Ugh, it’s September 1st. I can’t believe it’s been a month since we were initially supposed to leave. Lucas applied for OSAP a few weeks ago but it took him a little bit to submit some of the supporting documentation because he was waiting on Glyndwr to fill in a form and that took forever. It’s a waiting game right now, just as it was before. It sucks to have all your plans resting on just one thing (and likewise, to have this one thing fuck up said plans… thank you, OSAP).

Right now, it feels like we’re stagnant. We only have Lucas’ conditional offer and nothing else but dreams and plans in our hearts. I check the prices of flights almost every evening and get more and more frustrated to see them creeping ever higher. We don’t even know when we’ll be able to leave and while I desperately hope it’ll be soon, realistically I should just hope that it’s within September. We don’t even want to think of what might come of the flight from Manchester to Amsterdam we booked for mid-October, under our initial plan. I generally don’t like thinking or talking about our plans because nothing’s happening at the moment.

We spent over almost two weeks repacking the boxes we want to ship. We ruthlessly removed a lot of things we deemed unnecessary or not required within the first while (much of it involved books and toys for Future Child) and reduced sixteen boxes to thirteen; our goal was to have fifteen boxes, twenty at the utmost. I’m contemplating shipping some maternity as well as newborn clothes now that we’ve freed up some space but Lucas seems hesitant to do so, mostly because he wants to ship only as much as we need. We’ve still got some work to do with the boxes for shipping so we’ll see what happens with the maternity clothes. While clearing out some of our stuff, we decided to sell a brand new Ikea dining set we bought around the time Raspberry was born (it was a headachey experience that reminded me how much I dislike selling items online). I have no attachment to it and I care little for it. Besides, somewhere along the line, we decided we’d rather have a round table anyway. I ought to take this time to sell other things I’ve been meaning to get rid of.

Anyway, I’m hoping that after Labour Day things will get set in motion as everyone gets more into a non-summer, non-lackadaisical rhythm. It’s probably too much to ask for but I can hope, can’t I?

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4 responses

  1. Flight from Manchester to Amsterdam? Were you planning a trip there in October?

    How are things after Labour Day now?

    September 6, 2012 at 5:13 am

  2. Anonymous

    I thought I told you about the Amsterdam trip? We were originally going to go to Liverpool on visitors’ visas in August and because they’re really uptight at the border, we’d have to show that we’re leaving the country, hence the trip to Amsterdam. But of course, plans have changed and now we don’t even know if we’ll be able to be in Liverpool by October, let alone Amsterdam. GAH!

    Things haven’t changed. Lucas checks the OSAP website a few times a day but there’s nothing. All this stagnancy (is that a word?) is getting us really frustrated.

    September 6, 2012 at 8:35 pm

  3. Ah no, you never mentioned Amsterdam before – or it could just be me. My short term memory is getting awful! Well, fingers crossed you’ll be able to make it to the UK by next month. That’s when classes start right?

    :( Sorry to hear about your being in limbo and stagnant. Can you call to get an update on where they’re at with Lucas’s application?

    September 7, 2012 at 12:44 am

  4. Hmm, I couldn’t tell you if I told you about Amsterdam. That’s okay… you know now! Lucas doesn’t actually have classes but his official start date is October 15. He pushed for that date because we were originally going to be there earlier, but the school actually preferred to have a later date, November, I think.

    Lucas tried calling OSAP the morning after Labour Day (bad idea) but didn’t get through. The people on the phone are generally useless though. They couldn’t tell him anything he didn’t already know. Blah. ‘Tis sucks.

    September 7, 2012 at 2:19 am

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