Sunday, 29 August 2010

Not much from me of late..

Hi-de-hi Campers!! (That will make more sense to some than others).  I don't have a great deal to report.  Am sat here today in a hotel room in New York state, having made what is likely to be my final transatlantic business trip for some time to come.  Slowly it feels like the stars are starting to align and what was first an idea - to move to Australia - is becoming a reality.  In that:

* I have my subclass 100 Defacto Spouse visa
* One-way flights have been booked
* Our families have been notified (one side is happier than the other as you might imagine)
* I have a NAB bank account and have become a whizz at international money transfer
* Things are complicated with my employer (because of its internal structure) but some people know our plans
* The house is starting to look sale/rentable and the mass clearout/ebayfest is ongoing

We have some new challenges.  My partner is pregnant.  This is awesome news; after two years where we thought our son might be an only child.  But the baby is timed to arrive only ten weeks before our flights from the UK.  I don't want to tempt fate, but at some point we'll have to tell the airline and understand from Australia House what our chances of obtaining Citizenship and a passport are in that narrow window.  Also, my employer is showing signs that it wants to invest some money in bringing my skills back up-to-date.  I kind of feel I'm owed, but I don't want to be in a position where I quit a few months later and they try and claw the money back.

Anyhow, thanks for reading and staying in-touch.