Still yearning for the US…

October 16, 2008 at 9:39 pm (Decluttering, DIY, House renovation, Moving to the US)

I still hope we can move to the US in early 2009. The yearning is still there! We just need to, oh, let’s see…

  1. Sand and paint all the new window frames
  2. Sand and oil the floorboards in the downstairs hall
  3. Sand and oil the floorboards in the office/2nd bedroom
  4. Decorate the office/2nd bedroom (during which time the other half will be working out of the dining room!)
  5. Continue decluttering and selling off/freecycling everything we won’t take with us
  6. Pay off our bills / maximise earnings

That’s all 🙂

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To repat or not?

October 5, 2008 at 5:01 pm (Me, Moving to the US)

Oh, it was all going so well. I was sure I was ready to move back to the US. But my feelings have changed. All became clear in the last 24 hours. I’ve just come back from a *brilliant* weekend away with colleagues on the Dorset coast, and realised how enjoyable life can be here in the UK. Good people, good times, fab cute rambling cottages with wonky floors,  good weather 1 out of 3 days… what’s not to love? 😉

Maybe we’ll just postpone the move. Never say never, right? There’s a lot of factors that will make or break our move to the US.

  • Mortgage payment on our house will be changing (increasing, almost certainly) in November, and we don’t know yet what that will be. How much of a difference between mortgage and rent are we comfortable covering on a monthly basis
  • Work – neither of us have jobs in the US and both of us are freelancers. Hubbie’s contract is ending in January. That’s a pretty big leap of faith to walk away from our life here without any guaranteed income. Plus, see above
  • Health insurance…. one online quote suggested we’d be paying between $400-500 a month. That’s a lot. See above!
  • The economy and housing market is in the toilet, for the time being. Maybe it makes sense to hang tight here until we’re more sure of our financial situation.

I can see this news not being very popular with the folks back home….

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