I might be playing a waiting game when it comes to paperwork, but goshdurnit, I can start getting ready in other ways.
Chief among them today were the acquisition of a set of Latin Scrabble tiles (hat tip to Brent, who picked them up for me), and purchasing a webcam. Now, I already have a webcam, myself, but it is not nearly so cool when there's no one to talk to. So before I go I am going to teach my mother and father how to use it. It's a lot cheaper than phones, to be sure.
The next thing on the list is a cellphone that is usable on British frequencies.