I was recently scolded by a reader for not sharing more specifically the news of my recent marriage and other benchmarks along the immigration road after the initally frustration-themed posts from last spring. He was partly right and I was accordingly wrong - I should've told a more complete story, just to tie up the loose ends. But I was also wrong for letting so much personal life material bleed onto this site - where I've specifically shied from oversharing and navel-gazing. Or tried to most of the time, anyway. Since my current job put the kibosh on the kind of blogging I'd much rather be doing, there's not that much left.
This is all by way of introduction to the annual year-in-review post. Most news readers will know from either directly on-point posts or reading between the lines of merely related posts.
My then-fiance, Robert, was interviewed at the London Embassy in early July and arrived in the U.S. with zero problems or delay at immigration control a few weeks later. We were married on October 20 in Sacramento. Now that summer's scorching heat has subsided and taken on a much more English chill, he's warming up to Sacramento. We're enjoying married life very much.
That's certainly the biggest news for the year. Not that there isn't more, but I'm sure that when we look back at 2007, it will be remembered as the year of The Wedding - which is far better than remembering it as the year of The Immigration Battle. More immigration nonsense is underway now, of course, as green card applications pend, etc. But it's peanuts compared to things completed while we were separated.
Several more of my closest friends are now engaged and will be married during 2008 which is exciting. I would suppose that more of my currently married friends will be having babies soon - it's getting to be that time. My nephew is growing like a weed and I can't wait for him to start talking because I'm sure he's got stuff to say. Watching a whole person develop is pretty crazy: he's got such a personality already. It's nuts. My sister and brother-in-law do great work.
This is starting to sound like a Christmas card letter instead of a blog post, so I better just stop now. Between the wedding, attended by some of my oldest friends now spread all over the country, and my high school reunion, I've been thinking a lot about time and the things I've done in the past ten years or so. That the first caucus is just a few (stupid) days away of course puts me back about 4 years.
So much is ahead. I hope that statement excites you the way it does me.
Best in 2008.