|02 Dec 2008|
|Thanks for the websites Babs_Andy ... yeah, I know what you mean. A cleaning clause seems to have mysteriously crept into my deal. Quite a shock going from a single professional to fulltime mom & cleaner!|
Well, the movers and temporary accommodation this side have been booked. A commencement of work date has been set at mid-Jan. We'll be flying out in the second week of Jan sometime, spending a few days in Perth and then zipping off to the outback to start our new lives. Such a relief having our dates firmed up a bit so you can plan.
The major frustrations are now a property transaction that is taking way too long and scant feedback from the professional concerned (grrrrr ...) and conflicting advice received from the bank and our professional advisors as to what has to be done in respect of SARS, the bank and money. You'd think they'd have this info at the tips of their fingers seeing that so many people are leaving. Time will reveal all things so I guess we must just be patient for now.
|28 Nov 2008|
|Thanks Mel! Talk about an incentive to be ruthless and throw out your old shoes!|
I promised myself I'd tackle my 2008 tax return once I'd completed this morning's chores. Now that they are done, all I want to do is have a nap as I couldn't sleep last night thinking of everything ... or am I trying to avoid the tax return by napping? No tax return means no tax clearance for emigration so I'd better do the darn thing. Can't be that bad ... .
I told our domestic this morning that our move is now definite. She was shocked to learn we are going overseas. Her other 'madam' is moving back to the UK. What bad luck. Other than the shock about Australia, she has taken it well. Guess the 6 month package sweetened the deal. I'm planning on doing something big for her too but don't want to make any promises until my property transfer is through. She was shocked to learn that there are no domestics over there. She reckons I'll do just fine doing all my own housework. Glad she is so confident! I'm going to establish a routine a la Darla Shine (the author of 'Happy Housewives'). I've only ironed twice in my married life ... once when I had to make a curtain under duress and had to iron the seams open and once when I was in labour and was obsessed with washing and ironing receiving blankets for my newborn. Hey, at least I'll have a backyard free of security beams and razor wire and be able to go hang up my washing without the fear of some scoundrel lurking around the corner and pouncing on me. Just think how fast washing must dry in the outback ...
Okay, okay ... I know I am procrastinating. I'll go do some tax stuff ... I promise.
|28 Nov 2008|
|Everything seems quite chaotic right now. So much to do, so little time. Must start tackling the biggest monsters on my 'to do' list and then maybe I'll feel better. |
Now that the visas are through and our pack dates are final, I can now confirm things with our domestic. Not looking forward to that!
Our Christmas plans are looking up - looks like a nice, big family Christmas is on the cards after all.
I'm looking forward to the flights being booked so that we finalise our plans.