Right, my brain is a bit all over the place this week with all the good news I've been receiving, so I thought that as it's all slowly starting to sink in, I'd share it all with you (some of it for the second time!) in what is basically just a lazy excuse for today's blog.
WE GOT IT!!!!!! WE GOT IT! WE GOT IT! WE GOT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! OUR DREAM HOUSE IS OURS!!!!
Yes, yes, yes.... I know I already told you this, but it's really only just now sinking in, especially since we found out today that the owners have accepted our haggling and reduced the rent by €75.00/month which means I won't have to sell a kidney and I can still afford to buy the baby a new pair of shoes.
In other good news, after almost a year of wrestling with the Dept of Justice and Immigration, my lovely Canadian bottom has FINALLY been granted leave to remain in Ireland meaning that myself, my Irish partner and the magical mixture of our genes we call the snot queen (apparently you need to be married in order to be recognized as a "real" family in Holy Catholic Ireland, sharing your DNA just isn't enough these days...) will not be separated anytime soon and thus are free to live happily ever after, or at least for the next three years when my status once again comes up for review or until my darling J makes an honest woman of me, whichever comes first...
This week was also a good one financially as yet another pillar of the Irish Political System, this time the Department of Social Welfare, capitulated and gave in to our mad and unreasonable demands. Meaning of course that 14 months after her birth to an Irish Father and his pesky Canadian piece of fluff, the Snot Queen, an Irish citizen in her own right, was finally granted Child Benefit and Early Childhood Supplement. Please do not get me started on the innate sexism of the system and the archaic laws which give unwed fathers NO RIGHTS WHATSOEVER to their children and only limited ones at that to those who petition the courts for equal status to their supposedly more responsible and morally superior female partners (ummmm... last time I checked, I was the former illegal immigrant with a dodgy Canadian credit rating and no qualifications to speak of...)
Aaaaaaaannnnnnd..... To put the icing on the top of the fabulously wonderful, sinfully delicious cake that has been my week.... Today marked the end of Phase One of Operation "Get Dream Buggy To Ireland!" At 2:07pm today, according to the lovely folks at Amazon and UPS, my Chariot of Dreams was delivered to an address somewhere in Indiana where it will be collected by the extremely thoughtful friends of a friend who are currently in the states on business and who kindly offered to bring back my Terrific Tandem as part of their Business Class Luggage allowance.
Sigh, Life is good indeed.....