Saturday, November 01, 2008
Do I write long hand with a quill and pass it on to carrier pigeons then foxes then the smarties at CERN? No. And yet, I was in the dark ages with keeping up with blogs.
I actually went to each and every blog site to check on updates. Pretty much daily. And now? with a click & a whirr, any updates are presented to me on a white little platter.
I am in Love.
It might come in especially handy this month. I am attempting, yet again, to take part in NaBloPoMo (well, I-NaBloPoMo as the Na stands for National and I am not in the United States of America.) National Blog Posting Month.
Where I try to post every single day in November.
I managed, just, to get this done last year. So I thought I'd try it again. Though my hopes for success are lower this yeah.
Hurrah for lowered expectations!
One thing though, tomorrow I should be able to post photos from tonight's Dia de Los Muertos party. In honour of the south american roots of the party name (as it is really just a belated Halloween party where you have to dress up as someone dead) I am dressing up as Frida Kahlo.
But with a removable eyebrow. I'm too vain to draw it on myself.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Firstly, I only found out about the HSMP (5 year visa) after I was no longer eligible on my pre-London New Zealand salary.
Secondly, just as I was settling into the idea that Craig would really be sponsored to stay in London, the company pulled out.
Thirdly, they changed the HSMP to Tier 1 (still a 5 year visa) which increased the amount of money-earned required to apply.
Fourthly, finally, and just THIS MORNING they announced changes to the Working HolidayMakers Visa/Tier 5 which makes it two years working instead of one year. The one year that Craig has worked and was why we had to come back to New Zealand. And it is changing on the 27th November. If it does happen to change our visas at all, it still means that we would get back to London in early December and have to leave again 6 scant months later as our visas completely, entirely, forever-and-ever expire on the 9th of June 2009. Oh and you can't apply for WH/Tier 5 more than once in a lifetime.
This news is killing me. It is the epitome of the straw that is breaking my back.
In actuality, it just means that we just have to keep calm and carry on. I work and work and work and work and next year we apply for Tier 1 visas.
The uncertainty is hardest. I wish I knew that we would get back to London. I wish I knew that we would get the visas. I wish I knew that all this work and stress and planning was going to result in something other than a stomach ulcer.
I wish I wish I wish.