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Monday, January 2, 2006

Happy New Year!

2006My green card arrived on New Year’s Eve - what a way to herald in the new year, a new era, new beginnings. We have much to be thankful for and much to look forward to.
2nd January, 2006
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Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Man meets horse

Man meets horseAnd so concludes our sojourn in the UK.
The visa has finally come through and the days of waiting are over - thank goodness! Tomorrow it’s scheduled to arrive by 8am, then we fly out at 11. Talk about cutting it fine!
Oliver has had many new firsts. Met a horse, seen a sheep, breathed in the cold damp air of the mother country. He has now tasted potato, sweet potato, peas, zucchini, and some carrot. Yum. He’s eating three times a day and seems to be starting to wean. I’m feeding him a lot less so hopefully this is it. He is now 17lbs, 4 oz and 70cms long - not sure what that is in inches…28 or so…
Very much looking forward to getting home. What an adventure it’s been.Phewee!
6th December, 2005
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Monday, December 5, 2005

The Waiting Game

Now the excitement over getting the greencard has given way to the ennui of waiting for it. We had hoped it would arrive today, meaning we could leave first thing in the morning, but alas it wasn’t to be. And so we wait.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The Original Greenback

Yes it’s true, the proverbial eagle - or should I say blackbird - has landed. I’m legal baby, greencard granted. 2 plus years of legal process have finally come to resolution. Thank goodness. No more dealing with (I have to say) incompetent lawyers - hooray!

Say what you will about the complex history of Anglo-American relations - “liberated our faithful pilgrims from the mad monarch”, “saved our ass in the war”,”gave us the gift of Elvis” blah blah blah - suffice to say I’ve decided to let bygones be bygones and join your gracious ranks. I was granted a greencard from your most wondrous US government (now there’s two words you don’t often hear in the same sentence) and am free to come and go (and most importantly work - or not) as I wish.

Yesterday morning at 9.30am Steven and I made our trek to Grosvenor Sq. The wait was short - surpisingly so from what I’ve heard - and thankfully so, given the biting cold. The two interviews that were relatively perfunctory and within an hour or so we were all good to go. They will keep my passport and send it back to me via courier as soon as the medical results arrive and that’s it. Should be 7 days, so they say, but we pleaded for expediency, so fingers crossed.

US Embassy So there we have it. My passport will be sent to me, together with an envelope that I “must not open at all costs” which I hand over to Mr Immigration upon my return. He then stamps my passport and within a couple of months the actual green card will arrive. Citizenship, you will my friends, be relieved to hear, is still some years away. So the Democrats are going to have to wait a bit longer for my vote - let’s hope they get their act together by then.

Sleep update - for those following our entrepid adventures. Last night was the best yet. Some rocking in the stroller yes I admit it - let’s just say sleep training as we know it, is on hold for now. The night then alternated between stroller rocking and surreptiously sneaking him into the crib. Today I feel half-decently rested. Nice one!

In spite of it all I am so very glad we came. It has not rained once since we got here - shocker. The days are misty and twilight never seems far away. Mom now lives in a very pretty village and we’re enjoying spending time with everyone. Oliver is blossoming once more - every trip is worth it. Challenging, but worth it a hundred fold. For anyone fearing travelling with infants I would say - yes, it is very hard work, exhausting and horrid - but on another level its more satisfying than any other time I can remember. It’s time spent as a family - and as I’ve said before, this is the stuff memories are made of.

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