Day 249: September 13th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow” by The Monkees

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Urine Sample Bottles”

Anything to Note =

So last night my mum and I finished watching Lost season 6, the final season, that I had bought on DVD for her.

I LOVED Lost – it was a great series and even though I caught on late and had to watch the first three seasons in one go, which I did in less than a week!! It was one of the best shows I had ever seen.

There was no way I could watch it live though and have to wait a full week to wait for the next episode, especially with the cliffhangers at the end of each episode…I don’t know how anyone can wait a whole week to see what happens next with any show really!! It’s sooooo annoying! But even more so with Lost!

I would try though sometimes to watch it live as everyone would talk about it the next day so it was hard not to get any spoilers, but my schedule hardly allowed me to keep up, so for some of the seasons I waited for the DVD, some I watched on ABC.com as they would become available the next day after airing live, and some I would watch live with friends….but we were usually drunk before meeting up so then had to watch it again as had no clue what happened!! 🙂

And, if people know me…any chatting during shows or movies or anything results in me getting annoyed and pausing on remote, or rewinding back to re-watch…as I take them very seriously!! Haha! I recognize my crazy but I can’t help it!!

My mum is the most annoying as she will randomly chat about something that has nothing to do with what’s she’s watching or she asks questions that either just happened or will happen….and all she has to do is watch!! And with Lost, when everything is crucial information….there is always a lot of pausing!!!!

It has become a ritual with us with Lost. Since my mum and I watched the first three seasons together over a week one Christmas holidays years ago as everyone was raving about it, every year since then I would buy her the next season on DVD to watch over the Christmas holidays. I would have already watched it, depending on how much time I had, but we would addictively sit and watch the whole season in just a few days. And people who had no interest, like my dad, would have to watch something else. Although with my dad it worked out well as he would go to bed earlier anyway or want to watch the news. But then when Stuart came into my life and started to come with us for Christmas I then had to get him on the same page in order to be included!! So he had to catch up before he came out the first time and had to watch I think three or four seasons in one go too! I know – we are crazy!! But otherwise he would be left out!! So I watched a bit of the catching up with him too…which was so interesting to do with all the knowledge I already had.

Anyway, Lost ended a while ago, and I had bought the last season, season 6, when it did, ready for my mum and Stuart to watch….but then that Christmas was split with me in London with my parents and Stuart in Redhill with his….so we waited. And then this last Christmas I couldn’t leave the country due to my Green Card application and my parents fell ill and could not travel…so then again it could not happen.

So it’s been a waiting game….and naturally, and I don’t blame them, people sort of gave up. It had been so long that Stuart lost interest and didn’t care any more and then my mum sort of did the same. Which I found sad as a true Lost fan!

I had watched the final season of Lost, all 16 episodes in ONE DAY, on the day of the finale, as I had to catch up on the whole season to make it in time for the live two hour finale event that evening!! And it was an emotional whirlwind of crazy!! So I had always wanted to watch it again when I had time and could really pay attention and see how I felt and be able to interpret the ending properly.

So I have been waiting to watch this last season again…and since it has been a ritual with my mum and Stuart, I didn’t want to be a poop and watch it without them…so I have been holding out….and it just never happened!

Anyway, I thought it would be a good idea to bring with me now since I would be gone for 6 months from NYC and may be a good time to make the others watch with me perhaps??? And then I realized that it had to be watched now, before the baby, as apparently I will have no life after the baby haha!! So….since Stuart said be didn’t care…I made my mum and I watch a few episodes every day on a pre-baby arrival rush, and we just finished last night!! (Don’t worry Stuart, if you want to watch it, which I think you should, I will gladly see it again with you!!)

I have to say it was hard because it had been years since season 5, so remembering all that info and complexities and then having to explain to my mum, was quite taxing! As well of course as my pausing and rewinding constantly because she was soooooo annoying!! So it did take us longer to get through…but it was GREAT!!!

