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Virgin365: day one hundred and seventy-one…Earplug Candy


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 232…Tedious

Day 232: August 27th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Ksexase To” by CReal

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Keep Calm and Drink Tequila”

Anything to Note =

Tedious day.

Seriously tedious day.

Ugh.

I was up early after a restless usual no sleep night – partly I am sure to the fact that my mum and I watched The Thaw horror film late last night about a parasite that crawls into your skin – just thinking about it again gives me the shivers!! I went through bedbugs and so naturally anything about small creatures crawling over you is not the greatest way to make me feel relaxed. How could it to anyone!

Anyway, we had a workman come over early so was up early and had to be out of my room so I literally spent the whole day upstairs at the desk where I can get Internet….doing tedious things….dealing with tedious things! Literally – I was there from 10am sitting at that desk until close to 7pm!

First I spent hours looking for a flight for my dad to come over to London. It’s his birthday in two days so we’ve been searching for a flight over tomorrow for the week so we could be together and there was simply nothing! I mean, I would not give up as I really thought there had to be a way – I searched air miles, all airlines, cheap websites, combinations of planes…the only flights I could find that we’re not sold out were outrageous in price! So now we’re all disappointed. I can hear it in my dad’s voice too. I’ve never spent a birthday away from him. And I know he will be over for when the schmonkie is here and that’s not far away, but it’s just sad.

Then I had to move on to figuring out Stuart’s flight to come over for when Fashion finishes. So more searching and irritation at how expensive things are. I was however able to figure out a way to pay out less by using some of my mum’s air miles. Annoyingly I discovered that my mum’s United air miles had expired and she had lost a lot – enough for two trips to USA and back – and this happened in March when my parents were sick and of course pre-occupied and nobody checked. But there was an option for reinstatement for money so to do so and use air miles brings the price down for Stuart. A little more successful, or we’ll see, but again was not ideal.

Then had to deal with mortgage emails and a lack of understanding and miscommunication with back and forth of emails that were driving me crazy! They kept saying they didn’t have attachments when they did and not understanding what I was talking about, and all of this is from my blackberry as my work email is on there. I was trying to take care of things to keep Stuart from having to deal with it as he was busy at work today, but my blood started to boil….I was already stressed from the day so far and I just couldn’t deal with re-explaining again and again, using different tactics. I had to give up and asked Stuart to just re-send what we had sent over ten days ago on his lunch break.

I knew I needed to get out and away from the desk and soon.

Instead I tried to do as much as I could as I was already at the desk. I have to swap over planners as my current one ends in three days and I have been putting it off! I have to copy by hand all my notes and all that into the new planner – yup, I still believe in hand written planners versus on my blackberry. I fear for everything being wiped! And actually something happened to my blackberry a few weeks ago and all my photos were wiped! Which was horrible!! So I now have less faith in the technological planner than ever! But copying everything is….

Tedious.

Anyway, it got to 7pm and I just couldn’t do anymore. I needed to get up and out and some fresh air…to breathe out the stress of today.

Out for a walk around the park!!

What a day. A tedious one.

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365 ONE: day 217…Destination Baby

Day 217: August 12th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by Bette Midler

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Baby Prep”

Anything to Note =

I just spent hours….HOURS….literally trying to go online to do my 365 upload while watching the closing ceremony of the Olympics…so am irritated. The stupid wireless router downstairs where I am staying is just not working…..ahhhhhhhh!!!

So I apologize for any weird tones in this upload as am annoyed!!!!!!

Anyway…

I arrived in London late last night. Much cooler here so hopefully it will stay like that – although when I went out to do my walking and some grocery shopping earlier it was quite warm….but of course cooler than Greece!

So this is it then.

The final haul.

The final leg on the journey.

No more flying, now it’s…nesting time.

I knew I had NYC to get through until I left for London with Stuart to see his family and friends. And then I knew I had London with Stuart to go through. And while in London I knew I still had Greece ahead to see my family. And then with the extension of the Greece trip that helped stall the idea of flying back to London.

And now, it’s back to London…to have the baby!!

What the????!!!!!

That freaks me out! Now that I am here. On that final leg of the journey.

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Ahhhhhhhhhhhahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

Super overwhelming!!!!

I still don’t know what is going on, despite my super uncomfortable flight from Athens to London last night – the little schmonkie was moving around a lot and I had a lot of pressure, and then nausea….not so great.

This little schmonkie is moving around a lot in general. A LOT!!!

