October 19, 2011 marks 8 months of marriage to my husband and 1 month in the UK. This week my husband is in a required class for new comers and they told him the first month is great. Everything is great. It feels like a wonderful vacation with beautiful green fields of sheep and stone buildings to oogle at every day! Food is great contrary to what is said about British food. This week I signed up to be a Founding Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot UK. I am pretty durn excited about it and I’ve already met a couple of very nice British women. This is a bit fluffy career-wise for me but a welcomed change and fabulous jewelry. It seems to follow up on my What to Wear makeover. We are doing well. Then they told him that the second month is really hard that Americans have more difficulty acclimating to the UK thank any other country. Hard to believe but we’ve heard it time and time again. Americans expect things to be the same over here and forget things are done very differently and that it is a different country even though we both speak English. We are ready for the challenge. Besides great things are coming this next month.
Amy and Beth arrived today and I was successful with ordering us train tickets; them up here, us all down to London and me back! Goooooooo Sara! I can’t wait to see them and get hugs. Today I was thinking in the car (yes I am now able to think about other things than, “drive on the LEFT!”) how much I want Amy to stay a month so we can hang out. I started to cry! I realized how much I miss my friends. Especially with Molly’s wedding also this month that I will miss. This Friday we will move from the cute cottage in the countryside to an apartment in the village of Oundle. We’ll be able to walk to shops, a grocery store and many restaurants. We will have internet. Halleluiah! But the trade off is that we don’t get cell service there. Trade off. Then we’ll be homeless the following weekend when we will travel to Birmingham for a Stella & Dot meeting with the Chairman of the company. Now he’s supporting my “career” too! Then we’ll stay at the base hotel Sunday night. On Monday October 31st we’ll move in and GET OUR STUFF! The last box arrived that we had sent ourselves from VT. Derek now has warm PJ pants and a jacket. I got a scarf, and bridesmaid dress :0. Here are the photos I’ve promised of the rest of our current cottage and of my new car that I am in love with driving! Even if it is on the LEFT.