Got word this morning that TA has been issued...we could be on a plane in as soon as 11 days!!!
Disclaimer: she is not holding signs that say TA, some quick photoshop is at work here :)
At this point we are waiting for the actual TA document to arrive at our agency so they can request our consulate appointment, that should happen on Monday. They asked how soon we wanted to leave and I answered "yesterday!" We are still hoping we can meet Finley on November 16th which means we would leave on the 10th as we will be in Beijing for a few days before meeting her in Hohhot. So...very...close!