current tune: gratitude - feel alright
amazingly enough, this weekend i will not be spending this weekend baking my skin on the altar of some music festival. i will, however, be MIA, as usual for this summer. this weekend it's the wedding in indiana, coupled with the going away party for M and C.
monday we should hear from our landlord as to whether any 1 bedroom apartments in our building will be available for october. we originally moved into a studio when i was on a K2 salary (low and unreliable) and melanie had not yet recieved her EAD card, so she couldn't work. Now melanie has her employment authrization, and i have a better paying job from a stable firm. however, changing the address that USCIS/DHS has on file for you is neither easy nor reliable. so we've been trying to stay in this apartment until our "green card" interview.
We decided that moving within the building would be okay, since that puts 3 levels of failsafes to ensure we get correspondance from USCIS, since we can ask whoever moves into our apartment to leave any mail for us. (lakeview post office doesn't seem to do so well with forwarding mail).
However, our lawyer, the new one, who is interested in our case because we pay hiim hourly, got tired of waiting to hear from USCIS, and used his liason contact to inquire about the scheduling of our interview, since "he knows of other cases filed after ours which have already had an interview scheduled". we hadn't been worried, since we were still ahead of the date posted on uscis.gov. Apparently USCIS agreed with our lawyer, though, since they sent out an interview notice the very same day for mid-october.
so that means if no apartments become available, we should be able to just lease our current apartment month-to-month until we get the green card, which isn't so bad. my main fear is getting locked into another year with the world's tiniest kitchen.
in other news, if you've been looking for me online and wondering why someone with an always-on internet connection isn't online, it's because i'm giving up on trillian. it's been having a tendancy to crash, leaving an unkillable process. unfortunately, that crash has been causing the media center software to not function properly until i restart. which has resulted in failure to record "Rescue Me", which is simply unacceptable. I've been trying to install gaim because it's free and Free, and it uses the same GTK+ libraries i'm already using for xchat, GIMP, and ethereal. however, it's been refusing to launch. once i get that sorted, i'll be back online.