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TESTING 1…2…365: Works for the Koalas so…


TESTING 1…2…365: Balmoral Burn


TESTING 1…2…365: Are Emus Friendly?


TESTING 1…2…365: Itchy Currency


TESTING 1…2…365: Vegemite Chocolate 


365 ONE: day 234…Happy Birthday Daddy!

Day 234: August 29th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Honey Pie” by The Beatles

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Photos of Dad”

Anything to Note =

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my wonderful amazing dad!!

It is his birthday and me and my mum are in the UK and he is in Greece….which in the history of my life has never happened before. I have spent every single birthday with my father, and always made an effort to be where ever he is in the world, by his side to celebrate.

But today.

I tried so hard to find him a flight over but I failed.

I searched for days and nothing. Everything was sold out or outrageous in price! And I mean outrageous!!! Like thousands of pounds or euros – I mean even if you had lots of money it’s still not justifiable to spend such an outrageous amount of money to go just within Europe…these prices are equivalent to flying to America from Greece, or even to Australia and beyond!

This must be a combination of fuel prices, cutting back on the number of planes they have out there, that it’s August still, that the Paralympics start tonight, that people booked holidays after the Olympics ended, and pure poop against the less financially able, like us!!

Poop I say, again!!

So it’s just a little sad today as we can’t be together, and I, the travel agent in the family could not make it happen, so I feel guilty 😦

And it’s just sad as it centers around our financial crisis my family is going through and what life used to be about – just jump on a plane and go, anything for family – and now – when every penny needs to be watched or taken into consideration or justified…and I have always hated money and been money conscious but for my parents this downhill has really hurt them. And they are still just so generous and wanting to give us, give me, everything…and since I can’t fly I know my dad wanted to be here for me, with me, to give me that, and…could not.

Ugh.

I need to seriously play the lottery because I owe him the world. I hate money so much but life cannot function without it and I just wish I had it for my parents, not me. I am the eternal bargain hunter 🙂 And they come first in my eyes.

I’m sorry daddy.

Happy Birthday Loon (that is our nickname for each other, between me and my dad, which I know sounds funny and weird haha, but its Loon or Loonie, or Loonaki – Greek variations of that word!!)

I have no idea how and when that came about actually haha!! But it has nothing to do with the literal English translation of a crazy person or a bird haha! Just special nicknames for each other 🙂

Can you tell I am the ultimate daddy’s little girl???!!!!

My dad wants to come over for the birth of the little schmonkie so I will just have to organize a birthday celebration for my dad then…and get him some big presents to make up for him not being here with us today 🙂

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365 ONE: day 224…Bumping the Bump

Day 224: August 19th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Moja Stikla” by Croatia at Eurovision Song Contest 2006

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Doorways of Spetses”

Anything to Note =

Today I got to speak on the phone with my really good friend Linda who is getting married soon in Australia!! And then just after that I got to have lunch with two of my very good friends Clare and Emily by the river near me.

I have not told everyone I am here or that I am pregnant even!! Let alone having the baby in London and will be here for a little while! I’ve just been so busy so haven’t had a chance yet but need to soon, before I have a baby in tow haha!!

So it was lovely to see and speak with three today!!

We went to the river to have some pub food as it was such a lovely day – the good weather is now in the UK so clearly I can’t escape the heat anywhere I go!! The weather just likes to rub it in my face that I can’t tan or get wasted 😦 So it was Pimms for them and some fizzy water for me! It was bikini tops out for them and my back to the sun to prevent my belly overheating for me! It’s funny as its August so I should be in Spetses on the beach, tanning, drinking and dancing on bars!! Instead I am shielding for cover and wishing it was colder!! Haha!!

It’s also funny as my brain switched to thinking how close I was to the river as have never walked there from my place, and how that would be a nice trip with the stroller for me and Stuart…..clearly I am in a somewhat baby brain mode within my denial to be thinking that! Progress!! Woo Hoo!!

I especially liked the reactions of Clare and Emily when I opened the door! It was funny! Emily hadn’t seen me since my hen party so now she was seeing me married and pregnant! And Clare I saw briefly when I was here registering for NHS a month ago…but I have clearly grown as they both were shocked at my pregnant whale bump! I also have switched, mostly due to the heat, from hiding the bump to no longer doing so, so it is now out there to be seen by all!!

We were talking about my bump (that Black Eyed Peas song just came into my mind with “my bump, my lovely baby bump” instead of “my hump” hahaha – sorry got distracted!!)

Anyway, we were talking about my bump and I had mentioned denial and blah blah blah and that I still bump into things or mis-judge and bump the bump. Which ironically I did THREE times now when I got home!!!

I opened the bathroom door and mis-judged to catch the belly!!

I went around the corner and again mis-judged and caught the belly on the way past!!

And then as I sat down to write this blog at the desk I pulled in the chair to hit the belly as I had gone too far!!!!! That actually happens to me the most. I go to pull the chair closer as I feel so far away from the desk or table, but forget that there is a giant bump in the way so cannot get that close! It’s just weird!

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365 ONE: day 159…Guess What?????????????????

Day 159: June 15th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Anything” by JoJo

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Homeland Security Sneak”

Anything to Note =

Today was my Green Card inquiry appointment!

