Monday, January 3, 2011

Adios Amigos



It seems that the more important the thing is that I have to write about the less able I am to write about it. Convoluted. Just a bit.

So, our entire lives are about to change. Quite dramatically. Very soon. As in changing countries. Pronto. A house to sell, a brief stint of single motherhood coming up, an aeroplane ride alone with four children, a period of transitional housing, a new home purchase (cross fingers), new schools to enrol in, new friends to be made. Holy chocolate fudge sundae with the works! (I am practicing using alternatives to usual expletive in interests of survival outside Australia.)

Oh, and the price of flying the dog would buy me a seat in business class. And costs more than the dog cost. Lucky we love her, alot!

As our family goes through these big transitions I am not to sure what is going to happen on this blog. In theory I should have plenty to write about. In reality I may be curled up in a fetal position sucking on a valium. So forgive me if I start to underwrite or worse, overwrite. Could go either way.

So, goodbye Sydney. Hola California.

Of course the actual contract has not been signed yet. In which case, back to life as we know it.

Postscript: We did it! And we survived the plane trip .... but only just.

39 comments:

geekymummy said...

Very bet of luck. And perhaps we can meet Up when you get here to not very sunny right now CA

Caz (The Truth About Mummy) said...

Moving country - wahoo that is huge. I moved town within the state for 4 years and found that hard. (I'm a diehard homebody.) I'm sure you'll cope wonderfully and it will be an exiciting adventure for you and the fam. Look forward to hearing about how it all goes.

mamabook said...

You may just find me on your doorstep! Hopefully not weeping. Yes - I think a meet up would be lovely. I love San Francisco....
And Caz - we are not novice Californians thank goodness. Lived there for 8 years 6 years ago. Which makes this a little less frightening. Only a little!
michelle

stellaorbit said...

*WAHHHHHHHH* *WAAAAAHHHHHH*
Crying buckets that you are leaving. Sobs.
I wish you a smooth ride to the departure. Moving is tough at the best of times with the added complexity it is sure to be trying at times.
The kids will amaze you I am sure.

*WAHHHHH* *WAAAAAAAHHHH* sniff xo

mamabook said...

*passing the tissues*
Perhaps some chocolate too. You know I am not leaving before I meet you! And then will be a v v frequent flyer back home. So much so that some may wish I would leave it a little longer between visits.
Thank you for your reassurance... I will be needing lots! The kids will be fine so long as the adults stand up ok!!
Love Michelle xx

allison tait said...

Wow - go Mamabook! Cannot wait to read about your adventures. We'll have to work on our Twitter time zones to ensure we keep up our chats.

mamabook said...

With your late hours I will probably be tweeting with you in the morning as you head into the midnight shift! Will work out great. Otherwise will just have to move back home! Can't be without my twitter friends.
Michelle x

Cat said...

Oh dear...I think I just shed a tear! I am amazed by the news and think it such an adventure for you. Is it permanent? So many questions! :) xxx

mamabook said...

Passing some tissues around Cat... Oh, it is maybe permanent'ish. We lived there before for 8 years, birthed 3 kids there. Been back home for 6. All dual citizens - even Hugo (Mr3) who we just had naturalised.
Husband is an engineer in high tech industry. His work only really exists in Silicon Valley. He has spent past 6 years working from home studio for same company he worked for over there and is going back to. They want him back, willing to reward him for returning. It will be good for him to have face to face again with colleagues. Ah, this is too long.
I am both excited and devastated. Hard to reconcile my feelings - dreadful in terms of extended family. Crossing my fingers that the kids will cope alright.
Perhaps I should have just made this another blog post!
Good news - I will be returning home annually. And apparently twitter exists in California. You can just pretend nothing has really changed except I will be forced to swear less.
Love Michelle

francesjones said...

Hi Michelle,
Interesting to read about your family.
I'd love to meet you in person before you leave.
The beauty is that we'll be able to follow your journey via this blog and on Twitter.
Good luck with it all, you'll have plenty to tweet and write about!
Frances

Phil & Bern said...

Wow! That is massive news! Good luck, you'll have no problem making friends.

mamabook said...

Oh thanks Frances. I see you are in Sydney too. If we can't manage something before I leave (should be here for most of first term) then maybe on a return trip (planning many).
I am so glad I found twitter and blogging before this all happened as it has given me this whole community that will be just as present as ever.
Love Michelle

francesjones said...

