Freeze To Death!
It was 14 degrees here this morning, and my poor wife is kind of scared by this weather.
This is the coldest she's ever
been, and not by a little bit, either. It rarely drops below 75 or 80 in Cambodia so this is crazy
Seriously, we walk down the frozen food aisle at Safeway and she hugs herself and says, "Oh, oh, honey, I'm freeze to death!
", so you can imagine what she thought when I explained that it was colder outside on the deck than in our freezer
I put a bowl of water out on the deck....it froze solid in ~30 minutes. She was almost in disbelief, lol. In her experience that's just not what water does
when you put it outside. It's supposed to evaporate
, not turn into an icecube. It was so wrong, lol.
Also, it snowed here yesterday (just a little bit) and she was sooooooo taken by how beautiful the snow is. She's never seen that before, either.
[hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;"]Shopping At Viet Wah For Cockroaches
Let's see....we also went shopping the other day at a place called Viet Wah, a foreign food store. I'll post a pic of this as soon as I can, but they had cockroaches
packed in plastic wrap and frozen. I kid you not. I read the label, and you'll be pleased to know that cockroaches are "not a significant source of fat or cholesterol
". Yay. We did not buy any.
[hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;"]The Homeland Security "Residency Application" and Interview
Sakha and I went to her PRSI, Permanent Residency Status Interview back on Dec 4th. This is an interview they do with me, her, and our attorney to decide if they'll change her residency from "probationary" (temporary) to "permanent". If they don't, Sakha goes back to Cambodia and does not get to stay in the US. It's one of those things that usually goes okay, but if not, it's big big trouble.
Homeland Security instructed us to bring "proof of our relationship" to help make our case and convince the INS official to grant Sakha her permanent status. Mwuhahahahaha! We brought in about 3,000 pictures, two and a half feet of paperwork, and loads of other stuff in two large wheeled-suitcases. Our attorney met us there and when he saw what we'd brought, he just started laughing. I said, "Hey, they told
us to bring proof, and we did." He said most people bring "a dozen photos and some cellphone bills".
The interview seemed like it went fine. We buried the INS official in paperwork, photos, receipts, etc etc etc showing that we had a real relationship and that this wasn't a fraudulent marriage. It would have been harder to fake all the stuff we had rather than just fly to Cambodia 10 times and get engaged. Seriously. When we came into the interview room the INS official looked at us, looked all the stuff we brought, and sort of rolled her eyes. We nuked her from orbit, lol.
Anyway, the interview went smoothly, and we went home to wait and see if they would approve our PRSI or kick it back.
Today, December 15th, Sakha got a very thick piece of paper in the mail from Homeland Security. It started off, "[span style="font-weight: bold; font-family: Arial Narrow;"]Welcome To The United States Of America....[/span]
". It says her residency status application was "Approved" so she's now a permanent resident of the USA, entitled to pay taxes and everything.