Wednesday, February 15, 2012
On Monday, we got our paperwork in the mail, our application for "Permission to Reapply" as it's called, off to North Carolina. Feels good to have that out the door!
I also called and talked to our immigration officer, the one who actually interviewed us on January 30th. I wanted to see if she could put in her word into the offices in North Carolina, to help speed up the processing..... Well, she can't really help us in that area.
BUT, she was so nice, and she told me she was very sorry and felt really bad for telling us the wrong thing at our interview. She said as far as she could see, there should have been absolutely no problem, but when it went to a different department for reviewing right before they were to process it, it came to light that, due to a TINY LITTLE TECHNICALITY in the immigration law, he has a ban of 10 years. I guess there was a big debate about it between the departments, and she didn't seem to agree at all with the decision that was made. That was super encouraging.
AND THEN, she very emphatically told me that there is NO REASON at all that my husband should be denied "Permission to Reapply." She confirmed my own logic, that our case is so basic and straight-forward that there should be no problems getting back in. (Of course, she also said she could NOT guarantee, but I KNOW she wouldn't have even told me that if there was any doubt.)
So, what it all comes down to, ladies and gentlemen, is processing T.I.M.E!! It is not a matter of "IF," but "WHEN" it gets approved. And the people in Frankfurt are standing by, ready to process his visa immediately once they receive our approval.
This was such an encouragement to DH yesterday, as well as myself. We are definitely proceeding just as planned. I am so thankful that she actually talked to me and was so nice. It was really great.
While she may have made a mistake, I seriously do not believe ANY mistake was made. I believe that through that interview, DH & I were encouraged to keep moving forward with this move; whereas, I think we would have been a little down if we had been denied. The "approval" at the interview also prompted DH to contact his old employer, who replied by saying they will do everything possible to hire him back (VERY ENCOURAGING!!). The entire situation has caused us to be MORE optimistic and MORE determined with our plans, not less. So, as crazy as it seems, I am glad she told us the "WRONG" thing at our interview!!
Running is also going GREAT!! I am doing a plan where I run 5 days a week -
Sunday - rest
Monday - an interval run, either 800m or 1600m intervals, PLUS BodyPump (S/T)
Tuesday - EZ 4-miler
Wednesday - Tempo run, 1 mile warmup + 35 min (sometimes varying) TR + cool down, PLUS Bodypump (S/T)
Thursday - EZ 4-miler
Friday - rest
Saturday - long run
I have been so surprised at my speed, because I am still packing around more weight than I want! I definitely have my running spark back. All that indifference and unmotivation I was feeling a few months ago is G.O.N.E!
But my weight isn't budging right now. It's frustrating. I lost a little, but it's just not really moving like I want. Gonna need to revamp and come up with a better game plan..... Hmmmm......
But my spirits are up! We are moving forward!! I am still shooting for a sub-1:50 HM in May! And it's only 96 Days until our planned homecoming!!!!!
Spark on, Sparkers!!
Sunday, February 12, 2012
YEAH, we are under 100 days! WOOOOOHOOOOO!! Getting closer and closer!
We got everything together for our waiver with Immigration, and will be mailing that off tomorrow. If nothing else, it was something to keep us busy for the past week. I told my husband, God must have just not wanted us to be bored for the next 100+ days, He wanted to give us something to do to keep us busy and on our toes. LOL Keepin' it positive, people!!
Thanks for everyone's supportive comments about our house showings yesterday. I totally agree - those first people were just prepping us for a low-ball offer. I think the most disheartening thing about that showing was just that they were people we know, and I was thinking it would go really positively.... and it didn't.
But like I said, the second couple/family was GREAT! And we are looking forward to having a couple of other appointments possibly this week.
I cannot wait to have this house sold... and I cannot wait to hear back from our waiver with Immigration.... and I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL MAY!!!!
Saturday, February 11, 2012
What an emotional roller coaster!!!! But only 100 days until we leave! Trying to stay focused on the light at the end of the tunnel.........
