- Schedule last doctor and hair appointments
- Cancel my auto refill on my bus card
- Cancel my auto refill on my highway toll pass card
- List a few items on Craigslist
- Working on a list of items we will need to purchase before moving
Items we still need to do:
- Cancel gym memberships
- Cancel cell phone- or figure out how to keep our phone number (maybe a prepay phone, so that we have a phone when we come home
- Figure out how to pay loans abroad
- Order contacts and glasses
- Determine how to get prescriptions abroad
- Sell Car
- Apply for Visas'
- Set up bank account in London
- Change permanent address to our parents' house for administrative purposes (US banking, loans, mail ect.)
- Obtain copies of all medical records to bring to London
- Give certified copies of important information to our parents: SS Cards, Passports, Visas, marriage certificates, birth certificates
- Power of Attorney- for both sets of parents and spouse. Make copies for all parties.
- Make a checklist of all packing boxes and what goes in each of them
Ok... and there are a lot more things I need to do besides the ones listed above. But at least Brett is the type A in our relationship and he thrives at administrative stuff.
For example, literally the day after we returned from our honeymoon, I had a 30 page folder filled with information on changing my name. He even included "sign here" tabs. Then all I had to do was go to the SS office and get a new drivers license. I thought that was a pretty good trade off: Brett preparing the documents and me losing my last name.
I'm going to move this post over into a tab so that I can keep track of what I can cross off my list and what I need to add to it. Hopefully this post can help future expats preparing to move.
On a more fun note- Brett and I, and a couple of our best friends, went to the USA vs. Panama football (soccer) game at Soldier Field on Sunday. It was a pretty chilly day for the middle of July, (~65 F) but I just kept telling myself that the weather in Chicago this summer is preparing me for the weather in London. This was my first experience at a professional soccer game and it definitely got us more excited about our move. We were thinking about being Manchester United fans- how does that sound?
That's all for now!