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Well, it’s officially been one week, in fact it’s been one week and two days since I’ve arrived in merry ‘ol England. Not much to report but here are the highlights.

 

  1. Long, turbulent flight with no sleep. A wet arrival into London Heathrow and short drive to retrieve Artie Munch Katt Thomas-Tague and Earl Grey Katt Thomas-Tague (full names mind you). They were released from animal arrivals with little fan fare which was good!
  2. Long, dreadfully boring drive from LHR to Helsby. Long. Boring. Nothing to report on that front.
  3. The first few days were quite sad as Ken’s long time hairy companion, Buster “Buzz” Tague was in his final days with us. His breathing was very laboured and we spent the first few days of my arrival waking at 3:30  / 4 am waking with him and trying to keep him comfortable. In the end, we agreed it was time to let him go in a peaceful and humane way. We went to the vets office on 12 February at about 4:30 pm to say good-bye. I stayed with Buster til the end as it was difficult for Ken, understandably. Buster went quietly which was a blessing.… Continue reading

At this moment in my life, as I have a lot of spare time lying on my parents spare bed, I spend a fair amount of time with earbuds inserted and eyes firmly planted on on the ceiling late at night. My good friends George Michael and Cathy Dennis tonight whisper in my ears their familiar exclaimations of Love and Longing. I feel about 8 years old again (about as old as I was when these people were international pop stars of renoun) and it’s a feeling not of warm fuzzy pre-adolescent thoughts but of anxiety.

 

You see, I don’t have a lot of happy memories that I can recall at about the ages of 6 to 8, mostly when I think of these times, I feel a great deal of anxiety. In the stillness of the night, I can almost hear my parents arguing in the living room or expect the door to open, shattering any sense of privacy or security. These “trips down memory lane” fill me with anxiousness and a longing for stability. I think these ages stick out in my mind as the most anxious is because perhaps as I got a little older, I… Continue reading

Last you heard via our website (and the last we heard) was that the UK Border Agency had received and opened my Visa application. Since I’ve gotten lazy about trying to explain to people just what is going on with the #UKBA here is the actual email.

From: UK Border Agency
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 16:06:58
To: &lt;<a href=”mailto:K.THOMAS.CISR@GMAIL.COM”>K.THOMAS.CISR@GMAIL.COM</a>&gt;
Subject: Unclassified:  UK Visa application received

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Dear Applicant,

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The package containing your UK visa application has been opened and your supporting documents organized in preparation for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer.

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Please note UKBA customer service standards for all applications are: to complete 90% of visa applications (except settlement categories) in not more than three weeks, 98%in six weeks and 100%  in 12 weeks.
To view the current processing times for visa applications submitted to the British Consulate General in New York, please click the following link:
<a href=”http://ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/other-locations/ny/news/ukba-news/” target=”_blank”>http://ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/other-locations/ny/news/ukba-news/</a>

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You will receive further e-mails advising you of –

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1.      When your application reaches the next stage of the process; review by an Entry Clearance Officer, and
2.      The outcome of your application.… Continue reading

Obviously, I’ve been dilligent about updating my blog since I got engaged, can you tell?

 

If you haven’t been reading thegiant.plus.thekimby.com then you probably have not kept up on the events of the last year. The quick and dirty version is that I met Kenneth online via mutual friends. We “dated” via DMs on twitter.com which moved on to telephone calls and then emails and web chats. After several months of this, things moved quickly and we started talking about getting married. Before we knew it, Kenneth was planning to come to AZ to see me which was almost a year ago!

 

Kenneth and I were engaged on November 23rd, 2011 at the Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix. The next day we spent with my family having Thanksgiving dinner.

 

It seemed like time would never go fast enough and we would never get married. I visited Kenneth in England in February of this year and he came back in June. Since then our steady diet of telephone calls and web chats has continued and assisted our relationship in blossoming.

 

Finally! The day came on November 3rd, 2012 (my Maternal Grandmother’s birthday incidently). We were married… Continue reading

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