Tuesday, October 7, 2014

checking in


Hi there, c'est moi, Sara Louise! Can you believe it?

I have no idea what's come over me, but I suddenly had the strongest urge to check in with you guys, say hi, and fill you in with a life update. Of course I've given you snapshots of my new ex-expat life on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, but I felt like a blog update was in order, so here goes...

I'm still in Texas, and Gregory is still in France. That's pretty much my life in a nutshell at the moment. (Not very exciting is it?)

It's been 82 days since we've seen each other (I counted yesterday), but I have faith that we're closing in on the Green Card and the end is near (please, please, pretty please let that be true). If it happened for Betsy, it's going to happen for me too (again; please, please, pretty please).

Other than that, life is just kind of going by with me in this weird state of limbo. To be honest, Texas doesn't really feel like home at the moment. I didn't anticipate being here this long, and until things are settled, I can't move anywhere (international moving and visa fees are expensive yo). Don't get me wrong, I like being here and catching up with my friends has been a blast, but as I did in high school, I feel like a bit of a square peg trying to be mushed into a circle. No matter how hard you mush, it's not going to fit.

So yeah, we're in limbo; me and Fifty still at my mother's house, and Gregory shacked up with The London's (not that he and his Bumder are complaining though... trust me, they're not).

And there you have it... limbo.

Oh, and one last thing, Fifty says, hi! He's loving life here having a fenced in garden, squirrels to chase and his grandma to play hide & seek with. Life is good for our furry little friend, in part due to the bits of chicken and bacon my mother sets aside for him... three words; diet dog food.

Ciao, ciao for now my dear friends. I hope all of you are happy and healthy and enjoying life. You never know, I just might pop in again!

16 comments:

  1. So glad you checked in today. I know the waiting is really hard. Patience is not my strong suit either. Hopefully the green card will come through very soon. Hang in there!

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  2. Yay! I'm so happy with the update (keep them coming!) and I'm keeping my fingers & toes crossed Green Card process is coming to the very end!

    mademoiselle-lala.com

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  3. Cou Cou! Sorry things are taking so long but hopefully the paper work will get sorted soonest and then you'll be reunited (cos it feels so goooood). Make sure you eat lots of great Tex-Mex and wear plenty of big hats because you'll miss that when you finally do move ;) x x x x

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  4. Yay!! It's so good to get a little update from you! I'm so sorry that you and Gregory are stuck being apart for so long. I know you had hoped this would go a little quicker.

    I know what you mean about the square peg - when I return to Memphis where I finished high school and went to college, reconnecting with my friends there is somewhat awkward. Maybe it's because they are all still in touch and see each other regularly, but every time I join them for something when I'm in town, I always feel just a little bit like an outsider.

    I hope the Green Card mess sorts itself out soon! xoxo

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  5. I always love seeing your pictures on Instagram. I am glad Fifty is doing fine and I know that things will work out for you guys soon too. I know stupid green cards are annoying (and expensive) but I am keeping my fingers crossed that you can be together soon. I absolutely know the feeling you describe about being in Texas. I hope you can find the right place for you guys!

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  6. Yay, so good to hear from you. Sorry things are taking so long though - I hope you and Gregory are back together soon!

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  7. I know exactly what you mean about trying to mash into a circle that just doesn't fit. My small hometown will always be home but I still will always have that feeling of needing to get out and move on. Hope things move quickly along with the green card!

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  8. It's got to be frustrating and so difficult to be apart!! I hope it all gets sorted soon! We never know if/when we might return to the US. The repatriation has got to be an interesting experience. We have gone back to the US for 6-12 month stints and it's always an interesting experience. Some people just don't get our life. It's easier to turn off our expat life and turn on our American life. But it doesn't make me different on the inside and sometimes that's hard, but necessary. Anyway, I know too well that square peg, round hole feeling!!
    Glad to see you update, would love to see more from you in the future!! ;)

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  9. Sara, I've missed and worried about you. I don't do Instagram or any other social media, so I thought you'd fallen off the face of the earth. So glad to hear all is well: being in limbo is better than...). Glad to hear from you and Fifty. Bet everything will come together soon.

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  10. Glad you're doing well, but sorry it is taking so long I'm with Donna and only see you here, so am glad you posted an update. Hope good things come your way soon.

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  11. I am also enjoying your instagram (especially the dog instas!) Glad to hear an update, wishing you all the best! <3

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  12. Ciao, Bella - understanding fully the need to check in. Oh how I miss the days...xo

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  13. Happy to hear you are doing ok! :) I am in your area if you want to have a blogger meet up!

    http://neatly-packaged.com/

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  14. IT WILL HAPPEN FOR YOU! I know that's so much easier to say from the other side, but it really really really will - and then things will MOVE!

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  15. Thank you for the blog post update - although I am so glad we keep up on Twitter, too. I know you hope to have things SETTLED by the holidays. Fingers crossed for you.
    XO

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  16. I can't believe I totally missed this post! Good to hear you're back and I'm sorry about the green card and the limbo you're in... I remember it all too well. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you guys :)

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