I couldn’t sleep at all of course last night! I actually had weird dreams with me being pregnant and not a part of certain groups that had all my friends in it! That was the recurring theme of the evening – that I was left out of things because I was pregnant – great! Sad 😦

Anyway, wearing my most pregnant looking outfit, I arrived this morning for my inquiry appointment. So I was first seen by one of the clerks and relayed him my inquiry – that I was pregnant, that there was a deadline with flying, that my attorney had called up to relay this and she had been told that there was a “security check issue” and can I help with anything, or what does “security check issue” mean…

He said my file was with the woman who interviewed me and she was upstairs. Could I wait for an hour or so as she is currently working on something? OF COURSE! I was there to find out and know more so I said yes and was happy to wait if I could gain insight or anything!

So I sat in the waiting room. And as I sat there I realized that I could hear some of the cases that were going up to the window after me to see the clerk – one of them really grabbed my attention…

There was a son and a father and they were filing for their wife/perhaps sister-in-law/daugher-in-law to have her green card revoked!!!  I heard the words fraud and estrangement in the mix!! Some serious stuff! They were at the clerk desk for a really long time! Sadly it was in and out of being fully audible but at one point the officer said that no one could force someone to get and stay married! I wish I had sat closer to have got the scoop on that case – it could have been my live soap opera to pass the time!

Then I got called up again to be seen by another woman, not the woman who interviewed me who I thought I was waiting for. She said she had my file. She asked if I have travelled since my arrival back to the US in September 2011 and how many countries I was a citizen of and if I have ever had a problem with having 3 passports after I said UK, Australia and Greece – nope, never had a problem which she understood as I said I was born in London and my dad was Greek and my mum Australian. I said I had not flown as I haven’t and mentioned that I hadn’t because I thought I was not supposed to – which she confirmed. Can you imagine if all this time I could have flown or something!!

Anyway, she said she was going to look at my file and to have a seat again as she would probably be another half hour or so. No problem, I said.

Back to waiting again – and yet another fascinating case I got to watch! This time it was a guy that literally got up 5 times in 5 minutes to go to the windows to make sure someone was working on his inquiry!! It was hilarious watching him as he went to all three of the clerks and back again. He just could not sit still but to me that only made him look more nervous and thus suspicious!

I was busy watching him when my name  was called again only a few minutes later and guess what???????????????????

I GOT APPROVED!!!!!!!!!

YUP!!!!!!

She said Congratulations and that she had approved my Green Card application!! She was able to adjudicate my case right there and approved me in the system, on the spot! She stamped my passport with a temporary Green Card until mine comes in the mail as it could be a while to receive it so am now eligible to travel and work with this stamp!!!

WOOOOOOOO-HOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Right before my name was called though, I watched how this other woman got up to use the stamp in with the clerk and I heard her say to him that my interviewer must have not got around to it!! Which I didn’t know meant anything but then she called my name, so in over-hearing that, and if that is really true – then that implies that it simply came down to my interviewer not touching my case, not getting around to it!!…since March 26th when I had the interview….so no security check issue or anything as nothing was ever mentioned about that to me today….so all that drama for nothing!!

Well, whatever, now I don’t care about the details as I got it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Guess it was a good thing I kept my appointment and went in to inquire 🙂


365 ONE: day 150…Bad Green Card News :(

Day 150: June 6th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “C’est La Vie” by Shania Twain

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other  blog was = “Bad Day”

Anything to Note =

Green Card bad news today – or just not great news.

Of course.

Apparently my case is with security and we don’t know why but there’s a “security check issue” and that could take a little time to resolve or could take a long time to resolve, and hopefully it can BE resolved. We really don’t know why – it could be a number of reasons like:

– they are checking how long I’ve been here

– Stuart’s first marriage

…I mean it could be anything really, but I think it has something to do with the fact that my name is different in each of the passports I have – which is a problem.

Australia misspelled my name from Christina to Christine.

And Greece did what they do and translated the way my name would be spelled in Greek with Greek letters, to an English version so instead of Zoe its Zoi!

I also think my last name is missing an S in my Greek passport as when spelled out in Greek there is only one S but in English it’s two so it should be Anastassiou and instead its Anastasiou.

And of course my birth certificate doesn’t match any of those. The British passport however got it right – the only one!

I’ve also been on visas for my undergraduate and graduate schooling in the USA and then now on my work visa based off these misspellings so on record I must have a bunch of different names.

I think this must be my “security check issue” as I remember in my interview, amid the nausea and the last-seen-of-the-day-rush, the woman interviewing me did mention she had a lot to do in regards to my names and such – jokingly – but I am pretty sure of that now that I think about it more. So I have a feeling that’s whats the issue or the delay.

If they are waiting for something like Greece to verify me from my passport or something then that will be a huge delay since they are in chaos and I can’t imagine them responding quickly at all right now especially.

There’s nothing I can really do.

I have set up a meeting for June 15th anyway since we were to know more on June 5th and then perhaps I could have my passport stamped if I was approved by then, but that’s before we found out this today. However, I am going to go in on the 15th anyway to see them face to face and discuss. I am not sure they can do anything or even say anything as security means they would have passed it on to another department, but I can inquire at least, in person, and see. I don’t know.

I can find out the last date I can travel while pregnant from my doctor Friday as have a check-up then so I have a true deadline, and then can perhaps make another appointment just before then to go in if I am still here, in case by then they can stamp my passport for travel. That will mean moving my July 11th flight and Greece mini trip, but what can I do.

Step by step.

Let’s see what happens June 15th. If anything.

It’s just upsetting as this is all legit.

Upsetting.

😦