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So today was group at the VA. We have two more weeks, I think, before this series is over, then a week or two break and back to it. I woke way too early today, but at least got some email and stuff out of the way before I had to leave for Seattle for the day.

[livejournal.com profile] ingvisson came by to pick me up and we were off. After group, we hied ourselves over to Woodland Park Zoo for the Loreena McKennitt concert; I had never been to the zoo, or to Woodland Park, but I would like to go to actually see the critters at some point. Apparently one of their giraffes just had a baby recently. All six feet of it. Yikes.

[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and her friends had got there much earlier than we did. I hadn't realized gates opened at 5pm or I would have skipped the travel office this week. She met us at the gate with my ticket and then took us over to where everyone was sitting. The concert was nice. It had been drizzling earlier in the day, but the rain held off for the music, which was very pleasant. I was kind of not in a great mood, though, and the zoo apparently has a height restriction for folding chairs - they can't be any taller than two feet. Which meant that partway through the concert they came and told me and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor that we had to fold ours up. Which left me with horribly creaking hips and feeling crampy sitting on a nearly nothing chair that was probably not even as good as sitting on the ground. During the intermission I hauled my chair down to the handicapped accessible area and set up there, where she joined me, because I was not going to be able to take another 45 minutes all cramped up like that.

My mood got slightly better when I was no longer in agony, unsurprisingly.

In the mail today, I got a royalty check for my poetry book. It was a whole $8.98. I was amused but pleased. Actual royalties from poetry! I am a professional, hear me roar! The mail also brought the annual balancing of the books for the escrow account attached to my mortgage. This meant I got a much more substantial check than I was expecting, which got immediately tossed into my savings account. I also got the last payment on Garuda from [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson, which also went into savings. That account is looking fairly healthy, but I have a ways to go yet to deal with the financial numbers that the Italian consulate seems to want to see according to their list of requirements they sent me a while back. They said something about wanting to see $50,000 over a six month period in all of my various financial accounts combined. I'm not sure how I'm going to accomplish that. I'd contemplate a loan to be paid back in full pretty much immediately after the visa application was approved, but I would have nothing to use for any security on a loan, without a car or a house. Anyway, I can but try.

I got an email back from a gal who had moved to Italy and had to come back due to timing issues. She said the financial stuff might be the hardest hurdle, but also that there was likely to be a fair bit of sexist asshattery against middle aged women attempting to move to Italy from the middle aged men who are generally the ones approving or denying the visas at the consulates. She said she took her very pretty young adult daughter with her the second time she went to the consulate (Houston) and got far better treatment than the first time, when she'd gone alone to make some inquiries. I am hoping that I will have a different experience, but I can't say as I'm expecting to. It's not like I have a hot young daughter to distract the bureaucrat with. *headdesk*

She says she's heard this kind of thing about most of the consulates, and that apparently different consulates have different sets of requirements. Houston apparently didn't require a criminal records check? Wow. Anyway, I just got the email from her this evening and I'm going to email her back tomorrow with some further questions; she's been very helpful and supportive in her response to my initial email.

And now, Tired Erynn is going to crawl off and attempt to get sleeps.

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Date: 2013-08-16 10:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martianmooncrab.livejournal.com
maybe you should tell the consulate that you are going there to be your brothers housekeeper, since he is alllll aaalllooonnneeee...

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Date: 2013-08-17 08:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erynn999.livejournal.com
I can hardly keep up with my own housekeeping. *sigh*

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Date: 2013-08-17 08:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martianmooncrab.livejournal.com
I feel your pain..

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Date: 2013-08-16 02:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mimerki.livejournal.com
Ah! I'm sorry we missed you at the concert but glad to hear you moved to better accommodations.

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Date: 2013-08-17 08:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erynn999.livejournal.com
Likewise, sorry to have missed you!

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Date: 2013-08-16 04:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] man-of-snows.livejournal.com
Sorry to hear about the miniature chair requirement at the zoo, but what a cool venue for that concert! I am also glad you found someone to talk to who has been through the consulate, application process.

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Date: 2013-08-17 08:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erynn999.livejournal.com
It really was nice, except for that bit. I'll know for next time.

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Date: 2013-08-16 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purple-mark.livejournal.com
Didn't see you at the concert. The two chairs in front of me were more than 2' tall, but Nancy in her Walker chair was taller than them, so no hassles there.

Congratulations on the Poetry revenue!

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Date: 2013-08-17 08:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erynn999.livejournal.com
Sadly, I didn't really have time to look around, as I got to the gate pretty much after the entire crowd had come in and found seats. There were several folks I would have loved to see but didn't get to.

Once I was seated in the disabled area I didn't have any more trouble, so that was good. I'm sorry to have missed you!

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Date: 2013-08-18 01:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alfrecht.livejournal.com
I'm sorry to hear of the troubles at the concert itself...

But, how was it? What did you think of her? Any good new songs or albums which we should know about? ;)

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Date: 2013-08-18 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erynn999.livejournal.com
To be honest, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor would be a better person to ask than me. I recognized about half the songs, but I have never been an ardent devotee the way she is. Loreena sounded lovely, but I was feeling off that day even before the chairs incident, so I think I had less fun than I might otherwise have had.

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