So…I was talking to my friend Laura last night…and was worried about not being able to track down my visa application…I was on my way home, talking to my husband who asks “are you expecting something through Fed Ex from Washington DC?” YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! So, I mailed it May 25th it arrived June 7th. Awesome! 13 days of wondering. It’s nice and pretty – I won’t put a pic of it up because of privacy reasons, but trust me, it’s nice 🙂
Now to the logistics of packing and what to pack 🙂
So…..I had the paper with all of the shipping information on it – including the tracking number of the package that is going to be returned to me…for my Visa I had to mail it then include a self addressed prepaid overnight trackable package – preferrably Fed Ex – so I went the FedEx way…well, the past few days I’d been calling Fed Ex to track it – you don’t get a phone call when your visa’s processed, so I figured – if it was in the FedEx tracking system, I was processed…
Well, yesterday, I called..and haven’t been able to find the paper since – AHHHHH….AND, so much for the “no less than 2 days and no more than 5 days” to process your application for a Ghanaian visa…a small amount of stress because I lost the packaging slip with the tracking number and because I don’t know what’s going on..so, tomorrow’s fast Sunday – how to formulate that into a prayer…everything’s worked out thus far – about 20 days..it will work out, right dear reader!? 😉
So, I’m able to take one more bag than I had initially planned. I e-mailed my contact and they were able to get me 2 bags full of supplies for the kiddos over in Ghana! I’ll need to rearrange some baggage, move some stuff here..some stuff there – stuff some shampoo in weird spots and all the fun that goes into packing – but how exciting! I weighed each parcel and came up with a grand total of 115.6 pounds. I joked with my mom about whether or not I should take clothes…she asked if I had to take my roos……is underwear necessary!? 😉 JUST KIDDING!!!
SO, when school’s out – I’ll be shopping for THIN items of clothing. I think it’ll all work out perfectly – and the other good news is – if I understand correctly – this is most of the stuff that OSD was able to collect! I’m rethinking taking the video camera because how cool to see the kids when they get their new stuff. ANOTHER good news tidbit – my darling husband bought me a lens cap to replace the one I lost from my camera (yes..the lens has 2 chips..very tiny, haven’t shown up on any photos..still beautiful pics!) so that’s exciting news too!!!
It’s just a good day and I can’t wait! THANK YOU OSD!!!!
Nothing too new to report. I called FedEx to check on my envelope – it arrived in DC Thur Morn…they process visas in no less than 3 days no more than 5…so June 8th is my prospective…I dunno the right word – but it is by June 8th that I expect a package from FedEx myself 😉
Good news – I’m able to take one more bag than I thought – this means more school supplies for the tykes over yonder.
Hope you’re having a safe Memorial Day weekend. Remember what it’s for…
These are my boo boos. Like my bandages? Courtesy of Nurse Jane Hummer through Life Care Alliance. Two are Hello Kitty – who I loved as a youngin – had a coloring book that bonded me and another yougin on the train to Toronto back in the day – and the other is a dude with a guitar – Nurse Jane and I agreed that looks like the guitar is stabbed through his head 😀 LOL.
I made the appointment yesterday and arrived today at about 345 (just after school.) We got to talking and before I knew it, it was 20 till 6 when I was paying the bill! My right arm has….polio, yellow fever and my left arm has..Hep A and…Meningitis – I will do Typhoid orally. Damage? $495 – I called many places, that was the cheapest. She was cool too – a hip grandma type – she reminded me of how Grandma Great may have been had she become a nurse and how my Dottle may be in the future!
On the way to my car, we passed a lady who was in Accra for 3 weeks – I’m telling ya, everyone – EVERY ONE has connections to Ghana. Small little country with the whole world involved, I’m tellin’ ya!
OH, for the typhoid, I have a cool little bracelet to wear to remind me to take it – one pill every other day for 4 times…so – a shout out to my Bunnee. He (and I) thought I’d be home a tad sooner – the wonderful Huz that he is packed me a picnic (he was going to Westerville to ride (he has Joe’s Tri this Saturday in Cincinnati, so he’s ‘practicing’ for that) and I was going to go meet him there and read a book as he rode..I suppose I could still go and surprise him…for what? I dunno – but I could show my support 😉 ) ANYWAY – that was sweet of him, very thoughtful.
Mailed the application for my Visa yesterday…damage? $60 for application and 13 for shipping…they process them in no little than 3 days and no more than 5…I expect it should be back to me around June 4th. Everything’s falling into place…truth, after I get that – I have all I need.
Wow. So, I thought it’d be a nice idea to *borrow* Mom’s info and make the booking online, then pay her back when I made it out there – guess what! I can’t book online anymore 😀 Wonderful. I call BA USA..somehow end up in UK…yeah, so 2 countries forbid travel booking via tele – credit card…and now online…..I understand. I really do…
I re-call AAA….first, the lady was a snot then she put me on hold. Meanwhile, I look up travel agents and find Polaris Traveler…..I’ll give it a go. No one in the office today can help me, the lady will be there Monday and not even sure she CAN help me. Right now I’m on hold with BA (hopefully USA cuz the UK GENTLEman said they could help me better than he could). A trip to Chicago or Detroit is almost in the near future – those are the nearest BA offices. Nice, wonderful, lovely. Zeesh. I don’ t know if this is a “test” or a “warning” – however, I still feel at peace – so I must be in for something amazing that the adversary doesn’t want me to participate in 😉
Ok, so SHOUT OUT to Paul with the USA part of BA. He said – I can have someone else purchase my flight no problem. This is where my morning has gone. If I could get paid an equivocal amount of money for the amount of time that I have already, continue to, and will invest into this trip – move over Bill Gates!
On another note – you constantly hear that patience helps you love..or something like that..so, to love, you need to be patient – then you can love more. It’s no wonder that we can and need the most patience for the people that we love the most. This exponential concept is somewhat of a conundrum, wouldn’t you say? Take that leap – be patient. Love being patient and patiently love.