Monthly Archives: December 2011

Happy New Year!

I know it’s a couple of days early, but Happy Happy New Year, everybody!

I had a great trip home for Christmas weekend.  It actually started snowing on Friday the 23rd and I was a little concerned about getting across to El Paso in time for my flight since this area isn’t exactly used to getting a lot of snow, but it all worked out in the end.  It was really nice to be able to spend Christmas with my family.  I never did really get in to the Christmas spirit as much as I have in other years, but I did perk up a bit and get a little more excited about it.

The weeks leading up to Christmas were pretty busy with lots of applicants, but this past week was really slow and it was good to catch up on a lot of things that I had pending.  I also wrapped up some things that needed to get finished before I move to a new section for a couple of months starting next week. It will be really nice to have a bit of a break from the grind of adjudicating visas.  Lately, work has seemed a little bit like the movie Groundhog Day as all of the interviews kind of run together and most of the interviews are very similar to other interviews I’ve done.  So, the change will be nice.

Things are also moving on along with my transfer to Canada.  My transfer schedule has been approved by people in DC, post, and is now sitting with my travel technician who will then create my orders.  I’ve put in a request for a place to stay while I’m in training next year and have done more research on housing, winter gear, and Ottawa in general.  I’ve scheduled some time off in March and April, and while I’ll travel for some of it, I’ll probably spend some of it here, organizing things to be packed into the various shipments, donated, or thrown out.

That’s most of what’s been going on here.  Hope all’s well with you!  Happy Happy 2012!

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Have you seen my Christmas spirit?

This past month has been pretty busy.  In the first part of the month, I went to Arizona for training with several officers from various posts on the U.S.-Mexico border.  It was a nice few days.  I learned a lot and it was interesting to hear how things worked at other posts.

Then, I went home for a week around Thanksgiving.  A cousin was also visiting for the first part of the week and it was really nice to see her and catch up with her.  Then, my aunt visited for Thanksgiving.  So, it was nice to catch up with family.  I did a little shopping while I was home, which is always fun.  I visited stores that we don’t have here in CDJ/ELP or that are too much of a pain to get to very often.

I’m not entirely sure how this happened, but I was really in the Christmas spirit before Thanksgiving and had to talk myself out of putting up my Christmas tree in mid-November, but since coming back, I’ve been less excited about it and still haven’t put up my tree.  I’ve tried watching several Christmas movies, but just haven’t been able to get that excited about Christmas.  Not sure what happened, but I just haven’t been in the mood since Thanksgiving.  I hope I snap back in to the spirit soon, since I generally really enjoy Christmas-time.  The weather reports here say that there’s a chance of snow flurries Tuesday morning, so maybe that will help! 🙂

Anyhoo, that’s what’s new here.  Hope all’s well in the blogosphere.

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