|Random acts of Silly doth abound in Fairhaven…|
(You should absolutely read that Oh My in the way that George Takei says it. In fact, every time anyone says Oh My it should be using his voice. Every. Time.)
So it’s been awhile and I’ve promised time and again to blog about the honeymoon, the European extravaganza that was the months of May and June for me and The Mister. This isn’t going to be that post either, so if you’ve been waiting for that, you might as well keep surfing.
It’s currently the end of October which means the Carolina Renaissance Festival has been in full swing for four weekends now, leaving only three to go before we sadly pack up the Dog Barn for another year and start madly plotting our garb for our trip to the “Southern Kingdom” of Newcastle in Georgia in the spring of next year. But wait, that’s not all that’s going on…I’m still working on getting my soon to be former roommates decked out in garb of their own (a court gown to be done by this coming Saturday as well as a doublet! I must be MAD.), moving into a new house, and starting a NaNoWriMo on Thursday. Mad indeed!
We thought that it would be easy to do when we started this sewing project back in August (nevermind that I was doing a Camp NaNo then as well). We planned to do the parts of the gowns at the same time and finish them both before Opening Weekend so that we didn’t have to worry. Ah, the best laid plans…
My gown is mostly done, as you can see in the photo above. There are some bits that need finishing and WHO KNEW that thing would be as HEAVY as it is, but there you are. Beauty is pain. I had a little girl curtsy to me yesterday because she thought I was royalty (“your dress looks like the queen’s!”) so I guess it’s all worth it. Out of the mouths of babes…if ONLY my garb looked like Bettina’s work!
Anyway, so mine is almost done and will have to be re-done before next year. The sleeves are the heaviest part and will have to be grommetted in so that I can removed them before performing mundane tasks such as going to the privy or picking up poop or…amazingly enough…putting on my cloak! It was like I was holding two persian cats under there. Not good.
We’ve almost completed our move into the new house. As I type, The Mister is wrestling with putting up blinds and unwrapping/setting up IKEA bookshelves. It never ceases to amaze me the size difference in our furniture in our American house as opposed to our English one. Where are my “huge” leather sofas?
Over the weekend my brother in law Andrew and his…partner? Girlfriend? I’m not sure the appropriate term, but they had a little boy, the first grandson/nephew for the Dunnes. I’m hoping to see photos soon, and I need to get on the ball and email my niece, the new kid’s big sister, to check in on her. Being a big sister is not always as glamorous as it looks, and I want her to know that Auntie Nancy has been there/done that and would love to listen if she needs to discuss the finer points of siblings.
Finally…Nano starts on Thursday and I think it’s going to be EQ fanfic for me again. My hope is that all of this writing I grind out in November (as well as the past Nanos that have been on the same theme) can one day be edited to remove anything that the EQ head honchos may think is actually their property and made into a fantasy novel that can be published and read by people other than me and my sometimes muse, Mike (who brought one of the main characters to virtual life in game for years).
Yeah, so…that’s what’s going on here. Not much, really, in the grand scheme of starvation and war and Hurricane Sandy, I suppose. But enough. You hear me universe? I’ve got enough for now.
Oh myyyy indeed.
I don’t have much to say today, and clearly haven’t all summer, if you go by my blog here! I’m formulating a “catch-up” post about what has happened since returning from Europe, Simon moving to the US, and our seemingly never ending search for a house in Greenville. In the meantime, please enjoy these lions made of wire and mesh that grace the front of the Tower of London.
Hey, at least it isn’t a bunny with a pancake on its head…
I need for all the crazy to stop, please?
I need to be able to go to work and not get my back up before I even walk in the door.
I need for this insane pulled muscle under my left shoulder blade to GIVE IT A REST ALREADY!
I need for a rental house with a fenced yard and no defects and the ability to lease for 3 months to materialize in Greenville proper or I’m going to end up in an outlying area and be VERY VERY cross.
I need a vacation.
I need the Loco to Stop.
…I’ve got my blogging face on! Well, I had it on last Thursday, as well as my Sad Dog Owner face AND my I’m Trying to Avoid Homicide face.
Daisy came back “home” to the US last Thursday. She flew all by her little self from Manchester, England, to Atlanta, Georgia. Simon and I made arrangements via a pet relocation service to get her on her way, and we were assured of a certain number of things upon handing over almost $1600 to them.
On the day, everything started well and Simon and his dad got Daisy to the airport and checked in on time. She was xrayed and then sent on her way, and apparently her flight was fine and she actually got to Atlanta 10 minutes ahead of schedule.
