Thursday, March 23, 2006,3:30 PM
Ready, steady.... GO!

magic sphere
Originally uploaded by sunshinecity.
ok so it's spring time.. (or so the calendar says.... we just had hail about 5 mins ago!) so I've decided to renovate the wallpaper...
As you can see I've added a few thigns here and there on my blog page... there's a new shout box, a link to my photo gallery and even a poll!! Soooo.... what are you guys waiting for?
Get busy, start playing the game, visit my links and be active!!!!
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Wednesday, March 22, 2006,12:16 PM

Artist: Doors Down Lyrics
Song: Here Without You

A hundred days had made me older
since the last time that I've saw your pretty face

A thousand lights had made me colder
and I don’t think I can look at this the same

But all the miles that separate
They disappear now when I’m dreaming of your face

I’m here without you baby
but you're still on my lonely mind
I think about you baby
and I dream about you all the time
I’m here without you baby
but you're still with me in my dreams
And tonight it’s only you and me

The miles just keep rollin'
as the people leave their way to say hello
I've heard this life is overrated
but I hope that it gets better as we go

I’m here without you baby
but you're still on my lonely mind
I think about you baby
and I dream about you all the time
I’m here without you baby
but you're still with me in my dreams
And tonight girl it’s only you and me

Everything I know,
and anywhere I go
it gets hard but it won’t take away my love
And when the last one falls,
when it’s all said and done
it get hard but it won’t take away my love

I’m here without you baby
but you're still on my lonely mind
I think about you baby
and I dream about you all the time
I’m here without you baby
but you're still with me in my dreams
And tonight girl it’s only you and me
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Tuesday, March 21, 2006,6:15 PM
Rollercoaster ride
Up and down and all around. Sometimes that's how I feel.
Move forward one step, then back three....
Sometimes I think I like to find thigns to complain about, when maybe there really isn't anything to actually be pissed about.
Other times I think that I'm put to test, see how far my patience can go... see how far the rubber band will stretch before it snaps.

I'm trying to understand, really I am... but sometimes I just want to be made part of something, rather than be put aside while someone else decides what to do or where to go, make sense?
No... I know it doesn't. It does to me though. That's all that matters for now, I guess.
I wanna vent, but can't.

Sometimes I wish I had an identical twin... someone just like me, to talk to, who would totally and completely understand my standpoint... someone to tell me that I was right, someone to tell me that I wasn't completely selfish.

I was just told to smile.... HA! It's so easy to make me smile really...
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Friday, March 17, 2006,10:43 AM
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

green goods to portugal
Originally uploaded by girlhula.
Ok... so I never used to celebrate this holiday... but seeing as how my fiance is from Irish heritage, I've sort of adopted this holiday as my own.
Ok... fine I'll admit it, it's just another excuse to drink!
Hell... who ever knows me well, knows that's a lie!! Let's just say that drinking and me never really were more than just acquaintances! It's not that I'm against drinking, but I don't care for it too much, besides the one cocktail every so rarely..

So anyways... I found this awsome picture and all this green made me think of St. Patty's day, so....

Have a great day all and don't get too trashed!!
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Wednesday, March 15, 2006,2:37 AM
Episode 532 of the soap-opera "These are the days of sunshinecity's life" - season five
Honestly... I feel like my life resembles a soap opera more and more every day!
Ok, maybe not all of it.... but the Visa Saga seems to be never ending.... just like those soap operas that last like 15 years!

Ok so... these past few days have seen the visa saga turn around and change so many times it was hard to keep track.
Let me try and give you the recap....

This all started off Saturday... Lately I have been shopping for wedding dresses, seeing as we were figuring I'd be getting my visa by this summer and have the wedding in September. I pretty much think I've found the dress I want, so I asked my mom if she thought it was the case to go ahead and call them to fix an appointment to take my measurements and start the whole "I'm buying my wedding dress" process. So my mom says to me... "Do you think it's wise at this point to go ahead and buy it? What if this visa takes longer than you think? What if it takes up to a year?" - She stunned me.... I was litereally appauled by the mere idea this could be anywhere close to true. I was furious at the thought! More so... I was furious at the fact she could even think such a thing! That had to be complete and utter crap!! There was NO way in hell it was gonna take that long.... noooo way!
I had to find out more... I had to prove her wrong!
So what more could I do that browse the net. It was a saturday so of course the USCIS office was closed... (yeah that's the immigration services office.. a place I have grown to despise.... but shush or they'll never let me in the country!). There was no way I was going to get live real uptodate information at that point... all I could do was try and search and find something that would give me a rough idea of how long this procedure usually takes.

