Archive | July, 2013

Home sweet home

21 Jul

So after the visa was granted we decided that it was time to move onto our own place.
The most difficult thing to find when house hunting is finding one that’s fully furnished. We had found a few but they had what can only be described as dodgy holiday rental furniture. You know the ones I’m talking about, straw couches, patio furniture as ” dining furniture” and so on.
So after scanning the real estate website daily we finally found a beautiful town house seven minutes down the road. And it was furnished. All we had to bring was the suitcases, sounds simple enough right?!? Wrong!!
I don’t know how I managed it but the amount of stuff I have gained in 7 months is unnatural. I’ve actually out done myself. There was so much stuff crammed into the room I couldn’t even remember where it all came from.
So we loaded up the car and did not one, not two, not three but four runs to get everything into the house.
The house had never previously been lived in so it looked like a show home. I changed all that, bags over flowing all over the sitting room floor, the two spare beds were full of more bags and the kitchen was, yes you guessed it, full of bags.
I didn’t know where to look or start. So what did I do? Got in the car to buy more stuff to add to my mounting piles.
To be fair we did need it all, well that’s what I told myself as we wheeled two shopping trollies out of kmart.
So after 6 hours and 5 outings in the car we have finally got everything settled, actually no that’s a lie I haven’t opened the suitcases, partly cause I’m frightened and partly cause I need something to do tomorrow.
The house is starting to feel like home and delighted to say Australia we’re here to stay 😃👍☀🎉

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Ok that’s great thanks for letting me know.

15 Jul

So great news we have finally been issued with our 457 visa. Delighted and shocked.
We spent the weekend down the coast trying to keep our minds occupied. Last night before we went to bed I told mark to say a little prayer. For the last couple of weeks I’d been checking the emails like a demon. Constantly refreshing and logging in. I’m surprised I didn’t break hotmail.
So this morning I checked the news and Facebook as i do and thought I’d just throw my eye over the email. There it was confirmation of the 457 visa for Mark and myself. I thought I was gonna pass out with excitement. I jumped out of bed and ran to find anyone I could tell. Barefoot I ran into the garden ( my irrational fear of all things icky and bitey were for that split second gone) and shouted at my aunt ” guess what . . . . We got the visa”.
So we hugged and clapped and then she said have you told Mark yet? Eh no I should probably go and do that. So I grabbed my phone and called him, and called and called. Eventually he called me back. We got the visa I shouted down the phone to him. I expected a happy cheer even a little woop. I didn’t quite get that response. ” oh ok well thanks for letting me know” I thought maybe he was a bit confused. But no he hung up the phone. It was like I was some company calling him. About 10 minutes later he called back and it finally hit him that we got the visa.
We did the mandatory calls home to let everyone know. And now we can sit back and enjoy this moment.
Finally I can start working, applied for a heap of jobs this afternoon. So fingers crossed.
Massive thank you to everyone who helped us during this process from advice and guidance to giving statements to immigration, without you all this wouldn’t have been possible and of course not to forget our families who supported our move out here x

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