Daily Archives: May 16, 2011

Fluffy Pink Bathrobes – Time and Place

I love pink. I love a fluffy pink bathrobe – in fact, I even own one. The KoD gave it to me as an anniversary gift and every time I wear it it feels like I am wrapping one of his hugs around myself. (Deep contented sigh)

But I digress (must be lack of coffee). When and where do I wear said robe? In the early mornings whilst waking up the male progeny to get ready for school whilst imbibing my coffee and forcing my eyes open with toothpicks. In the evenings, when tucking the boybies in on my way to bed. Basically – at home where no one else outside the family can see me because generally, when wearing my robe, I am attired in my PJs underneath.

Now, I have heard and seen and lamented on this new fad of youngsters (and these days, not so youngsters) wearing their PJ pants outside the house instead of regular pants. It makes me shudder, but it’s done by many. However, nothing could have prepared me for seeing a woman (in her 60s maybe) in the middle of Costco in a pink fluffy bathrobe and slippers. Our Costco is not slap bang in the middle of town – you kinda have to drive to get there. And it wasn’t 7.30 in the morning – it was lunchtime.

I wondered what was up with that, what could possibly possess someone to go to Costco attired like that. Did she forget? Did she not look in the mirror before leaving the house? Did she have a senior moment? Would it have been rude to go up to her and ask her if she was ok and needed help – or would that have been judging her based on how she was dressed? But on the flip side – I would be so happy to spend my days in my fluffy robe – so comfy and warm. Maybe she just needed that comfort…

Immigration Update – Boys

Last time we discussed the immigration issue it was a very frustrating time. “Bureaucracy is an art form” tells the annoying tale of how fruitless our visit to Federal Plaza was with the boys to get their Green Cards. We left their having been told there is no proof the boys entered the States legally, and that we should wait for a letter from there with further instruction. The letter was expected to ask us for copies of their Nexus cards which would prove when they entered the country. They had also told us that the kids needed to have had a B2 visa, which was total hogwash.

That was almost 2 months ago. We were waiting for this letter, which we knew would come in quadruplicate, so we could follow the steps to get this sorted out. The government works at its own pace and we knew we just had to be patient. We also consulted with an immigration attorney who agreed with us that this B2 visa business was a load of baloney.

On Thursday last week we received 8 pieces of mail from the Immigration folks. 2 per child. We were thinking that this was the request for more info. Actually one was the approval of the I-130 (Petition for the Alien Relative) and the other, shockingly, was to say that the boys’ application for permanent residency had been approved. Without asking us for the proof of entry? Without the B2 visa that the clerk insisted we had?

We checked online – you can type in your file number and track any updates in your case. It had not been updated with this new change. So while we were excited to get these letters, we were a little skeptical. When we receive the green cards, we thought, then we’ll be happy.

On Sunday we went to the mailbox to retrieve Saturday’s mail. The Green Cards had arrived. OK, it was kind of anticlimactic – just a huge sense of relief washing over us.

I still don’t really understand how things turned around and all of a sudden we have the Green Cards over-nighted to us – but I am not going to question it. At all. I am just so thrilled that that part of the immigration saga is over. Next part happens about a year or so from now, when I have to reapply for my green card. The kid’ cards are good for ten years – hopefully within that time we will all become citizens.

Now that I can prove the kids are legal residents, there is a whole bunch of paperwork that needs to get done – but I will do it with a smile on my face. We have been waiting for this for a long time. All told, it took over two years….