My First Blog Post

Time minus 14 days

Well here it is!  Finally, I have sorted out how to publish a Blog.  I am sure there will be technical difficulties as I learn more about how to use this platform, but for now here we go! 

Two weeks to go!  I have taken care of just about everything you would imagine.  Finances, vaccinations, shopping, doctor, dentist, optometrist, you name it!  Now, I am down to the last few essential to dos. 

I have booked my CoVid test and made an appointment with my family doctor for him to write the all important CoVid negative letter that I need to present at the Cambodian border.  I have to be especially careful over the coming days to stay safe and virus free or all my preparations will be for nothing (and if I am honest, I am totally freaked out about the possibility of getting sick with this bug).

Time now to pack my life into two suitcases.  Not easy packing up your life and fitting it into two bags.  What do I leave behind? What do I buy when I get there? What about my classroom and professional things?  I have woken at night many times thinking about how I will spend my time, both on regular work days and alone during my 14-day quarantine so I feel like I have a good handle on what to take…but will it all fit?

The Kobo is full, podcasts have been downloaded, channels have been subscribed to.  I’ve also bought a few craft projects (of the very small size variety) to help keep me busy; there really is no way I could sit in a hotel room for two weeks and only watch TV.  Once I am out of quarantine, I have plans to take a city tour and a food tour just to get my bearings.  The school also has experience getting their staff situated so there may be some fun activities organised by them as well.

A few classroom items as well need to get thrown in; things that will let my room really feel like my space.  My ceinture flécheé, some Canadian paintings posters (Emily Carr and the Group of Seven), a small Newton’s cradle, my Einstein desk figure and a few office supplies (namely my erasable gel pens and fancy pink binder) that make me happy.

So, while I feel like my preparations are well in hand, I am increasingly seeking time with family and friends.  This is the really hard part.  It is expensive to travel and it may not even be possible.  The state of the world has really made it impossible to know if I will get to see those I love live and in person for a good while.  At least we have all had lots of practice with online meetings recently so at least I will be able to plan some video calls.

A huge thank you to all of you.  I would never have found the courage to take a chance on this opportunity if I was not surrounded by your love and support.  You lift me up and for that I will be eternally grateful.

Carpe Diem my friends!

This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

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