Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Goodbyes are never easy

From the time we were told we were posted, the goodbyes began.  I had already booked a week long holiday back home (Hobart) as good friends of mine and J's were getting married and others were having an engagement party.

Little did I know that when I booked these flights that this holiday would turn into my goodbyes.  I was lucky because all my girlfriends had also travelled for the engagement so for the first time in almost a year we were all in the same place at the same time - I miss my girls already!

This trip was also meant to be my final goodbye to mum - but in a sneaky mum way, I had two more goodbyes after that one which was lovely.

When in a situation like this, you find out that parents really will do anything to say goodbye to their children.  Dad was meant to be overseas and he postponed all flights and came done to Canberra from Sydney for the night which was fantastic.

When J and I went to the airport in Sydney yesterday to fly out we had exhausted all our goodbyes - no more.

Now it is hello Singapore and in a couple of days - hello new home Copenhagen.

Zero days to go - we are on the plane!

We have now entered 30 years of debt

J and I always intended on buying a property before we went on post, but we thought that would be in one or two years time.

We had been seriously looking at apartments for three months - sometimes attending 11 open homes in four hours but we could never find somewhere we wanted to live (mainly because I thought there was never enough wardrobe space).  We found out we had been posted on a Wednesday and by the Saturday we had put an offer on an apartment and been accepted.

We have now settled, picked up the keys, furnished it and entered the new exciting and daunting world of property investment.  We cracked the whip, made annoying daily (if not five times daily) phone calls but we did it!

Apartment bought - tick.
Packing and goodbyes to come!

One week until we leave.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The lady of leisure status can now be adorned

This week was my last week at work.  I have left jobs before, but this time it felt really different.  Normally there is another job to go to and with that nervousness, excitement and anticipation of what your new colleagues, boss, work environment and job are going to be like.

I had none of that! A little sadness saying good bye to friends, but what was really going through my head was 'what now'!  What do I do now!

A shit load of cleaning and packing! That pretty much sums up my next two weeks. Not quite the leisurely activities I had in mind.

14 days until we fly out.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

We've been posted to Copenhagen - ASAP

People say that three of the most stressful things you will do in your life are change your job, buy a property and move. I'm doing all of this in less than six weeks. But I'm not moving into the property I bought, I'm moving from Australia to Copenhagen. I'm not just changing my job, I'm quitting with no guarantee I’ll find another one.

I'm Miss H, an independent career orientated 26-year-old woman and my partner of six years is J. There is an old saying at J's work 'Wife and baggage to follow' - I'm not a wife (yet) but I will be packing up everything (metaphorically and physically) and following him to the other side of the world.

Let the countdown, organising and packing begin!