Settling in

Sep. 6th, 2013 11:14 am
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John and I have made it to the Portland area, after a lovely long weekend in Denver and a few audiobooks to keep us from going crazy driving across the more boring bits of America. We picked up the keys to the new house yesterday morning, unpacked the car, found some pho, bought groceries, got internet as a surprise (their techs showed up several days early, but we're not complaining!) and hit up ikea for some bar chairs so that we have a place to sit other than the floor. Since we're basically in an empty house with internet and bar stools up against a tall kitchen island, I feel like I should make some coffee to complete the Bridgehead/Starbucks/whatever effect. I've settled for cookies and milk instead.

Our stuff arrives on the 10th, the heavy stuff gets unloaded on the 11th, and the containers get moved off our driveway on the 12th.

I'm still waiting for a work visa before I count on a work start date and make a public announcement of my new job. We're hoping for Sept 16th as a start date, but there's always risk of delays. Or outright refusal on the part of the government, which would send me back to Canada indefinitely. Not that it's a terrible fate to go home, but I am really looking forwards to this new job, as anyone who's interacted with me offline lately knows! In theory, I'm expecting an email from the law firm on the 13th, which doesn't give me much time to leave the country and re-enter on the correct visa, even if I am a lot closer to the Canadian border than I used to be.

Still, even with nervousness over work, I'm confident enough in this working out that I'm feeling like we can start settling in. Meeting hpa for lunch and then maybe I'll go check out the library and see if we can get library cards so I really feel like I belong here.

I'm here!

Nov. 2nd, 2011 02:14 pm
terriko: Yup, I took this one. The eyes are paper, not photoshop (chair)
My stuff arrived today! I'd claim that my house is full of boxes, but the house is so large that the only area I really need to unpack with any urgency is the kitchen (and even then, I had enough space to make lunch without any problem). There was some very minor damage to a couple of things in moving, but nothing unfixable or that I care about.

I'm really happy with Atlas Moving, actually. We wound up playing an inordinate amount of phone tag, which was stressful, and last minute confusion about my immigration paperwork, but they carefully helped walk me through the import paperwork (which would have taken me forever on my own) and they got my stuff here with little damage, and the guys even helped me move the futon I'd been sleeping on into the living room and offered to help do things like set up my air conditioner (sadly I had to decline, as the window it's going into is currently sealed shut for the winter). The final bill was under $3k, which is impressive given that my first few quotes from other companies were well over $5k for the cross-border move. They'll probably be the first people I call when my contract here is done and it's time to move on.

I'm now officially started at my new job. At least, as far as the contract is concerned. There's still a fair bit of paperwork and running around to be done to make sure I have keys and can be paid.

I have a US bank account. Which would be a lot more exciting if paycheques were going into it, but at least I can pay my bills online now. (Although getting to that point was a hilarious adventure of "wait, you used the wrong fake SSN -- we gave you a different one!")

Despite the fact that I've only unpacked 10 boxes thus far, I'm feeling like maybe, just maybe, I'm really settled here.

... just in time for me to fly to Portland for GHC11. ;)

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