Thursday, 21 August 2014

Back behind the wheel

Those who know me personally are well aware that I openly admit I am not the best driver  ...

Actually it is saying something that my brother constantly tells me I'm a better driver in America than I am in the UK. 

However, it has been over two years since I last attempted to drive on the wrong side of the road. So last night we dug out my dusty pedal extensions and the 3 chunky cushions I need to even see over the steering wheel and nobody got hurt :)

I even booked in for my theory test for a couple weeks time.

I will continue to stand by the fact that I will never quite understand why you can turn right on a red light ... ITS A RED LIGHT ? but I am happy to say goodbye to roundabouts and hello to bigger car parking spaces.

In other news I also got my 'American Cell phone' this week which was an experience. 

Apparently I have not been watching enough Sex and the City as I was unaware that an area code somewhat 'defines' you? Well thats what the shop assistant told me. She proceeded to offer me a choice of several 'high end' area codes and kept asking me if I was excited. 

I don't think my British sarcasm was appreciated when I responded with the word 'Thrilled' lol.

The sun continues to shine here while I hear from home that there is torrential rain in Wales - Shocker. 

Some things never change. I'm trying slowly though . . . Starting with driving on the wrong side of the road.

Cheers :)


Thursday, 14 August 2014

One way ticket to Aukland???

NEWS JUST IN - LAX has officially accepted the residence of a short blonde British girl.

The above statement was not without its complications. 

After bidding my final farewells to my friends and family, I arrived at London Heathrow yesterday afternoon having shared a three hour car ride from Cardiff with my very own personal chauffeur (Thanks @eddosmond).

This was my first time flying to LA on not only a one way ticket but also with Air New Zealand -having managed to purchase a very cheap direct ticket in the peek of Summer.  
After printing my boarding card I headed straight for the baggage check in desks. I was slightly concerned my luggage would be overweight, due to all my important documentation, (clearly if you believe that you don't know me *cough* shoes *cough* clothes). 

I had absolutely nothing to worry about as the lady in front of me slammed her gigantic case on the scales which read - 49kg!!!!!!!!! 23kg per case is the limit and this lady appeared to have no idea or recognition of there ever being a weight requirement for luggage. Very entertaining to say the least. 

Continuing through the endless security checks, everyone was very helpful and exceptionally kind and friendly, wishing me a safe onward journey to Aukland.


What the hell ?? After much panicking and rushing through the airport I spoke to an assistant who then explained that my ticket was correct and my flight was to New Zealand VIA Los Angeles - Phew . . .

The flight itself was fantastic, A brilliant airline with loads of space and I would most definitely recommend and fly with them again.

Anyways, to skip the boring and long interigation I received from the immigration officers, I finally made it off the plane, through the airport and to my American Boy who greeted me with a bunch of flowers and an expensive airport parking ticket. 

I already miss my family, although I know the best is yet to come when they come visit and we head to Vegas.

As for now I made it. I am here.

My LA life begins and I would love for you to continue the adventure with me :) . . . 


Sunday, 10 August 2014

Bon Voyage

Today was my final get together with my close family in Wales before I leave for LA on Wednesday.

We braved the remains of the so called hurricane 'Big Bertha' (60 mph winds and torrential sheets of rain) and took the water bus over to Cardiff Bay - apparently the wind swept look is still appealing these days.

Putting my eBay earnings to good use (although I really should thank the random strangers who brought the crap that I was shocked to even sell), I booked lunch reservations at a Spanish tapas restaurant called 'La Cha Cha'. - No relevance to LA or Wales, I just love their sangria.

It was a fabulous afternoon and being surrounded by Welsh accents made me realise how much I'm going to miss people explaining situations to me with starting with the sentence - 
I'll tell you what it is, What it is is that'

Not to mention the generous and random cwtches (Welsh word for cuddles) I receive from my hyperactive unbelievably strong 23 year old cousin. I don't think they will be quite the same State side.   

A highlight of my afternoon was when the waiter refused my brother alcohol due to the fact he thought he looked about 14. I beg to differ on this occasion, however the waiter was slightly elderly and did appear to have a wonky eye so perhaps it was a feasible mistake. 

3 days to go and I couldn't have asked for a better family send off :)


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Channeling my inner photographer ...

So I brought a new camera in the hope of assisting the documenting of my forthcoming travels. 

In doing so I discovered not only is buying a camera a complete mine field but I will never ever be a technical minded photography nerd like my brother (sorry Edd) and all I really want to do is take a pretty photo that makes me smile.  So there you have it - Hello Samsung Galaxy 2 :) 

I do believe the sales assistant took pity on me when he described it to me as the 'fun camera' and then guided my brother over to the cameras bigger than my face with interchangeable lenses .... but I love it. It is one of the first smart cameras that also acts as a tablet, so you can go online, download apps and edit and upload your photos/video from the camera itself.

Seeing as I only purchased it yesterday I think it is most definitely going to take me a while to figure out how to use the thing properly, but in the mean time I can attempt to take photos in the hope that my best friend 'Instagram' can do them justice :)

Whilst I am slightly too embarrassed to post several of my photos (although I can credit the one above to myself at least) Below is a shot Edd managed to take of me capturing the moment .... well when I say moment - it took me about 5 minutes just to focus the damn thing. 

But onward and upwards, Its never too late to learn a new skill .... 

Or so I have been told .... ?


Friday, 1 August 2014

My name is Jo Osmond and I am a Hoarder ...

So it's officially 12 days until I hand over my one way ticket, board the plane and emigrate to America, therefore the packing process has began. To say I'm used to living out of a suitcase is an understatement seeing as I spent four years working on cruise ships however, it feels slightly different this time knowing that this isn't just a six month contract - I actually have to completely pack up my life and transport it to the other side of the world.

I am under no illusions that I will need to pay for extra baggage so I have already prepaid for an extra suitcase (so organised), but it wasn't until I started sorting through my bedroom that I discovered what a big fat hoarder I am. Roller skates, Mickey Mouse ears, currency from every country I have visited, name badges from every job I have ever had, I even found myself coming across hotel key cards from years ago when I had stayed in posh hotels for work .. I know, Whats wrong with me?? lol. 

Eight Bin bags of CRAP later and It is safe to say I'm on a roll and do believe it may be possible to sum up my life belongings in the space of two suitcases (one being all shoes) and some hand luggage - YES!! :)

In other happy news, now that I am moving country I get to use up all the rewards points on my loyalty cards (priorities). Although I am sad that I will no longer be able to shop at Boots (CVS from now on - eurgh), the £70 I have racked up on my advantage card will definitely not go to waste. Hello new FREE Gucci perfume :) 

And with a leaving party planned for next weekend and my current 12 day count down in mind I have already had to endure some heart breaking goodbyes ...

After an eight year relationship of ups and downs - Goodbye Vodafone

Its been an emotional twenty seven years  - Charlotte Lloyd (My family dentist)

And not forgetting, the one constant in my life who has been there for every occasion - The petite clothing range at Miss Selfridge.

I will try not to dwell on what I will miss in Britain but look forward to what I will gain in America (As long as it is not weight) lol.

12 days to go and I'm feeling positive.

I look forward to blogging closer to my departure but this is it for now, I have packing to do.