...the business keeps on keeping on. This week we had a big project that needed an all-team effort. Tricky given Spring Break and a lot of us out of the office. These hardy souls kept the wheels turning however. Thanks Karen for the co-ordination of it all, Heather, Kelli, Harvey , Kate and Andi! It almost looks like they could knock out a Rogers & Hammerstein tune here...
We have just completed our first week of work from gHQ Sydney. We are down here getting our US work visas renewed and wanted to test drive working US hours from here. The gTeam tell me that it has worked well. Having a 24/7 Skype connection means they can just drop into the Board Room and say hello, ask a question etc. It means pre-dawn starts to the day but we wrap by 10am Sydney time and then have the day with the kids.
Happily the visa renewal went off without a hitch. It happens every two years and each time the rules change a bit and you are never quite sure. This time around the interviewer was a Mum of a 15 month old, knew all about gDiapers and was quite the chatty Cathy. She was going to go tell her friend that she had met some of the gFamily. We then started rabbiting on about the TV series "Portlandia" and she mentioned her other friend who works in Sam Adams office and is stinging for a cameo. "Oh, and by the way your visas have been renewed".
We met with the inventor of g's, Sue yesterday. She takes such a wonderfully simple approach to product design and there are many new things in the hopper. She has done an incredible job working with councils here to have her product accepted in kerbside composting programs. Yo, America...when are you going to follow suit??
The kids have been doing homework with my Mum much to their chagrin and then ducking off down to the beach for a wave afterwards. They have enjoyed catching up with their Sydney mates while we wait for passports to be mailed to us. Please Australia Post, don't stuff up...we are off on our Spring Break next week and that will be hard to do without visas and passports.
We have had probably the busiest quarter travel-wise for some time due to the UK / French business and needs in Philly / NYC.
Just when we thought we were done, we are heading back to Sydney tomorrow to get our US work visas renewed. Like all good bureaucracies (Australia is no different. The process for Kim to get her Aussie citizenship was comical) this one is a doozy. The rules are kind of random and change. I need to prove that my 3 year Uni degree (standard in Australia) is actually worth a 4 year degree (as I've run g for a while now), there are requirements related to the business and it is all together not a very comfortable process due to all the uncertainty. Hopefully our interview Monday morning will go just fine. And then we leave the Consulate and wait. We wait until the US Consular puts our stamped passports in an enveloppe and sends them to us. And Australia Post actually gets around to delivering them. Which in the case of my Aussie friend happened about a month later due to a Postal worker's strike. So we need to budget about a week for that and then we are all set.
While we wait, we are setting up a gSydney office and working US hours next week to fully test out Skype and see how seamless or not it can be. Rather than bolt home after that, we are Spring Breaking in Fiji which is kind of Australia's equivalent to Mexico. It's just up the road and it is very chilled. So that bit will be good. We found a deserted island on Airbnb.com. Just the 4 of us for 7 days. No power, two Bure's and a bunch of water sports gear. It will either be awesome or the kids are going to mutiny and this will be my last post.
Kim is the Master of packing so to avoid the risk of lost bags as we land in Sydney (very high) and to avoid schlepping around Fiji with a ton of stuff, she has managed to do it with 5 carry-on bags. I have no idea how but I just don't care. She is a genius.
I am also weighing up reading options for the 15 hour flight...
Fynny and I are off to the Cinema at 12.30am (yes, like tomorrrow just after midnight) to watch the premiere of the Hunger Games.Never done this before and given that I hit the hay at 8pm every single night, the next 4 hours are going to be challenging.
But the boy is pumped. We made him read it before he could go and watch it.
Originally Kim was going to go but the maths just doesn't work out. We'll get home at 3am tomorrow, get up at 4.30am, head to the office at 5am until 3pm then to the airport. Fly to LA then to Sydney. So I am better prepared for that, how?
Meet my nemesis. I am on this thing way more than I should be and I have had enough. Or, Kim has had enough and I agree...but habits are hard to break.
So I set up a deal with the kids yesterday. For every time they see me on my phone in their presence, and I'm not using it to assist them (movie times etc.) I pay them $50. That was received very positively by Fynn. Harper was deeply concerned that if he busted me just once, it would bankrupt me and I would not be able to put food on the table. He offered $25 per infraction. What a deal!