Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Our New Family Member And The Trip We Wish To Take To Celebrate

About a week ago, on Monday, March 30th, I received probably the best piece of news of my life. Shalom fell pregnant :)

She came home from the gynaecologist's office with a huge smile on her face...  Gasping for breath, she broke the news to me. We hugged, kissed and cried for about 30 minutes. This was something we had been trying for for a very long time indeed, so for our dreams to be realised finally is both an enormous joy and an enormous sigh of relief for us. What can I say - I'm going to be a father and I'm the happiest man in the world as I write this :)

We spoke about how the next few months would pan out and things we might wish to get done before the big day. As the owner of a record company that runs almost completely on technology, I do want to go on a trip before Shalom's no longer in a good condition to travel. So does she. So we talked it over and decided we would both like to spend another week in Paris, as we both agreed that our last trip there was much shorter than either of us had wished, once we got to know the city!

Ever since we visited in January, Shalom has been dying to go back again, and I would personally like to visit several sights and restaurants that we unfortunately missed the first time around. We both want to be able to enjoy all the sightseeing opportunities... It's a very romantic city, as we discovered before, and we think this would be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the first new member to our family.

In order to have that happen, however, I have to make sure that my recording studio is relocated to a different part of London. Due to some very complex planning permission issues that I won't go into here, this has to happen sooner rather than later, so I really need to take care of it, or the City of London won't be happy with me!

Before we can take our trip, I must figure out how all my computers and related equipment - very heavy stuff indeed - will be moved to the new address. But worst of all, I need to set up my Internet related equipment, and all associated phones, from the building I am in in to our new building in Shoreditch, where we are moving. That all has to be taken care of before my move. I have been informed that my five employees and I must vacate the building by close of business on 8 May. My wife has bought plane tickets for us to leave on Monday, 4 May, so I'd really rather deal with this ASAP. The other annoying this is that we will only have one source of income - Shalom's, who is a beautician - until the move is complete, so the sooner I can be up and running again, the better.

I'm now really looking forward to this trip, but stressed that I won't make the move happen in time. So yesterday I did a Google search for companies who could help with office moves, and I came across this company who offer to help businesses to move their IT. I checked out the website and said to Shalom, "Maybe we can try these guys. What do you think?" She read it herself, then I saw a "thumbs up," and that big, beautiful smile that I'll never get bored of :)

I thought it was worth a try, especially if they would oversee the entire process of relocation, and do it in a way that would result in minimal downtime. They reassured me that they would handle all aspects of the move I had to make, and would ensure that everything arrived - including the new Internet and phone service - in a timely fashion. Over the phone, their IT consultants walked us through the whole process from start to finish. They also said they would send their engineers to supervise the entire technological side of our transition, so that the business is ready to roll the Monday after the move. So our appointment is now set for 10 April, so that by 13 April we will be up and running again.

Fingers crossed, this will all run smoothly, and Shalom and I will be able to take the trip we are now
longing for to celebrate the new love in our live... :)