Saturday, July 12, 2008

59...58...days..

Ok, so I'm currently just sitting in my lonely apartment waiting for Mom and Dad to get here to begin the moving out process (the finale is in 1.5 weeks). I do have some lovely updates to write about as well that relate to Glasgow, UG (University of Glasgow from now on), etc. Yesterday around 5 p.m. my Passport (with VISA!), unopened transcript, stock information, acceptance letter, and mom's bank information was delivered via UPS. Mom and I skyped for a little while and she showed me the visa! haha...(surprisingly we had a really good connection there for a while..usually skype is a little crappy..)

Along with getting my visa, I also received an email from Alisa Boyd who is in the History of Art Department at UG (I seem to be getting a lot of my emails from her now, but I don't remember her official title.) And, for my "enjoyment" (I will enjoy it...don't worry...) she attached a reading list for me to check out in order to prepare for the course. These 15+ books are not apart of any specific class...oh no..this is just prep reading. However the titles sound lovely, Victorian Interiors, Eighteenth Century Design and Decorative Arts, Design and Decorative Arts in Britain 1500-1900...etc

(A couple hours later..)

So a couple hundred (...++) dollars later, I have 12 (ish) books ordered and on their way to home in Borden!!! I'm hoping they'll be on the more interesting side of things rather than painfully dull and boring...but these are guaranteed picture filled books...so I'll be looking forward to diving into them while lounging on the hammock at home. :)

Mom and Dad have just left and I got to see my lovely sticker (ahem...visa) for the UK. It's very exciting! It looks cool, and it just confirms the upcoming adventure I'll be going on!!!

I'll be moving out of Bloomington on the 23rd, about a week and a half from now...the apartment is already starting to look bare...but I'm excited to go home & go to Williamsburg!

Speaking of Williamsburg, Mom and I will be visiting July 28th through August 3rd....and I get to make myself a gown to keep! I'm very very excited about this. I hope that there will be (maybe) an interdepartmental "fancy dress" (Costume) party for Halloween or something while in Glasgow. I plan on bringing all of my stuff on the off chance that there will be a costume/masquerade ball or anything of that nature! It should be great fun if there is, especially since I will have a great ensemble!

OK, I do believe I am done posting for now..until I get more news...or I decide to blog about Williamsburg!!!

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Friday, July 11, 2008

I GOT IT!!!!!!!!!!!

MY VISA APPLICATION HAS BEEN APPROVED AND ISSUED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll be getting it via UPS very soon...that's all. :)

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Like A Right Idiot.

Firstly, damnnnnnittttttt. I got my first email from the UK Consulate in Chicago this morning. The first one was the one I was expecting "we are processing your visa blah blah blah". I was happy to get it, and hopefully will find out I've been approved tomorrow morning. HOWEVER...I then had received a SECOND email from them with "URGENT" as a part of the Subject Line. When I had filled out my application I accidentally ticked off the wrong box, and was not charged the 12 dollar shipping fee for them to return my passport, etc etc. So they will hold my visa/passport/etc hostage until we get them a cashier's check/money order. I got this email 11 am my time and 10 am their time. I called mom in a complete panic and she said she would over night the money order this morning. So I am hoping that they will get it and process it tomorrow....hopefully...it may take a couple of days. I'm going to see if I can find an email to a real person to get in contact with them about this whole ordeal. I feel like I did this to myself....like I caused myself an issue so that way it couldn't be too easy.

It's bad enough that I'm already having nightmares about loosing my luggage at Heathrow or O'Hare. This just is not helping.

I really need to stop stressing....but now I'm worried this will really screw up my visa.. :(

Ugh. I hope I get the approval email tomorrow. :(

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

...waiting..

I got notification that my visa application was delivered to the British Consulate--General today at 2:20 in the afternoon. The rest of the week will be spent agonizing over my email account. I will update as soon as I find anything out.

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Biometric Day!

Well today is the big day! I sent off my visa application this afternoon, and this morning was the trip to the Federal Building in Louisville to get my biometric scans done. Amazingly, it was probably the easiest part of this whole process. We walked in about 30 minutes early, and there was a family there that (I guess..) is moving to Mexico...which was crazy/cool/whatever. Anyways, They take my form and my passport and the do the stamp thing, date/sign etc. When I went back into the room to do my scans it was really easy also. They did my four fingers on each hand together, and then the thumbs. Then they did rolling scans of each individual finger. The print was all blow up onto the computer screen. It was really fascinating to see each of your finger prints all close up and clear, and how each was different. It kinda makes me want to do some more research on fingerprint/patterns/if there is supposed to be any personality connection with them, etc. I just thought it was really cool... the guy doing it was really nice, and everyone who was working in that office was talkative and happy. That always makes everything so much better!! Then I had to have my digital picture taken, and the UK does not want ANY emotion in the photo...so I look like a pissed off sad puppy....whatever. It wasn't horrible.

Then we walk back to the car (which was parked at JCC), and mom realized she didn't have her office keys. WEll the we walk over to Janice's office to print off my paychecks/work stubs/bank statements, etc. That took FOREVER. Janice's computer was ancient and very slow, and it froze up. But eventually we got a computer hooked up to a highspeed printer, and we got everything printed off. Then, in my anal retentive glory, went over and organized everything and quadrupled checked the list. We got EVERYTHING. So then I stuffed it into the envelope, and sealed and addressed it. Whew. Then we left, and headed to the UPS hub in Clarksville. Paid for 1-Day air (that will be delievered Monday due to 4th of July). So, hopefully I'll know by Wednesday at the earliest, but definitely by the end of next week. I'm really happy to have that off my hands and in the mail. It needs to be done.

Nothing else is really going on associating with Glasgow...my biometrics are done and my visa will be here soon!!!

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