Category Archives: Moving to New York

Now in Vail!

Sorry there was no post from the airport.  I was far too distracted by the fact that I was in the First Class lounge.  Much to my absolute delight this was due to the fact I was upgraded to first class all the way from Sydney to Denver!   Much jumping up and down followed this news of course.

I thoroughly enjoyed my flight.  There were real sheets and a bedspread.  The food was strictly fine dining, I took the opportunity to feast on the entire degustation style menu.  Why not I say!

The goodbyes were unsurprisingly hard.  Particularly saying goodbye to my mum and the little ones.  I must admit to a slightly ‘unhinged’ feeling over the past few days.  It felt all so surreal.   Leaving work after 12 years was just plain odd.  Particularly as I ended up working until 7pm the night before I left.  And leaving myself no time for packing.  Stressed much?!

Anyway, I am on the other side now.  Today was spent enjoying a beautiful day in Vail, carving up the slopes.  It’s hard not to smile.  There were moments when I felt seriously pumped to be honest.  Lucky to be alive and all that.

Must dash now, dinner plans darlings.  Toodles.


Partied hard, now time for the reality of my move

Friday nights big farewell party was brilliant.  Seriously good party, every one says so, so it must be true!  Personally I loved it, but that’s not surprising when surrounded by my loved ones 😉

However, I woke up Saturday morning (well afternoon) feeling sad.  Seems the combination of party over/tiredness/less than a week to go, all contributed to me feeling the reality of my leaving.

I want to move to New York.  I mean I’ve even written a whole blog about it.  But I am going to miss my peeps here so much it has started to hurt.  Tears commenced Saturday and they are now sitting just below the surface, ready to come to the fore at any moment.

I’ve always known it would be the kids that will be the hardest to leave.  I am incredibly close to my nieces and nephews.  I really, truly adore them.  And it’s been amazing living with my sister these last few weeks getting so much quality time in.  On the flip side though, going from this to Skype is going to be an even bigger bridge to cross!

Last night we had a family get together.  There was a bbq, cake, and even a group dance.  As I sat at the dinner table and watched the kids running around screaming and laughing I really felt the enormity of my move hit me.  I will miss them so much.

Anyway, moving on.  There are now only 3 more days of work to go.  I am going to be skiing in Vail very shortly.  I am actually moving to New York this week!!!   Back to watching the Concrete Jungle film clip I go 😉

Oh and ps the car is becoming a noose….I will update further tomorrow!  Note to self, never buy a brand new car – money pittarama!

10 days to go

Just got butterflies when I typed that heading.  And then I realised it was only actually 9!

Yesterday, I picked up my passport, featuring my shiny new American Working Visa.  And guess what, it’s valid for – wait for it – five years.  Five years!  I really can’t believe I have pulled this off to such an enormous extent.  Amazed and grateful and just damn excited!

But I still haven’t sold my car.  The calls have dried up.  Not one of the interested parties showed up to see it in the end.  Frustrating much?!   I still have a joker up my sleeve though.  A girl I know who is o/s and returning this weekend claims to be ‘very seriously interested’.  Let’s just hope she’s my Audi’s next ‘one’ as in love of life 😉

Only two sleeps now until the big farewell/FFF party.  I am so, so excited.  It’s like the wedding I never had.  I mean haven’t had yet.

Off to the check the Vail 10 day snow report now.  Byeeee.

Excitement plus here, my USA Visa was approved this morning

Wow, wow, wow, did not realise how elated I would feel as I exited the interview, following the words ‘congratulations, your Visa is approved’.  Woopeeeeeee!!!!!!

In other news, work STILL hasn’t announced my departure.  Driving me batty.  And I leave in two weeks today.  Aside from that, they have briefed me on a huge and important project that has to be done prior to my departure.  Rude.  Well not rude but how about my farewell lunching plan?!

Have also listed my beautiful car for sale and had not one single call.  Boohoo.   It’s been 3 days so I dropped the price by $1k today.  Will see how I go over the next 24 hours……and will just have to keep dropping it I guess.  Keep telling myself ‘it’s only money after all’.

Now, I seriously need to get on to organising my party, which has all of a sudden become rather urgent.

Productivity on the move front

Means little time for blog updates.   I can quickly tell you this though.  I am all over the to do list and even ahead of the timeline on some projects (if you call buying a new dress an important project – which I do).

Tomorrow the removalists arrive.  The next day it’s bye bye home sweet home, hello 9 year olds bedroom and single bed and living out of suitcase.

But hey, on the flip side, how exciting is all this!  And to add to my excitement we’ve now sorted out Vail as our snow destination of choice for the loooong weekend on my way over.   I shall be departing Sydney on the 6th of April, spending 4 nights in the alps then on the 10th of April touching down in NYC.  Chilli will follow 2 days later.  I’m pretty please I’ve got a full week of settling in before work starts.

Now, it’s time to get back to work….I mean organising my move… stop Doctors for a blood test – fun!

Project pack up house has commenced!

It is here.  And it is seriously, seriously making me very aware of the huge change afoot.  I am midway through the house pack up/chuck out mission.  I am a lucky girl with a friend here to support me in this project – and another joining me in the morning.

Tomorrow my new tenants are coming over to check out the washing machine and dryer – with any luck they’ll buy them.  More reality checks.

In other uber exciting news I got the email re my Visa application I’ve been waiting for.  More paper work to fill out.  Most excitingly, orginally they mentioned an E3 Visa to me, however, the lawyer is now talking L1.  Means nothing to me, but having shared this info with some friends is apparently quite an amazing result.  As in less hassle if I want to stay in NY more than two years.

There’s no getting off this train now peeps, I’m boarded and headed to my destination at full speed!

Oh and the universe is kindly sending me messages of support.  The latest, an email from a website I subscribe to featuring the following material from a book I’ve read and loved:

The road less travelled
Your attitude has the power to shape your reality in two possible, and opposite, directions.

1. The direction that constricts and corners you in with fear

2. The direction that open you up to self-expression and possibility

If, like Robert Frost, you take the second option and walk the road less travelled, something remarkable will occur = your margin of control over circumstances will increase.

People who walk the road less travelled share certain qualities.
Supreme boldness.
A sense of urgency.

These qualities give them a unique ability to shape circumstance, to create their world, and to change THE world.

Rock on!



Relocation developments

  1. Seems my abort relocation mission (email) was a huge success…yip, yip, yippee
  2. Email from new boss over night mentioning details of my first project – sounds interesting 😉
  3. Decision – skiing in Utah
  4. Chicago flights and accommodation booked (hotel looks super lush)
  5. To do list checks coming along nicely
  6. Date with Aussie Jim last night – think is more mate than date, but a success!
  7. Just four weeks tomorrow until I fly