August 26th, 2011

potato mountain

ILR achievement: unlocked

After all of everything (including two hours kinda sitting around the Home Office lobby waiting for something to happen), the woman who looked at our papers wanted to see this:
1. Our passports
2. Three month's pay stubs
3. Three month's bank statements
4. A record of what I'd earned for the last 5 years
5. A letter from my employer saying I was "an employee in good standing and still needed going forward"

And that was kind of it. She looked at the paperwork for half an hour and said we were good to go, that they'd just need to hold onto our passports to get the new stickers in them. We headed out to get lunch and celebratory margaritas. Then it was Balham for naps and Milton Keynes for Top Hat, a new musical which I thought would be the perfect cap to a good day, or consolation prize if it were a bad one.

I can't believe that almost 7 years after my first transformational trip to London that it's finally come to this, that I can stay here as long as I want to for forever.

Anyway, I've been up since early early and am now very tired, so I am going to bed.