The Eagle has Landed

Me being the eagle!

Yes, that is correct! I am now a resident of the United Kingdom…how weird is that? I’ll tell you, very.

I arrived early Saturday morning, flew for 8 hours, slept for a maximum of 2. So I was very “loopy” and out of it on the first day. Alex met me at the airport which was just all sorts of awesome, to be back with him again. We dropped off my things at home and then went out for a traditional English breakfast. It was delicious. After we went on a sightseeing exploration to downtown London. Saw Big Ben, the Eye, went to the war museum. My big highlight: Platform 9 3/4! Go Harry Potter geekery! So after the long day of walking, we went out for dinner (stone slab steaks..mmm so good). Next day we went to see Alex’s place of work. It was super nice and I was feeling a little more normal as I had slept through the night and was not as jet-lagged. I was sore, however. Damn you walking!

Yesterday I went and picked up my permanent resident card and called to set my National insurance number. I wandered the streets and the mall, went to pick up some travel adapters, applied for jobs, and in the evening went out to dinner with Alex and his Canadian colleague.

Today? Well, today I’m feeling a bit off and depressed. With nothing to do here other than sit at home or wander aimlessly, I’m getting bored quite quickly. And missing everyone I left back at home, particularly my work. I knew it would be a long change and didn’t expect to get all set up and working instantly. Luckily I do have savings that I’ve come over with, so I’m not completely dependent on Alex, but it’s still a little depressing. I don’t know anyone or anything in the area. I’ll need to push myself to explore the place a little more every day. Today I’ve made an appointment with the Gym to go and see how it’s all set up and maybe get a little workout in. Hopefully that will get me feeling a little more normal.

The weather appears to be very nice at the moment. Sunny everyday since I’ve arrived. Alex told me he’s never seen it this nice, but he’s only been here a month.

So for me it looks like it’ll be a week of netflix and job application. Lucky me…

Hopefully I can find something soon…

Taking off

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Step right up to see me take off, disappear, and reappear in another country!!

That’s right! Today is the day! Flying off to the UK to do who knows what!

I actually can’t believe it’s today. But I’m also very relieved that it has come! The wait has been too long and there has been too much free time to sit around and do nothing other than get into arguments with family. Time to take off and begin the next adventure! First stop: Chicago, second stop: New Home.

I’m all ready with my Sudoku book, the first Harry Potter, and a Rubic’s cube. I also have my lap top which just happens to have all of the Star Wars movies on there…how did those get there? And I may have told my old work that I would do some projects for them on the plane. We’ll see how it goes, I may just sleep!

Europe, here I come! Canada, I’ll see you again soon!

17 Days to Go!

That is correct! In 17 days I will be on a plan heading to London England! Or sitting in an airport waiting for my next flight….But I’ll be on my way! So let’s focus on the exciting part!

Three days ago I had my last day at work. As much as I complained about that place and my position, I had really grown to love it and the people there. The position had finally developed into one I had been wanting (with my help, not to brag, but truth). So it was definitely hard to walk away from everything and everyone there. A truly emotional experience.

Now I am at my childhood home for a week with my brother. I have two doctor’s appointments this week and then we’re hitting the road to head to Alberta for my grandmother’s 90th birthday! WOO! Go Grandma!

How am I feeling? Mixed emotions, really. I have a lot of baggage with my family. There has always been a lack of respect for each other and I have never felt comfortable being myself. I’m always waiting for the axe to drop, so to say. The next thing for my mother to try to control and criticize, the next time I am expected to do something because I’m a woman, the next time I am not thanked for doing something nice. Basically, the next time I’m treated like a nobody. Needless to say, it’s not a good experience being back home.

A lot of mindfulness and meditation is taking place as I’m trying to stay grounded and be myself despite the oh so many deep seated unhealthy habits and relationships that tie this family together. One of my happy moments of each day is talking with Alex, hearing about his new job and how he’s enjoying it. The other thing is my countdown. 17 days is really not that long. And tomorrow my brother returns to work, so there will be limited interactions, judgements, and all other things negative. I will be able to spend my day alone, taking care of me, prepping for the number of trips to take.

All in all, this was supposed to be a positive post! I am so elated and thrilled that my trip to the UK is so soon! Yes, money and finding a job are still a concern, but I’ve broadened my search and hopefully something will come up! The important thing: I get to live and travel with the man of my dreams.

PS. Dating for 2 years and still no fight…seriously, what’s wrong with us? Because I like it =)