I'm a list maker, it helps me to feel in control. Also, I get into trouble when I don't make lists. I forget important items. On a visit to my family in Alberta once, I forgot to pack bras so I had to wear my mother's. I don't think forgetting bras has a deeper meaning, such as hatred of underwear. I have seen that: my friend's dog Charlie once ate an entire bra from my laundry when I was dog-sitting. All we ever found was a single under-wire....
So, I've already begun my packing list for my move to Rome. That'll be a challenge and a whole separate blog topic.
My pre-Rome to-do list is a variation on the moving lists we've all had to draw up when changing houses or cities. With an extra twist twist, of course: I'm leaving the country and the continent, not just the province.
I've borrowed this list from my blogging friend Jane, who moved her family to Italy for a year. Here, in no particular order, are things I must take care of before November:
1. Ensure I can pay all of my bills online. Especially the credit card bills. I expect I'll be using Visa a fair amount. Also, remind Visa not to cut off my credit when they begin seeing charges from Italy.
2. Ensure my homeowners insurance covers my belongs in storage. And keep paying them.
3. Remember to cancel all of my services: phone, electricity, mail, newspapers, cable TV, Internet. The last thing I need are bills for services I don't require.
4. Give Canada Post my friend Dale's mailing address as my new forwarding address.
5. Pack receipts and so on so I can pay my income taxes (and hopefully, get a refund!) next February from Rome.
6. Try to find a bank that will give me a break on transaction and conversion fees when I withdraw cash from European ATMs. Right now, my ING account is the cheapest -- the rest hit me for about $5 Cdn per transaction. Outrageous!
7. Practise using Skype so I can call my mother very inexpensively for my weekly grilling.
8. Double-check on health coverage in Italy. As a European citizen (I love saying that!) I believe I have basic coverage. But I'd like to be certain.
9. Spend a small fortune now on refills for all of my prescriptions so I don't have to worry about getting my asthma meds for a few months.
10. Make many copies of so many documents -- both my passports, birth certificate, credit cards, etc.
11. Organize my electronics and their many chargers and various wires: for both my computers, the cellphone, the iPod., camera...
12. Collect some reporting equipment -- my old mini-disc recorder with a bud microphone plus extra discs -- in case I find work as a freelance reporter. Canadian Press Style book as well. Useful for any kind of writing, really.
13. Pack Italian dictionary and grammar books for classes. Enrol in classes in Rome now, so I won't be tempted to drift when I get to Rome.
14. Buy giant bottles of Tylenol and Vitamin C since they're harder to find and ruinously expensive in Europe.
15. Try to remember what else I’m forgetting.