OK...well...the notice has been given and it is official. We are moving. It is no longer a secret so I can tell you now...we are moving to Dubai. Yup. In December.
Does the idea make me more that a little nervous? Yes. Is it because it is so darn foreign and ...sandy? Yes. But it is safe there and there is a wonderful opportunity for our future there and I will preserve some privacy about it all but I will tell you that we feel strongly about this move and have given it a lot of thought...and researched it a lot.
The job is truly great and they have done their best to take away our concerns so we feel comfortable with it all. Actually, one of my biggest concerns at this point is that my darling children are not as strong in English as one would think! They both speak it beautifully and knowing we would probably be making a move in the next year we have gotten Quintessa more than up to speed reading it but as far as spelling goes...well...we have a little work to do! Liam's situation also gives me pause because Norway take their time with children's education and he has not been taught to read yet. if we enrol him in either an American or English school there I think that the kids would already be reading. The good thing is that they would be in school with children like themselves who's parents are from different countries and who probably move a fair amount as we will be sending them to a private school.
Am I overwhelmed? Yes. So much to think about and so many details. So little sleep lately! Lists. We will make lists though and just take it one step at a time. Like my health...I am starting from step one. Getting enough water! (Being a desert person I will need it anyway huh?) I have let so much go this past month and water has been one of them. So back to water. Then I will worry about calories and exercise. Baby steps! Again!
In the short term, we have decided to go away next week for a trip to Sweden. We have really only been there to shop as it is cheaper there but never to SEE it. Quin is on fall break and we plan on surprising the kids with the trip. It will be good to have some quiet family time at a cabin before the chaos of moving starts. I think it will help to get my head on straight a bit too as I have felt as if I am in a bit of a daze lately!
Hi...I want to write to you all to say that I am Ok...a little fatter for sure for not Sparking lately but OK. I want to blog...but I don't know how to explain all that has happened lately actually. Patrick and I are fine, the kids are fine...don't worry...I just have started writing this and have to delete it all because I don't know how much to share.
Can I say this....really good things are happening. Change is in the air for us. As you probably know, I am married to someone very special in many ways but in particular in the culinary world. These last few years have not been easy though and we have been fighting to build and maintain a specific career path. Somehow since the spring here has been some sort of energy around him that has drawn 3 international companies to ask him to consider throwing his chef hat in the ring for rather amazing projects (one was even for a chef that you might know of with the initials GR who is known for being a bit of a yeller ;-)
Anyway, one of these positions turned out to be just perfect (not the one for GR) and yesterday he accepted it. I will share more details as things progress for sure as it is in a but of an unusual location and although we have had months to get used to the idea I am still getting my head wrapped around the fact that it is actually going to happen.
So...because I have a tendency to ...you know..."talk" a bit much, I decided it was best for me to just go through this all privately with Patrick. This is really one of the main reasons for my silence. (I don't trust my own self to keep my mouth shut! ) Speaking of that...do me a favour...a couple of you are friends with Patrick on spark....just don't offer congratulations at this point, if you don't mind...I can't explain why...but it would be more appropriate later on once we have a few things settled. Thanks.
I am gong to go now...I want to write more now that things have been decided...plus I have truly gained a bit of weight during all of this and need to get back on track. My best laid plans were laid aside I am afraid! So I will try to be back...I will make some goals and I will get myself back on track.
Thank you to my friends for being here for me even though I have been quite absent lately. I hope you understand.
Phase one on my packing is complete! I have sorted through all of the possibilities when it comes to my clothes and the kids clothes. Phase two comes tomorrow when I weed it all down to a reasonable amount. This I have learned since becoming a traveller...we all need MUCH less than we think we do!
The first big trip I took to France I took all that was possibly allowed by the airline...packed to the gills for a trip of 12 days I think. We traveled to three locations and it was CRAZY dragging all of that luggage around. The next year we figured out how to go much lighter but I was still packing for every possible scenario and packing anything I thought I might need. That is still a little crazy...it is not like we were going to places where there was no civilisation. There is always the possibility to buy things that come up as you need them on vacation...plus it is kind of fun! The next year we were were traveling to two climates (Switzerland and Italy) and by planning down to the very last detail we were able to fit all of our things into TWO suitcases for the 4 of us and plus a back pack each. Before leaving Switzerland we mailed our cool weather things back to Norway and lightened our load even further.
This year again, we are going with two small suitcases for all 4 of us and a carry on each. Not as much planning is needed since we only need warm weather clothes but we are restricted by Ryan Air's limits for luggage. I am kind of like a pro at this these days but we will see how it all shakes out when it comes to the final day of packing!
