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Almost a year in the States

Oct. 30th, 2015 | 10:16 pm

Howdy y'all

So it's been almost a year (give or take a month) since I moved to the States. Has it been easy? No. Has it been enjoyable? Not always.

The actual entering of the country was easy enough. I got my social security card a couple of weeks after moving here even though the employee was like RAAAHHH FOREIGNERS HOW DO I COPE. My Green Card took a bit longer than other people's to arrive, but I got it about four months after arriving. Better late than never lol

I started looking for work in January, but didn't get far. I had an interview for a part time job at a college near me, but they didn't choose me. Then I got ill with some mystery stomach disease for about a week. That was fun -_-

In April after no jobs could be stolen by my filthy foreign self, I decided to learn to drive because otherwise I was just going to be stuck in a rut forever. Getting my permit was easy enough, though I almost failed the test because the questions it asked were nothing like the practice ones online. Either way, I got it and Charlie taught me to drive using his car which I must say was bloody brave. I'd be terrified of getting into a wreck.

After two months of tears, tantrums and near-misses, I got my license and then in August I got my first car, a Toyota Camry. I love my car. It is my lifeblood and I named it Autumn and decided it's actually a girl, so I should stop calling her "it".

Right after getting my car, I started seriously looking for work again and landed an interview at a cable company in Westlake, which is about a half an hour's drive from where I live. They told me I'd hear back that day or the next, and I didn't so I resigned myself to never finding employment, got depressed etc... then at the end of the week the owner who interviewed me emailed me while I was taking a nap offering me the job! It pays quite well and there's no micro-management which is awesome.

So what have I missed about the UK? If I'm honest, not a whole lot. I'd say the only two things I miss are Matt and the food. Like, before Matt and I became as close as we are now, I literally was just going to wipe the slate clean and burn all bridges with the UK :/ but I actually love him to death. He is friggin adorable and he's single, ladies ;) (I claim full ownership rights though)

It's been weird living without my parents. For one thing, it's weird not having adrenaline attacks every night due to my dad's constant shouting and throwing things. For another it's weird having to do all my own dishes and cooking (the latter isn't such a bad thing <3). I love the freedom of being able to do what I want, but I isolate myself too much. Sometimes, I really want to get something like frozen yogurt or a burger, but then my stupid crazy mind is like "NOOOO SOMETHING BAD WILL HAPPEN, LIKE YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO PARK OR YOU'LL BREAK THE DRIVE-THRU" and I don't go. I keep forgetting my old motto that I stole from my favourite artist: You don't have to feel safe to feel unafraid. Like, just fucking go for it you colossal cunt. If everyone was like me, nothing would bloody get done! I mean how am I gonna show Matt and my other friends around if I'm hiding under the covers like "noooo evil things reside outside..."

I guess just take things gradually. I mean, I have a job now and that's the main thing. I was supposed to be Skyping with Matt tomorrow but he has overtime, so maybe I could challenge myself to do something, like go to Menchi's and get frozen yogurt.

Ok, that's enough blogging.

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I'm moving at last

Nov. 20th, 2014 | 01:39 am

So after however many centuries, I've finally had my visa approved to go and live with my husband in America. I'm hoping to get there before Thanksgiving next Thursday.

I think people think I'm kidding when I say I probably will never be back to the UK. Assuming I work full time at your average everyday American employer, I most likely will get about 5 days of annual leave, if that. If I'm not working, I won't be able to afford to fly home anyway. This is all hitting me now and making me get cold feet. I feel like I'm losing sight of why I'm doing all this in the first place and the fear is just taking me over. But then, what if everything goes swimmingly? There's no way I could live with myself if I gave up on all this now :P I've just been so obsessed with the visa process for the past year that I guess I forgot the relationship behind it all, but I will make up for it.

This stage in my life has been such a long time coming that I barely know what to do with myself. I've already quit my job and I'm just chucking out everything I own while waiting for the courier to bring my passport back. Flights with long enough layovers have been a bitch to find especially at such short notice. How United think an hour is long enough, I will never know. Clearly they've never heard of immigration and customs -_-

I have a friend who I've known since I was about 18 and we've become basically best friends over the course of this past year. Well, he's my best friend, he probably has others :P I'm really sad to be leaving him considering we haven't had much time to hang out, but we're gonna keep in contact and he's going to live an amazing life or I'll set his hair on fire.

Time to go to sleep so I can wake up early for the courier who probably won't arrive tomorrow.

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Approved :D

Apr. 9th, 2014 | 10:33 pm

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Nebraska service center

Mar. 20th, 2014 | 05:51 pm

USCIS released their new processing figures this month, and apparently the slowest center, Nebraska (where I was transferred -_-) is now... The fastest? :S these figures are routinely two months old, yet as soon as they released them, the approvals for other people started coming through! I'm quite an active member on VisaJourney.com which has really been really informative and supportive to me throughout this whole thing. I even have random ideas that I want to be an immigration attorney in the future, having been through the process myself :P

I was looking at a practice form I did a few months ago last night, and realised I filled in one of the questions wrong. I hope I didn't do that on the actual form I sent in. I checked over and re-did it about a million times... At least they give everyone the opportunity to correct things rather than just deny them for little mistakes :P

I haven't been able to sleep properly in a looooong-ass time. I get maybe 4 hours a night on weeknights. I just hate going to bed early and giving up my free time just so I can sleep. As a result, I am a ditzy ho at work. I need horse tranquillisers.

