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Ugh
wyborn
I got in contact with the immigration office again.

I was informed that there is nothing keeping me from travelling before my permanent residency goes through, it's just that there cannot be a guarantee that I'll be allowed back into the country. Any trip I make is made with the understanding that I may not be allowed back in, and this will be true even for a few months after I receive my permanent residency.

Now, obviously I have some obligations I'm not going to miss, so I'm going to have to take that chance anyway.

I was informed that many people do travel in my situation, it's just with the understanding that there is always the possibility of consequences.

I asked for advice as to what I could do to minimize my chances of not being allowed back in.

"Were would you be going?"

"The US."

"Well, this is going to sound weird when I say it, but when you go to the US don't rob any banks."

So that's the advice I got.

Looks like I've got some plans to make.

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icoface1
wyborn
All right, here's an update on things, and by "things" I mean my immigration status.

I spent the last two days getting through to the Immigration Center on the phone to check on the status of my application. I want everyone to understand that this isn't for the sake of knowing if my application is getting done - I can check that online, and call center agents can't speed up this process in any way - but rather it's for the sake of being able to say that yes, I'm bugging them where applicable.

Based on when they received my application, the call center agent thought that I should receive my Approval in Principle sometime in August. "That's super duper" thought I. When I asked how long stages after that usually take, I was told there is no set timeline. Final approval of my permanent residency could take anywhere from another four to ten months.

That

Is

Not

Acceptable.

There are many important things for me to be doing in the next four to ten months. My paternal grandparents are having an enormous family reunion for their fiftieth anniversary, and my sister is getting married in May.

I'll be calling the center again today. It occurs to me that I might be able to leave the country and then come back in if I have my Approval in Principle. I'll post an update on this matter tonight.

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icoface1
wyborn
Haven't been able to keep up with the writing much for the past few weeks - on any front. Sorry about that.

Jumping back into it, though. This is going to be fun.

Sending a care package to Andrew on Monday, if at all possible. Apparently shipping to deployed soldiers in the Canadian Forces is free - who'd have figured, right? We pay out the nose for that stuff in the States. It may be indicative of a larger difference in perspective toward the soldiers in these respective countries, but I have trouble putting my finger on what that might be.

Not much else to say tonight.

Goodnight, everybody.

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icoface1
wyborn
Me and Monica are looking at investment options. We don't have a lot to invest with right now, but if you start early then any amount of money is a-okay. We're thinking of buying a few shares in the Bank of Montreal. That's kind of fun!

Today I was made pretty glad that I do bench presses with dumbbells instead of a barbell. My right shoulder, which has always been kind of funny, popped or twisted or something during my last set. Ended up dropping the weights, so now I guess I can't complain about people who do that any more! Still, it was a pretty jolting experience. Gonna lay off the weights for a few days, I think.

Not much else to talk about today. Will talk about writing tomorrow.

Goodnight, everybody.

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icoface1
wyborn
I don't have a lot to writ about right now but I'm going to go ahead and write this entry anyway because it's something that I need to keep track of.

My keyboard keys have been acting kind of funny, but since I've been typing on them nonstop for about four years straight I guess that's bound to happen eventually. I'll need to replace the keyboard at some point. Blah. That's hard on a laptop! I mean, I assume.

My brother is playing my copy of EarthBound now that he's home from scool. He seems to be liking it.

That's all for now.

Goodnight, everybody.

I Made a Pie
Amusing, Ganondorf
wyborn
If anyone asks, you can tell them I make a pretty decent pie. It's not as good as Grandma's apple pie, but I use all the bad ingredients - shortening, enough butter to kill a moose, gobs of brown sugar and more butter disguised as "crumble", so it comes out rather decadent. I do like the pie quite a bit.

Tonight I made ribs in the oven. I put them in a baking pan lined with foil, put in about an inch of water, and rubbed 'em down with Montreal Steak Salt. Stick them in the oven at 250 degrees for an hour, flip 'em, rub down anywhere that the salt is gone, then stick 'em in for another hour. After that I took them out, doused them in barbecue sauce, and stuck them in for another half-hour at 400 degrees. They came out very nicely. I think the part that made the difference was the steak salt.

