Tico Tuesday: November Purge

November 2, 2011 at 12:58 am 4 comments

Yesterday my mom made a comment about not being sure we’re coming back at all from our extended stay trip in Costa Rica (she wasn’t going to buy me a funnel for my kitchen which I needed to pour the spaghetti sauce into the freezer bag because we “might not come back”).

While I can say with 100% certainty we will be back, there is a slim chance that we might fall in love with life there and just come back to regroup before a more permanent move. But that is definitely not the plan at this point in time.

All this preparation has given me a huge desire to get rid of “stuff”. I have been bringing “stuff” daily to the donation bins, listing on Kijiji.ca, and dropping off at a children’s consignment shop. Each time I take another “something” out of the house it makes me smile. I’m still going through the obvious too-small, never-wear-that, kids-have-outgrown-that-toy, tired-of-looking-at-that stuff, but sometime soon, I’m gonna run out of that and I may start divesting myself of anything that’s not nailed down.

If you happen to be in the market for anything at all, or happen to be at my house and notice something you might like, feel free to ask; you might be making me really happy by taking it off my hands.

The nice byproduct of this fear of packing (which is really what it is), is fall/winter shopping has been pretty much non-existent. I broke down and bought Lil D a new fall coat and bought the boys some extra gloves, but otherwise, I keep telling myself that we’ll only wear new stuff a handful of times before we leave and upon our return it’ll be too small for the kids.

As for me, I know I can easily get by with what is in my closet.

I may have ordered a few warm weather items which I “need” for Costa Rica, but I am not revealing that secret until I see the package contents; I’ll be sure to share if it’s worthwhile.

To-Do List Progress: I have removed all the completed items. You can see those here:

For Ottawa

  • Organize home insurance as rental property (still waiting for quote)
  • Spanish lessons/babysitting for boys before we leave (maybe?)
  • Purge our household contents; feeling the urge to pare down (solid wood crib, Ikea futon, small fake Christmas tree, etc… anyone, anyone?)
  • Pack up house for renters
  • Make contact list, instruction list for renters
  • Pack for our trip
  • Get worksheets for Lil D from teacher; buy other resources
  • Spanish lessons for Derek and I
  • Make all billing paperless (pretty much done)
  • Redirect mail to my parents’ house (this is the first they’re hearing of it)
  • Organize direct deposit of business accounts receivable payments through our banks; apparently, if they don’t do electronic funds transfers, we can get our customers to send their cheques directly to our bank for deposit – how convenient!!
  • Inform security company of renter
  • Modify cable, internet, phone services for renter

For Tamarindo (our Costa Rican town)

  • Stock up on Cdn pharmaceuticals including DEET-containing products
  • Family visit to travel clinic for all boosters, vaccines (booked for late Nov)
  • Flu shots for all
  • Optometrist (booked early Dec)
  • Doctor – Lil D annual physical (booked for early Dec)
  • Allergy retest for Lil D (booked for this week)
  • Buy new linens for CR
  • Investigate luggage limit for air travel
  • Rebook renters of our condo in March for another unit in our building; we don’t want to back up and leave for that week.
  • Plan trip in March to renew tourist visas – looking like Nicaragua
  • Register Derek and me for Spanish school
  • Continue to plan for friends/family visits
Why are these lists getting longer?
Since my If Not Now, When? post, four separate individuals have told me they realize from my post and our family plan, that they too can make this happen. At least a dozen more have expressed interest, though they are just at the “sounds interesting” stage.
I am going to continue documenting my experience (not all here), from the preparation, to the to-do lists and checklists, to our to-dos and to-don’ts, so when it comes time for you to make your move, just let me know and I can share it all with you!

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mostlyfitmom  |  November 2, 2011 at 1:20 am

    I meant to comment on your “If Not Now…” post, but didn’t get around to it. I have always wanted to live abroad, and for various reasons (usually career-related) it hasn’t happened. With me finishing my dental degree in the spring, I’ve thought about working abroad/relocating my family for a year right after school ends, but haven’t seriously considered it as of late (plus, not sure my husband would be on board). However, once I settle into a dental practice (and hopefully own my own within 3 years), I know it will be even harder to leave. Do they need English-speaking dentists in Costa Rica? hahaha

    • 2. Liisa at Fit for a Kid  |  November 2, 2011 at 1:34 am

      Maybe not solely English speaking dentists, but if you have 3 years, you could start Spanish lessons now…:)

  • 3. Mom (The Old Guard)  |  November 2, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Since you are divesting yourself of pretty much everything….can I have the boys?


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