Adulting, Sally Rose, La Gringa Goes GlobalAdulting is so tedious. And I find myself with so many “adult” things on my To-Do list.

There’s paying the car insurance that is due on March 12. Thanks to an encounter with a motorcyclist that was driving in the bicycle lane, my auto insurance is now $300/year more expensive than last year.

It wasn’t even my fault. How did I know that he was going to try to dash around me in the bike lane just as I was attempting to make a right-hand turn out of a traffic jam?

At the scene, he’d insisted that he was okay, that we not call the police. Then, the following day, at the police station, where we filled out a report, he lied and said that, instead of trying to zip around me, he was turning, too, which made the accident my fault. I had no way to disprove it since I hadn’t called the police nor taken down the names of any witnesses when it happened.

I wanted to shop around for cheaper insurance, but I guess I’m lucky that only his motorcycle was hurt, not his body, when he flew arse over tip and landed on his back on the sidewalk. Lesson learned. Always look twice and always call police. Cha-ching!

Then, there’s the matter of health insurance. As a resident of Chile, I have Chilean health insurance, but it’s time to look into getting health insurance here in the US. Ugh, what a nightmare. Today, I went for a special meeting with the insurance broker to see what my options are.

For a deductible of only $7,150 per year, I can get my premiums down to just under $500 per month. Highway robbery. Cha-ching, cha-ching!

Next, there’ll be income tax that’s due in April. Ouch, ouch, ouch.

There’s changing over my driver’s license. Always a joy to visit the MVD. There’s spring cleaning and reorganizing my space. There’s banking and family affairs to attend to. Then, there’s the little matter of updating my will. It’s all the boring minutiae of life, but it has to be done and it seems to have piled up all of a sudden. What have I been doing?

Usually a waffler, I’ve been very decisive this past week. I’m wondering if it’s because I’m involved in a “Re-Entry Relaunch Cohort,” which is helping me figure out what I’d like to do next. With the help of my Cohort companions and the facilitator, Cate Brubaker of Small Planet Studio, I’m working through the Relaunch Roadmap workbook to find my Global Life Ingredients.

Maybe the Relaunch magic is working faster than I’d imagined. Within the past week, I’ve suddenly gotten motivated and planned a visit back to Santiago. Air ticket and apartment are booked, and I’m planning another domestic excursion in early May.

All that sounds very exotic and exciting, but for now, it’s back to the grindstone. That closet and those cupboards won’t organize themselves. Must. Be. Adult. Even if what I really want to do is eat ice cream and watch Jeopardy.

~~Sally Rose
Author of Amazon Nº. 1 Best Seller Penny Possible
Author of A Million Sticky Kisses
Contributing author to Once Upon An Expat

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