ok! i promised i'd update, and here it is!
i have all the papers i need to leave, and i have made an appointment to get my visa on february 23 in chicago. i will be there for awhile and will eventually fly from there to ecuador, probably around the first of march. so synchronise your watches on my mark for a 1 week countdown...starting...now!
ok, seriously--i've got the chills! this is exciting and scary and really truly going to happen! yay! yikes!
i suppose i should start thinking about packing...