It’s been a long time since I have posted, and for that, I apologize. And I have lots of news to report.
First and foremost, it appears that I have found myself cooking up a new addition to the family and he or she will arrive sometime around November 28th (although I am guessing that I will go into December). We will find out the sex in 2 weeks, and it cannot come soon enough. I am incredibly impatient!
Secondly, Jason has been offered a tenure track position at a CUNY school in the Bronx, so we are leaving Lima after two great years here. And the whole thing seemed to come out of nowhere (although it didn’t really). Jason got the call in January for a Skype interview. He nailed the Skype interview, and then he fly out to NYC to teach a class. He nailed that part, and then they flew him out there again to meet the President of the university. And then about a week later, in late April, he received the word that he had landed the position (out of 500 applicants, nonetheless!). It’s a great opportunity for Jason, it’s not his “dream job,” but it’s one step closer, and that is just amazing. And I believe that living in NYC will really give me lots of new opportunities, and I am considering returning to school (I know, I know) to get a Master’s or Ph.D. in chemistry.
So we got the news about a month and a half ago, and it’s been a whirlwind ever since. Here are some of the complicated steps we are going through (moving to another country is crazy, let me tell you):
- We shipped Miranda and Stray Jones to live with my in-laws for the next month or so. This seems easy enough, but Peruvian bureaucracy and crappy summer weather (you cannot take dogs as excess baggage if the temperatures at any point in the trip are forecasted to be above 85 degrees) made it slightly complicated. We found out that we cannot directly ship via United Airlines; we had to hire a third party shipper to do it for us. We found a great service here, PetWings, who came to the apartment about a week ahead of time to meet the dogs and get all the paperwork in order. Then she picked them up from our apartment at 8 am, and off to the airport they went. They had to go through customs and all kinds of things that went until about 3 pm, and the vet stayed with the dogs until about 7 pm, when they were taken back to the cargo area. From there, they flew to Houston and Chicago, where United Pet Safe program managed to lose all of their paperwork. Thankfully my mother-in-law is a badass, and got the dogs out after putting up a stink. Now they are safe with them, being spoiled beyond belief, and we are relieved.
- Figure out the situation with our landlord. As we found out last time we moved, Peruvian landlords are not known for giving back deposits, despite the deposit being 2 months rent. So we are planning on not paying last month’s rent, but we don’t expect to get the rest of it back. It’s shady and sad, but what can we do?
- Books…Jason has so many freakin’ books, and we have to get as many of them back as possible (although I think I have convinced him to leave some here). We have friends coming to visit, and we plan on sending back a suitcase full of books with them, because it’s cheaper as excess baggage then to ship them.
- Ship Camote, the third dog, to Arizona. This should be fairly straight forward, but we are waiting until we get closer to leaving to do it. She will have a blast in Arizona with my parents’ dogs, Andy the Westie and Molly the Basset.
- Find an apartment in New York City. So my mom is going to meet me out in NYC, and we are going to have a girls week, apartment hunting. We think we are going to focus on Yonkers and Mt. Vernon or other places just north of the city. After we find a place, I will head to Arizona for a little family vacation.
- Jason will head out of here a couple of weeks after I leave to finish up business here. He has to get the paperwork ready so we can get our money from our AFP (a pension-type program here in Peru). Not too difficult, but time consuming, but he has to visit the Embassy to get some stuff legalized, then get it translated and then get some other documents from the ministry.
- Jason will then head to Cedar Rapids to meet his father and pick up the dogs. Then they will drive a U-Haul to Lafayette to get our stuff out of storage, where Jason will hope to enlist some friends to help load up the truck. Lastly, they will then head to NYC. The hard part will be unloading stuff there, because I will not be able to help. I think my Dad will come and visit to help out (and possibly see a show or two…it’s his hidden agenda, LOL).
OK, phew. That’s exhausting just thinking about it. And really I left out that whole packing thing and setting up utilities and getting a cellphone and all the other bullshit that comes with moving to a new city. But things work out, they always seem to…it may be a crooked line to get there, but I suppose as long as we get there somehow, who cares how it happens? And we get to live in NYC for a while!