Possible move back to the US

With a bit of trepidation and a lot of research to do, we are looking into an opportunity to move back to the US.  I’m excited at the prospect of driving, going to Target (will shamelessly admit this), and eating out without feeling like we’ve broken the bank, not to mention being able to see friends more easily.  We’re realistic though.  While C. will have work, the state we’ll probably move to has massive hiring freezes for teachers.  People can’t even get sub jobs, y’all.  I’m trying to be positive. Isn’t everybody?

The next few weeks will involve queries, the continued processing (hopefully) of C.’s spousal US visa request, and, if we’re lucky, maybe a bit more clarity on where we’re headed.  Since I don’t know where we’ll be living in the coming months and I’m busy with research, I’m not looking for work at this time.  It’s strange to have no idea where we’ll be, and what I’ll be doing.

On a visa note, those of you who may have gone through this wonderful process may have had experiences like ours where we filled out the immigrant petition form and they sent a different form back (we hadn’t even been led online to the right one) *graded* in angry red pen.

First US Spousal Visa attempt: FAIL.

I doubt that processing visa applications is fun. As much as I loathe filing out confusing forms, I can’t imagine reading them all day.

A bit of the ‘ole vitamin D always helps.  The other day I met my friend T. in London at the British Museum.  The sun was warm enough at noon to sit on the steps and just bathe in it for about ten minutes.  What a slice of heaven.  And on a London note, if you can do go see the Exhibit on Hajj–Journey to Mecca.  It was incredible and I’ll be thinking on it for some time.

My main concern about being able to move is the house.  Not a good time to be selling.  One young couple who viewed it was looking to move from London as they said things were getting too violent where they were.  I could honestly tell them that most of the violence in the immediate radius is post-pub brawling, so hopefully we’ll get more potentials like those two.

I might be on a brief hiatus while I’m mentally reviewing our options but will post from time to time.  Cheers for reading!

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. David
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 08:59:58

    Some of us will be very sorry to see you leave England’s mountains green behind.


    • taramoyle
      Feb 16, 2012 @ 05:51:37

      I know David, and we’ll miss the green hills too. There’s nothing quite like the freshness of the air. You’ll have to come visit us if you cross the pond and of course we’ll be back often I’m sure, esp C.


  2. Erika
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 13:02:52

    Oh wow! Big news! I am excited to hear more…I have no doubt your mind is spinning. Good luck with all of the research! I will say I have loved loved loved shopping at Target again. 😉 But there are so many things I miss about the UK too. Long overdue email coming soon!


    • taramoyle
      Feb 16, 2012 @ 06:03:24

      That’s exactly it–my mind is spinning. I actually have been in NY for a bit, and now am visiting a dear friend back in IL. So great to hang out. Will be making the rounds to see folks in US and am back in Chicago late Feb/early March so will maybe see you at Target! We can try again for that coffee if you’re in the same neck of the woods. I’m curious to hear what you miss…Tunbridge Wells is gorgeous and I don’t blame you for missing it. We went around to Hever Castle this fall and I couldn’t believe how stunning it was.


      • Erika
        Feb 21, 2012 @ 04:30:31

        Oh how fun that you are on this side of the pond! I am bummed I will miss you in Chicago. Would you believe I’m living in Virginia now? It’s an interesting story… There is so much I miss about the UK. The public transport, the museums, the humour. Maybe I also miss who I was while there though….a student with plenty of time to wander!!! I get sad sometimes, knowing that chapter has ended, it was such a unique space in time. I’m working a full time job now, which I am grateful for, but it is just different here. More flourescent maybe? Too serious sometimes, and I always get said when no one takes a break for their “elevenses”. Shopping at Target almost all but makes up for these things though…I will say it is heaven to go to ONE store and get a thousand things all at once! Please keep me posted, I am cheering you on from Suffolk and really hope we can find a time for that coffee sometime – on whatever side of the pond it may be!

      • taramoyle
        Mar 18, 2012 @ 17:27:35

        Am back in the UK for a bit now Erika and finally have time to touch base with the blog. My web access was intermittent on the trip. Yeah, so interesting what one notices after being gone so long. I was struck by how much Spanish I heard, and I was all over–from coast to coast, little towns and big cities. One major supermarket near where I grew up is now La Huerta. Makes me want to break out my rusty Spanish and try to get it going again…. I will keep you posted, and I’d love to hear the Virginia story once we’re both in the same place at the same time. (This gypsy life is exhausting!)

  3. mujerboricua
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 11:28:51

    I hope the plans to move back go better than expected.


    • taramoyle
      Feb 16, 2012 @ 06:04:12

      Thanks! You too if that’s what’s on the table for you guys. At least I hope you find your dream kitchen! 🙂


      • mujerboricua
        Feb 16, 2012 @ 11:03:35

        We’re hoping to move back by Christmas if Greg’s job transfer works out. At this point we will accept an okay kitchen if it means moving back in time for Christmas 🙂 The dream kitchen can wait!

  4. taramoyle
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 01:09:00

    Back to Austin? Hope the transfer happens if that’s what you two are seeking! 🙂


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