That's the question I've been asking myself lately as we buy things...groceries, toiletries, work supplies, etc. It's funny that we're already at the point of trying to use things up before we leave to save unnecessary purchases, not waste, and have less to pack. We took the last load of boxes (we had only about as many to fill up one standard closet total) down to my parents house this weekend (*check), stopped by AAA to get our International Driving Permits, in case we ever need to rent a car while we're gone (*check), looked into and paid for the storage area where my car will be kept (*check), detailed Chris' car and put it up on Craigslist (*check *check). Since last night, we've already had 5 inquiries...hopefully we'll sell it soon!
Our 2 large duffel bags that we're stuffing with all of the belongings we'll be taking to Italy are already beginning to expand...so far we've packed all of our winter clothes, electronic converters/adapters/powerstrip, couple of books, and toiletries. I'm in love with the travel compression bags, though I am preparing for the possibility of weight-overage fees from the airline. These bags have been slowly getting bigger and bigger and have been on our bedroom floor for about 3 weeks now and many friends have looked at them with wide eyes and said, "um...that's it?!? I mean, you're not shipping boxes over or anything?!?" Nope. That's really it...but of, course, we'll have our (highly-recommended) carry-on travel backpacks which are normally all we take with us when traveling, and the other allowable carry-on of a large "purse/laptop case". These will mainly hold what we'll need for the 2 weeks trip before settling into our apartment.
I double checked today with our school that everything is in order with our paperwork and that our tuition balance is not due until our first day of class. Also, they are helping us to get our Italian health insurance (INA Assitalia) in order before we arrive, so it's one less official thing we have to do as soon as we move in. I also spoke with our rental agent today and found out that the landlord installed A/C last month (which wasn't expected...but a nice surprise), and touched base about the date of our arrival.
The countdown is most definitely on...and coming to an end. We have a "good-bye" dinner planned with our Italian group next week and then a big moving party with our friends the week after next (the last week we're in town).