Good week!

In the last 7 days:

  • I found out that I passed my citizenship test, and I have a date for my ceremony! I’ll become a Canadian citizen* on May 29th. This means that I’ll miss out on voting in the BC election by a couple of weeks, but after 7 years of dealing with various flavours of immigration hassle, I’m not complaining!
  • I finally tracked down the cheque I was supposed to get in January, for some overtime I put in on a massive grant that had a budget for such things. Turns out they’d tried to just cut me a regular cheque, not realising that I was an employee and not a freelancer, and it got stalled when a different office found a match for my name in the employee list, but couldn’t find my email address. Now they know who I am, they’re going to add the amount to my next pay-cheque instead.
  • Another cheque is in the post! It’s the first of the royalties from a long and difficult freelance highschool textbook writing project that ended in January 2008. I’ll try to find out how much I’m allowed to blog about this ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, yeah, I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself. Neither cheque is very large, but it’s a great start, and means I get to write off all kinds of interesting things on my next tax return. And becoming Canadian is very important to me, so that’s hugely exciting, not to mention a massive relief!

So, seeing as it’s the weekend, let’s have some fun!

We can haz captions?

*well, dual British-Canadian citizen. Just like Mr E Man! I wouldn’t have applied for Canadian citizenship if I’d had to give up my British.

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28 Responses to Good week!

  1. Professor in Training says:

    Caption: “Hey how ’bout a little bit of privacy, huh?”Congrats on a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. ruchi says:

    I’m so jealous of your dual citizenship. Was Mr E Man a British citizen before you two got married?

  3. PhizzleDizzle says:

    CONGRATULATIONS Cath! That’s wonderful! And that last pic of your cats is freaking hilarious! I like PiT’s caption.

  4. Mrs. CH says:

    Congrats on becoming a Canadian! Love the photos of the cats – I love when they just leave their leg up in the air like they can’t even be bothered to put it down to put up with your shenanigans!

  5. The bean-mom says:

    Congrats on multiple fronts, Cath! Esp congrats on your new citizenship!!! And to being a a textbook author!

  6. ScientistMother says:

    congrats on the citizenship test!!! that is awesome. Caption “Whatcha you looking at willus?”

  7. Amanda@Lady Scientist says:

    Congrats! That’s awesome! The first one reminds me of something like: “Wow! She can do that?!”

  8. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Thanks all! I luvs ma bloggy friends!PiT, these cats have absolutely no concept of privacy. In fact, a friend who looked after them one time when we went out of time said they have “boundary issues”!Ruchi, yes he was – he was born in Canada, to two British parents. Phizzle, yeah, I liked it too!Mrs CH, my favourite is when she forgets about the leg sticking up in the air, and then turns around and attacks it a couple of minutes later. Like “what is this furry thing in my face? Get it away, get it away!”Bean-Mom, thanks! I haven’t seen a hard copy yet so I don’t know if my name is actually on it or not… it’s for an online course for home schooled kids, but there is a proper textbook too.SM, yeah, I’m pretty pleased! I can’t wait to be Canadian, eh?Amanda, I like it!

  9. Crystal says:

    congrats on becoming a canadian citizen!

  10. Mermaid says:

    Great week! I will have to think of an appropriate caption, but it kinda reminds me of DH and I when I am working out in the den. He tends to lie on the couch and watch/advise while drinking scotch and watching TV.

  11. Anonymous says:

    That anon@8.50 comment was from me.-Rainee

  12. stepwise girl says:

    Congratulations on passing the citizenship test! It must be great. Will you tell us about the ceremony? I have no idea of what that could be?

  13. hypoglycemiagirl says:

    Congrats on passing the test! Dual citizenships rocks, I’ll have to give up mine if I want to have another one. Not that I really need a new one since I don’t really know where I live anymore.

  14. ScienceGirl says:

    Congrats on the citizenship! I am a bit jealous you get to keep your old one, I had to give mine up ๐Ÿ™ Still have mixed feelings about it, although I know that was the right thing to do.I can see how it is a huge relief – enjoy your new shiny passport ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. chall says:

    woho!! Congrats!! Hope you have a great ceremony and enjoy getting that card? passport? Come to think of it, what do you get?!!? ;)…and I have bragging rights !! woho for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Nina says:

    Congratulations on becoming Canadian! I am curious about the ceremony… Let us know!

  17. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Mermaid, that sounds, um, helpful?Rainee, I actually got some of those for Mermaid last year!Stepwise, I will indeed blog about the ceremony. I know that we recite an oath of allegiance to the Queen, but that’s just about all I know! (It’s very amusing to me exactly how many people assume that I must have already sworn allegiance to the Queen. Nope, we do not do this in the UK!)HGG and SG, it’s such a shame that not everyone can get dual citizenship. The Canadian government says that whether the ceremony constitutes becoming a dual citizen OR becoming just Canadian and automaticaly renouncing your original citizenship depends on your country of birth, and luckily the British government says “yeah, dual citizenship, do what you want, we don’t really care”. I know a few Americans in Canada who suddenly scrambled to get dual citizenship when the Americans changed their rules a few years ago, but my Auntie who moved to the US in the 60s had to give up her British citizenship.Chall, I think I get a card, and maybe a certificate, at the actual ceremony. I have to apply for a passport separately. You can bet I’ll have the form filled out and ready to go that day!Nina, will do!And thanks again for the good wishes, everyone!

  18. Bob O'Hara says:

    *wanders in*Oh, congratulations! Does this mean you have less than a month to find a doomed hockey team to follow?

  19. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Thanks! I’ve already chosen a team, and they’re not quite doomed, although tonight’s game is a must-win.Speaking of which, the Toon-Boro game is at 1-1 after 10 minutes… craziness. I’m checking the BBC site for updates every few minutes, and am in constant email contact with my Dad as we fight for our premiership lives…

  20. chall says:

    Cath> I remember saying something about 7 games …. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Let's hope!!! I will try and get home in time for the silly thing to go into second period.and I really really want them to win. what was that? God doesn't care? nahhhh… they will win! we will do it!! (crossing fingers and toes)

  21. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    I’m gonna miss most of tonight’s hockey game… stupid science. It’s all Kyrsten’s fault ;)2-1 Newcastle, 15 minutes to go! C’MON!!!!!!!!!

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  23. EcoGeoFemme says:

    Yay! Congrats on all counts!Does this mean we get to hear the citizenship story soon?

  24. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Thanks! Yes, I’ll tell all kinds of immigration stories once I have that precious certificate/card. You’ll all be bored to tears pretty soon, I’d imagine!

  25. Mad Hatter says:

    Hey, that’s awesome. Congrats!!! So now you can come down here to visit, right?

  26. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Yup, it will get a million squillion times easier to visit the US, once I get my Canadian passport anyway!

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