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bananahammock Aug 23rd 2005 7:29 pm

Overcautious, or completely insane?!!!!
 
Hi everybody, I apologise in advance for this boring thread . . . . . . .just have to get it off my chest :o (forum therapy ;) )

Am I out of my tiny mind leaving our arrangements so late? :eek:

The couple that want to buy our house have told us that they would like to sign contracts at the beginning of September & have given notice on their rented house . . . . . . . .hooray for us, some might say BUT they havn't signed yet!!
All throughout the immigration process I have said "well, we might not get in".
Then when we got the meds request it was " well, there could be something wrong" (happy soul aren't I!!)

NOW we could be a week or two away from being Mr & Mrs homeless & we still havn't booked flights, movers etc . . . . .or given notice at work.
As you can imagine hubby is thrilled with me and is spending many a moment running around the house shouting "we're gonna run out of time if we don't do something soon." I on the other hand feel like a rabbit in the headlights :(

Are there others in forumland that feel/have felt like me or am I ready for the men in the white coats? :scared:

MCC Aug 23rd 2005 7:36 pm

Re: Overcautious, or completely insane?!!!!
 
I know exactly what you mean. We are a little further than you as we're having the movers next week and are flying on the 5th. It's a total race against time.

I wake up in the middle of the night and stay awake for a few hours making lists in my mind of things to do in the morning!!! :o

Hang in there, everything will fall into place!!!!

Good luck

MCC

Cowtown Aug 24th 2005 1:23 am

Re: Overcautious, or completely insane?!!!!
 

Originally Posted by bananahammock
Are there others in forumland that feel/have felt like me or am I ready for the men in the white coats? :scared:

I landed in September.

Then I went back to complete the house sale...

We (as a family) finally got here in November.

Take my word for it ... having a week or two of being "homeless" in the UK before you come to Canada isn't all that bad a situation to be in ... go visit your favorite places ... spend some time with friends & family ... go buy yourself a year's supply of Brit essentials at Sainsbury's or knickers at M&S ... depending on how things work out when you cross the pond, it could be a little while before you get the opportunity again.

Get things in the UK tied up first ... don't sweat the petty stuff and don't pet the sweaty stuff ... a surprising number of new immigrants land, survive & prosper ...

brit_in_fizroy Aug 24th 2005 12:50 pm

Re: Overcautious, or completely insane?!!!!
 
If I recall, we went though months of that - will we go? etc etc A move like this will dominate your mind. Now 7 years later, its' will we ever get that new boat!!! ...... it arrives next Friday :)

hang in there, have a drink and stop watching Corrie now to reduce the number of re-runs you have to see :D

proo Aug 24th 2005 3:19 pm

Re: Overcautious, or completely insane?!!!!
 

Originally Posted by bananahammock
Hi everybody, I apologise in advance for this boring thread . . . . . . .just have to get it off my chest :o (forum therapy ;) )

Am I out of my tiny mind leaving our arrangements so late? :eek:

The couple that want to buy our house have told us that they would like to sign contracts at the beginning of September & have given notice on their rented house . . . . . . . .hooray for us, some might say BUT they havn't signed yet!!
All throughout the immigration process I have said "well, we might not get in".
Then when we got the meds request it was " well, there could be something wrong" (happy soul aren't I!!)

NOW we could be a week or two away from being Mr & Mrs homeless & we still havn't booked flights, movers etc . . . . .or given notice at work.
As you can imagine hubby is thrilled with me and is spending many a moment running around the house shouting "we're gonna run out of time if we don't do something soon." I on the other hand feel like a rabbit in the headlights :(

Are there others in forumland that feel/have felt like me or am I ready for the men in the white coats? :scared:

You could just rent somewhere for the period between leaving your house and leaving the UK. If you sent your stuff by ship it'd probably arrive when you do and can save money on temporary storage in the UK. Flights are easy, you can book them in 5mins online when you get your passport request. You can pick the visas up the same day from the Embassy (I could from the Paris office). Maybe you should write down a list of things to do and do one at a time - or delegate some to your husband!

scrubbedexpat074 Aug 24th 2005 3:28 pm

Re: Overcautious, or completely insane?!!!!
 

Originally Posted by MCC
I know exactly what you mean. We are a little further than you as we're having the movers next week and are flying on the 5th. It's a total race against time.

I wake up in the middle of the night and stay awake for a few hours making lists in my mind of things to do in the morning!!! :o

Hang in there, everything will fall into place!!!!

