Before & After

Well, we got our things a few weeks ago, and while we still have a lot of work to do (a.k.a. I think I’m actually going to tackle painting some of this place…yikes), the place is finally starting to come together. Have I mentioned how much we love/appreciate all the space we have?

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Stuff

We are getting all of our stuff tomorrow. I think my heart skipped a bit when my husband forwarded the email to me, confirming that, yes – they really did want to schedule delivery of not one, but both of our HHEs! After I came back down to earth, I realized that maybe it was a little ridiculous that I was so excited to receive stuff. Some of which we haven’t seen in a year, which begs the question – do we really even need it??

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Christmas in July – a.k.a. the UAB is here!

It took a little bit longer than we thought, but it’s here, and all unpacked. All in all, it took about 6 weeks for us to get our UAB (that’s Unaccompanied Air Baggage for any newbies out there) in comparison to the 2 weeks it took to get it in London. It arrived in Bangkok about 3 weeks after we did, but it took awhile for the import permit to be processed and approved.

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My To-Do List

I realized the other day that time is flying by, and that our lives are far from normal. Well, I knew that second part already, but it was only emphasized while I was shopping online the other day, and realized that I couldn’t buy a personalized/custom luggage tag, because I don’t have a permanent phone number. Or a permanent address.

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Learning Curve

So now that we’ve been back in the US for about 6 weeks and are starting to get settled, I’ve had some time to look back on our first post and think of all our “lessons learned” (can’t resist making a little fun of “consultant speak”). It’s so nice not to be a complete newbie anymore, but I’m far from knowing all things Foreign Service. Far. But after lots of bumbling around, we did learn a few things.

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Moving Pets

Ah, the woes and random issues that become the focus of your life when you’re moving. The latest puzzle for us has been figuring out how to move our two cats back to the U.S. this summer. If you’re in a similar situation, hopefully some of this info will be helpful. It’s been confusing, complicated, and time-consuming so far, and we had a few concerns/obstacles to begin with.

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