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We mailed out all the paperwork for Vilay’s greencard and work authorization. It should arrive at the lockbox of the immigration service department sometime within the next few days. It is such a relief to have it out of our hands. We can only wait now.

The second announcement is I have a job! Actually, I have two part-time jobs as of today. Neither of the jobs pay much. The thing is I don’t want to get into a “real” job since we are planning on moving in the next three months. I don’t like the idea of being trained at a new job and then leaving them high and dry. One of my jobs is seasonal help and it is alot of fun. The other job is with a great company which I think could grow into something better if we did happen to stay in Ohio. Both of the companies I am working for are in retail. So, it is fair to say that neither employer will be heart broken to see me go since high turnover is a fact of life in retail. As long as I am a good worker and show up on time every day that I am scheduled I think they will be happy to have had me help get them through the Christmas season. You know the one with all the jolly and cheerful people? Ha! Not when they are shopping. I don’t care. I will have enough Christmas cheer for everyone.

I am actually looking forward to all the loud Christmas music in all the retail stores. However, I think after a couple weeks of constantly listening to insanely loud and cheery Christmas music I will change my mind and begin having the urge to break all the speakers in the stores. After all…it’s all about moderation.

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  • Alison October 10, 2006, 4:54 am

    Glad you have found work, even if it is only temporary. :)

  • Cat October 10, 2006, 2:32 pm

    Your fall pictures are beautiful! This is my first fall in almost 30 years…I have been living in Florida for that time and really enjoying my favorite season! When we moved here last year (Kentucky)it was mid November and all the leaves were off the trees by then.

    With the retail companies you work for, maybe they have locations or affliate companies where you will be going?

    I love the name change…Madame Citrouille! :O)

    I am off and running today…I have a few of my hanging plants that are outside that need to be transplanted into inside containers today. It is supposed to have a slight freeze this week.


  • samantha October 10, 2006, 9:13 pm

    Congratulations on sending all the paperwork in, and on finding a job!

  • Pumpkin October 11, 2006, 2:03 am

    Alison, ME TOO! My pocketbook was getting a little light with only one part time job. I have accepted a third part time job since I made this post. We are trying to save as much money as possible before we make our big move.

    Cat, I love Kentucky at this time of the year. It is just beautiful with all the mountains in fall decor.

    Samantha, We are relieved that it has been delivered to the Chicago facility according to UPS. We can track the package online. I am glad to be working again. Adult conversations with someone other than Vilay or my mother are nice…very nice. But, boy are my legs and feet killing me!

  • Julie October 11, 2006, 4:46 am

    Ah yes, they do love to blast music. And I guarantee you will get sick of it.

  • Jessica October 12, 2006, 1:06 pm

    You know that Vilay is allowed to work before he get’s his greencard, right? Just checking…

  • Pumpkin October 12, 2006, 2:33 pm

    Jessica, I know he can but I am not sure if we have to wait until the application for work authorization is approved or if we can go to Cincy to get a temporary work authorization until they approve the one I sent. I think that is what we did the first time but can’t remember exactly. We were told to send all the paperwork to the same address. I know that before we applied for the work authorization in Cincy. So, this worries me a little as to how it will all work out.

  • Pumpkin October 12, 2006, 2:42 pm

    Cat, Two of the companies do have stores in Florida and I am thinking of applying for a part time position with one of them when we get settled in. I think it would be nice to work once a week and get discounts on clothes. One of the retailers has a great discount and I am excited to have it. Our wardrobe is outdated and needs some new additions. And, everyone knows how fast kids grow. I have had to buy all of them clothes since we came back. Thankfully, Petite Clown can wear most of Sweet Bears old clothes. The problem is she is petite and Sweet Bear isn’t. :) Sweet Bear is one big girl…she is tall like her Papa and wears size 6 pants and will be four at the end of this month. She isn’t really fat but she isn’t thin. I know when she is older she will thin out as she gets even taller. She will pass me in height at 8 years old if she keeps this up!

  • Pumpkin October 12, 2006, 4:26 pm

    I called the INS to find out about how long we would have to wait for Vilay to be able to work. They told me that they had up to 90 days if they didn’t request more information. If they request more documentation or information then the time that it takes for them to mail the request and for me to mail back the information will be added to the 90 days. I asked if there was a way to go to Cincy and get a tempory authorization due to the fact that I have three children and need Vilay to help me support them…she said no. Vilay and I will go to Cincy and ask anyway. However, we must wait until he is in the system which can take up to 30 days. :(

  • Jessica October 13, 2006, 12:14 am

    Maybe things just move faster over here in Indiana. :-) Actually, I remember Cedric mailed in the application (he waited until he had a job lined up to worry about this, typically), then went to the office a few weeks later and they approved his application on the spot. But I think the INS is particularly friendly over here.

  • Pumpkin October 13, 2006, 2:24 pm

    I think that the sub offices like in Cincy are more friendly than the customer service phone service. The operators are nice but they can only give you the information that is in front of them. In the sub offices the officiers are able to do more than answer phone lines and give information. I remember that Vilay was able to work after around two weeks when he came for the financie visa which was done at the Cincy office. As soon as he is in the system we will go there and see if they can’t do something.

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