Man, when changes happen… they HAPPEN. I received my staging instructions on Friday (exactly 31 days before staging for anyone keeping track!) and made my flight reservations to DC. It’s weird to think there are only 25 days until I leave.
I had to say goodbye to my sweet puppy for the first time—he went back to my hometown with my parents as planned for me to finish out my last few weeks in San Antonio. I also attempted packing everything I’m planning on taking into my 3 bags… and I failed miserably. I’ve already started collecting the items I couldn’t fit into another bag, so I’ll be spending some time over the next three and a half weeks fitting everything in (while keeping the total weight under 80 lbs).
Speaking of time, I suddenly find myself with quite a bit of it… I put in five and a half weeks notice at work, and since then had been working on wrapping up a couple projects and handing everything over to the co-worker who was taking my load. Yesterday morning I found out I was included in the layoffs since “I was leaving anyway.” It was a bit of a shock—I wasn’t prepared to leave and I didn’t have a chance to tell everyone goodbye—but I know it was for the best. Someone else who needs the job still has theirs, because I “lost” the last two weeks of mine. Plus, I’m able to take an extra few weeks to wrap up my life… and I don’t have to spend those two weeks saying goodbye over and over again, although I really will miss everyone.
So there have been a lot of changes. But then, I knew that would happen when I decided to join the Peace Corps!