What a great show! And what a shame really that it is over.

I was quite surprised with how I felt at the end this time. And how my mum and I interpreted it….can discuss properly now with my Lost buddies!! Since I was so out of it that one single day of watching them all!

My two friends Paloma and Brianna said they wanted to watch the whole of Lost again, from the beginning…we said in one weekend, but that would be quite the feat….although I kind of want to do it that way as it would be an amazing challenge…so let’s do it!

Anyone else want to join us???

Stuart…you can watch the little one until we get to season 6 and then you can join in, right???? Or the little monkey can be the youngest Lost fan and watch the whole thing with us! 🙂


365 ONE: day 225…Stress Rant

Day 225: August 20th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Brown Girl In The Ring” by Bonny M

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

Anything to Note =

Not such a good day today.


Emotions running high – me and my mum – with me trying to save money and trying to figure out ways to not buy certain items twice, and then both of us getting sad when I mentioned that NYC really is our home base, which implied to my mum that that was home….when really I want it to be half and half….half of our time in USA and half of our time in Europe….and she thinks I’m being unrealistic. And you know I don’t know. It made us both sad. But home is where my family is, and I want to be closer and can I not make it work as I can legally work in both USA and UK, and wanted to be transatlantic as my goal anyway, before baby was in the picture….and apparently I don’t realize how hard it is going to be, but I believe there has to be a way to make it all work….and, I don’t want to be away from family – I’ve been away since I went to boarding school at 13 which is why I am here now. And my green card was to enable me to be able to work transatlantic with acting and be more flexible and it took my 12 years to get! But I can’t leave for more than 6 months or something at a time on that and we are buying an apartment in NYC now with all our money….and….my mum says I don’t understand how money weighs into the lifestyle I want and I know it’s going to be tough but want to be able to fly my parents out to NYC to be with us too if I can, and help out with their financial crisis situation. And I’m sure the emotions within me are high also because I’m tired and pregnant and scared and…


That was a rant.

And that’s just a taste of it!!

I could have gone on and on with what is boiling inside of me.

We’re both stressed – me and my mum – with life around us that is not so great, outside of the baby world.

And I have to be strong to keep the rest of the family up.

And now I feel I let my guard down for a second and perhaps put a crack in the perfect distracting baby world where my mum could live in quite happily for now. So on top of it all I also now feel guilty. Because I do want to be here and America is what I associate with work, and she was just so quick to jump on the sad element to America and how far away it is, and how far away I have been since the year 2000! And now will have a little baby that will also be far away from her.

And that makes me really sad.

And I don’t know what to do really. How to rectify it. How to make it better. How to prove to her and me that I will find a way to be transatlantic – for real.

I have to.

365 ONE: day 198….Farewell Until September :(

Day 198: July 24th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking and Squats

Dance of the Day was = “Sure Feels Good” by Ultrabeat vs Darren Styles

Improvised Acting Video I upload to my other blog was = “Silent Head Bang”

Anything to Note =

Today was a hard day.

I left the UK for Greece to go see my family and help them out with the hard times and moving and packing and the crappo-ness for a few days before I cannot fly again.

And I have not seen my parents since the NYC wedding as have not been able to leave the country due to my green card process….sadly even when both of my parents fell ill at different times. That has been tough and sad and so of course could not wait to see them.


I also had to leave Stuart.

And I know Stuart goes back to NYC Thursday so leaving today is just two days before that but it was the cheapest flight when I booked and I had to get out here.


I had to say goodbye to him at the airport this morning as I will not be seeing him until after Fashion work, which is past September 15th at least.


That is so far away. It’s a little unbelievable but the emotions still set in a bit as I hugged him and kissed him bye for two months.

Two months.

That’s odd.

I did not want to leave. I did not want to go through security. I kept turning back to blow a kiss or say bye or wave. It was so hard.

So this part goes out to him….

I just want you to know Stuart that I love you.

