Friday, July 8, 2011

Paperwork, Smaperwork, Blah, Blah, Blah

I was reading another American School of Bombay (ASB) newbie's Facebook status or comment about having 43 things related to India on their to do list.  Yuck.  With 18 days till departure day, I needed to spend some time organizing paperwork.  Paperwork was one of my 43 things.  Double yuck.

Living on a different continent means you must have your U.S. bills, files, etc all extremely organized so your wonderful family can grab a document or file something easily when suddenly a doctor's bill arrives from an appointment you had six months ago.   I pay most things online and receive electronic statements but there's always a few that come the snail mail route.  Also, I just needed to add EAB and my Brazilian bills as well as a few things that had arrived to the good ole filing cabinet.

Now, nobody I know likes filing and paperwork.  My paperwork pile's been on the Goo's living room floor by my desk since I returned just about three and a half weeks ago.  I will find just about anything to do to avoid it filing.   To avoid filing today I:

  • spent 30 minutes on the phone with a representative from Dell who helped to make arrangements for my poor computer (broken hinge from last year's tumble) to be repaired,
  • ordered shoes, hair products and a swimsuit bottom online,
  • made automatic payment arrangements for my new student loan and
  • scheduled a vaccination appointment for tomorrow morning (Typhoid and Tetanus woo-hoo).
Talk about strange procrastination ideas!  I signed myself up for shots!

The good news is I did get all the filing done.  I also made my purple, plastic, folding document file for India.  This file folder includes my contract, copy of my passport, passport photos, visa application stuff and other important documents.  It's all in one place so easy to grab when/if I need it.

So even though I did stretch this process out over the course of the day, I think that's pretty darn good that it's all complete and I don't leave for 18 days.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like me...except that I only have 4 more days to go. If I've forgotten anything, oh well. Eeek!
    What you're doing sounds similar to what I've done so that's a good thing for me. I just ran to Walmart and picked up ziploc bags and a document file folder for the trip.
    Wish me luck!