Thursday was my last day of work! What …. I’m retired!!!??? I guess I am (although I did in actuality take a 1 year leave of absence from my job – you know just in case – but let’s hope there’s no just in case – lol), but I’m only 48 years old, I’m too young to retire? How do I feel?? First of all, I don’t think it has truly sunk in yet – and for me, I prefer to call it a “life break” – for in no way, shape or form will I be retired for now it is time to really get started on that next step in life – moving to Panama! There are so many things to get done and so little time to do it in now – I am starting to feel the pressure!
So where do I start? Well, first and foremost our house is now for sale! Our son has bought a new house in Edmonton and he will be taking most of the furnishings which is a good thing – so we will be moving him April 3rd – and we now have a place to store a lot of the other “stuff” that we will be needing to put into storage. Secondly, our flights are officially booked – April 15 it is! We are flying United and decided to go first class. We only purchased one way tickets for now (at $602) each, and will purchase fully refundable return tickets before we leave as we will need to provide a date that we will be leaving Panama since we are pretty sure we won’t have our pensionado visas fully in place before we leave. The price to fly economy was 539$ but this would only allow one 50 lb suitcase each, whereas first class allows us to bring two 70 lb suitcases each. If we had to pay out of pocket for the extra weight it would have definitely cost us more – not to mention the perks we will be getting for flying first class! We also got our dog all checked in for her cargo flight – poor puppy :'(. We have had friends and family offer to take her, but alas, D and I just feel she is part of the family and we just can’t leave her behind. (I just wanted to make a quick note here that for all the flack United sometimes gets from its patrons, they were super helpful and very informative when I called their Pet Safe line to get everything in place for our dog – thanks United!).
We also now have a lawyer lined up in Panama to help us with attaining our Pensionado Visas. I have compiled a list of all the paperwork we need – thanks Karen http://indacampo.wordpress.com/how-we-walked-outside-the-carton/ – this information has been invaluable!!! D and I will also be utilizing the services of ALS Canada to help us out with process. For now, for this weekend, we will be packing/chucking, packing/chucking and more packing/ chucking – lol. The paperwork process will start Monday – so much to do with so little time – Retired??? who said I was retired – lol!