So much.

I miss you already Stuart.

A lot.



365 ONE: day 168…A Little Gift From The USCIS Fairy…

Day 168: June 24th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking/Mini Golf

Dance of the Day was = “Be My Lover” by La Bouche

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Green Card Holder”

Anything to Note =

I just got back from being up at Lake Placid for a wedding.

So tired.

It’s so humid here.

So many things to do.


I came home to something so wonderful waiting for me in the mail…




So much for them telling me they were backlogged!!

So much for them telling me to be patient and that I may not get it for 6 months!!

Even the notice that came in the mail said it would take three weeks…but this was literally less than TEN DAYS!!!

Anyway, amazing!

I was fully expected to figure out how to get it to me after I had left the country, and writing a letter of authorization for Stuart to carry it on him etc…

And now there is no need for that 🙂

WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

365 ONE: day 166…Sweaty Medal Today!

Day 166: June 22nd, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)” by Quindon Tarver

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Office Gardening”

Anything to Note =

Today takes the sweat medal!!!!!!!!!!

I thought it was supposed to actually die down today, but nope!

I had to be up early as driving to Lake Placid today for our friend’s wedding tomorrow, and had to go to work first, so of course the 365 had to be done early. I was so hot so I took a shower this morning as I was also so tired so thought it would be a good wake-up. It was so hot here that the electricity was going in and out all, night. Our crappy air conditioner would be on and then you could hear it fade down and pumping lower, then surge suddenly back up! And this air conditioner already has trouble cooling down the room the poor little old thing!

Anyway, that was annoying so naturally didn’t get much sleep – but do I ever???? Ugh.

So I was super hot when I got up and took a cold shower – which was nice while it lasted! But then I had to rub belly oil on and moisturizer so my half hour 365 walk after to the subway this morning was disgusting!!

I was talking to my dad as I walked and when I pulled the phone away there was a thick layer of white on my screen from where the moisturizer had rubbed off my face!! Nasty!!

Hopefully up at Lake Placid its cooler…..please!!

This summer is just soooooo hot! Thank god my Green Card got approved (got the approval notices in the mail last night so its official!!!!) so I can hopefully be in a less hot and less friggin’ humid environment. The UK seems to fit that bill – although trust my luck and they have a super hot and humid summer or something this year!!!

This here is NOT preggo weather!

I’ve been offered a seat a few times on the subway now – preggo alert! Especially in this hot weather where I also can’t wear my usual layers to cover the bubbling bump 🙂 And as much as I would love to sit down I can’t, or rather I’m not allowed. But I’m starting to feel bad actually. I say

“No, thank you.”

And I see their faces look at me as if I’m crazy or mad or something, as most of them repeat with,

“Are you sure??”

And then I feel guilty as I feel like they are thinking I’m being a bad mother by not resting!!!



365 ONE: day 160…Got Me A Green Card Journey :)

Day 160: June 16th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Fascinating Rhythm” by Ella Fitzgerald

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Drunk Much???”

Anything to Note =

I still can’t believe I got approved for my Green Card yesterday!!!!

WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!


It only took me 12 years haha!!!!

That’s crazy – I have been in the USA since the year 2000 when I went to Middlebury College in Vermont! And the journey began…

So, it’s been…

~ undergraduate degrees in Vermont on a student visa for three and a half years (as I graduated early hehe!)

~ one year in Maryland/DC on my first OPT work visa that’s a visa granted after any degree work in the USA to work in your fields after your studies are complete

~ graduate degree in NYC for three years on another student visa

~ another one year on an OPT work visa where I stayed in NYC

~ first two-year work visa on my Australian passport (previous student and OPT visas were on my Greek passport) as discovered the E3 work visa available for Australian nationals – thank you Mummy for being Australian! And also registering me at birth for an Australian passport so I could be eligible!

~ another two-year E3 work visa in NYC, making that a total of four years on this type of visa for work

And then….

