30 Months

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The past couple of months have been fun, stressful, educational, confidence building and scary. Getting married was the easy part! It’s what followed that proved to be tough.

It is most definitely a cliché, but sometimes when you so desperately want to move forward in your life, you have to overcome a whole lot of POOP—that’s how the old adage goes, right? Close enough.

Well, for me, the “poop” was the crippling fear that my Visa application would be rejected and I would be forced to leave the country—and my new husband—and spend a whole lot of time and funds to re-apply.

I’m almost tempted to write a blog post about how to apply for a new Visa when you’re a foreigner living INSIDE the UK because there was very little information I could find. Hmm!

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Well, I wasn’t kicked out of the country, despite my application decision taking much longer than I originally anticipated (nearly two months), so now I finally feel like I’m back to my mostly chilled out and relatively anxiety-free self!

Did I mention what I got out of the deal was a small plastic card the size of a driver’s license with a most unflattering photo of yours truly on it? Hot dang! This little card bestows upon me permission to continue remaining and working in the UK for another 30 months. Huzzah!

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Yes, that means there will be even more pictures of Gloucester Cathedral. You can’t escape pictures of this cathedral! Never ever.

I certainly feel lucky that I can continue to live in this beautiful place. I know most Brits I’ve spoken with aren’t too quick to speak highly of where they live, but I have gotta say—you have it pretty good and I’m happy that I get to stay here for another couple of years. Even if that means I constantly have to hear “That’s not a regional accent!” Honestly, I can put up with that. I can put up with a lot more than that.

I know this because I already have.

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So, what’s next?

Well, for starters, I turn 32 in exactly one week. To celebrate, the huz is taking me to IKEA. Now, I know you may think that is a bit silly, but I haven’t been to IKEA in nearly two years. I have fun at IKEA. Waaaay too much fun. I miss the cheap breakfast. I miss causing mischief in the showrooms. I miss feeling bad about walking around without a purchase, so I end up buying napkins. I may have looked at the 2015 catalogue to prepare myself (honestly, though, I am on the lookout for a new shelf!).

Oh yes. It’s gonna be good.

Oh yeah, and I’m going to be visiting my family and friends back in BC soon. And by “soon”, I mean T-minus 19 days. YES!

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So, here’s to another 30 months! I can’t wait to see what else is in store…hopefully a lot less paperwork and a whole lot of awesome. Yes, I would like that. I would like that very much.

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