Just returned from a walk while my house was being shown for the 12th time. It seems like showings have picked up, but no one has made an offer yet. Tomorrow I plan to pack up the kitchen and if someone wants to see the house they’ll just have to see the packing process too. I still feel quite positive about all this in spite of having to drop the price. I DO believe it is going to sell before I leave. 

Someone has put a deposit down on my car, so I only have it for another week. I’m a little sad about that. I didn’t realize how attached I had gotten to it. However, it is one more thing checked off my list of things to get done. Check!

Then there’s the visa process. Boy, oh boy, what a pain. No one wants to do the test for malaria and filaria (worms in the blood). My doctor wrote a note saying that I don’t have a travel history nor symptoms and we don’t live in a country that would warrant the check, but I would hate to be denied entry because I didn’t have the test. So, my doctor has prevailed on a lab tech to run a cursory test and write up a lab report on it. Then I have to take all my lab tests (5), letter from my doctor, notarized diploma, background check, and visa to the NC State Dept. in Raleigh to have it “authenticated” at $10/document. Once I get that back (it takes a day), I have to send it all via Fed Ex to the US Dept. of State with a return Fed Ex envelope and $25/document. Once that returns I have to Fed Ex it to the Kuwait Embassy and for $200 they will verify permission to enter their country on my visa and return it to me in the self-provided Fed Ex envelope. It isn’t cheap to go live in Kuwait!

Perhaps next weekend I’ll move my This End Up furniture up to Asheville and bring back a sofa and chair to tide me over until I’m out of the house. Once my son gets back from China I will determine the next big steps. 


Whew, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything. That is due to the fact that my son took his computer with him to China and I had to turn in my school computer. I am in the process of getting a new one, but, well, it’s a process.

I have had several showings of the house, but nothing has come of it. Now I’m thinking about reducing my price as I really want it to sell before I leave. It is getting cleared out, slowly but surely. Many things are up on craigslist and a few have gone. I thought I had the bunk beds sold, but they wimped out when they had to help me move them down the stairs. They just drove away leaving the door off the jam and the bed in the living room. Nice. Mature.

Meanwhile, my car (2005 Toyota Camry) is for sale as well. Not much action on it either, so the price just came down.

I have several trips to make to the thrift shop and one to storage.

On Wednesday, my visa finally arrived! Woohoo! I have my background check, my doctor’s clearance letter (though I still need the lab results), and hope my diploma (certified) and transcripts arrive soon. Then I need to take it to the NC Dept. of State in Raleigh, the US Dept. of State in DC, and the Kuwait Embassy in DC.

Working away.