Had quite a productive and awake weekend really. Started each day off with a couple of cups of freshly brewed cappuccino and managed to keep going from there.
Bill and I decided to rearrange the front room on Saturday and upon doing so were faced with furniture scattered everywhere, books and junk strewn around and nothing fitting anywhere, especially the cumbersome TV. The room was doing its best to be unhelpful and both of us were getting quite grumpy and frustrated. (Not a good time to be getting IMs from Ashridge, sorry Melly!)
Then Bill had a brainwave:
watch out Interior Design Police alert!
He put the TV in the fireplace!
Now the front room is just great, lots of room to chase the dogs.
With the mess taken care of we then got cleaned up and went to meet up with some folks from VisaJourney. This could have been disastrous as I had no idea what to expect or who these people were. The girl who organised it had seemed very sweet and genuine though and for some reason when I’d read about the Atlanta meetup I’d wanted to make the effort. Maybe it was the fact that her hat seemed to have little kitty ears in her user photo!
Anyway, we showed up and it went really well. Only three couples were able to make it (including us) but we had an interesting international mix with the three Americans, Nigerian, Singaporean, and Briton. It was really nice to feel equal in the conversation for a change, as usually we’re among Bill’s friends and I can tend to feel like a spare wheel.
Coincidentally the Nigerian had been living in Germany prior to getting his K3 visa and the couple had been in the same situation as our friend Moji. He’s also keen to meet up with other Nigerians living in the States so we might well be able to tie up some ends there. Hopefully Justice will be able to explain the exact process to Moji and give her some good advice.
Had a very pleasant evening indeed and was quite sad when parted and Bill and I went back to the house to spend the rest of Saturday night in front of the TV.