Ah --- and I thought getting out of the house would solve everything. Even pictured myself on the road back East within 2-3 days of vacating the premises! Hmmm, another lesson learned. You see, there are all these pesky little details to be tended to before I can actually leave.
- Where is the mail going? Really didn't want to have it forwarded, but it has to go somewhere.
- Utilities: The utilities all needed to be terminated. Some could be done on line. Some had to be done in person. Things such as cable TV boxes and the internet modem had to be turned in personally.
- Banking: My bank of many years here in California is not national. And a number of my clients bank at another institution which IS national. So it seemed simpler to open an account at that bank so they can deposit their checks to me instead of mailing them --- since I won't necessarily be in one place for lengthy periods of time.
- Medical Records: Not just for myself -- also for the dogs! And I suddenly realized my grrrlz were not on heartworm medication as it wasn't required here --- but it's a serious problem were we are headed initially back East. So that required testing.
- Auto licensing: I plan to get rid of this vehicle in the next few months --- and it spent several months inoperable as it required a new transmission. Suddenly tags had expired and needed to be replaced.
- The non-profit I founded has always used my home address --- why pay for a post office box when we get so little mail. Suddenly we realized we would need a replacement address --- but the secretary did not want her home address on the website or adoption contracts. That was understandable. So we had to acquire a post office box for that and notify the appropriate people and facilities of the change.
The list seemed endless. Every day something was added --- I had started a list such as this several months ago --- but somewhere in the midst of recent rushing around, the list had been forgotten. I've now spent the better part of 10 days trying to work my way through it all.
The Computer is Where???
Another issue which also caused me grief was the realization that my PC Shuttle, which I thought was going to travel with me, ended up in the trailer of things which arrived back East last weekend. That caused me a fair amount of grief as my personal calendar and contacts are in that computer --- as well as software which I needed for several client jobs during this transition period. It took a number of calls to locate a friend with a copy of the necessary software --- all the time trying not to alert my client to the problem as it is software we seldom use and she was already under a lot of pressure from jobs that were stacked up. I had not loaded it on my laptop as it takes a lot of space. Since I planed to have my PC with me, it didn't seem to be a problem. But telling her I'd be unable to work on her project for lack of the appropriate word processing software (which she required for a newly acquired client) was NOT going to be pleasant. I doubt that even Martha Stewart could have turned THAT discussion into a good thing. Fortunately a friend came to my rescue.
And They Laughed At My Labels!
All in all, this move was not my finest hour --- certainly not one of my better moves. As friends discovered when they sorted boxes from the garage rafters --- my last move was much more organized. All the boxes had computer generated labels which were numbered and which listed the contents. If I ever have to move again, I will most certainly make every attempt to revert to the overly compulsive person who printed all those labels (which my ex-husband laughed loudly about at the time!). Frankly, I'd rather have someone laugh at my organizational proclivities then to have a rerun of the fiasco I've just completed.
A Good Thing --- True Friends!
Thank goodness for excellent friends -- who dig in and help without being critical. If they survive seeing you at your worst and remain good friends, you know they are worth walking over hot coals for. I wish you ALL at least 1 such friend!
Today's Assignment: Make a list of bank accounts and financial institutions, doctors, lawyers, insurance carriers, etc. Be sure to include their names, addresses, phone numbers, account numbers, and what function they perform in your life. Keep the list up-to-date; keep a copy on your computer and a printed copy in your file of important papers. When a life-changing event occurs, appropriate notifications will be quick and easy.