~ the GREEN CARD!!!

So… it only took 6 VISAS to get here haha 🙂

12 years and 6 visas later haha 🙂


12 years, 6 visas and 1 HUSBAND to get it!! HAHA!!!! Ain’t that the truth 🙂

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???????????????????



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!!!


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 153…Bubbles are Baby KICKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Day 153: June 9th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Canto Di Orfeo” by Espirito

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Pregnancy Belly Dance”

Anything to Note =

I had my doctors check up appointment yesterday where we discovered a few things….

1). I indeed have gained a lot of weight as I predicted and definitely need to stop reaching for carbs even though they make me feel less nauseous 😦 Have to figure out a way to deal with that as am a heffa!!!!!

2).  Stuart got to finally see the little schmonkey on the ultrasound as he has never been able to make any of my appointments to see that – he has only heard the heartbeat – so he finally got to see how active and naughty the little one is, with his constant moving around!! We couldn’t get a face photo, only profiles as he was again misbehaving!!

3). I found out that I can actually fly later internationally than I thought with a doctor’s note, so that gives us a little more time for the green card to arrive before my absolute deadline of flying. It will mean later than the already booked July 11th if the green card doesn’t arrive by then, but now I know what I am dealing with in terms of timeframe for how late my flights can be if I have to change them. It’s so much later than I thought – granted he said it will be uncomfortable for me but I will take it if it means being able to be in the UK with family and be on the NHS. I actually thought the airlines had rules with cut off dates but the doctor said that’s not true – you just need a doctor’s note. I mean they don’t want you to give birth on the plane of course, so thats why a note is required – but it sounds like the absolute deadline is at 8 months! Anyway, good to know.




4). The “bubbles” I am feeling in my belly are KICKS!! I mean I kind of gathered that but they feel like bubbles as the baby is not big enough to kick stronger or bigger and of course I am in denial!! But, when I have a moment to lie down, usually not until late at night as so busy, I can feel and see my belly bounce from the “bubbles”!! I made Stuart put his hand on there the other day and he could feel them and said they must be kicks but I was like – no, no, they are bubbles!! I am still calling them bubbles even though the doctor thought I was crazy yesterday – in denial!!! It’s weird if I think that it’s the baby that’s inside me kicking!!! That freaks me out!!!!

So anyway, now I have to come to terms with the fact that it’s not “bubbles” or it is but they are “baby bubbles” and not gas haha! I mean, I know it’s the baby….baby steps…mama needs baby steps to come face to face with reality!! Baby steps…or baby kicks haha!

I’ll get there.

I need the little one to get bigger and give me a big kick or two to knock some sense into me!!

As I just wrote that I got a little “bubble” haha!! 🙂

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.




365 ONE: day 139…Who Has A Moo-Moo?

Day 139: May 26th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Give It 2 Me” by Madonna

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Tennis Match”

Anything to Note =

It’s one of those days…you have a shower and then boom you’re drenched again it’s so hot, and you haven’t even left the house yet!! I have to carry props today too of course in this heat mania! It’s the humidity that’s going to kill me – and its only May!!

Holy Crappo!!

That’s part of the reason I hope to get out and have the baby in London as this will be horrendous here if I have to stay as its going to be such a hot summer at the rate it’s going! UGH! It’s going to be miserable pregnant here!!

AHHHHHH!! Please Green Card come before I can no longer fly!!!

I’m also in that in between phase too where I feel like I do still need to cover the bump, which is there, because I still feel like I’m in the “unsure if she’s pregnant or just fat” area! And still in denial, I know I know!

I have lots of baggy clothes so that’s not the issue, although you can still see the bump, but I need to wear layers too under as in my office and in rehearsal it gets cold – so I can’t win in this dire heat!! All the baggy clothes that are the lightest for this heat are super huge too so I look even bigger, but frankly I don’t care in this heat!

It’s just too hot!!