Sunday, August 23, 2015

Summer Vacation Saves All


You know, the one thing I've learned from this whole, horrendous, drawn out visa process, is that focusing on the positive is imperative. I've always been a glass-half full kind of gal anyway, but now, I'm a glass three quarters full, because let's face it if I wasn't, I'd probably be locked away in the loony bin somewhere. That said, while Gregory's visa denial was beyond dreadful, the timing, was actually pretty good.

(Since I mentioned it, I feel like now is a good time to drop this fun fact on y'all - while Gregory was notified of his visa denial when the embassy returned his unstamped passport to him, I still have yet to be. That's right, I'm the petitioner, and as such should have received notification, but someone cocked up and I still haven't gotten a letter or email to let me know. Way to go America, way to go. My lawyer is on it.)

We got the bad news three days before I was due to fly to Dublin to kick off our summer vacation. You're probably wondering how that could possibly be good timing but here it is; we had a couple of days to process the news, and make a plan (of course that initial plan was defunct about 312 plans ago, but still, we had a plan), and for the shock to wear off, so by the time I was on a plane that Saturday morning in May, we were ready to focus on us, and fun, and to enjoy ourselves. All talk of visas, waiting times, separations, or oh my God what are we going to do, was banned.

So I set off from San Antonio for a few days with my family in Dublin, before reuniting with Gregory in France to return to my old stomping grounds, and my French crew for a three week break from the bull$@*#. There would be laughter, and joy, and South of France sunshine, and goats cheese salads, and Zara, and by God, there would be Rosé. 

13 comments:

  1. And by god, you wait and see, there will be dancing. One day, you will dance with your husband again, in the place you both call home.

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  2. Rose cannot cure all, but it can take the sting off for a bit. Missing you lady and hoping things work out soon. xoxoxoxox

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  3. Bring on the Rose and goats cheese salads!

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  4. Yes - this is what I do when the sh** hits the fan - make a plan (can be changed at a later date) and travel. Seems to offer a little perspective. I always feel better when I have a plan!

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  5. Blah, thank goodness for small favors. I can't wait for the day when this is all resolved but until then, safe travels

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  6. Vacations have a way of always saving the day!! I hope your week is going well!
    Tammy

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  7. Sounds like a vacation is exactly what you needed!

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  8. Oh you poor babies!!! I didn't know. You haven't posted in so long and I check back from time to time to see if there is any news as I don't do any other media. I am just incredulous that the green card fiasco has happened. I am so sorry. What in the world can the government officials be thinking? I am so glad to hear you got a lawyer. I really think it will help get Gregory here faster, but hope he still wants to come. Such craziness. I thought you were probably happily traveling the country and enjoying him here. Shocking, but girl you are a feisty one and are taking it well it sounds like. My very best to you both and hopeful this will quickly be settled.

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  9. I am really really hope that things will work out soon. I am keeping my fingers crossed. Glad you were at least able to have a great time together on your vacation!

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  10. I hope you had/are having a wonderful time with Gregory and all your friends. And the rosé of course. Never forget the rosé (although the weather in this corner of France is more of the vin chaud type - wet and miserable.) May God keep you both in the palm of his hand and hopefully, as Puppyfur said, there will be much dancing soon.

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  11. oh my goodness!! i know this was a month ago but i hope everything has worked itself out. i went to san antonio for work about a year ago and i was a big fan of the river and boat cruises! cheers friend :)

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  12. A vacation is exactly what you needed! By the way, I love how to organize your things in your bag!

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