Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium: Deadlines

I'm facing a deadline right now. I can't push it back the way you sometimes can in business. I have a plane ticket reserved for my flight to China, and it's nonrefundable. I have a few more things that need to be done before that flight, so I'm really racing the clock!

Task 1:
I thought I had made adequate arrangements for my dog, but now I find that the situation isn't going to work out. I'm going to scramble today to see if I can get everything done to take her with me on my same flight. That means I have to get her in to the vet today to get the health certificate filled out. Then I have to stop by the USDA department and get my form okayed. Then I have to go to the Chinese consolate and have her information attached to my passport. We need to go pick up our new visas anyway, so it's okay. Then I need to get her a kennel, and buy airline passage. This is going to be tight, but I think I can do it.

Task 2:
I still have a few things to take care of in my house. The rental company is coming today (in between our trips to the vet and city) to work out the details with us. Then I need to finish packing up my kitchen, bathroom, and garage. We have a worker coming to haul out the leftover furniture.

Task 3:
I still haven't entirely finished packing our luggage. I think I can squeeze in a few of my things in to my son's luggage. I also have a box that will be shipped to China separately. We basically are taking what fits in our luggage. I bought several large pieces of luggage, and may need to buy a couple more. One of the suitcases has a zebra stripe pattern on it. It may seem a little flamboyant, but I won't question which suitcase on the carousel is mine!

Task 4:
I need to buy a few more medicine items to take with us. There are several U.S. manufactured medicines that work well for us, and can't be found in China. We just got some prescriptions filled so that we have plenty. We can have future prescriptions mailed to us.

As you can see, this is going to be a stressful weekend. Oh, did I mention that our flight is Tuesday, July 31? That's what I call a tight deadline!

Now go see what deadlines the other consortium members have:
Rummuser, Anu, Ashkok, Gaelikka, Grannymar, , Padmum, Magpie11, andAkanksha,Will Knot, Maria the Silver Fox, Anki, Nema Noor Paul Plain Joe, and Rohit
and The Old Fossil, and our newest member MAXI!


Grannymar said...

No matter how much we prepare for a deadline, there will always be a few tasks that need to be done at the last minute. Relax if you can and everything will fall into place.

Safe journey!

Rummuser said...

In retrospect, when you are on board the plane, you will find that everything worked out just fine.

Maria from Silver Fox said...

I am keeping you in my thoughts and hoping it all comes together before your flight. That is a long trip for all of you, especially for your canine buddy. We brought a Doderman back with us from Germany and she came thru beautifully.

Maxi said...

Whew! It's one thing to face a deadline, another to have multiple "musts."

Once you're on the plane, D, you can let out a breath and relax.

Blessings - Maxi (new member)

Inklings said...

Good luck and I'm praying that all will go well.