cruz and a short film of a play test in the bay area. These are the main things Wyll wants to do before we leave.
I am bummed that I will miss out on canning this month. Luckily November is Kimchi season so I just have to make some exceptional friends and I’ll be canning with the best of them! On the short list I have to sell/ rid myself of the Washington cars. This might prove to be easy in that I’m creaming one and selling the other to one of the guys at the farm. Yay! I feel like the best way to get rid of things is to pack for Korea then donate everything else. Obviously there are some big ticket items that need to find homes Wyll’s dresser, desk and bookshelf.
On another list I would like to have a 파티 멀리가는 (pronounced pati meolliganeun) or in English a going away party. There is also the fantasy of a road trip to Reno for Wyll’s family and Southern California for us both. This seems less likely but you never know. I would really like to see my grandparents and put my hand on Bonni’s belly.