Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I think I picked a date!

My 21st birthday is March 25, 2009, so I think I'll leave on the 27th so I can celebrate with family and close friends and then leave.

I have been doing research and finding out who to contact within my university and sending emails. When the new semester starts I'll talk to a lot of people who know a lot more than I do so I can figure out exactly how to make this work. I don't want to get off a plane ready to start a new life and get sent home because there's nowhere for me to go and I don't have a visa.

I going to my dad's house for Christmas. It's kind of sad to think that whatever he gives me will probably be sold or returned. I chose a bad time of year to make a decision like this. I have two crates of clothes, three bags of shoes, and two boxes of little things to sell/donate already. Most of my things I'll just leave where they are on the shelves and let people browse like in a store. I will miss my plants, my world flags, my world map, my books, my stuffed animals, and my toys from Japan and from my grandmother. I will bring one stuffed animal (I've had a stuffed bunny named Softie since I was 2 years old and I sleep with her every night), my international currency collection, maybe a few books, a music box from my grandmother, and my collection of fortune cookie fortunes (I have over 120 of them from about 6 years of collecting). Such downsizing.... It's freeing.

My friend is here to make crepes. That's enough for this entry.