Hey there, everyone!
I feel like it has been ages since I blogged, but it has only been a week.
A crazy, busy, fun, intense week!
The number of things that have to get sorted out to take advantage of my international assignment is sizable.
- Immigration applications
- Tax implications in Ireland
- Tax implications in the US
- Housing in Ireland
- Coverage for my work in the US
- The scope of my Ireland work.
- How to enroll in virtual education in the US while living abroad. (Turns out, this is not going to happen. The boys will be coming back to Jacksonville at the start of the school year, so that we don’t lose their spots at their school. They’ll be traveling with me only for the first month.)
We now know that we are going to be living in Dublin 8, near St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The apartment is a 20 minute commute (against traffic) to my office, and near a ton of stores, restaurants and pubs.
We had an amazing friend offer to take the dog for the month we are all gone (How amazing is that?!?), and my mom is going to take the fish tanks. Josh’s dad is noodling coming for a visit while we are there and I hope we can make it happen.
As for Dorothy…
- I’d hoped to have pictures of our new roof, but the rain has kept the roofers away.
- I had hoped to have pictures of the newly framed rooms, but we have had delays in getting the space laid out.
- I had hoped to see the front of the house ripped off, but we haven’t got the permit approved.
Dorothy is a bit lighter, as we removed damaged wood, old insulation in the attic and any remaining ceilings in the house. The dumpster has been delivered and we are ready to start putting her back together, at least on the inside.
I have picked most of the finishes for the house, including oil-rubbed bronze faucets and white subway tile for the baths, as well as white quartz counters and gray cabinets for the kitchen. (Still no decision on exterior paint colors, though.)
We met Jim and George, the two guys who bought the 1900’s Greek Revival house next to ours. It has not been occupied in 20 years! They just drove cross-country from Seattle to take on their complete renovation. We are going to head over the house on Sunday to hopefully take pictures of the new framing and meet our new neighbors. What a difference it will be to our little part of Springfield in the coming months!
There is so much to look forward to in the next few weeks. (I haven’t even begun to consider the quick trips to Raleigh, Austin and Dallas/Ft. Worth that all take place before we leave in July.) From getting rain gear to setting up my international cell phone plan, the list of details keeps getting longer, but it will be SO worth it.
Thanks for reading.