Flower box on balcony in Oslo
Hi everyone :)
Long time no chat. I know I've been MIA for a while. I've been back to Norway for about 2 months now. Things are different from the USA for sure, but not in a bad way. Things tend to take longer to get done here.
House in Sigdal
My sister's godmother's daughter is allowing me to live in her apartment in Oslo until I'm back on my feet. I'm soo greatful for this. They have a place out at Sigdal (about 1 1/2 hr from Oslo) that is just wonderful. I've been over there several weekends. They have been totally awesome and really helped me out. I helped out with yard work which has been great for my weightloss. I've lost 49 lbs so far this year. It has slowed down some since I've been in Norway because I don't have a gym to go to everyday.
Tone & Toril - I'm Woman hear me roar :)
They have 3 kitties I've been able to love on which has been so nice since I miss my 2 kitties a lot. My sister is taking great care of Patches and Pirata. Was a bit sad in June since it was their 14th birthday, the 1st birthday I've missed since they were born. My sis says that they are doing great but def miss me. I miss my family tons, especially my sister!
Svarten aka Studmuffin :)
Sonja (11 yr old sheltie), had to go back to her breeder when I left. She is a total sweetie but has many issues and doesn't handle change well at all. And I know wouldn't handle me not being (she didn't do well when I was gone all day when I was living with my parents). Her breeder took her back with open arms and keeps me updated about her. She settled back in with the sheltie pack nicely. Which is such a relief! I worried about her soo much.
Me and Dad (he visited me for a few days in June :)
Trying to get a cellphone was a 3 week ordeal lol. Since I haven't lived here in 22 yrs I don't have any credit, here regardless of being a norwegian citizen. Much back and forth including deposits etc I finally did get a cellphone service and wireless internet. Woot lol. Being able to connect with everyone online has made things soooo much easier :)
Chanse, such a sweet boy!!!
I've been going to several interviews. I've been focusing on international companies which have English as their office language since my written Norwegian isn't too strong due to not using it for many many years. At least my spoken Norwegian is getting better everyday. I'm working with 2 temp agencies (1 in Olso, 1 in Kongsberg (1 1/2 hr from Oslo)) who have been good about sending me to interviews. I have several companies lined up who are interested, but they are taking their good time making a decision. Hopefully one of them will come thru with a job offer soon.
Positana, and yes I am THE QUEEN :)
I have gotten a part-time job at a nursing home on the psychiatric floor here in Oslo. I'm not a nurse by trade and this is my first experience with this. My job title I guess is extra staff. I pretty much do whatever the nurses do except administrate meds lol. Overall it hasn't been a bad experience at all. Most of the patients are pretty sweet. And yes there are some very difficult ones LOL. Mostly I work weekends but have been taking up shift during the week in hopes to make some money (haven't been paid yet LOL). My supervisor told me she is very happy with me, which is a huge relief!
Me and a forest troll :)
I hadn't planned to come back to Norway like this. But I'm making the best of this situation. I do have some advantages of being a Norwegian citizen back in Norway than I had when I was in the USA. Yes I'd love to be back in the USA mostly because my family is there. But I want to make sure that I'm giving Norway a chance :) I never know, I might meet a wonderful man I want to marry :)
My Patches & Pirata taken before I left Houston.
I am planning on bringing my 2 kitties over here once I'm settled in my own apartment. Of course my vet will have to confirm that they are able to make the long flight over to Norway. At least I sold most of my furniture and my car so all I need to ship are some of my things to be settled.
Well that is about it for now. I hope to be more active on here from now. I miss everyone and hope to catch up soon :)