Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Life Is Never Boring

Just when you get all settled and comfortable, BANG, something else happens. At least that's how things seem to go for me.

The hubby and I have been living in London for quite a long time now. We have done the travelling in Europe thing and have very much enjoyed the opportunity to live in a different country and appreciate a different culture and way of life. London is very much our home. We have built a life here, had two children here, and have another one on the way.

We have been talking for the past 6 months or so about being ready to move back to the USA. Since having Frostina, and the death of The Hubby's Dad, we are really feeling the pull back home. Our parents aren't getting any younger and we want Frostina to grow up being at least a bit closer to her family. The Hubby had a conversation with his HR department sharing our wish to go home a while back and left it at that.

We were then asked if we would agree to stay here at least one more year due to staffing issues and them not having a back up for him. We said yes which I figured worked out well with Baby Olea on the way. So I got pregnant and have been back with my doctor who I respect and trust. All was on schedule to have Baby Olea here in London and then we would plan to move back sometime in 2015.


That's what you get when you make plans.

A few weeks ago The Hubby started hearing rumours that things were happening in the US division of his company. Rumours that included the fact that phone calls had been made asking about our availability to move sooner. Then he got a call asking very specifically about my pregnancy and when my due date was. We were also asked if there was a time line in which we would not be able to move. Our reply was that obviously there would be a few months immediately before my due date and afterwards when we would need to stay put here. Basically we told them that we could move now, or sometime in the Fall.

The Hubby is at a meeting this week for the whole company. I have now received two phone calls from him telling me that things are indeed going on with the US division and that it's looking very likely that he will be getting some kind of job offer. His company moves quickly once they make decisions like this so I'm expecting we will know more by the end of the week. But it looks like we will be making a move back to the USA.

Where exactly in the US is a different question. America is a pretty large country and at the moment we have no clue where the openings will be. Nor do we know if it would be a lateral move or a promotion. So needless to say I'm freaking out.

Yes, I am ready to be back on American soil. But there are definitely parts of the US that I would rather not live. I fear listing any of them here because then I know I will be sealing my fate and end up moving there. So I'll just say that I would prefer to be in a part of the country that is filled with open-minded people who have not allowed doctrine and scare mongering to rule their lives and decisions.

I would also prefer to live somewhere with decent weather. This California girl has been spoiled for most of her life as far as weather goes and the idea of shovelling snow in minus 10 wind chill doesn't really appeal. **There I go, cursing myself to a life somewhere in America where it snows. Sadly, the chances of us returning to California are slim so I'm certainly not getting my hopes up about that.

I'm left here wondering where life will take us next. It's stressful and sort of exciting, but sort of not because I hate having decisions made for me. Unless where they want us to move is absolutely awful, saying no may or may not be an option.

I am freaking out!

I can truthfully say that my life is never boring.


  1. WOW! Praying for your family and hoping the company reveals the full scope of this move soon! How exciting!

  2. Definitely not boring. For your sake, I sure hope you aren't in a snowy place. I am cursing this state right now. Worst winter everrrrr.

  3. Big news, indeed. I look forward to officially welcoming you home and am sad that CA isn't on the short list of locations you'll be considering. As it is, we in So CA are in the worst drought probably ever and we have two storms (could start raining at any time) on the docket for this week.

    Will look forward to your update.

  4. While we're not moving continents, we're leaving the only state I've ever lived in...for my entire life. Life is an adventure, I keep telling myself. Buckle up, try to enjoy the ride, and hope for the best!!

  5. Good luck during the transition. Plug for Utah....I transfered from NYC with the intention of only staying a year and that was 10 years ago. I actually love it - a pleasant surprise (but there is loads of snow - except this year b/c it all went east)

  6. Wow! That is big news. Hoping that you will get to a nice part of the country and that the transition goes smoothly! (I guess the company will take care of the fact that pregnancy usually counts as a "preexisting condition" and wouldn't be covered?)

  7. Wow.

    Don't freak out. You've proved yourself adaptable enought to cope with the new situation of living in the UK, that you know you can do this one too. I'd also like to say that I moved from the UK to the part of the US that you don't want to be in, and yes, there were people dominated by doctrine and scare-mongering, but I found plenty of others too. I truly believe that you can make a home, find friends, be happy, wherever you are. Sometimes you have to try harder and dig deeper. That's something that you Americans are much better at than we Brits, I think. You know what you want, and you seek it out. We're much more prone to complaining about our lives, and not doing anything to change them - we do love a good grumble. I know you well enough through your blog to know that you will make sense of wherever you end up, and carve out a good life for yourself - even if it isn't your first choice.

    Hope that doesn't sound preachy. Was meant to sound reassuring.

    And of course, if you move, the blogosphere moves with you!

  8. Good luck, I really hope you land up somewhere nice, or at least you get a choice in the matter.

  9. fingers crossed you'll be off somewhere nice maybe near home