Monday, 16 June 2014

LIFE: When Everything Seems to Happen at Once



Talk about everything happening at once.

Last week was a crazy week I will be honest. What with two trips to ER (kidney stones on the OHs part), waiting to hear about the lenders appraisal on the house and a crazy busy week with work alongside approval on my greencard paperwork well I would welcome a break and a quieter week but that's not on the radar any time soon.

If everything goes to plan *fingers crossed* we should be moving into the house at the start of July yey! It amazes me how quickly the house buying process runs in the US - we're currently five weeks in with an estimate of a week and a bit left for all the paperwork to be sorted. Which in theory means operation packing overdrive will be going into full throttle in the coming week and trying to have a thorough sort out in the process, or at least attempting too.

To say i'm feeling overwhelmed with all the packing is a bit of an understatement.

It doesn't help that I hate, hate, hate having blank walls, and nothing around me. I guess i'm a bit clingy when it comes to stuff, it makes somewhere homey. My home (well apartment) is just packed to the ceiling with brown boxes.

Ah well be worth it in the end.

Unlike the first house, this one seems to be pretty sound and doesn't call for any major improvements - fixing a gutter here, lifting up some concrete there and updating old fixtures as and when. The gardens excites me immensely and I'll certainly be enjoying it during my blog break, plus there's going to be a room for all our vinyl. A WHOLE ROOM. Plus it has some great original fittings like a laundry shoot and tie holders - it's the little things.

That or i'm easily impressed.

As for the greencard approval, well the US and Joe is stuck with me being here until 2024. The background to removing the conditions and about the paperwork I explained back in March with my case of proving my marriage legit. In all the paperwork in all took three months, which is actually half of the currently waiting time on the I-751 form working through the California office. So now i'm a nice lawful permanent resident. Again, it's all about the little things.

It feels right calling America home and I love being here and all the opportunities it's given me from my job to buying a house (could never afford buying one in the UK lets be honest) to all the amazing food to try and places to visit. South East Michigan, and well particular Detroit isn't on many peoples radars, people in the UK questioned why I'd even think of wanting to move somewhere near Detroit, but the city has always impressed me. It's gritty, life is tough there but it's changing, there's improvements, it's all exciting.

Here's to another ten years and whatever else the future has to hold (although it'll be interesting to see if I'm still blogging in another 10 years that's for sure). 

20 comments:

  1. I'm so glad everything worked out with your greencard! I can only begin to imagine how stressful and long of a process that is! Also, it sounds like you guys have had a lot going on-- it's never a good time for kidney stones, but I'm sure that didn't help! Hope Joe is feeling better!

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    1. Thank you - it's certainly a weight off my chest knowing at least one thing is fully sorted and complete - now just for the rest! And thanks for your well wishes, he's on the mend :)

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  2. I love hearing about your new house! I bet you are SO excited about the room for vinyls. And congrats on getting everything situated for your paperwork! I'm sorry things have been hectic lately :(

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    1. Never rains but it pours right?! Hopefully everything else finishes smoothy and I can just relax in that garden for a while and catch up with myself haha!

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  3. You weren't kidding, so much happened! Glad everything worked out with the greencard paperwork, but I'm sorry about the ER trips... those are never fun! Funny how white walls drive you crazy... I actually prefer white bare walls... Well... maybe not entirely bare. When I was little my mom had her house walls COVERED in photos... I told myself I would never do such a thing! lol Yay for the garden! Hope you have lots of fun gardening during your break :)

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. Thank you - I was a big poster fan growing up so my walls where floor to ceiling covered, it was bad. I'm much more restrained these days that's for sure!

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  4. That's all so exciting. I'm glad you got your green card sorted out and that things are looking good for this new house. I love having little homey touches - pictures on the walls and such. It makes a home feel so much more like your own. I bet you can't wait to get started on making the new house "yours", especially with that room for all your vinyl!
    Debi x

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    1. Def, the house has lots of inbuilt bookcases too - so it's perfect to stick in that extra homey touch. And very excited for a vinyl room, just to keep it more organised is welcome! Haha

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  5. What an ordeal! Hopefully everything works out soon!

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  6. Good luck with the moving! July? Wow! That's in a few weeks! I can imagine how stressed you are! I am sorry for the ER visits and hope everything is okay!

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    1. I know, some days i'm like "July is ages away" and then I work out it's like less than two weeks and it gets me into gear again!

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  7. It will be interesting to see if you're blogging in 10 years! And congrats on the new house and getting your green card approval! And you'll be happy to know- or maybe not- but just wanted to share- that I finally got a record player, stole back some of my sister's and my old records- and got a few new ones in the process. Can't wait to share them! -Jess L

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    1. Yey that's awesome! I wish my parents hadn't thrown out all their old vinyl when the whole CD thing got big, they had some great ones!

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  8. Congratulations on being a legit American dweller, that's kind of awesome. And must be nice to have one thing all sewn up.
    Beginning of July isn't too long to wait, hope you keep the stress at bay until then. Oh and I'm going to want to see A LOT of photos of the Vinyl Room.
    M x Life Outside London

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    1. Thank you thank you! It's nice knowing there's a long time before it's going to run out that's for sure!

      And yes, i'll certainly be showing off that vinyl room, although we'll need to be thinking about more storage, i'd love to have my bookcases back (which the LPS currently live on!). Hopefully this last week or so passes quickly!

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  9. Glad to hear things are working out and hope quieter and more peaceful days are ahead!

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  10. Good luck with the house.

    Congrats on the green card....

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