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THINGS ON MY MIND
Things I am tired of right now:
  • blurry eyes
  • low motivation
  • AWC stuff
Things I want to do more of:
  • art
  • walking
  • writing
Things I need in order to do the things I want to do more of:
  • motivation
  • time
  • inspiration
Things I am looking forward to:
  • vacation
  • summer
  • reunion with my first family
Things I am thinking about lately:
  • cat allergy vaccines and whether or not they actually work and whether or not my husband would be willing to try them if they did
  • American citizenship and whether it's worth it for my children if, in not so many years, they are going to have to deal with the tax crap that I am dealing with
  • how long it's going to take before the next 2 books in the Game of Thrones series are published and the fact that I'll probably have to re-read them ALL again when they do as I'll have forgotten everything again
Things that never seem to end:
  • the Lego project
  • housecleaning
  • figuring out what to put where in the new laundry room cabinets
Things that I am enjoying right now:
  • being done with A Dance With Dragons so I can tackle the rest of my exciting books-to-read pile
  • watching the flowers rotate through their spring circle: we're done with lilacs and on to peonies!
  • having only a week and a half left of work until vacation starts
Things I am wondering:
  • why no one seems to be writing much lately...is everyone afflicted with low motivation?
  • why the pair of shoes I bought last week that fit just fine in the store EVEN WITH SOCKS ON are now a size too small without
  • whether some of the people I used to call friends really qualify nowadays
 tired
mood: tired
music: Norman & Wells—Dry Bones


Comments
(Anonymous)

OF COURSE IT'S WORTH IT TO GET THEIR US CITIZENSHIP! You mean they don't have it already?? :-)

Having to fill out ridiculously-complicated tax forms from overseas is a small price to pay for all the benefits of being an American! There are a lot of people that'd give just about anything for US citizenship. And anyway, they're just as much American as they are Swedish, and will no-doubt end up living and working in the US one day -- they should have it!

Now go fill out the forms right now before I stroke out here just thinking about it! ;-)

Russell

Calm yourself, spaz...of course they have it already. They have had it since they were born. And if they DON'T live or work in the US at some point, what, peay tell, are their benefits?

Yes, it's hard to imagine they would miss anything. I wouldn't spend too much time thinking about it though, these tax laws are bound to change a couple more times before the kids start working, though I can certainly imagine it's hard to believe they'd change for the better.

(Anonymous)

LOL - Oh! Well then. Good. Glad to hear it. :-)

I thought from the way you were talking, that you were contemplating whether or not you should apply for their citizenship. Not that you have a history of delaying that sort of thing... :-P

Well, I think it's kinda hard to believe that they'd never live or work in the US at some point in their lives, but even if they didn't, there are lots of benefits to being American when you're traveling. It'd allow them to travel to the US and stay as long as they wanted, without worrying about visas at all. And sometimes it's easier - or cheaper - getting visas for other countries depending on where you're applying from. And there might be places they'd go where an American embassy could help more than a Swedish one (although I admit, Sweden is pretty well represented around the world).

But most of all, they get the benefit of knowing they're American, just like you get the benefit of knowing you're Swedish, and you belong in either country -- you're not just a foreigner there anymore. :-) The fact that you have to live by two countries' rules is the downside, as you said. Complicated tax forms, and you can't go to Cuba. Small price to pay, I say.

Russell

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