Chez WW in England

Chez WW in England

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Archive for July 2010

The joys of moving

31 July 2010

Although my heart has already left Canada and is presently exploring the English Moors my head is very much in Petawawa. What do we take with us? What do we put in storage? What do we throw out because we will not want it in two years? What do we do with all those things that cannot be put in storage or moved?

I have discovered a hidden joy of purging. After Easter, we had bought a bag of Easter chocolates which I had hidden. Andrew has no will power when it comes to chocolate. But, of course, out of sight; out of mind. The bag was forgotten about until I was cleaning out a closet.

All of our fridge contents must be given away or thrown out. I hate cleaning the fridge. But, it needed to be started. I found a jar of expired mayo. No, I do not normally have expired food in my fridge. The jar of mayo was a huge one from Costco. There are just the two of us so it takes forever to get through it. I decided to try it on my hair. I had heard it it great for dry hair. As I was covering my hair with slime I had doubts. But, now I am a believer. Soft and shiny hair has replaced the hay mop I was wearing.
There is a postive side to everything, even packing for a move.

How many travel guides are too many?

27 July 2010

Today is very exciting. We are going to Ottawa to pick up my mom who is flying in from PEI for a visit. We are also hitting up the big Chapters in Ottawa to search for travel guides. Who knew that there were so many? Who knew that there were so many for each country by so many different publishers?
You may wonder what the issue is with this? I want the perfect travel guide. I refuse to miss out on a great experience due to a less than perfect travel guide. Opportunities like this come around once in a life-time and I intend to live it to the fullest.

The aisle was piled high with books that were leaning more than that tower in Pisa. I was in the next aisle searching some more in case I had over looked a great treassure. A poor clerk saw the disaster I was creating and was on the verge of crying when I explained that ” I am moving to England and I am just waiting for my husband to arrive so we can go over these.” She left probably hoping I was in Europe right this very second.

So, what is the perfect travel guide? It is one that suits you and your needs. Apparently my husband and I have many needs. One is not enough. We have decided on two publishers: DK for all the wonderful colour pictures and historical information and Frommers for the practical stuff like the cheapest place to eat and sleep. Thomas Cook and AAA travel guides were also in the running. We have decided to purchase a travel guide for each country we visit and then if there is a specific one for the capital we will get that as well. Are travel guides available in e-books?

Our Adventure Begins

23 July 2010

The decision had been made and we were playing that lovely game of waiting. Just for the record I hate that game. Discovering the time and work that was involved with moving the poodle to England with us made it worse. It is a seven month process. There are not seven months between now and December. You see the problem. We needed to get started just in case we were moving. So, I was at Petawawa Animal Hospital getting Brittany micro-chipped and re-vacinated for rabies. England has some of the strictest laws regarding the import of pets. While there, I get a call from my husband informing me that “We got England!” For those who know me, I can get just a little excited at times. I started yelling that “We are moving to England!” Yes, I was a crazy person. Then I realized that I actually had to drive home. I cannot remember the drive home. I have never been so excited in all of my life.

Reality is sinking in gradually day by day as we wade through the pile of red-tape that has become our lives. This has been left mostly to my husband since it is his work that has given us this opportunity. While he tackles the red tape, I am taking my job in England as travel director very seriously.

Dreams Come True!

What happens when that thing that you wished, hoped and planned for actually happens? For my husband and I that thing has been a course in England. Now that we know he was selected, the craziness of preparing to move to another country begins. We will be living in England from December 2010 until June 2012. I have decided that this must be what it feels like to win the lottery.  I still wake up every morning and am just a little amazed that we get to live this wonderful life.

This blog is a site for me to document our experience, travels and adventures of a foriegn country. My husband bought me a travel journal but, well, it is tiny and I hope to see all of Europe. This will be our travel diary from the most incredible time of our lives. Family and friends are invited along as Chez WW moves to England.