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Sunday Before

Yesterday took a turn to being "alright" from the somewhat emotional morning I was having. This "saying goodbye without saying goodbye" nonsense is difficult. Partly because I'm terrible at goodbyes (I usually just avoid them) and partly because it may not even be goodbye. For all this drama, stress, and emotion, I'll probably return without incident. In a little more than a weeks time I'll look back and wonder what I was so worried about.

At least, that's the plan.

Today will consist of of spending a few hours at work and possibly hitting up Walmart for a suitcase. I'm going to assume that they have holiday hours, but if not it's yet another errand I'll need to run tomorrow. One of the more difficult issues I'm wrestling with is the luggage situation. I don't want to check a bag. So that leaves me with a limited size. I have no problems slimming down my wardrobe; I only wear a few pairs of pants and mostly tshirts. Most of my smart-casual or "business" wear is now too big for me since I lost 55 pounds while living here. The real problem are my computers. I'll have a laptop in a satchel on its own, plus a laptop in the suitcase? I don't know. I'll figure this out. Most of the things I've accumulated in the last two years can be left behind; I refuse to leave computers to be orphaned.

Oh, and let this be a lesson to you: if you go to another country on a travel visa, then find a job and meet a girl, don't forget that somewhere in those adventures you need to become legal. It's as easy as going home every six months to renew your "vacation," but it has to be done. Else you'll find yourself in a situation like mine. And I swear, if I make it back to Toronto on January 2nd, I'll be visiting home at least every six months.


  • Mail boxes; 3 locations

  • Buy new suitcase/travel bag

  • Buy "travel sized" everything.

  • Buy "travel sized" life.

  • Do a tiny bit of Christmas shopping (probably online, no time for malls this weekend

  • Try not to lose my mind at work while working obnoxious hours and thinking about everything I have to do in the little bit of time I'm not at work.
  • Get something for Faith for her birthday

  • Prioritize scant belongings into categories: Trash, Mail, Goodwill

  • Climb the CN Tower, take some photos of the cityscape

  • Spend a day at the R.O.M. (Royal Ontario Museum)

  • Visit the Bata Shoe Museum (Say what you'd like, I like shoes)
Tags: california, faith, illegal alien, leaving, leaving toronto, moving, packing, residence, to-do list, toronto, vacation
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