So off I go... browsing away.... (I have this HUGE folder in my favoruites folder, called "VISA INFO". There are more pages bookmarked in there than the police department has records on file, I'm willing to bet!
Anyways... I find this cool new page which says that it gives live real time updates on processing times and dates for each specific branch and for each specific application sent in.
So I punch in the required specifics... and wait for the browser to work its magic.
Surely enough there it is.... the truth is right there in front of my very eyes:

"For the application 'so and so' we are currently processing applications submitted dec 21st 2005". Excooooooze me??!!? Come again?!!??
Yeah, you heard me.... dec 21st. That means that they are about 3 months behind schedule.... meaning that I have to wait about another two months before they even pick up my application!!
"Ok breathe..." That's the first thing I try to say to myself. Panic, dispair.... I'm going to rip my hair out in a minute, then I think I'm going to bring the walls down with my screaming. What good is that for, did I hear you ask?? Nothing... absolutely sweet nothing, nada, zilch, zip, niente... soo? But it feels oh so good to releave some built up anger. Oh yes I was pissed indeed!!!

After doing my own CPR on myself, I figure there has to be some way around this.
I know of a friend who married in her country and then when moved to the US, she told me her visa only took her about three months total. Yet I was told that once the USCIS office gets my application, it takes about another 3 months to approve it and send it to the US embassy here in Italy... so that's 6 months right there!!
"Ok, wait.... " me thinks... "maybe if we marry in Italy the process is faster, maybe the waiting time for THAT type of visa application is faster, seeing as we're already married". Great thinking Alex!! There's the solution!!! We'll just have to marry here! We can get it done all in time for June!! (Yeah we're cool like that in Italy... marrying a foreigner doesn't take much paper work or time at all... how neat hhuh??)

Ok so... call up the fiancè... give him the bad news then the new idea/good news... squabble a bit.. ("I can't have my family fly there... oh yes you can, we'll all chip in... ok well if I can have my family then maybe... ok that's settled"). Fiancè tells mom.... mom says "ok we'll do best we can to try and come".... Alex says "monday I am going to the US embassy here in rome to see what needs to be done".

All day sunday fiancè and I daydream of having the weding in Rome. Yay we can marry in june, then I will come back for 3 months and wait till the visa is ready, then I will come back to rome to get it and then I can move back permanently to the US.

Monday rolls around. I check the official US embassy website, and it states that walk-ins are welcome, no need to schedule an appointment, just for info. So off I go... drive all the way downtown only to find the 4 guards tell me "nope, no walk-ins... you need to call and schedule an appointment"... "but but... but the website, the official US embassy website said there was no need!!". "Not anymore".
Great... remind me to thank the frikkin terrorists for that one!
So I go home, pissed as ever.... my day already is taking a turn for the shithouse and I haven't even had breakfast. Not good!!
So I get home and try calling the USCIS office, but of course in Nebraska it's not even 5am yet!! Right... I have to wait!
The guard at the embassy DID give me though a number to call. So I call... (oh yeah get this... this is a toll number. That's right... while us poor innocent non-americans call to get various visa and travel info, the US government gets rich... for a 14 min phone call, I spent $26!!!! NO FUKIN JOKE either!!)
Ok, so I call and the girl on the other end tells me that seeing as I already have papers sent in I might as well keep at it... meaning that it's not really a good idea to start over and marry in Italy and resubmit papers after the wedding. It would start the whole thing over again and wouldn't be faster at all... infact she gives me rough waiting times for this kind of visa... "Well you say there's a three month delay on the processing times so... you say you submitted in february? " "yes" "ok, well... then it takes about three months for them to give the first ok and send it to the US embassy in rome... and then another 3 months or so for them to call and schedule your interview. then once you have given in all your documents and had your interview, it's about another 6-8 weeks untill you get your final paper... so all in all we're talking 6-9 months". "great! But i can go visit meantime right? Like, just on vacation?" "well..... actually, I don't know if that could cause issues with your visa request" "how do you mean?" "well.. I am not sure but it might cause problems, you might not be allowwed in the country untill you get your visa" "you have got to be joking, right? Surely they don't think that two people not see each other for a year!! what if kids were envolved?" "i don't know, but you have to ask the immigration office".

