Thursday, February 23, 2012

Too much going on! eeeek!!!

So, I went to the Italian consultate 2x!! The first time he said I needed an additional 4 documents (which were NOT listed on the website) so I obtained everything he wanted and returned this past Tuesday. Guess what? He says I need 2 more documents that he didn't even mention the previous week. I was pretty upset by this point because I pride myself on being someone that is organized, doesn't waste time and generally has my act together. I listened to what he had to say with much disbelief then I told him I would not provide any additional documents because I brought EXACTLY what he requested a second time and if he wasn't going to approve my visa then to just return my passport. I can be in the country at least 90 days without a visa so I decided I would just adjust my plans. Amazingly, his attitude changed and he signed off on my paperwork. I still won't know for another 4 weeks if I get the visa but at least I will have my passport returned to me either way. What a hassle.

In addition to dealing with my trip, we are looking for a new house to purchase BEFORE I leave. Yes dear friend, I may be bald from pulling out my hair when I leave. We have appointments to view homes on Friday and Saturday all in different neighborhoods of San Francisco. Of course I have my 2 favorites and I'm rooting for them. Luckily, my husband isn't a procrastinator so if one looks good we will make an offer. Of course it will not be furnished or decorated until I return from Italy but honestly there is only so much that one woman can do!

Hope you are having a great week!

Much love, xoxo-pm

Thursday, February 9, 2012

One step closer!

Hi Friends,

Hope you are doing well. I'm excited to report that I have my appointment with the Italian Consulate on MONDAY! YAY! I have all of my paperwork ready and they claim it will only take 4 weeks to receive my student visa *fingers crossed* Still looking at apartments in Florence and haven't found the "right" one yet. You wouldn't believe how difficult it is to find a rental with a washing machine! I'm not sure what people do who get these apartments that don't have one. Also, these are not cheap apartments either. You can pay 2,500 euro per month and not have a washing machine!!! Crazy if you ask me.

Other that that, having a great day. How's yours?

Much love, xoxo-pm

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Off to visit with friends :)

I'm getting out of town for a few days and visiting with friends in Austin. Looking forward to a great time!

Happy to report that I received my appointment with the Italian Consulate for my student visa. One step closer :) Still trying to secure housing for 4 months but have some good leads on a couple of places and two agents.

Also, my SIL who lives in Zurich, summers in Greece with her family and she invited me to take the boat over from Venice to her area. Her husband grew up in Greece and they have a family house there. Hopefully, my husband can come over at that time as it would be really nice to have some quality family time.

Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Much love, xoxo-pm

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Less than 2 months away!

I'm getting really excited and a bit nervous as my big Italian adventure is less than 2 months away. I will be taking a short course in Florence Italy for 4 months. I have been accepted to the school (yay), paid my tuition (yay) and waiting on the Italian Consulate to grant me an appointment to apply for my student visa (not so yay!). However, they assured me that they could get one for me in 4 weeks! I'm still trying to secure housing so if you have any tips or know someone, I would appreciate the help. The school is near the Ponte Vecchio and I have found several online but you never know if they actually look like the pictures!

Hope you are having a great day!

Much love,

Friday, February 3, 2012

Missed you!

Since I closed down Posh Mama Online Magazine on December 12, 2010, I have been really busy with new adventures. I decided to come back online and share those adventures here. Hope you enjoy following me around. I have missed all of you.

Much love,