Monday, July 27, 2015

The Condensed Version

I know I left this blog high and dry and it really wasn't intentional but I got caught up in my new life here in London. I really did. Not that I've been rushed off my feet or anything, quite the opposite to be honest. I've never in my life had more time on my hands to do absolutely nothing, and trust me when I tell you, that's exactly what I've been doing.....absolutely nothing, and while it's been a wonderful change from my past life, I've now become bored. Hence my return to this here platform.  Prior to my departure from Uncle Sam's land, I did promise to write about my experiences in this country which I did (in my head). For those of you who are mind readers you know exactly what's been going on, for those who aren't, I shall give you the condensed version as best I can, but you really should learn how to read my mind to save us all some time going forward.

So I moved back to the UK in August of 2011. I threw caution to the wind. Took a massive chance. No job, no home, no prospects, no nothing!  When I left CT I left the vast majority of belongings behind, as they say, I arrived with the just the clothes on my back and a dream to be happy.

My little girl and I lived with my best friend for 3 months until we moved out and into our own place.  Because I had no job at the time I had to pay 6 months rent in advance. Lord knows it was leap of faith, but as luck would have it within a month I was offered a contract position that would start immediately after Xmas 2011. I started a job and managed to stay there for 18 months before landing a permanent position with the company I'm with now (one of the largest construction companies in the UK).  You may not know but my background is in construction.  It has been a huge change for us. We have moved from a pretty huge 4 bedroom house in the US to a teeny tiny 2 bedroom flat here in London with zero storage (I can't even buy  multipacks of bathroom tissue as there's no where to store it).  We live a very basic existence in comparison to where we've come from but guess what? we love it! There's something liberating about living on less and with less. We have learned a lot and have realised there is far more to life than having 'things' and that happiness can be found in the simplest of forms. Yes we are both very very happy so it's been a successful journey in my books.

There is just one thing missing and that is soap. I miss my soapy existence. I need a kick up the arse. Somebody, anybody? PLEASE?


Sunday, July 26, 2015

WOW - this feels weird

I don't even remember how to work this blogging thing anymore. It's been almost 4 years since I left the US and possibly even longer since I last blogged.

A few days ago I received an email from an individual who had a comment on one of my posts which took me totally by surprise because it hadn't even dawned on me that people might still be reading the blog. So, after much stress (and cussing) I managed to retrieve my password to this here site last night and here I am. It's good to be here (if anyone's out there listening).

Now, what to write about?