SHIT!! Ok... at this point I am like bright purple in the face and i think i am letting off steam from out of my ears!
All this info, too much for me to digest and no one to share it with! My fiancè is still in bed asleep, it's like 5:30 am in Indy!!
I have to take off for work, meantime my mind is racing in about 500 different directions, i think i want to commit treturous murder! Could that be possible?
When the time comes, I give this lovely wake up call to the fiancè who poor guy gets this awsome news first thing in the morning at 8am! So we agree that as soon as he gets home from work he'll call the immigration office and ask first of all if i am able to visit the US on vacation even though i have applied for an immigrant visa, and second of they can confirm these long waits for the visa to come through.
I tell ya, it was a long 5 hrs of work... they seemed to never end! I wanted sooooo bad to get home and find out what was going to be my destiny for the next 8 months! This could mean not seeing the fiancè for that long!! The thought was too much to bear!!

So I get home, wait for the fiancè to get home and make the infamous call. Well they prett much confirmed the long wait but also said that me entering the country on vacation was up to customs, on a case-to-case basis... pretty much letting on that it was up to the little shit at the airport customs desk to let me in or not, whether he liked my smile or not, or whether he thought me to be some illegal immigrant seeking refuge in the US. As for me wanting to stay and all... i want to do it the legal way, thank you very much!!
So she gives the fiancè the customs phone number, so I call them only to find out that i can come to the US to visit after all, so long as my passport is in order and that i have a return ticket home (all shit i already knew btw!!)

I think this has been the longest week-end of my life! I have seen my fate change like 3 times in three days.... not a bad average huh?

Soooo.... episode conclusion - where does this leave us?
Well... pretty much in the same place as before! We're going to have to wait at least 'till the end of the year to be able to marry, if not beginning of 2007. Meantime the fiancè is coming to visit me for a week in june, for my 30th birthday... and then I have decided to go to the US for three months, like i did after my graduation. There is no way in hell they are keeping us apart. We are going to beat them, we'll hold out and pull through.
This is going to be the hardest thing i'm ever going to do, but i am not a quitter!
We will just have to wait. And look forward to june!
I can't wait!!!
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Tuesday, March 07, 2006,1:30 AM

I've really starte to get back into my photography.
Well... I never was a real hardcore passionate photographer or anything, but I did always have an interest in it.
There was a time when I was concidering taking a photography class, but they can be real expensive! So I sort of let than on go... (promising myself that as soon as I got a stabel job and saved up some money, I'd go for it! I'm still waiting for that to happen!!)

While busy working on my photoblog website... I got talking to Max about Flickr.
He'd shown it to me before (Max is always one to discover cool new things on the net) as we both like taking pictures and have certain interests in common.

So after browsing a bit, I decided to sign up and jon this online photography community.
It's areally a great thing. Besides just having a place where to put your pictures on display, share photos with friends and family, it's a place where to get inspiration from. There are lots of serious really good photographers out there. Whether they do it for hobby or for profession, there is so much on display.
I'll admit, you have to have an interest in photography to really get involved (in my opinion anyways) but there is so much beauty out there in the world and this place sort of holds it all together and puts it on display!!

Anyways....I got excited agan about something, though small as it may seem, I need something to make me smile and distract me. I enjy he fact that I've takent time to pick up my camera again and venture out and try and find new angles and perspectives from which to view the world from.

Check out my prolfile on there. Browse my pics, the pics of others.... let me know what you think. There are so many pretty things to see. You never know, you could be the next Flickr member!!

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