Now...swim suits. Not my favourite thing to do but I did it. If you know me, you have heard me complained of this gut I have. This is my problem with swim suits. We there is that thing about one of my boobs being smaller than the other one. I blame Liam. When he was a baby he had a favourite and he some how sucked the life out of it! So rude.
So anyway...I am going to just not care about it all. How about that? Last time I didn't bring bikinis but this year I am. I know that here in Norway people don't worry about such things and I have seen other women in other countries so much more comfortable with their bodies so I am just not going to worry about a gut and a double of boobs that don't match. I will not let my body define me! I have worked too long all year and gone through too much to let myself be held back on my one big splurge all year. I know I can be in better shape that is for sure but this year will all that we had going on I was never able to pull it off. What's done is done...no need to lament it. When I get back I can revamp my exercise routine and I will.
Ok...I gotta go now and get down to doing some work before I lose the day. I hope all of you are having a sunny summer. Perhaps we can all head into this wonderful season without letting our feelings about our bodies define us. Deal?
I was on edge the past few weeks that my tax money would not come before vacation but today mine came! Patrick's came yesterday. Whoo HOO! Norway is extremely helpful to the worker when it comes to vacation. Tax money is generally earmarked for June, the month that people begin to take vacation. There is a chance it won't come until the fall but that is rare.
The other thing Norway does is that money gets taken out of your check each month tax free and then given back to you in June for you to use on vacation. The money equals over a month of pay. So between that and your tax money (if you are getting back) you have vacation money enough for a reasonable vacation. We also set money aside each year just incase, but this past year was kind of tight. I have been saving my freelance money incase we needed it for vacation but was hoping not to have to use it and now I can keep it in savings! Yay! We even have enough to do a little clothes shopping in Malta. It is wise to shop in practically any other country in the world when you are outside of Norway since it is so expensive here.
In other news, I have been notified that I will be hired to write another article for the interior design people that I wrote that article about yellow for. Shocking really. I kind of thought I was out of my league there since they edited my article so heavily. I thought they did not like my writing. I guess I don't fully understand this whole business so I am just going to go with it and be happy about it. It was super fun to write.
I got down my box of vacation clothes today and will go through them tomorrow. Things fit. I think. Somewhere in the past few days I got a look at myself in my underwear and things are not so bad as I thought they were. I don't have a full length mirror in my house so I would have to stand on my sink to get a good look at my rump or midsection. Makes me wonder where exactly I was that I got a good look at myself in my underwear. I hope it was someplace appropriate.
I was surprised to see my yellow article published so fast...and I was surprised to see that I was a woman named Donna from Orange county. But I suppose it is better that I be that then a pastry chef from Norway giving decorating advice! In reality a woman named Donna from Orange county probably did edit up my article as it is not so much what I wrote exactly but I am still pretty happy about it. Here is a link:
I am winding down a bit on the work side of things trying not to put as much pressure on myself to get so much done in a day since the kids are on summer break. I have one more big deadline before I go and then just my normal recipe work. I am writing about dessert garnish and have to be done by Monday.
I realised that I never mentioned where we are going on vacation in my last blog. We will be going to Malta! Whoo Hoo! I am pretty dang excited about it since last summer was such a dreary downer. Malta is one of the most exotic places in Europe that I can think of. English and Maltese are the languages there. Maltese is based on Arabic and I find the names of things so very interesting there. Lots of X's and Q's...and Q's don't have U following them. I have no idea how to pronounce anything! Malta combines sun, beaches, good food and history...all which I love. Malta has prehistory even, which I REALLY love. Apparently, (in the words of Kipling)"when the world was so new and all", there used to be a way to walk from Africa to Malta so (in the words of Eloise) "you can just imagine." Malta has the oldest standing structure made by man on the face of the earth. Possibly there is one in Turkey older but there is debate about that. There are "cart ruts" on Malta that lead right into the sea. I just love all of that stuff and thinking about what it all means. I think I will love to be someplace where I can stand where our ancestors stood so very long ago. Patrick got me an IPad so perhaps I can blog from there. I got an assignment to write about Maltese pastries so I will have to be doing some...ahem...research for sure!
We have had a bit of excitement around our house thinking about Malta as well as our jobs and our future which I will save for another day. Exercise...still not so much. Weight...still the same. Sleep...I am finally getting some. (Had insomnia there for over a month.) Eating right...that I am pulling off. Spending time with my little family...going very well.