At the beginning of the year, when I first planned my trip, December seemed so far away. I knew I had a ton of time to get stuff done, so even though I’m one of those crazy A-type planner people I knew I didn’t need to rush or stress over anything. It was always in the back of my mind that I knew I needed to do two main things: renew my passport that expired last year and see what recommended vaccinations I needed to get.
At the beginning of August, I realized that months had gone by and I had done absolutely NOTHING to get my passport submitted. (So much for being A-type!) I went to my local mailbox store that does way more than just giving and receiving mail, and had my photo taken. Usually, I do my best to smile and be photogenic and look halfway decent. Not this time! Guy says to me, “you can’t smile”. EXCUSE ME? He obviously didn’t realize I have a charming smile. He took the picture and I sneaked in a smile at the last minute. “Ma’am, I said you can’t smile”. Alright. You win. I stood there straight faced against the white curtain, and he snapped the picture. He said “would you like to see it?” What girl doesn’t want approval rights of their passport photo? I looked at it and didn’t hate it. So, I told him it was alright and asked to pay for it. He took me to the register and told me, “You know? This is actually a really good passport photo! Trust me.. I’ve seen some bad ones.” I took that as a compliment and left feeling pretty good about the next 10 years that I would be looking at it. I sent it in to the State Department a few days later and Voila! It arrived on Monday. So many blank pages staring at me, begging me to fill them with stamps from around the world.
A couple of weeks ago, I decided it was time to look into vaccines. I had an appointment with a travel nurse from Kaiser (I had no idea there was such a thing) and she walked me through what I should get as a health precaution. 5 shots, and one prescription of an oral vaccine later, I left the clinic with 2 arms that felt like I just benched 200 lbs, and a sincere hope I don’t get sick from the shots that are supposed to keep me from getting sick.
I’ve started making little purchases here and there, and sticking things in my suitcase. Two friends have been kind enough to gift me with travel goodies and I can’t wait to put them to good use!
Eight weeks and counting…. Are you ready??? I am.