apr 29 – hand in thesis
apr 29- may 20 – moping post-thesis/ waiting for potentially interesting guy to call. (in case you’re curious about that development: he doesn’t. end of story)
may 20- rest of summer and continuing: OMG ADAM LAMBERT
(? ! ? ! ? yes, i know, wtf)
july 31st – start collecting papers for extension of stay in canada (realize i could send application in same day if only i had a credit card. shrug.)
aug. 5 (ok, there was the long weekend in between) – papers collected
aug 6 – send application
aug 7- fuck! application is incomplete! have to wake up early to catch human person on phone at CIC, with instruction on how to send the missing paper; afternoon =send missing paper. breathe.
aug 10-17 – early mornings try to call CIC and find out if file is complete/when they’re dealing with it; fail to engage with humans
aug 17 – human on the phone from CIC (= immigration canada) says file will take around one more month in line, as at the moment they’re just opening files arrived first week of july. „please inquire again one month from now.” same human says she doesn’t know if a work permit would allow me to work in quebec. she says call quebec and gives me a number: it’s robots!
aug 17 – half an hour later – i give notice at my job
aug 18-30 – i tell everyone (including creepy person on the bus, AEGEE friends, random chat interlocutors, regular customers and co-op neighbours) bits of my sad story.
aug 19 – plane ticket bought for cluj
aug 19-28 – bits of random packing: bunching up clothes i want to give up; tearing papers; inventorying books. making lists.
aug 20-23 – i take online quizzes to determine my points for immigration from romania to canada/quebec (i have different scores for different quizzes. at least some of them look hopeful. i need french. i need a job offer.)
aug 27 – last day at work
aug 28- morning leave for seattle
aug 30 – arrive portland
aug 31 – email from ef. telling me work permit arrived in mail
sept 1 – i want to go back to cluj and visit; but then i want to return. this is plan A. i like it.
sept 1/2 – back in vancouver; plans A through D written down neatly. work permit turns out to be for 3 YEARS! SHIT!
sept 2 – morning – phone CIC. human voice!!! realize once i leave canada i need a visa for re-entry. complicated. but visa is formality. phone quebec. the person in quebec does not know whether i’m allowed to work in quebec or not. suggests i call CIC. i’m like, forget about it! i have fun day out, all serene and shit.
sept 2 – evening – mum agrees with anything, as long as i go home ; i say i’d have to resign from sincai, she’s like ok, whatever. then suddenly : „your father’s not very happy here” BOOM
sept 2/3/4 – argue; break for sleep; argue; break for lunch; argue; break = can’t sleep; argue; break for a nap (nightmares); argue.
sept 4/5 night: sort of an ultimatum. „flip the coin” moment. i do not flip the coin. because i do not fucking need to flip a coin. ok?
sept 5 – morning – yes, i catch another human voice at CIC. human voice says yes, an open work permit allows you to work in quebec. any other questions you had? NO! THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!
sept 5 – evening – write resignation email to school/send it.
walk. eat. read women’s mags. throw torn papers. sleep.
sept 8 – got shitty job back.
the future is ours.
= one more week of holiday. actually staycation but who cares
= no jet lag
= cancellation of all possibly teary goodbye drinks&such : replacement with non-teary non-goodbye drinks
= sonja gets to buy me the hat! yes i hereby demand the hat. hat hat hat hat hat
= writing!! readings!! writers’ festival (i get to see richard ford !!!! <3)
= montreal ’10. wait: matt in montreal ’10 🙂