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It's now almost 12 days 'til I leave.  :O  I have a 'Japan corner' in the living room now with my suitcases and stuff I'm bringing.  It's making it infinitely more real.  This is crazy.  I mean, I've lived abroad for study abroad, but nothing like this before.  I've always lived with my family, in a dorm/campus house/campus apartment or with a host family.... so living on my own is new, let alone living on my own in a foreign country.  I just have so much to think about and prepare for.  My mind is swimming.  I'm already having trouble sleeping as a result of everything and I still have 12 days.  o.o  There's no way I'm going to be able to sleep the night before I leave.  And I get bad enough jet lag as it is...

Currently I'm rather worried about visa stuff.  I realize it's most likely unfounded worry... but that doesn't change the fact that I'm worried about it.  Basically, the visa application stuff is due on Monday.  I mailed my passport and paperwork in last week and they received it on Wednesday.  However, I got a call on Wednesday basically saying that I was a moron and forgot to sign the paperwork.  -_-  (it's a form you fill out online and then have to sign it by hand and I guess I forgot to sign/date it after I printed it out....) so they said all I had to do was mail out another copy of the form.  So I filled out a new one, SIGNED AND DATED IT, and shipped it off by express mail on Friday.  It came in this morning (Saturday morning), but the visa office was (obviously) closed.  So they left a notice saying that my package can be picked up at the local post office.  So I'm sure they will receive the notice on Monday, receive my paperwork from the post office and everything will be fine.  But I'm still really paranoid that they won't get the memo or will decide not to get it until Tuesday or something.... and the deadline is on Monday.  So I'm going to call the visa people Monday morning to make sure they got it all and that I can get my visa.  It's just instilling this kernel of (probably unfounded) doubt in me that I won't be able to get my visa and won't be able to go to Japan.... ><  So yeah...  I'll be happy once I'm able to call them on Monday and getting all that figured out.

Also, new post to my Japan blog:

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I understand what you're going through, hon! It's kinda frightening to be just up and moving to another country. I at least had Erik with me the whole time, so I wasn't completely alone, but I know you're going to be great. I just hope that your flights and visa stuff all turn out okay.

Just remember to take deep breaths and find your center often, and you'll pull through anything. :)

Thanks. :) I just have so much I need to do before I leave. It's kinda crazy. Once I can call the visa office tomorrow (assuming that call goes well), I'll feel a lot better about it I think. Though I still have lots to do before I leave... 12 more days...

Scary to think about, huh? I'm sure everything will be fine with the visa office. I don't think any visa office is more frustrating than the USA's, and they didn't give my friend a temp visit visa because they said she didn't have a good enough reason. =/

Just take things calmly. You can rush around like crazy, but always make sure that the things on your list are getting done, and take the time to breathe! <3

Oh, I definitely am. :) I'm honestly not too freaked out about it... more just kinda like "Wow, this is big." haha. The things on my list are slowly getting checked off and I am trying my best to enjoy my time here before I leave. I just have a lot of things to do and have been doing tons of research about everything.

The visa thing's just dumb... and it should be fine, as long as they actually go pick up my package at the post office like the usps told them to. lol. It SHOULD be fine-I just need to call them to verify since it's due tomorrow.

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