Thursday, 29 November 2012

We sold the house!!!

Yes, that is right ... The house is sold!

The past few months we did some serious marketing with regards to the house and a private buyer contacted us a week ago. 

They fell in love with the house and we agreed on a price, signed the offer and today we heard that everything is 100% OK.

Thus, timing is perfect .. a week before the conainter company comes!!

In the mean time we are very busy with the preparations for the BIG MOVE!!!

Until later ....

Monday, 19 November 2012

As if we don't already have enough stress and too little time!!!

Only people who have emigrated or are in the process of emigration, can fully understand how busy you get closer to the actual date. Our deadline is the in 3 weeks time, because that's when they are coming to pack our container ... so every spare minute is spent to sort and get those last minute things done.

So... as if we are not stressed enough and as if we do not already have too little time at hand, we had a couple of incidents last week which stressed us out even further.

On Thursday afternoon, on Sarel's (husband) way back home from a meeting he stopped at a hardware shop to pick up an urgent item which he needed at home. Thinking it is safe in front of the shop's door and where the security guard is, he parked his car.

10 minutes later ... the car window's been broken and his laptop bag which was hidden behind the back seat was stolen. His Macbook, iPad and Identification Document was in the bag.

All is replaceable and the Macbook's been backup the previous evening. BUT THE EFFORT to get everything sorted!!!!

On Friday, Sarel took my car to run all his errands, including to go fetch a new window for replacement of his car's window at the glass centre, and where he parked to fetch the window, someone reversed into my car. No serious damage, but still .... effort, time and patients which neither of us have now.

So we had a bit of a "shitty" week... but as consolation ... we had a great week-end and I will tell you all about it in my next post!!! Great news!!!

Thursday, 1 November 2012

I resigned today!

Today I handed in my formal resignation. "Formal" because I am married to the boss and he is emigrating with me (LOL).  So he (and his business partner) was well aware of my impending resignation.

We've agreed that I would resign this month and for legal purposes I handed in my written notice. 

I've worked for this company for 6 years! 

A few months after I met my husband in 2006, I started working for his new company as they needed a person to look after the administrative side of the business.  I happen to be "in between" jobs and welcomed the challenge. (My experience lies mainly in Human Resource Management, but I also have ample business Administration and little bookkeeping experience)

I had sufficient experience and what started as a "helping them out" position, ended up being a full time HR-Finance-Administration-Marketing-Jack-of-all-Trades-type Manager.  Phew!!!
At times is was as difficult as that mouth full job description sounds.  Other times it was a breeze....

I thoroughly enjoyed helping my husband and his business partner setting up and growing their business.

Fortunately, the office is run from home and that gave me ample time to fetch the kids from school in the afternoon and help with homework.  That in itself is such a privilege!

In 2010 we hired an assistant and soon after she started, we decided to emigrate.  Thus, I have been "training" her since then to take over my position.  She proved that she is more than capable and therefore I can leave my job with a happy heart.

Weirdly, I feel quite sad about this resignation, but then again ... it is not a good-bye type resignation. It marks the end of an era.  I will probably always be part of the company via my husband who will still be involved, but my direct involvement will not be so intense any more.

It surely marks the beginning of the end of the formal issues for us here in South Africa.