Wow, a year ago on October 1st Bill and I were in London. At the US Embassy to be specific. It was the day I was granted my K1 visa and given leave to enter the USA to marry my babe.
Four days later we were on a plane together and I was leaving the UK behind for a strange and different new life in the States. The anniversary of my arriving in Atlanta is tomorrow.
It’s weird to think I’ve now been here an entire year. At times it’s been very hard and there have been plenty of tears, but really I’m very glad that I’m here with Bill and the dogs.
Hopefully we’ll be having a nice meal tomorrow evening at the Thai restaurant in the village. With any luck Bill is inviting some other people to come along and help us celebrate too.
In other news, we’ve had quite a major change of plans regarding Bill’s holiday and the belated honeymoon in New York. We went to book flight and research accommodation but got very concerned that we couldn’t actually afford to go as hotels were so expensive. Disappointedly, we almost had to call the whole thing off and postpone once more.
However, things changed when Bill got told he had to go to a business meeting up in Connecticut and would be flying into La Guardia on Wednesday evening for a meeting on Thursday. After some quick thinking Bill managed to arrange for his return flight to be postponed until Sunday evening, and for me to accompany them on the trip. (We discussed maybe me flying up and meeting him in New York after the meeting, but this had far too many variables for failure attached.)
Bill also happened to call some friends (the guy who made my rings, and his artist wife) to see if we could meet up while we’re there and ended up volunteering to housesit while they are away at their holiday cottage this weekend! Wow!
Things really fell into place and now we’re able to go to New York this weekend for the much more affordable cost of my flight ticket! Even though that is costing a lot more than we’d thought due to me fitting in with the staff travel arrangements we’re still within our budget and should be able to actually enjoy ourselves while we are there.
Also, this way I think Bill’s only taking one day off work now instead of the planned week so we can hopefully plan on saving up and doing something else later in the year too. Hoorah!
Of course, this is me we’re talking about so as I’m never content, although I’m very excited, in some ways I’m disappointed that I’ve not managed to get my workaholic husband to take more time off work, and that somehow this long awaited honeymoon trip to New York isn’t exactly going to be that romantic.
Still…oh my gosh! It’s really happening! I’m actually going on holiday! I’m really going to New York! Wheee!