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Friday, July 05, 2013

I almost cannot believe I did it. Something that was once large and looming and like the hardest thing I had done in years (class after class...some in Norwegian...a high strung instructor who liked to yell WHOA WHOA WHOA at me when I did something chance to practice drive outside of class because Patrick has not had his license here long enough to make it legal for me to drive with him) ...became very small and like an nuisance or inconvenience compared to all the rest I have had to face. It has taken me six months from start to finish but I took my actual driving test today and I passed the darn thing! I have a drivers license here in Norway! It is valid for my entire life. Good thing because it cost me enough!!!! Another thing I can put on the positive side of things though. Very good.

More ticked of my list:

We found Sweetie the dog a spot in a kennel while we interview next week...a HUGE challenge in July in Norway since every is away on holiday and have their pets staying at their local kennels.

Picked up all of Liam's things from barnehage(daycare) for the summer.

Paid bills.

Sent for our refund on the deposit for our vacation we were going to take in Sweden but now are not. More money in the bank account is good.

Weighed myself...holding steady.

Tomorrow we finalize our letter to submit for the case of Mr. Crabby Pants as well as begin packing for the road trip next week. The weather should be good so we are hoping to get a hike in as well.

Three of our interviews are in one area of Norway so that is kind of nice...the other one is back in Oslo. It will be interesting although I would love to have some interviews outside of the country as well...and not just to extend my "interview vacation" but just to have options. It is all good though...even if we do stay in Norway for now. There are lots of good things about Norway...especially for the kids.

Thank you all for being so very supportive. This time as been so weird for me and upsetting. The support from my Spark friends has meant a lot to me. I may not be able to respond to you as I would like because I am trying to keep myself as focused as I can on what I HAVE to do, but I am trying to use Spark to help journal as well as keep my head about me. Because we have not had time to even set up a social network here, we are quite alone in all of this in a way. I want you to know that even if I do not write back...I do care very much...thank you.

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    Congratulations! I'm jealous. I have to get mine in Spain. You have encouraged me now! I do have a international driving certificate, so I can drive, but only for 6 months more and then the big test! You are my hero.
    1601 days ago
    Congratulations on your lifetime license. Here we have to renew every six years, and pass an eye test after we turn 80. With luck I'll still be able to pass the test when I come due in 2017.

    Good luck with your interviews.
    1707 days ago
  • TIGER_LILY_613
    Congratulations on your drive test !!!!
    1715 days ago
    emoticon on passing your test! That's fantastic! Now you can enjoy the freedom of the open road emoticon

    Enjoy your interview vacation....and good luck!
    1715 days ago
    emoticon Congrats on passing the test!
    1716 days ago
  • TERRYT55 passed your driving test. I was feeling nervous for you......

    Happy you are getting to cross so many items off of your list. I need to do the same.

    I was hoping Mr. Crabby Pants had moved to Siberia. I'm so sorry you have to deal with him.

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed regarding your interviews.

    1716 days ago
    Awesome! Congrats on passing the driver's test! It was a difficult challenge but you hung in there and did it! Give yourself a pat on the back, girl! :-) :-) Woohoo!

    Very good news about your eye. Sounds like there are lots of positive things coming your way. A blessing in disguise . . . . . just sayin'. :-) :-)

    Wishing you and your family safe travels on your adventure as you check out the potential job locations!

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    1716 days ago

    Congratulations on passing your driving test !! That must be a relief. One less thing to worry about.

    Have you sent out any feelers or applications to the Netherlands ? I'll bet working in Amsterdam would be pretty cool. Not that Norway isn't cool, but Norway does seem to have its quirks. Which kinda surprizes me. I always thought they'd be much more laid back. Instead, they seem to be as off the wall as we are here. LOL !

    Enjoy your mini interview vacations. I'm sure Sweden would have been nice, but it's good to save money too.


    1716 days ago
    I knew you would do it! Good show!!!
    And you will snag the job you want/need too.
    It is taking a LOT of courage to do what you are doing. Luckily, you have it!!!
    1717 days ago
    I am SO glad things are finally changing for you! You more than deserve some happiness and peace of mind. And we want to see tons and tons of pictures from the road trip.
    1718 days ago
    Excellent! Woo hooo! The coolest is if you do stay in Norway, you already have a license! Enjoy and don't feel pressured. This is a huge move for the whole family.
    1718 days ago
    Well done!
    1718 days ago
  • IONA72
    Well done Ronna, I remember how daunting it was for you when you first started your Norwegian driving! But you did it!! I'm so pleased. emoticon emoticon
    1718 days ago
    Wow that is great news. You are a legal driver now. That should make looking for new jobs a plus as you won't have to depend on public transportation if you are in a small community. Congratulations!
    1718 days ago
  • KRAEG3
    Excellent! Good news, it sounds like things are finding their way. xo
    1718 days ago
    So excited for you! emoticon
    1718 days ago
    Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you!!!
    1718 days ago
    Congrats on passing your Norway drivers test! Sounds like you are adjusting well to the new culture! :)
    1718 days ago
    Good for you on passing your driver's exam. I'm sure with someone yelling Whoa whoa whoa all the time -- it must have been quite a trying experience when learning. Wow, talk about a culture shock -- sounds like you are hanging in there. Good luck with the interview vacation. :-)
    1718 days ago
    Yay! Way to go!
    1718 days ago
    So happy you passed, good for you!!!
    1718 days ago
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    YOU PASSED!!!! I am so happy for you.

    Love that you are crossing things off your list. It sounds like you have really taken charge. I am just so very impressed.

    Never EVER worry about responses. I should speak for myself I suppose but, you are my great friend. It is just wonderful to get your updates. I completely understand that it is difficult to make time to blog through. I do think it help. It reminds us that we are NOT alone and we ARE making progress. WOOHOO! I am just so excited about your license. It is a motivator to finish my stupid exam application.

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    1718 days ago
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