That's probably about it for today. Except my alive dog totally still doesn't care his brother is dead. In fact, I think he loves all the extra attention.

Also... Around the time Harry died (typing that still feels weird), I was watching Full Moon wo Sagashite. The song Eternal Snow reminds me of Harry as a result. Every time it plays on my iPhone, my heart sinks...

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Case transferred

Mar. 12th, 2014 | 12:29 am

A bit of nice news following the death of my lovely doggy:

Initial Review

On March 11, 2014, we transferred this case I130 IMMIGRANT PETITION FOR RELATIVE, FIANCE(E), OR ORPHAN to another office for processing and sent you a notice explaining this action.


Which hopefully means we will get our approval to apply within a month or two :)

Oh, I've also started learning some Russian, for when they take us over.

So far:

как дела? = Kak dyela? = How are you?

Хорошо = Horosho = Good

Я люблю тебя = Ya lyublyu tyebya = I love you

Lolz

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My dog has died

Mar. 5th, 2014 | 10:19 pm

One of our two dogs Harry died today. He was 9 and a half years old.

He was having increasing difficulty with breathing, so was admitted to animal hospital. After a few tests were run, the vet said his liver, intestines and heart were swollen/enlarged, and his lungs were full of blood. No bacteria/viruses/parasites detected in a biopsy they did of his lungs, so we think it was heart failure due to his weight (though the vet had no idea what was wrong with him).

All week, the vet said he was improving and that we could even come and collect him this evening and take him home. Unfortunately, after they left that message for my mum, they took him off oxygen and realised he couldn't live without it. He couldn't stand up, was panting ferociously and was just not in a good state at all. So my mum made the decision to have him put to sleep.

This is all so sudden and I can't wrap my head around it. My other dog George doesn't really seem to have noticed that Harry isn't here anymore, but then, he is a self-centred little princess, lol.

I feel like Harry will come running into my room any second to annoy me...

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Update

Dec. 27th, 2013 | 02:04 am

Yeah, should have updated after the cheque thing.

It's gone back to processing now, so we should get a response at some point before we die.

Meanwhile, I'm just saving up what I can before leaving. I also need to go through my belongings and chuck out the stuff I can't take with me. But, I'm still using this stuff, so how can I? ;-; Mum is insisting I do the clear-out now.

I had my birthday two days ago. Kind of uneventful. I wanted to get a new laptop with my birthday money to play Slender: The Arrival, but decent gaming laptops cost a lot and I may as well wait until I'm in America and buy a cheaper desktop with better specs. Init. I've never had my own desktop before o.o

Lol, I just told Charlie and he told me when I figure out where to put it, I can have it. He got a Keurig coffee maker for Christmas from his parents, but he has nowhere to put it in his apartment. I'm gonna buy tons more shit and completely ruin the place <3

After the storm on the 23rd, our garden fence got ripped to shreds on one side. Since one of our dogs loves running away, we have to take him out on the lead to go wee-wees. It's annoying since we usually just open the back door and let them do their own thing. We need to wait for our neighbour to replace the fence since it's his :(

In better news, I'm off work until Monday :D I could do with the extra sleep. Though I've been waking up early every day and then having impromptu naps at about 5pm...

I'm boring myself, so off I go.

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Revenge of the cheque -_-

Oct. 23rd, 2013 | 11:31 pm

OMG

Right, so Charlie's bank are going to get their butts kicked.

Instead of providing him with a temporary overdraft, the nutcase he had the misfortune to speak to instead fucking STOPPED the cheque.

LOOK AT THIS OUTRAGE!:



So Charlie got an invoice in the mail and he was able to pay on the phone. The status on USCIS is still the same... I'll give them a week. I know that this site is notoriously shit for updating itself anyway, though it has been pretty accurate up until now.

Very annoying, anyway. We lost our priority date of 7/10/2013 thanks to some weirdo at Huntington Bank. I'm not gonna go with them when I move out there if I can help it :(

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NoA 1 :D

Oct. 11th, 2013 | 12:10 am

We got our first Notice of Action yesterday evening. It seems though that our petition has been forwarded on to a service centre that has just opened up and is having teething problems. Hopefully we hear back soon. Visajourney.com's timeline app is saying we might not hear anything until May/June next year @_@

At least they have it now, anyway, and the money came out no problem. All we can do now is wait.

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Update on the cheque situation

Oct. 6th, 2013 | 01:31 am

Charlie called his bank to explain the situation and they have agreed to give him a temporary $420 overdraft in the event that the cheque doesn't clear in time. So either way, we'll be safe <3

Cost him $30 but at least our petition won't be sent back.

I'm kind of paranoid that the bank will somehow not actually do anything despite saying they would, but there isn't much else we can do. Thankfully, no one has come along to the post office to pick up the petition yet, so it definitely seems they won't even touch it until Monday. Then it takes 3 business days for the cheque to clear (though it said they convert the cheques to electronic payments, so might come out sooner...) so they shouldn't have the money til Thursday or Friday depending on how snowed under they are.

We haven't even got the first Notice of Action yet and we're already fucking it up XD

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