So, we had 3 appts booked today for potential buyers. The first showing was for the people from our village here. The guy and girl ended up bringing both their parents with. And let's just say, they tried the old let's-point-out-all-the-negative negotiating technique. So, although they admitted that the house was in great overall condition, they criticized every negative point they could.... the biggest of which being that our heater is old and not very energy efficient. That is a big point for Germans.
But the thing is, we have taken ALL of these things into consideration in our price! We are not stupid, and we are not being unreasonable, even though they were trying HARD to make us feel that way. We even consulted a realtor last year, and our asking price is based on what he told us... so I do NOT think we are THAT far off.
Anyway.... The second people cancelled due to sickness, but wanna come next week.
Between the showings, I was sooooooooooo nervous & a bit disheartened by the first showing. I guess I had expected the first showing to be much more positive, since it's people we know. I just kept hoping and praying the next people were at least nice, if not more positive. I thought if they criticized our house like the first people, I would just break down and cry... literally.... right in front of them. I was so nervous, I felt like I was gonna barf!! Ugghhh.
The third people came and it went REALLY well! THANK GOD!! They were about the same age as us, couple of kids, VERY positive, and all of the improvements or upgrades that could be made were absolutely NOT a problem! The whole thing went so well, & if nothing more, it really uplifted my spirits, & helped me recover from this morning.....
I think, realistically, we could expect an offer from the last couple! I'll try not to get my hopes up too much, but I really think it went that well.
We are still looking forward to hearing from the other couple that cancelled today - they are also a family with 3 kids. In addition to them, we also got YET ANOTHER call today on the house!! They *should* be contacting us next week to set up an appointment as well!!!
So, we are going to stay positive!
I blew off some steam after the 2 showings were over - pumped out a 12.3 mile run!! My plan called for 12 miles, the last 4 miles of which @ goal pace. The last 4 were between 8:30-8:35, a tad slower than my goal pace, but still good, I think! I'll take it!
Feelin' better after a good run!
Spark on, Sparkers!!
Friday, February 10, 2012
More interested people in our house, I mean!!! We just got another call this morning, asking us if our wonderful house was still available! So, we booked them for a showing tomorrow. That makes 3 different showings tomorrow.
These people are also from the area, which is a really good thing. See, we live WAAAAAAAAAYYYY out in the German countryside, just in a tiny village. If people do not know the area, or are not from here, they shy away from it because it is so "far." Germans don't like ANY kind of a commute, as you can understand with outrageous fuel prices here in Europe.
Anyway, this is just AWESOME!! I am praying so much over the outcome!! And I am busy whipping my house into shape, so this blog has to be quick!
We also will probably have everything sent off on Monday for our waiver with US Immigration! We are still staying hopeful that WE WILL BE LEAVING on May 22!!!!
I. CAN. NOT. WAIT!!!
Thursday, February 09, 2012
After weeks of silence, and no serious inquiries about our house.... WE GOT 2 CALLS yesterday!! They both want to come see the house Saturday. This is just GREAT!
On top of it just being great to have someone interested again, one of the couples is a boyfriend/girlfriend pair, the boyfriend living right here in our little village! They are looking for a place of their own, but would like to stay in this little village. And.... get this.... his mom is one of the ladies I work with at the cafe in our village! She popped over here this morning, to see if it was REALLY us selling our house (we have been keeping it very quiet since DH's employers live nearby too), and we told her. So, they will be coming over on Saturday for an official viewing, but that whole situation may be VERY VERY positive for us!!
We have resorted to thinking that we might just have to declare bankruptcy, if we don't sell our house.... Our finances right now are just in shambles, and there is no getting ahead! Even apart from moving, we are at the end of our rope. Bankruptcy is not what we want, but if there is no other way, there is no other way. The housing market is lagging here too, just like in the US.
So, selling this house will be a MAJOR BLESSING!! And a major act of God
I'll keep you posted, Sparkers!!
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