Montreal Steak Salt. it's the Montrealest!

Anyway.

Andy, I'll post my address in a separate entry, you'll need to be logged in to see it.

Not a lot else to report. I'm getting further and further into Moby Dick. Andy, it's a shame you're busy, we could talk about how terrible whale-hunting is but also how the image of a bunch of men with harpoons going after a sperm whale is as close as humanity has ever come to hunting dragons.

I'll make a post about that later anyway.

That's all for now. Goodnight, everybody.

Updates
icoface1
wyborn
Haven't heard from Andrew since the day after I met up with him, which is a bit odd. I think he's shipping out soon! Andy, if you read this: get in touch.

I'm currently reading a book called Feeling Good by David Burns, which was recommended to me by a friend. It was written with people who have depression in mind, but it's not just a book for depressed people - it gives you a lot of good advice for all kinds of things. I recommend it to anyone who's going through some tough times, or even someone who is just a chronic procrastinator. Or someone who gets mad easily.

Listen, it's a good book. I'm not depressed but I like reading it.

not a lot to talk about otherwise. Writing is going, albeit slowly. Going to need to pick up on that in the next couple of days. Uh.... I just baked my first pie. It looks like it turned out okay. Going to try it in a few minutes, will mention how it was in my next entry.

Just keeping this updated, for now.

Goodnight, everybody.

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icoface1
wyborn
Got a bit of writing done today. Not in the book - on a small side project I'm writing for a trade with Andrew. I should finish it tomorrow if I keep up this pace, which is good!

Not a lot to talk about, really. Things keep on keeping on!

Me and Monica are going to be getting a Kobo, which is one of the eReaders being sold by the bookstore she works for. I'm excited! Man you can get so much cool stuff on those things. And they hold lots of books!

Today's Penny Arcade TV is pretty interesting in that it's about depression and drug use (both prescription and otherwise):

http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/pa-the-series/118/

I want to say right now that I am not currently experiencing any symptoms of depression. If my mother is reading this: do not worry. I am not depressed. I do not think I'm going to be depressed in the foreseeable future. The only reason I'm talking about this is because it was on that thing I just linked, and it got me thinking.

But. But. If I did end up depressed, I would go to a doctor immediately and see what my options are. I got in a bad place before, and I'm never going to get into a place like that again. If I recognized those symptoms in myself and was confident in the decision of my doctor (after doing some research of my own) then I would get on meds in a heartbeat. It's not just about me: it's also about my marriage, and how bad things can get when I let anxieties spiral out of control. There are always risks with anxiety medications, but some things are worth it.

My writing has been going very well.

I picked up and played the first dungeon of Link to the Past today. That game is the tops: I had forgotten how solid the dungeon design is. Also how awesome the bosses are.

To people who tried to contact me earlier on AIM: Sorry I missed you, had some business to attend to.

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icoface1
wyborn
I need to devote a specific amount of time - hour or so? - to reading every day. More time, considerably more, to writing. I only got a few hundred words in today, and they're good ones, but I want more. I hold that a few hundred good words are worth a few thousand crappy words, but a few thousand good words - boy howdy.

Perspective is a funny thing and playing off of it is kind of hard.

There is a theater right across the street - two, really, though only one is visible from our apartment, with the other being obscured by a protruding wall (since we are in a corner unit). I will be going in that place to see Iron Man 2 in about ten days or so. That should be good times.

That's all for now. Goodnight, everybody.

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Amusing, Ganondorf
wyborn
I am steaming some broccoli so my wife will be able to have some for lunch tomorrow. Broccoli is very good for you, you guys! Or so I have been lead to believe. I tend to prefer spinach, because darker green vegetables are better for you and it's easy to sear in a pan with some diced garlic, but also because I still kind of want to be Popeye the Sailor.

I wrote some today! It's.... actually good stuff. I'm satisfied with it.

That's all for now.

Goodnight, everybody.

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