Archive for May, 2007


One step closer to the green card

Most of the paperwork is done on our end, but today we got a special bit – the medical examination.
 
The whole deal began by leaving work early and driving for an hour or so to Lynnwood (bad traffic). Very nice driving in summer weather (, crossing my fingers here to avoid jinxing it). Next, a 20-30′ visit, no waiting, simple forms to fill, one shot for me, two for Laura (good thing I had my vaccionation records), and it’s done. Oh, and blood extraction and a skin test of some sort – supposedly they’ll look at this on Friday when the doctor completes the paperwork for us.
 
And with that, we should be ready to send everything to my employer’s lawyers to take care of the filing… and thus the last wait begins.
 
 
So, as I browse along, I finally run into a How to Clean an Apartment Before Moving Out, clearly written with an eye to keeping your deposit and not getting any additional charges when you move out.
 
Sadly, this isn’t as useful to me as it could be to other people because:
1. I’ve already moved out.
2. We did move into a new apartment, and so there was little point in going through a list looking at problem left behind by previous tenants.
 
In any case, we’re at our lovely home right now, and won’t be needing anything of the sort for many years, if ever.
 
 
So yesterday I decided to join a friend (Federico) on a hike trip up Tiger Mountain
 
Here is the deal – if you go, make sure to start early. Especially if, like us, you aren’t quite as fit as you once were. Turns out that the 90′ hike that we used to make a couple of years ago took about three hours now. And if you start around 18.30, that means you’ll get back around 21.30, by which time there’s very, very little sunlight left (consideing the time of year and the foliage, especially closer to the base).
 
The hike itself was pretty decent, although some bits were tricky to navigate (too steep, which is more of an annoyance coming down than it is going up). Definitely the ‘cable line’ (which is the steeper, shorter path) is one to stay away if it’s rained at all recently – unnecessarily hard to manage with the addition of slick mud over the rocks.
 
The view is quite nice at the summit, although it isn’t the very best of the "Issaquah Alps". Very much worth the time, though, when you consider that the best views take much more time to get to.
 
 
Although, of course, I still admit it’s very funny…
 
Anyone remember ‘Neverending Story’?
This is what people will send you when your dog is too cute.