Week in review: 2 – 8 August 2021

This week was a great mix of socializing and introverting. Somewhere between taking plenty of naps together with the kittens and meeting actual people in real life. My most important appointment was the biometrical one on Friday afternoon. I needed to go to the Manhattan USCIS office for them to take my photo and fingerprints. Another step towards my Green Card or, more importantly, my work authorization and travel permit. Moreover I needed that appointment before I could apply for an expedite processing of my the work permit – they now decide if they comply with my request. Fingers crossed. It is 3.5 weeks until the start of the new school year and I would rather start on the first day of school as well. Then again, everything for Rich and me always seems to take longer than expected. Like our three attempts to get married. Or our six week delay when buying our apartment. Or in other words: when our lawyer submitted my Green Card application at the start of April, it was supposed to take 4.5 to 5 months to receive the work permit. Waiting times were recently adjusted: it now takes 8.5 to 9 months. Yippee-ki-yay …

|Watched| Tatort, Outer Banks, Scooby-Doo, The Green Knight
|Read| Renovation Spell, Apple Pie & Trouble, Yashim Cooks Istanbul: Culinary Adventures in the Ottoman Kitchen
|Listened to| the news
|Done| relaxed, met my friend for a walk through Chinatown and Soho, went to school for some work on Friday, gave my fingerprints for the Green Card application on Friday afternoon, we met some of Rich’s friends on Thursday and Friday evening, enjoyed a very quiet weekend
|Eaten| pizza, Japanese icecream, Mexican steak with enchilada, different Malaysian dishes, imam bayildi, zucchini casserole
|Drunk| water, coffee, peppermint tea
|Thought| I really wish we already had a dining table again
|Been happy| yes, I took many naps, but still got a lot of things done this week
|Laughed| always about the kittens
|Desired| a few things

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|Bought| a giant order of furniture from Ikea, a cookbook for Ottoman dishes, fresh regional produce on our farmers’ market, not bought but I donated money to different Turkish organizations who work against/at the wildfires
|Clicked| my beloved Turkey is burning – here is a link to TPF’s Turkey 2021 Wildfire Relief Fund; it seems that Jennifer Aniston has a great and simple routine: I Tried Jennifer Aniston’s Self-Care Routine. Here’s What Happened; I definitely want to make these baklava cups: Vegane Mini Baklava Cups

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