Jobless, Carless, and Homeless: More Lessons in Moving
If someone would have told me that at age 39 I would be jobless, carless, and homeless I would have freaked out. However, after a few years abroad, I have learned that some of the most exciting times in my life have been when I was in this predicament. This time, the predicament means in about one week I will officially be a Mexican resident! I am extremely happy to report the transition to JCH was significantly easier than the first time around.
Of all the tasks I had to complete, resigning was by far the easiest. Mind you, I have had a GREAT time being a substitute teacher. Being a sub is kind of like playing dress up with teaching jobs. I tried on some classrooms that were so much fun! (High school Spanish, Chorus, Latin, preschool) I tried on some classrooms that weren’t necessarily a good fit. (I have confirmed that I have no desire to be an agriculture or PE teacher.) Best of all, I have stolen lots of innovative teaching ideas that will be great for my future classroom. While all was fun, at the end of the gig I realized how much I missed having my own students and seeing the same colleagues on a regular basis. Joblessdom here I come!
|I had a lot of fun subbing. Especially when I got to cover high school Spanish. Here are some of the Ryle Spanish classes on a Die de los Muertos field trip.|
|I hope this is the only time I will ever have to experience a tornado warning and a fire ...wackiest sub day ever!|
In our case, it would be more expensive to transport a car to Mexico than it would be to buy a car, so the second item on my agenda was to sell my parents’ 2002 Honda Accord. (Long story short, since I would only be in the states a little over the year, my parents let me use their third car that was sitting idle in front of their house. In lieu of returning the car, they wanted me to sell it.) Unlike the last time we sold our cars, I wanted to be sure we had plenty of time to get the best price for the vehicle. Thanks to Groupon, I got a great deal on detailing the car and we placed it on Craig’s List.
|Fortunately it only took us a couple of days to sell the car.|
|I am happy to report the car's new owner will be trucking this bad boy to college.|
Ten minutes after the car was listed, the calls came pouring in and the crazies came out. Fortunately, we sold the car to a VERY nice, normal police officer who was tired of trucking his son to school. (His son had totaled four cars in the last two years. He wanted something safe and cheap.) A few days later, we repeated the process with Chris’ car. The last day we were in KY was the day we sold our second car. No hassle, no muss, no fuss! Hello Carlessland!!
WARNING: Selling your car on Craigslist is not for the weak, clueless or defenseless. Many scammers try to buy cars via PayPal, cashier’s check, or even credit card. If selling your car on Craigslist, be safe. Don’t have the potential buyer meet you at home, have a friend track your car while you ride with the future buyer, and complete your final transaction in the buyer’s bank. (We had their bank issue a cashier’s check, and I deposited the check immediately. By doing this I ensured the transaction was above board, and I didn't get ripped off.) Banks also have notaries who can ensure the title is signed over correctly.
The first time we became homeless due to an international move was an absolute disaster. We wanted to have everything ready to go in one day not knowing this goal was completely unrealistic. We also had a stream of workers coming in and out of our house, a broken air-conditioner, and Craigslisters coming to purchase home goods. While the experience made a fantastic cocktail party story, I did not want a repeat of the insanity.
This time around, there were no home repairs, no malfunctioning appliances or no parties coming to our house to buy our junk. The movers scheduled three days to get everything moved so there were no unrealistic expectations. We rented two cars to move our remaining goods so we would have no problems clearing the house. We prepared for days to make sure all of our items were organized according to mode of transport. (To take on the plane, storage, sea freight and air freight.) Our fridge and pantry were cleaned out well before it was time to leave. We were prepared.
|This time around, we were prepared to move.|
|One third of our household goods are now in storage, the other two thirds will be joining us in Queretaro.|
|Thank goodness Chris worked from home while the movers were at the house. It made the process so much easier.|
|I can't wait to get my office back!!|
|In a warped way I'm going to miss this house.|
Unfortunately for the blog, the move was boring. The movers knew exactly what they were doing, and everything went according to plan. I even felt a little guilty because I had nothing to do while the movers were busting their humps trying to get everything boxed. After three days of well-orchestrated chaos, I am homeless.
Hopefully, my predicament won’t last too terribly long. As soon as we land in Mexico, we will be house and car hunting. Shortly after we get settled, I will actively start looking for a job. In the meantime, I’m ready to take off on my new adventure!