We will always be here!
I'd like to have a cuppa at that corner cafe you write about...
Frances

mamabook said...

Oh, Frances that would be lovely. I am feeling a teensy bit nervous abt organising anything else pre-departure but I am sure somewhere along the line we could manage.
Michelle

melamoo said...

I don't think I am ready to let you go....

mamabook said...

oh i will still be here. right here. you are v kind. i will need my tweeples more than ever. xx

Benison said...

I've just got to know you and you're going?! I hope it all goes brilliantly, especially for your special boys (and that they find lots of new friends). Hope to still chat on Twitter so I can hear more about your life in Northern California. I have visited a few times - it's a gorgeous part of the world.

ourbigexpatadventure said...

A fellow Expat-to-be. Although you have done this before, whereas it is all new to me. My mind is a whirl of To Do lists and
i know it's going to get worse. Best of luck!

Tinkertines said...

Good luck with the big move, we are in the process of the opposite move, Canada to Australia. Is yours a permanent move? Very exciting adventures ahead, looking forward to more blog posts.

mamabook said...

It is definitely long-term. Will not say yet if forever! We lived there for 8 years 6 yrs ago. How about you? Permanent or semi-permanent? And what part of Canada are you coming from? I have visited Vancouver and surrounds - quite Sydney like. Planning to see more of both US and Canada this time around. Are you coming to Sydney - and when?!
Enough questions...
Michelle

Tinkertines said...

my last comment didnt post?? I'll try again
Lets see, Moving to Canberra, we lived there for 3 years and then came back here (Toronto area) about 7 years ago. My husbands family is all there so I am looking forward to raising the kids near his large family> THis is a permanent move for us as well.

Tinkertines said...

Oh, when, as soon as we sell our house we will be on our way, maybe take a trip across Canada first. I've seen more of Australia than Canada.
What brings you to California, work our family?

mamabook said...

So like me you have lived there before. That really does help. Will be great for you to be around extended family. Sadly, we are doing opposite and I haven't come to terms with that at all. Expecting much air travel!

Tinkertines said...

I can imagine how hard that would be, I have only My Mom nearby and I am heartbroken to leave her, (my sis is in Vancouver) so i expect we'll be making plenty of trips to Vancouver and meeting my Mom there. Where in California are you going?

mamabook said...

Bay Area, south of San Francisco. Husband in high tech, so absolutely work that is drawing us back again. It is really the only place in world that currently does what he does. We are planning annual trips home, 1st 2 already scheduled in. Leaving our mothers definitely the hardest thing - for both us and our mums. Thank god for technology and planes...

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

What a huge but immensely exciting adventure for your family ...you'll be able to add the suitcase in now.
Looking forward to reading your stories.

Alice said...

All the best with the move. Am feeling your pain, as we moved to Brisbane from Perth five months ago for husband's work. Kids are missing their grandparents, cousins and school friends. Look forward to reading about your adventures.

Felicity said...

This was a great choice for Allison's Rewind as I'm keen to read more about how your life has unfolded.

Happy Easter to you and your family, I'm off to have an explore around.

x Felicity

Sydney Shop Girl said...

The start of a great adventure!

I'll have to read more.

Hope you're doing well.

SSG xxx

Sydney Shop Girl blog

tinsenpup said...

Well this is a rather huge new beginning. I'm looking forward to seeing how things have gone for you.

Tracey from Central Coast Seachange said...

Found you via Life in a Pink fibro - can't wait to see how life unfolds in the US.

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

Wow - I think you win the prize for the most 'new' in a single post!

Thanks for Rewinding at the Fibro!

therhythmmethod said...

Ahh, you're a brave woman Michelle! I think this much new, and I would have exploded. But you made it, you clever thing.
Next time the dog can mind the kids in cattle class, and you put your feet up in business class.

Amanda said...

Just came here from the Rewind and although I've been following you on Twitter I didn't realise you were in San Fran ... very cool. I have a step-sister there but have only visited once. But I do admire anyone making those kind of moves with kids. Have done several international moves but all pre-kid days. Now am thinking I won't ever move anywhere again. Not even to the next suburb!

Cheers! said...

I found your blog thru the Rewind. Love it! So glad to hear you made it to your new home with all kids intact. ;)

Tori said...

rewound myself in this morning -- hope you are warming up to sunny CA this fine Easter!

muminsearch.com said...

I hope you are enjoying your new life!

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