My friend Joanne and I headed down to pick her up. We were told by the relocation folks in England that all I would have to do is turn up at the Air Cargo warehouse, pay my import fee of $50, present them with an airbill number, and they would then hand Daisy over to me. That is not exactly what happened.
The very very very nice man at the warehouse told me that while Daisy was on the ground and on her way to the warehouse, I wasn’t going to be able to collect her that night because she’d arrived too close to the time that the customs officers at the warehouse leave for the day. I assured him that we’d been told that they were there 24-7. He assured me with a very sad look on his face that they left at 5 every day, and any animals that arrived too close to that deadline would be taken to a nearby kennel for the night and their owners could collect them. I told him that we hadn’t sent any food with her and he said they would feed her. I told him that we feed her raw and further we’d paid a lot of money to get her on that flight and I was not leaving without her. He looked like he was going to cry but told me he couldn’t do anything. I went in the bathroom, cried a little, swore a lot, and then got on the phone to Delta.
Oh, easy, the lovely representative I spoke with said. You get her paperwork from them, take it to customs in the actual airport, they will approve it, and then you bring it back. I told the guy that, he grinned and got to work on her paperwork. He asked if I knew where to go, and I said that all she had told me was “customs.”
All of you who fly regularly…where is customs in an airport? Yep, you got it, inside the secure area where you need a boarding pass to get through. A boarding pass assumes that you are BOARDING a flight. See a problem yet?
I got to the airport and NO ONE could tell me where I needed to go to get a gate pass to get through to customs. I spent an hour just finding out that I had to go on my own to find a TSA agent to get a gate pass. Only, that’s NOT what I had to do at all, I needed to go to DELTA to get a gate pass (where I started, an hour prior). There is something about telling a ticketing agent that TSA sent you that makes them very snarky, just so you know before you try it. Finally, I had my gate pass and I was going through security.
One full body scan later, I was on the train under the airport to the concourse at the complete other end of the airport for international arrivals/departures and customs. I spent most of hour two since leaving the warehouse getting to that concourse and then sitting while the customs agent checked her paperwork and finally stamped it. Back through security (thankfully no full body scan this time), back on the train, back to the car and by 8:40pm we were waiting on them to wheel Daisy’s crate out. For those keeping score, that was four hours after she arrived in Atlanta, and a whopping EIGHTEEN hours after she was put in her crate at Manchester Airport.
My baby girl hadn’t made a single mess in her crate. Bless. I was so happy to see her that I just sat there and held her for a minute, big stupid tears rolling as she wiggled to get away from me and glare back at her box. And now she’s here, she’s learning about being one of five dogs in a house instead of the only one, and she’s taking most of it in stride. I think I’ve seen her snarl more in the past two days than I have since I’ve had her.
A strongly worded complaint will be issued to Delta because that was just unacceptable. Not only did the right hand not know what the left hand was doing, but I don’t think it knew there WAS a left hand.
There is a positive, though…Simon’s visa was approved at his interview a week ago today, and on this past Friday he got his passport and the Mysterious Brown Sealed Envelope that he has to take AS IS to customs when he arrives in the States to stay.
Well…to stay until I’ve had it with my life here and feel that old need to move on…but hopefully that won’t be for a long time yet.
I went across the way today to grab lunch at the student center and was struck by how WARM it is. WARM, y’all. Like open the sun roof and put Kid Rock on the radio, warm. Like I can’t believe this time last year I was freezing, warm!
I was reminded in that short walk of one of the reasons why I wanted to move our family to the United States. While there are many, MANY lovely things about the UK and England in particular, and I do miss parts of it every single day…the weather is not one of those things.
61F in February. 16C. That’s the great British Summer if you live up north like I did. I had to TAKE OFF MY SCARF outdoors because I was TOO HOT. (I didn’t even bring a coat today!)
Oh, and in other news…she’s coming home. Very soon. Like next week soon if at all possible. And then she can think I’m a dork and a geek and whatever all in person, and it will be okay, because she will be HERE. With ME. Mei Mei. Life might be starting to get a little bit…good?
My little girl, my psycho puppy, my sweet Mei Mei who has gone so native she’s forgotten that cookie means biscuit…is coming home to me and Clown VERY VERY soon!
I’m not mentioning anything else because I’ve already jinxed that once, and we didn’t bury St. Joseph in the backyard yet. Mainly because we don’t have a backyard, and we’d have to bury him upside down in a plant pot. And then the plant pot would get sold and …. yeah, I wasn’t going to mention that, was I?
Coming soon to an airport near me…FTH Oopsie Daisy, world traveler and my baby girl. I might even get her some choccie bikkies to celebrate.