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Stuck

July 1, 2007

We are still waiting. Today was supposed to be the day of departure, but the passport is not here yet.

Yesterday, we moved out of the apartment and into Adolfo’s brother’s apartment. We also mailed 13 boxes to Guadalajara. Today we will pack the car, so that if this passport ever arrives, we will be ready to go.

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No Passport

June 26, 2007

I’ve been on hold with the state department for the last 30 minutes.

Someday I’ll look back on this and fondly recall how I was so stressed out, and how it’s all so much better now. That day is not today.

10 more days

June 20, 2007

I was finally able to talk to the State Department yesterday and was informed that my passport will arrive next Tuesday. This gives me just enough time to apply for a visa at the Mexican Consulate.

It will be great if I can get this visa. If not, I can enter the country on a tourist visa, but it may complicate things with my car. Since the car is legally mine, it will also be tied to my immigration status. If I need to leave the country, the car needs to leave the country also. At least, that’s the rumor on the tourist visa status. I’m going to apply for a visa that is a bit more serious than a tourist visa (FM-T or FM-3) and will only need to be renewed annually and I can leave the country without my car.

The packing is going well. I’m making lots of phone calls to cancel various services and subscriptions. The yard sale is on Sunday and we have dinners with friends scheduled for
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights!

June 18, 2007

I think I called the State Department about 10 times today. Still no passport. I cannot get an actual person on the phone. After making my way through the telephone recording (about 5 minutes) I am told that all the agents are busy and they cannot answer my call, thank you, and good-bye.

On Friday, however, I was able to talk to an actual person. And, I was able to find out the my passport is in….. New Hampshire! great.

Also, today I woke up with a sore throat. I’m tired of being here (packing) and I’m ready to leave now. But, I have this week off from work and I’m here packing and getting all the errands done. After this, there is one more week of work and we are out the door.

June 8, 2007

So, lucky me, I’m caught up in the waiting game for my passport to be renewed. I’m starting to get antsy and finally sent off an electronic request for the State Department to let me know where I stand. I was nervous about sending it out to be renewed before it even left my hands, but I did it as soon as we returned from our last trip to Mexico, and now the delays in passport processing times are national news. Fantastic!

April 28, 2007

I got the business cards and they look really nice. I’ve already given out many and had a moment today of wondering if I had enough to take with me to Minneapolis. The backs of the cards have photos we took in Mexico from API’s Flickr site.

We have changed directions on the moving project and now are pursuing a more reasonable plan of selling off all the stuff we can and taking the rest in my car (along with a car top carrier, which we hope to buy used). I think we can do this and save a ton of money.

Next, I need to finish updating the resume in English.

April 13, 2007

The trip went well. We saw the people we were supposed to see and talked to EVERYONE about jobs. Of course, everything seems fresh and new and exciting and attractive to me. Also, it was clear when I returned that I need to leave my job. So, I am making steps in that direction.

I was talking to API last night about this decision. It is the first time I have been in a relationship when leaving my job, the fact that this impacts more than just me has caused me some panic. Usually I have been alone or leaving a relationship and the decision to leave my job affects me and no one else. Oddly enough, he is very calm about it.

A cup of tea and a good book

March 19, 2007

I just finished reading Tony Cohen’s “On Mexican Time” and am all fired up and am having romantic visions of buying a pink house and having chickens. Reality will settle in later…

We are leaving for Mexico on Thursday night. This could be the trip that decides our summer. If API’s meeting goes well, we may be moving to Guadalajara for the beginning of Fall Semester. We are crossing our fingers.

Many plans are hinging on this meeting: a conference in Minneapolis, a trip to Australia… Of course, neither my boss nor API’s work know of these plans. So, we keep working along like little worker bees, hoping we are making the right choices, that the other side is a better life and holds opportunities that we cannot get where we currently are.