I told you I am officially a big dork...
What I didn't tell you is this:
Remember how I said that my dossier would have to get the final review and final documents added before flying to Washington DC? Well, Natalie the Great who hails from the land of Gladney has done just that, and as of this evening, my dossier is headed to DC! (Strange to think that it will be so close and yet so far...)
Now, having read Natalie's email that she took it to FedEx tonight, I am currently trying to find out where in the FedEx system the package is, and how she shipped it so that I can estimate when it will actually depart from the US en route to Addis Ababa. (Hmm, just checked, and it's not yet showing up on my FedEx account or on the credit card where my account is billed.) Let's say she overnights it, it arrives tomorrow (Thursday) and maybe is on it's way to Ethiopia by Friday night? The DC representative hand-delivers the dossier to the US Secretary of State and the Ethiopian Embassy for their authentication, so it should go out the same day, I think.
At any rate, maybe about 2 weeks until it's in Ethiopia?!? Hooray!