If you look back through the blog posts, you can see the high hopes that began to dwindle as the calendar pages turned.
April. We began the preparations to leave Lexington for a new job with a smaller company for a bigger and better position in Dubai. We called the international moving company, and our Dubai shipment patiently waited in Cincinnati for us to pull the trigger for the move.
|First Day on the Job|
May - June. Chris temporarily moved to Walnut Creek, California - right outside of San Francisco. He began training for a new system that his new company had implemented. I stayed in Lexington to finish the shipments and rental agreement, then traveled between Walnut Creek and Greeneville.
|Yosemite National Park next to a fallen Sequoyah|
In late June, Chris's new Dubai position began. This was the first international family-move for this company, and we were its guinea pigs. It's going to be fine...
July. Chris immediately had a surprise business trip to Japan -- just in time for Typhoon Neoguri to swipe by Okinawa. He returned to Dubai ready to grab his visa and look for an apartment. My ticket was originally scheduled for July 23rd.
|Granny's 90th Birthday|
August. Since the Japan trip threw off the visa schedule, I waited until after my grandmother's 90th birthday to fly to Dubai on August 23rd. This was a tough call because that visa would be ready AT ANY MINUTE. Chris and I were worried that he'd get his visa SO QUICKLY that he'd have to pick the apartment without me.
September. Ah, feel the scorching hot temperatures. No visa. No apartment. Still waiting to pull that shipment trigger.
|Chris in front of the Burj Khalifa|
October. Mild panic. We had a trip to Sri Lanka that we had planned months before -- certain that the visa would have long since arrived. Will this trip delay the process?? No need to worry. No visa. No apartment. Back to the hotel.
|Sea Turtles in Sri Lanka|
|Sri Lanka Crocodile|
November. No visa. No shipment. No apartment. Nice hotel but come on.... seven months in a hotel....
December. Clearly, this is not working like we had hoped. Let's try something different. Cancel the shipment.
There were heaps of other factors in the decision to leave Dubai -- the visa and endless hotel stay being only a part of it.
Despite the lack of support and resources from the company itself, this is a pretty awesome job for Chris, and they really think Chris is pretty amazing at what he does.
So Chris approached them with an alternate plan -- let him work out of the Oak Ridge office and travel as needed to Dubai or the projects he supports.
The company was all for it.
This is a much, MUCH better setup for us -- financially, mentally, and emotionally.
I came home for Thanksgiving to visit with an Aussie friend (Cheryl!), and then Chris arrived into Knoxville a week ago.
|Cheryl and me at Biltmore|
|At Cheryl's first UT game|
|The Family at Thanksgiving|
We are spending the holidays in Tennessee, then Chris will return to Dubai to wrap up a few things. He is planning to return to Tennessee at the end of January. I will stay in Tennessee and begin the resettling process.
|Miles, my 4-year-old nephew, decorating the Christmas Tree|
But for now, HOME.
We did not do Christmas cards this year, but we hope you and your families enjoy the holidays. Thank you for taking the time to read and keep in touch. Your notes and comments make coming home even more enjoyable.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Oh, incidentally... Chris's visa arrived December 14th -- the day before he flew home to Knoxville.