Category: Thought it

Are you bored yet?

Um. No.

Its been a little more than a month since I started my sabbatical and I have not had a single moment of bordem yet. In fact, I put a ‘pj’ day into my calendar for today for the purpose of doing nothing – not even getting out of bed. But: this week filled up so quickly with to-do’s that I’ve had to reschedule it for neeeext week Tuesday. Well, lets hope so anyway.

Between admin (insurances, tax, blah) and general sorting out of *stuff* (things that need to come out of cupboards and other things that need to get into them), brushing up on my web design skillz (more on that later), getting acquainted with my camera and (most importantly) the hugely fun and entertaining hours spent with friends… well lets just say it hasn’t been ‘slow’.

Its awesome that I have so much time ahead of me, otherwise I’d start panicking a bit about all that I still ‘want’ to do, but haven’t got anywhere near to starting yet. This is why no 1- or 2-week holiday from work is ever really restful. You have to find a way to take a longer time-out to do everything and still have enough time to get bored.

And while I am sitting here, appreciating my time off, I have the most beautiful sunset to accompany me.


2 Weeks to go!


2 Weeks until I am unemployed – a little bit scary and a lot of anxiety. Although it might also be the fact that I only had 3 hours sleep last night – not sure.

Chatted with my boss today and she’s going to give me a lovely farewell lunch a Mama Romas 😀 And she was fishing for ideas for a farewell gift. I asked her to think about a voucher from where I’ve recently bought my very first dslr – lovely camera + great price!! So a little something to put towards a different lens maby would make a great going away gift!

Anyways – the count down officially begins!

Working Hard

mrb very kindly bought me the mac for dummies book. As with anything software related – you start intending to do one thing (wanting to load windows through boot camp)… which means you must first go back and do something else (back up) which involves doing something else even before that (download latest updates = 5 hours worth!!).

So – here I sit, patiently, working (waiting) – with plenty of vinos breaks (thanks j-a.g for the vino!) and smoke breaks and … well just waiting!

You speakada English, No?

If you’ve read my rant from the previous post about the Ozzies making me jump through loops to prove that I can speak “BASIC” English… then you will love the email I got this morning:

Hi Jolene

They will submit and talk the case officer into accepting as it is obvious you have the required English level.


OMG man. That’s what I have been saying all along!

Decisions, decisions


So for the past 3 years and 1 month we have been trying to get our Aus visa. This application started while we were still in the UK. We had intended to pop over to SA on our way there and in the end decided to come home until we got the visa. So: 3 years later, a shit load of money later, a shit load of hard work (on mrb’s part) later, a shit load of forms filled out, a shit load of running around like dooses getting police clearance checks for SA & the UK for both of us, medicals for both of us, including blood tests and x-rays, a R2500 English exam for mrb and did I mention a shit load of forms and a shit load of money??? We are talking about a serious commitment here…

2 Years back in SA, we’re settling in and rethinking our long term strategy (boolshit-bingo!). So earlier this year we took the decision to forget it. If they ask us for anything else, we will do it as long as it doesn’t cost us any more money.

So when they asked us for more forms we sent them. Then they asked for new police clearance checks, we thought – ok… it costs, but not that much, so lets do it. We took time off work, got finger printed and sent them off to Pretoria, via R400 courier.

But now they want me to do an English exam (my matric cert, my adv diploma, and my reference letter for working in a professional capacity (I was a Procurement Executive, no less!) in the UK for more than 3 years… All not good enough, although all those forms were requested as proof that I have ‘basic English‘).

PLUS now they want new medicals – the others expired, its taken to long. So more $$, more blood tests, and more x-rays and after all that, we STILL may not get the flipping visa! (‘flipping’ -> for when ‘fucking’ just wont do)

So. Is it time to chuck it all in? Are we too close to give up now? Or should we just cut our loses and not waste any more time / money??

I’m thinking the latter. We have 2 cats now plus I really, really want a puppy…