Friday, October 17, 2008

Keeping Busy

Heidi and I have been keeping busy this week, hoping that the time will pass while we wait for the big day to arrive. Judging from our friend's blogs that are over there now, I know that I too will be ready to come home after a couple of weeks. We only spent 10 days in Ukraine last time, including 2 to 3 days traveling. But that's nothing compared to the 4-6 weeks of Ukrainian bureaucracy that we will face next month.

Some of the busy work I have been doing this week includes fertilizing the lawn, winterizing the sprinkler system and greasing the garage door tracks. I also found time to put new brakes on Heidi's "purse on wheels" (her car). I promptly increased her life insurance...just kidding, honey! I grew up working in my dad's shop, so I enjoy working on things. Besides, it scores me huge brownie points with Heidi!

Both Heidi and I have been battling a sinus infection for the past week. Today we went to the doctor, we definitely want to get better before the trip. Not being able to clear your sinuses and ears while on a plane can be painful. Also, we will be without familiar health care while there. We purchased medical evacuation insurance last time we went to Ukraine from Med Jet Assist. They are a reputable company and will deliver you directly to you home hospital wherever in the world you are. A yearly family policy is around $350 and well worth it if you have to be medically airlifted back to the states. Three-fifty is way better than thirty thousand per person! The only catch is that you have to be admitted for treatment. Does anyone else do this? I first heard of this insurance last year when we started our adoption. So, this is another busy task I worked on this week.

I've been busy tidying up my areas of the house for our house quests. Our friends, Aimee & John, will house and cat sit for us while we are gone. They are in between moves, so this mutually helps both parties. I wanted someone collecting the mail, using the house, and keeping things from freezing while we are gone. It also helps keep potential bandits at bay, not that we live in a bad neighborhood or city. I'm just taking away the opportunity.

Heidi has been busy too. She has a room of the house with all of our travel stuff. Her attention to detail and project managing abilities are nothing short of amazing. She is most concerned about the important dates like the SDA appointment and the court appearance and what to wear. I'm wearing the same coat, jacket, slacks and tie for both. Heidi is taking only one dress up outfit, too. She has found a nice jacket but she is still looking for a necklace or scarf. Ukrainian fashion being what it is, I reassured her that she will look fabulous...that got me brownie points, too!


Matt and Aimee Garrett said...

"Brownie boy"! Brown is not all it's cracked up to be. Well, I asked for, "Days Of Our Lives". Next month? Didn't realize that. You'll love the way the cold air keeps all the toxins close enough to the ground where you get a real mouth full every time you breathe.

Mayme said...

H&F, Keep Strong. soon you will be in the Ukraine and getting your family started. Have faith in the process. You are almost there.

Kevin & Pam said...

Hi, I just found your blog. Congratulations on your appointment date. We will probably be in Ukraine at the same time. Our appointment is Oct. 30th. We leave next Monday. We are in project management mode also. I try and do at least one major thing a day so I don't get overwhelmed. Isn't it all so exciting!

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