Yeah, still in denial….but I do know that instead of going to bed last night after I arrived I went into work mode and wanted to unpack everything, and put all baby things away into the baby chest of drawers that I had left in the flat after I arrived from NYC, and set up things, and build the foldable stroller my mum had bought us, and read all the stroller instructions, and open the Moses basket and put the changing mat on top of the drawers, and put away all the clothes after folding them all and sorting them by size, and the baby bath tub, and the baby bath products, and the baby blankets, and the…..and the…..and…..

I was up until 4am doing all this!! Amid fighting tears and emotions that kept arising, then back to denial to push on and get it all done.

I eventually had to stop as my back was seizing.

I did too much as I am feeling the pain today in my feet, legs and back. I just had to do all I could for some reason…I get like that.

Maybe to get it out of the way in one go and not be overwhelmed multiple days, although I am overwhelmed every day, so hmmmmmm….

Okay, must post this before something with this Internet fails and I lose it!!


365 ONE: day 185…Will I Make The Plane??!!

Day 185: July 11th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking/Packing/Travelling

Dance of the Day was = “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Paul Carrack

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Mr. Giraffe”

Anything to Note =

I am leaving on a jet plane…

It’s LEAVING DAY!!!!  It’s TRAVEL DAY!!!!

CRAZY!!!

I think I’ve mentioned this before in another blog, but it’s funny because Stuart and I are leaving today – Stuart for only two weeks right now – but we’re not flying on the same flight! We leave within 20 minutes of each other from JFK, from different terminals, on different airlines – me on BA and Stuart on Virgin (which is way better!). And we arrive within 20 minutes of each other at Heathrow tomorrow, different terminals.

It worked out cheaper this way as I had to get on a BA flight to be on the same return flight as my mum when I come back to the States, but the cheapest flights were not BA, so Stuart did one of those cheap-not-know-you’re-airline sites and got on Virgin – so that was cool!

So we’ll see each other when we drive to JFK tonight  and then I will see him again when I get picked up tomorrow morning after we arrive! Strange!!

If only we could communicate across the ocean, thousands of miles up in the air!!

If only BBM worked while flying haha!!

I will miss him 🙂

But we get to save money so that’s a bonus!

If I make it to the plane as still haven’t packed and am at the office…..aHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

So this is my last day in America until JANUARY!!!

For just under 6 months!!!

In 2012!!

That’s weird.

Next time I’ll be back in the USA it will be in 2013 with a little schmonkey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BIZARRE!!!!


365 ONE: day 131…Green Card Shmeh

Day 131: May 18th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Skyscraper Jump”

Anything to Note =

So after checking the mail every day like a frantic mad woman, a few days ago my attorney was able to check in with USCIS to inquire further about my Green Card, and the Green Card peeps told her there was still “no decision” on my file….which means what exactly?????

I don’t know.

It has technically not been the allotted 60 days they said to allow for – that would bring us to May 26th, so not sure why they told her to call back on the 15th if still nothing received – but they did say that they are BACKLOGGED.

BACKLOGGED.

Best word ever 😦

So am hoping it’s not something bad and they are just BACKLOGGED, meaning there is “no decision” because they haven’t even got to my file yet.

I’m hoping….

My attorney put a request in to ask the local Queens office, where I went to have my interview, to see if they had anything further to say, so now we have another deadline of May 31st….which will be just past the 60 days. She also told them that I was pregnant and I had a flying/travel deadline – being pregnant was in my file, but hey, who reads my file?? No one apparently Boo 😦

Anyway, she got an email today acknowledging her inquiry but they said to allow for 60 days….which sounds like they mean ANOTHER 60 days!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! That brings us to the end of June, which is cutting it very very close for me to leave. I mean, I’ve already booked July 11th not thinking that this was going to take so long since my interview was at the end of March….but I guess I can shift the dates of that flight, and the mini Greece trip I planned to go see family, before I returned to the UK and can’t fly anymore…

Because I know my Green Card is the priority, but…ugh…I really want to see my family, and have the baby over there nearer them, and simply put, I need to get out of here as I am just drowning really with not having had a break since a year ago!!

I desperately need a break.

I really need to see my parents with all the crappo-ness that sadly they have been through and are going through, and I havent been able to leave due to Green Card, then pregnancy, then schedule, and then more Green Card….I’ve been stuck! My family has had a series of bad luck after bad luck so I am hoping that I and this Green Card is not part of that, although trust our luck…

I do, I guess, need to make back-up plans, but I am so overwhelmed with everything I’m just overloaded. But I guess I sadly need to think about it…..just in case…..

So….

Yeah….

That’s on my mind! 

The play I am co-producing and understudying for is ironically called Brainpeople….which sums up exactly how I feel right now with all the voices in my head!!