Monday, January 07, 2008


I am quietly freakin' out. Not because it is January 8 and I am in the middle of our bonus "season" here at work (yes, there are weather systems associated with our bonuses!). Not because I am still completing Christmas craft (don't ask & my apologies to those people who received their gifts in 2008. Woops!).

I am, just quietly, freakin' out because I am moving to London. Yep, the United Kingdom. Home of Rowan and Colinette. And I am planning to be in London for April 1, 2008.

And now you know why I am freakin' out.

I have to renew passport. Apply for Ancestry visa. Sell ALL my goods and chattels. Find a home for Princess Meena (trying not to think about that one, it makes me very sad).

And I have already hit minor hurdles. NEVER let your passport expire. I did and so far I have had one passport interview which was a disaster. Photo was wrong. AND I signed outside of the box. I wish I could show you all just how many mm's of my signature was outside the box. Bureaucracy! So now I am trying to organise another photo (I have already cut up 1 set of photos) and new forms.

And I am trying not to think about the people I will miss while I am gone. I keep telling myself that I will still be talking to you all via blogland. And that I will become your supplier of Colinette and Rowan (OMG I am trying to be a pusher like Rose Red!).

But I am just freakin' out. I don't like goodbyes. Have made too many in my life. I think it is because we moved around a bit when I was a kid ( I am an Army brat), that I have a particular hatred of them. Anyways I try and avoid them if I can, but this time I am going to be brave and face it head on.

And yes, I am excited. Excited about meeting men with accents (ok, I have a particular weakness for English/Irish/Scottish accents. And I want to develop a weakness for Spanish accents!). Travelling around Europe. Spending time getting to know my sister again. And knitting big warm woolly things for cold winters. YUM!!!!

Crikey! Lots to do, lots to knit, before I go.

So what am I up to craft wise at the moment?

  • Xmas craft. Still.
  • And then some more Xmas craft! Still!
  • Finding homes for more of these little fellas.

This is Melvin. He recently attended a NYE party, where he totally disgraced himself after too many G & T's. Bad Alien bear!

And there is the never ending lace Clap(otis), a Le Slouch, another lace Clap(will I ever learn??) and the beginning of Birthday craft. How can it be that I know soooooooo many people who are born in March?? What is that about??

So as I practice my deep breathing and meditation techniques, you will understand why I am not writing any NY resolution lists or goals. I have so many lists going at the moment it would get lost in the crowd!!

So the only thing I am promising myself, and you my gentle readers, is that I WILL visit Colinette in Wales in 2008!!


amy said...

Oooh, how exciting! How come you're moving? It sounds FUN!

I, too, let my passport expire. It's on my unofficial list ('cause I'm not making a list!) of things to get to soon. Not only did I let it expire, but I went and got married, changing my name. The horrors. My boys don't have one, either. I want us all to have one because I have a fear of my husband traveling internationally and something happening and us being stuck in the US. (Because I worry about things like that.)

Rose Red said...

You forgot add to the last sentence: "and roll around in a huge basket of mill ends while trying to avoid getting any drool on the yarn"!!

I will miss you!! Lucky for blogland hey!!

Michelle said...

Wow! What an excellent move to be making! All that Rowan! *drool*

Good luck with getting things done, but I think you need to start breathing! If you don't breathe you will fall over.

2paw said...

Oh. My. God. How exciting, am feeling pleasantly freaked!!! I am doing Christmas '07 in '08 too!! Good luck with the bureaucracy!!!

TinkingBell said...

OMG!! How exciting! Enjoy life And yes I let my Passport expire - but I only need a photo and they're always awful.......

Georgie said...

Wahoo, what excellent news! *drool* irish accents.....and what a fabulous oppourtunity. Very very best of luck and very very best of good wishes. How excitement!!

And yay for us cos now we know someone who can post back UK yarn....sorry, what new year aim was that? No, that wasnt me, vowing to knit from stash, you must have me confused with another Georgie!

Bells said...

oh you will be dreadfully missed but you know, as I see you more online than in real life, hopefully nothing will change much - except for you! So excited for you!

Donni said...

WOW! A nice big fat change - I LOVE LONDON - can I come too?

Elisabeth said...

yay! a new knitting buddy for me :-)

Jejune said...

HOLY COW Shaz! I'm so far behind with blogs that I only read your news just now!! It's feakin' me out! But in a good way - my sister lives in London and LOVES it... I'm sure you'll have a fantastic time. Is it a long-term life change thing, or fixed term jobby thing, or something else?