Well, actually, it’s not a failure, really, it’s a minor setback. My documents came back from the SOS in Atlanta today–and lo and behold, they didn’t need a notarized copy of my marriage certificate, they needed the original. Lo and behold, the SOS website says as much, but I was too hurried to pay it careful enough attention. Still, I called the SOS office to be sure I had everything done correctly before I mailed it, and I said, “I have copies of my degree, my teaching certificate, and my marriage certificate, all notarized, and a statement from the local Clerk of Court for all of them. Does this sound right?” The reply was, “Yes.” So I figured I’d be good, right? I mean, I confirmed everything with the very office I was mailing these things to. I almost included the original marriage certificate when I mailed everything, just to be on the safe side, but then I decided against it. Silly me. Now I’m set back about a week. The extra week wouldn’t really matter, but Teach Away has decided to bump the “due date” for finalized documents up to May 9 (a deadline which I can’t possibly make, even if everything is expedited). So there is a certain stress factor, but I’m determined not to worry inordinately about it. Things will progress as quickly as possible, and that’s just the way it is.
Heck, I might just drive up there one day next week and hand-deliver everything in Atlanta. Sure, it’ll cost me $50 in gas, but at least it’ll be done instantly and I can move on. Or I could just pay another $7.00 and use the postal service. Comparing numbers makes the post office look pretty good. Yeah, I’ll probably just mail it all.