I went to Chicago two weeks ago for my visa appointment. Unfortunately, right as my mom and I got to Chicago, we realized that that we had no idea where my passport was. So, after much stress, we gave the woman at the consulate everything else, went home, got a new passport in 2 days, and then FedEx-ed it to the consulate. Thank god everyone was helpful and they allowed us to do that, because yesterday all my papers came in the mail :)
My luggage tags also came in the mail. Everything's starting to feel real at this point. I'm so excited!
19 days until I leave!