Along the way I realized as well there were some things I should share, so I'm doing a little odds and ends tidying here too. I seem to be enamored of numbered lists of late, so why not another?
First: it's past the expiration for my visa, and I'm still here. That's because I have managed to secure one of these:
This is the temporary version of the "carte F". Isn't it quaint, how it's on paper, and how my photo is riveted in place? I think it's quaint. And I'm happy because I'll get to use the same photo for my permanent card when they make it in a few months (hurray! Finally a photo ID that isn't horrid!)
I had (also) been granted the right to enter and work in Australia for a year, but I've decided to forgo the lovely spine-tingles and adrenaline-rushes that Australia's freakish wildlife could provide for the time-being, given that I should be sticking around in Belgeland. As the date of entry on the visa for Oz has quite recently passed, I have ceremoniously burned these papers.
Second: I have finally chosen a mutualité, going with Euromut. I can fall-back on English with them if I'm confused, they seem to have reasonable coverage, they are politically neutral, and they have extra dental and hospital coverage options. This of course does not mean I have submitted my papers to the mutualité to join them yet. Hopefully... today? Sometime next week?
Third: I have been horribly neglectful in general of emails received in relation to this blog. And being able to hear from the shy-er violets as well as commenters has been great! I will apologize in advance for not having been the most responsive human being at times, but I'm hoping to step this up a little because I really do appreciate the words, (some of you are riotously hilarious and really should consider coming out of the shadows!) PS- if you email me it's probably a good idea to title your email subject something like "BLOG something or other", as my spam filter is insane. I swear ymail is owned or financially supported by Ponzi Scheme Inc.
Fourth: Taxes. Zzzzzz. When oh when, will I find the mental fortitude to do these without slipping into a coma as a result of extreme boredom? Taxes are serious business in Belgium though, they must be done. How else will Queen Fabiola receive her annual hair-product allowance?
Fifth: Flossing frequency has improved! I figured if I used reports of governmental turbulence in this country as a way of remembering to do this, the situation would improve 10-fold.
Sixth: Antwerp. I am off now to wander this part of Belgium for the first time. Camera and extra batteries are in tow. Hopefully something interesting can be found. Will report findings upon return.
Seventh: Yesterday was "National Hamburger Day" in parts of the world. To mark the occasion, I bring you a lovely (and brief) multimedia experience... Go on, make with the clicking.