Good luck

MCC

I'm MCC's husband - I don't wake up in the middle of the night, I think no matter how prepared you there are still plenty of things waiting to surprise you. Sitting on the M25 on Sunday, feeling well ahead of the game, I started jotting down a new "to-do" list, about 7 minutes later I had another 26 tasks to take care and was no longer feeling so smug. I still don't care, things always get done.

Although, I did mislay my CoPR form last week for about an hour and almost went into cardiac arrest. :eek:

bananahammock Aug 24th 2005 7:55 pm

Re: Overcautious, or completely insane?!!!!
 

Originally Posted by MCC
I know exactly what you mean. We are a little further than you as we're having the movers next week and are flying on the 5th. It's a total race against time.

I wake up in the middle of the night and stay awake for a few hours making lists in my mind of things to do in the morning!!! :o

Hang in there, everything will fall into place!!!!

Good luck

MCC

MCC :)
Thanks for that. Glad I'm not the only one :eek:
Good luck to you to :D

bananahammock Aug 24th 2005 8:03 pm

Re: Overcautious, or completely insane?!!!!
 

Originally Posted by Cowtown
I landed in September.

Then I went back to complete the house sale...

We (as a family) finally got here in November.

Take my word for it ... having a week or two of being "homeless" in the UK before you come to Canada isn't all that bad a situation to be in ... go visit your favorite places ... spend some time with friends & family ... go buy yourself a year's supply of Brit essentials at Sainsbury's or knickers at M&S ... depending on how things work out when you cross the pond, it could be a little while before you get the opportunity again.

Get things in the UK tied up first ... don't sweat the petty stuff and don't pet the sweaty stuff ... a surprising number of new immigrants land, survive & prosper ...

Hi Cowtown :)
We've visited a few places in the last few weeks & I'm gonna concentrate on catching up with a few people before we go as well.

As for the brit essentials & the Bridget Jones knickers, the man from Allied pickfords who gave us a quote this week said that we can't take any foodstuffs whatsoever ~ this only applies to the foodstuffs NOT the knickers!! ~ I know we can't take fresh stuff but I was hoping to take a good supply of decent teabags :confused:

bananahammock Aug 24th 2005 8:12 pm

Re: Overcautious, or completely insane?!!!!
 

Originally Posted by proo
You could just rent somewhere for the period between leaving your house and leaving the UK. If you sent your stuff by ship it'd probably arrive when you do and can save money on temporary storage in the UK. Flights are easy, you can book them in 5mins online when you get your passport request. You can pick the visas up the same day from the Embassy (I could from the Paris office). Maybe you should write down a list of things to do and do one at a time - or delegate some to your husband!

Hi proo :)

Renting would be great but I think we'd find it hard go get a rental for just a couple of weeks. As for shipping the stuff, because we don't have anywhere to live there yet I don't want to ship too early because we won't have anywhere to put everything :(
Flights I'm not too worried about. Delegating to the other half . . . :scared: :eek: :scared:

bananahammock Aug 24th 2005 8:15 pm

Re: Overcautious, or completely insane?!!!!
 

Originally Posted by ziggy8080
I'm MCC's husband - I don't wake up in the middle of the night, I think no matter how prepared you there are still plenty of things waiting to surprise you. Sitting on the M25 on Sunday, feeling well ahead of the game, I started jotting down a new "to-do" list, about 7 minutes later I had another 26 tasks to take care and was no longer feeling so smug. I still don't care, things always get done.

Although, I did mislay my CoPR form last week for about an hour and almost went into cardiac arrest. :eek:


Hi ziggy8080
LOL :D

See my previous answer about delegating to other half :D :) :o

MikeUK Aug 24th 2005 8:34 pm

Re: Overcautious, or completely insane?!!!!
 
Don't worry about the tea we can get most types here including typhoo.. our red-cross (Visitors) parcel list is now mainly chocolate...

bananahammock Aug 24th 2005 9:37 pm

Re: Overcautious, or completely insane?!!!!
 

Originally Posted by MikeUK
Don't worry about the tea we can get most types here including typhoo.. our red-cross (Visitors) parcel list is now mainly chocolate...

Good news about the tea :D
Last year when we visited (BC) the tea was weak & horrible ~ pretty much the same as I feel now we're reaching the end/start of the immigration process :( :rolleyes:


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