Friday, May 2, 2014

Wrong Check

Here I was thinking the application of the visa and working permit was all over and it was just waiting now. Michael was freaking out because it had been at least a month since I sent it, and we hadn't heard anything. After a week of not checking the mail because we weren't expecting any, he decided to check. There he found the full application package returned. The problem? The check was dated for 2013, instead of 2014. You had one job, husband!

I don't mind too much though, it's not like I am jumping up and down to get back to work. That would be Michael instead. He shot himself in the foot with that tiny mistake and this 1.5 month delay. I mailed the application again start this week with a correct check. I hope it will be cashed by Monday and that this whole process will hurry up.

Today I was added to our lease. This is necessary if I want to get my Florida drivers license. The requirement is to have 2 official-ish papers that show where you live. A copy of the lease would be accepted, and mail from the government to your address. I need my drivers license not only to drive, but it is necessary to open a bank account in Florida. According to other expats, Florida is one of the more difficult states to get a bank account. Here I was thinking the bank account would be the least of my problems.

My boss Regina had free tickets for a horse event; Gala of the Royal Horses. It is a relatively popular event in Europe and I had heard of it before. I had really wanted to go but I knew Michael wouldn't like it and I didn't think I had to luxury of spending that money. Now I got to go with all kinds of amazing horse people who could actually appreciate it! I had a blast.

It has been quite hot here lately, and even though it was very humid, there was a dry-spell. Now the clouds have finally gotten heavy enough and we have a week of non-stop rain and floods. I suppose it feels a lot cooler, but I could really use some waterproof boots!

Tomorrow I am going to volunteer at a dressage competition. Equine competitions are always looking for volunteers and I never experienced a competition before. This is a great opportunity! I do have to get up really early on a Saturday and I HATE that. Sacrifices must be made I'm afraid.
It better be fun.

Monday, April 14, 2014

It has been a month

A long time since I have last updated my blog. But fear not! Everything is going very well here. I suppose I could say that the reason I have not written in so long, is that I am amusing myself very much. As I expected of myself before I emigrated, I have been busy and occupied myself with fun things.

Mainly; horses.

For those of you who have me on Facebook, you probably see a dozen of horse pictures cruise by your news page. Yup, I'm that person. Instead of smothering everyone with a hundred pictures of my ugly baby in yet another outfit, I spew forth a constant stream of horse pictures. Doni sitting on a horse, Doni and horse jumping, horse face, horse butt, horse baby. Horse, horse, horse. My apologies friendly, loving and amazing readers. I'm afraid I really, really like horses.

My jump face is dreadful

Not only do I volunteer at Haile Equestrian and Eclipse Sporthorses (both owned by the same person), I ride twice a week. This puts me around horses on 3 fixed days. Tuesday (volunteer work in the midday/evening), Wednessday (volunteer work in the morning and riding lesson in the evening) and Friday (early afternoon riding lesson). However, I also often cover shifts for my fellow volunteers. I figure, better save up some brownie points now when I do not have a job, and cash them back in when I do have a job.

Ah yes, you wonder about the job situation? The work permit request has been filed. The government is not known for their fast and thorough work, so it will probably be a couple of months. I have not yet received notification that they have started to work on my request.

Back to the main subject.

Ricki and Gia, the horse I do groundwork with.
They are both 3 years old.

So I am around horses 3 days a week. But since the owner has given me permission to do some groundwork with the horses, whenever I want, I find myself almost 5 days a week at the barn. I will drop Michael off at work and drive straight on to the barn. There I will play/work with the horses, and chill out in the sun and talk with whoever is hanging out at the barn.

It is absolutely amazing. Being outside makes me happy. Sunshine makes me happy. Nature makes me happy. Horses make me happy. And I have it all! I come home exhausted and feeling great. I dread the time when I have to go back to work and give up these amazing moments. I cherish every moment I have right now.

Michael and I play a lot of Diablo 3 the expansion. Because I entertain myself so thoroughly while Michael is at work, I don't drag him on walks and hikes as much as in the beginning. This way, Michael gets to spend his non working time the way he really wants to. Playing games and watching shows. We don't solely play Diablo though. Jessica and Harm have given me Rivals of Catan, the card game for 2, for my birthday! That game is awesome. It has so many levels of depth and strategy in it that we keep playing. Michael has lost a couple of games though, so now he refuses to play unless he is fully sober and alert. He desperately wants to win this next game, "to put me in my place".

Gotta love it.