My New Year’s resolution was to blog once a week. The last time I wrote it was January 11th. I achieved the same result with my resolution to start up my strength-training program, but as of today I am back on track with both. It only took four months to get started, but let’s focus on the positive.
There have been quite a few changes for us in the first half of 2011. We moved into a penthouse apartment less than 10 minutes from our old place. What makes it such a great move for us is the new place is completely decorated and feels like a home. We have a large terrace off of the kitchen where Homie’s Weber grill resides. We rescued it from Inga’s place as it sat all alone in the back of her garden. Then we have another very private terrace off of the bedroom and we get a lot of sun and a great view from both of them. It has literally changed our perspective living on Malta and we are so much happier in the new space.
Another huge change is I’ve switched jobs. I am now writing web content and managing the social media outlets for an online gaming company. While the writing content is a bit more exciting and diverse than the technical work I was doing previously, the bad news is that I have to go through the complete process of getting the work permit all over again. At least this time I had all my paperwork in order and now it is just a waiting game until the new permit for the new company is approved. I’ve been talking to a few people who are ‘in the know’ about the fact that the DCEA has changed procedures making the process a bit more streamlined, and all I can hope for is that they know what they are talking about and the new permit is approved asap. It is against all rules and regulations to work while you are waiting for approval, so I am hoping that it goes fast. In the meantime I picked up some contract work from the States, so we should be okay as once again I wait to become legal to reside and work in Malta.
Homie is currently in Sweden helping out one of our good friends ready their home for selling. One of the first couples we met when we first arrived on the island, AB is American and BW is Swedish, and they have been living on Malta for the last three years while they’ve rented their home just outside of Stockholm. Their eldest is currently attending George Washington University (doing fabulously well I might add as she is interning at the White House) and they have decided to move to the States in July to be closer to her and AB’s mom. You may remember faithful reader, that AB invited me to join her writer’s group when I first came to Malta and because of her and her gracious support, I’ve met so many lovely people from all over the globe. She will be sorely missed and I hate to see her leave Malta, but life is never static, always changing, always evolving and we will remain friends for life. She recently picked up a book agent as she has finished her first novel, so she continues to be an inspiration to me. I just hope she remembers to give me her coffee pot before she leaves…however, I am not one to beat around the bush so I have no problem reminding her.
I miss Homie terribly, I really do and the first couple of nights were horrible, especially when I got home from work and dinner wasn’t started. But it has given me extra time to get my half-written (who am I kidding? not even half…) manuscript sorted and I have re-kindled my determination to get the first draft written by the end of the year. The story is coming along quite nicely and I believe that if it makes me laugh it will make a whole lot of others out there in the world laugh as well. I was just Skyping with my son the other day, complaining about Malta (I have a terrible case of island fever) and how homesick I’ve been lately. He says with complete conviction, “Okay ma, just come home now. You did it, enough is enough.” He was goofing around with me, but he was serious too. Most of my family and some of our friends never imagined that Homie and I would have really made a go of it and gone this far, stayed away this long.
The book is turning into a half memoir/half fictional story about how having a personal goal, a dream or vision affects every person in your life, and, how it ‘doesn’t’ affect them. What we went through as we tried to make the people in our lives understand why we needed to do this became quite humorous. Some were and still are supportive, some just pretend to be supportive, some just shrug you off or feel it is their sole purpose in life to try and talk some sense into you. There is so much material there to write about, including all the great adventures we experienced along the way, that it will be hard to edit.
I’ve changed so much since leaving Minnesota and it will be interesting when I go home because a lot of the people in my life haven’t changed at all, still working the same jobs, living in the same home, doing the same things. Skype, Facebook and email keep us connected, but at the end of the day, we are still on the other side of the world. Our trip home will be documented religiously because this is the part of my story where the circle of this adventure connects. Coming full circle, going back to Minnesota, as a visitor, having achieved, accomplished and proved, that if you want something bad enough, there’s nothing on the planet that can keep you from having it.
As for the title of this post, well, it’s been so long since I blogged I had to do something radical to get your undivided attention. If you are reading this sentence, thanks for sticking around and I promise that the next installment will not take four months to produce!