So my lovelies, I thought I would share with you all some very good news. After having a very difficult few months, the last few weeks have really picked up and handed me some real smiley treats. I don't want to jinx things, especially since it will still be a good long while until I get my visa, but I want you to all know about the lovely things that are happening all the same. There will be photographs to follow soon. You know, as proof!
So, in no particular order, here is my month:
I GOT A JOB!
Finally, after so many rejection emails hating on my visa situation, I got offered an amazing job. They wanted me so much that they asked how they could get me. I decided to be honest and tell them more money...and they obliged! I am now a Charter Manager for an aviation company and I am also taking on the marketing for both that company and a restaurant that they operate. I feel that this will be a role I can really shape to suit me and benefit the company. So far I am enjoying it and I think they are pretty glad to have me on board. Hoorah! My first permanent job in Australia and lots of room to make it what I want.
I'M GOING ON A CRUISE!
A very lovely friend of mine, the dear Elise, got a bargain deal of a free cruise with her mortgage. Long story short, I shall be accompanying her on it, all for only the cost of a $200 upgrade! We couldn't just slum it, you know! We set sail from Sydney on Monday and return after 10 days, during which time we will visit Noumea, Lifou, Vila, Mystery Island, and Isle of Pines. I cannot wait for a little girly getaway and some lovely sunshine with my beautiful Elisey. I couldn't resist the chance of seeing a part of the world I have never seen before, and what better way to do it then on a big old luxury liner!? I believe our ship is the Pacific Jewel, so I am hoping that it lives up to it's fancy name. Not that it matters, I will have a fabulous time with great company anyway.
I AM BUYING A BRAND NEW CAR!
I fell in love with a new car a while ago. All I could do was imagine owning one some day, if ever I could acquire myself a job. Tom and I talked about going to look at one, but I didn't bother because I knew I couldn't have one just yet. Then the same day I found out I had a new job, a Tuesday, I also happened to enquire at a local dealer about this car. They said they had one and were doing a special offer that weekend, when there would be over $7,000 off the price of it. After much umming and ahhing on the Saturday, we just popped by the dealership on the off-chance, on the way home from Tom having a haircut. We looked and I loved. Even Tom was impressed. I was told that until the end of the month there was even a 1% finance offer. I assumed that I wouldn't get finance, with the old visa situation, but with an offer like that I just thought: what have I got to lose? I went home to think about it and the following morning I put down a deposit. The deposit was completely refundable, had finance not been granted I would get it all back. As it happened, after some to-ing and fro-ing and a very kind offer to stand as guarantor from the Farrow Mothership, I was granted the full finance amount! The best of that is that the money I would have used to pay towards it had they not offered me full finance, will actually earn more interest sat in my e-saver account than I will pay on the total finance amount! How insane is that!? Thank you Kia finance and thank you Australian banks for still making money for your customers! This just all came together in an amazing way. I would never normally be so spontaneous, but I am really excited and proud of myself for just seizing an opportunity. For those of you who are interested, it's a Kia Pro Cee'd GT Tech in Black Pearl. It's a 1.6 litre turbo. I know, me...with a turbo!? Classic stuff!
WE ARE GOING TO THE WHITSUNDAYS!
Jenny and Keith spotted an awesome deal in the newspaper, through which you could buy a ludicrously cheap voucher to spend in the next 12 months for a week on Daydream island in a beautiful spa resort for two people. The deal was crazy cheap and comes with $50 spa treatment vouchers each per day, two meals a day, loads of awesome free activities like stingray encounters (not like Steve Irwin!), snorkelling, rainforest walks, and loads of other cool things. All we have to do is pick a week to go and book some cheap flights. It is fully refundable if they can't accommodate our dates, but I am going no matter when they have availability, I can't wait for a swim in warm and calm ocean. It will also be our first proper coupley type getaway. How terribly fancy!
HOLIDAYS ARE COMING!
Christmas is fast approaching and my recent unemployed times have meant that I am mostly prepared for this. I have made and purchased lots of gifts, with just a few more to go. Another very exciting element is the fact that we will be hosting Christmas! I am beyond excited about this. We don't have much space but are in full planning mode so that we can make the most of everything. It will be lovely to have everyone here for the day and to just generally have some lovely family times. We have designed a pretty fun game for everyone too, which I think is going to lead to absolute hilarity.
We were fortunate enough to celebrate the recent nuptials of Matt and Stacey, which was such an honour. We had a lovely day with family and friends and it was all just fantastic.
BIG BROTHER TURNED 30!
Ryan had his 30th birthday on the same day as the wedding so we had a family brunch beforehand, sumptuously catered by Lainy. It was absolutely delicious. We also have go-karting then a house party to celebrate this coming Saturday. Ryan is going all out, as only a graphic designer can, and it is going to be a party to remember. A wonderful present is on its way to him for that from Tom and myself. I can't take creative credit for it though and I am so proud of Tom and the epic gift he has come up with. Watch this space for pictures!
Possibly the most fabulous news of all is that within the next month or two, Tom and I will be booking our flights to head over to ENGLAND BABY! As soon as I have dates I will share them with you all and we will plan the most amazing ties of our lives. It will be in August of 2015 and will hopefully be for about a month. My parents will be celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary during that time, so I will be organising the party to end all parties. Be there or be square! I am beside myself with joy at this whole notion. I will get to see the people that are the oxygen in my lungs, the stars in my sky, the reason I wake up every day. I can't wait and I will be like a hideously over excited child pretty much from booking the flights until I land and get collected by my perfect parents. Who have no choice but to pick us up from the airport. That is happening. A full blown welcoming committee shall also be most acceptable, should any of you wish to make a banner or some T-shirts. I'll see you in Heathrow!
Ok so you are probably fed up of me now, but there we go. That is part of why you love me, my unrivalled capacity for rambling. I hope you all feel enlightened to know where my life is at after a pretty hectic four weeks. I will be sure to post some marvellous pictures soon. I apologise for taking so long to fill everyone in, I haven't wanted to jinx anything because I am oddly superstitious about these things.
I love you all xx