Monday, March 26, 2012

A Waiting Weekend

Thursday and Friday of last week I called to check on the status of our fingerprints.  Hey, I'm a taxpayer and those things are darned expensive, so I feel like I can give a little ringy-dingy now and again.  Also, our case manager is heading out to a well-deserved 2-week vacay, so I really wanted to give her an update and develop a plan before she left as a lot happens really quickly once the approval document is received.  So anyway, when I called on Thursday, the woman who answered the helpline said that our fingerprints were "under review" and to call back Friday.  I called back Friday, was transferred to the officer in charge of our case, who was surprised I was calling as we weren't scheduled to be fingerprinted until 3/27, right?  True, that was our original fingerprinting date, but we were able to get in early (like, over 2 weeks ago!), which he had not been informed of because I hadn't called to tell him.  Was I supposed to do that?  That seems like an internal process to me, but of course I am in absolutely NO position to question the powers-that-be, so just was a nice as humanly possible and got off the phone.  He said that maybe he could bump us up, but I'm not betting on it.  So I guess getting in early was fairly pointless in the end, but it is what it is.

So we decided to go into denial mode this weekend, and pretend we are a normal, not-waiting, not-watching-every-penny couple and actually have some fun.  Mother Nature smiled on the Pacific Northwest this weekend with blue skies and sunshine.  On Sunday we spent the day diving in Edmonds, which is just north of Seattle and which hosts an underwater dive park with sunken boats and such.  We did 2 dives and they were unbelievable--everything from 4-foot starfish, 5-foot ling cod, octos and beautiful anemones.  It was much more challenging than any other dive we've done, as the park starts quite a ways out from shore and swimming with an inflated vest is actually really hard.  Sunken boats screw up compasses, so we did get turned around a bit, but the entire park is marked by rope lines so we just followed those back.  The advantage was that it is really shallow, and we never got lower than 32 feet. 

So a really fun weekend in the midst of it all, which was very much needed.

It was also my sister's b-day so a shout out to her--Happy Birthday, Amy!


The SUN!  My eyes!  My eyes!


Such a beautiful day!

6 comments:

  1. 32 feet is shallow? That seems really deep to me, but then a 5 foot fish would freak me out. I hope your case manager bumps you guys up in line.
    -A

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  2. That is SO ANNOYING about the fingerprints. So they're just sitting in digital fingerprint land waiting to be transferred on your actual date? Craziness.
    But, you did the right thing by treating yourself to a fun weekend. Self preservation is what it's all about at this point in the game. Hang in there...once it all starts happening it will go so fast your head will spin (that's what I'm hoping for you anyway). :)

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  3. Sounds like a nice weekend. Really annoying about the fingerprints. Hope you hear something soon! Good job taking it in stride. That's really hard to do sometimes.
    -Shannon

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  4. Thanks Sis!!!
    xxx

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  5. Denial mode is a very good idea!

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  6. Hi! We are in Washington too!!! And right behind you in the process!!

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