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We Made It To England! - Jessie T. Wolf
October 21st, 2007
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We Made It To England!
Just a quick post to let everyone know that Tim and I made it to England safely. We arrived on Friday afternoon, and we're still trying to get over the jet lag so that we can start our wonderful work routine (get up at 6:30 am and be at work for 9am - w00t!). Although from the sounds of things so far, I don't really know how long this job will last. There seems to be an aweful lot of chaos going on, and Tim was basically being brought in to fix the mess. So we'll see how well that goes.

But so far things have been not too impressive. We're now staying in a boarding house with a bunch of other co-workers, but we have to get out in 9 days, as they will loose this house. So, we have to find a new place to live in just over a week, and we have some doubts as to if the company will be paying for our boarding (so far they have not been too helpful in taking care of the standard work processes, including paying for our work visas - we had to do that ourselves - and they only barely covered our relocation fee).

We've pretty much spent most of our money getting here, and can't afford to find a new place on our own within the next week. So this should be very interesting indeed.

Tim has a vein on the side of his neck that is on the verge of popping out, from all of the stress of the last two and a half weeks. The drive from Vancouver to Toronto was pretty neat, but tiring. A huge rock slammed into our windshield at one point, cracking the glass in three places (so glad it didn't break through, or it would have smashed right into my face!!), so we had to get the windshield replaced. We also nearly hit a moose. That was fun. Then getting Tim's landed immigrant status in Buffalo was time consuming, but it went very well for the most part.

The worst part of this trip so far was to get to Michigan to visit Tim's dogs, and we found out that they were in horrible conditions. They were stuck outside chained to their dog houses, in mud and waste, with huge holes in the roofs of their houses and no bedding, and matted fur with huge clumps of burs stuck in their fur... Tim was on the verge of tears. So we had to get the dogs out of there asap, and LUCKILY we were able to find a very nice kennel, with a vet clinic connected to it, that had room for us to bring the dogs in the very next day. So they all got the necessary medical treatment that they needed (a couple of Tim's dogs had abscesses that may require surgery, but they're being monitored for a couple of weeks first, as they are older dogs and we are weighing whether or not it would be safe to put them under anethesia) and they will be getting bathed and brushed, and get to stay in nice indoor/outdoor kennels with heated floors. I'm so relieved that they are in much better care now.

Unfortunately the cost of the vet exams and kennel services for the next 6 months have cost us a bit over 3k, so we will be watching how we spend our money for the next little while. Isn't debt just wonderful? :-P Anyway, if this job here in England doesn't work, then at least we have a few other plans up our sleves. Tim's lining up some other jobs right now, just in case.

Anyway, off to do some stuff. I will keep all of my friends posted as to what's going on. As for commissions, I'm sorry for the inconvenience and wait... but I will get back to the few new commissions I took on once things are a bit more settled here.

Bai for now!

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From:acrothdragon
Date:October 21st, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
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I sincerely hope work conditions turn out for the best and you both are able to find a place in time. If not could you talk the the boarding house and see if they can give you both some type of extension or if you have any friends in the area that wouldn't mind if you could impose on them for a couple a days till you both find a place? Its horrible to hear about the conditions of Tim's dogs at the previous kennel. Is there anything you could do to report this person? But happy to hear you where able to find a kennel thats clean and nice for them. I hope everything will work out and it doesn't have to resort you both to do more moving, you and Tim take care
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From:wlfdog
Date:October 21st, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
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Actually, the woman who was taking care of the dogs is supposed to be a friend of Tim's... he was very surprised by her sudden lack of care... the last time we visited them, they were not looking that bad. :/

We're going to see if the company will put us up in a hotel or something for the next couple of months (this is SUPPOSED to be standard procedure, for being hired in another country... everything... visas, relocation, boarding...) and so far since we've got here, all we've heard from the other co-workers is how much the job sucks, and no one knows what the hell is going on. So as you can imagine, we're now dreading going into work tomorrow. O__o

I hope it's not as bad as it sounds! But if they aren't willing to put us up somewhere, that may mean that we should be concerned about just how much money this company actually has... from the sounds of it, they are going under, and fast. A lot of the staff has left, or been cut back. It sounds crazy... But like I said, if things go rally badly, I guess we'll just be packing up our bags (again) and leaving! I have no idea where we'll be going though... everything we own practically is in storage, in three different places around the globe. :/
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From:wlfdog
Date:October 21st, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
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Me too!! Thanks for the well-wishes. By the by... are you friends with Garr? I hear he's having a good-bye gathering next weekend, before his move to the U.S. :-P
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From:jaxxblackfox
Date:October 21st, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry to hear about the dogs! What a horrible thing to come 'visit'... good thing you guys were able to get them out of there! ;_;


Good luck with everything! I hope it all smooths out soon.
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From:wlfdog
Date:October 21st, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
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My god, I was thanking the Universe SO damned much for us finding that kennel at the time that we did. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

Thanks for your well wishes, Jaxx!! I think we're seriously going to need it. O__o
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From:scribble_fox
Date:October 22nd, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
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I'm glad to hear from you guys. We've been worrying about you since you headed out for the road trip. Your situation sounds very challenging. I really wish you guys were here. You've gone through quite an adventure. The situations with Tim's dogs sounds appalling; I'm glad you guys found a solution for the time being.

If there's anything we can do to help, let us know. If England doesn't work out, hopefully you can find your way back safely. In the very least, the company should pay for your re-relocation. heh With luck the situation will become more clear soon, so that you guys can formulate your plans. Take care you two!! *Hugs from all of us*!!
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From:wlfdog
Date:October 24th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
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I know... It was really shocking and disappointing. :/

Thanks hon! ^^ *hugs*
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