Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Original and photocopy.

I am down to the last panicky hours of prep time, between work, two seperate doctors appointments in two seperate cities, plus packing and errands before we can go....

*gasp*

I may arrive with every pair of underwear I own dirty. (Mom, I won't do laundry at your house, I can wait, I promise.)

Ah well.

We managed to submit the Spanish taxes today, thanks enormously to a friend who helped to fill them out, then I completely blew my cool.

When we got home there were three seperate registered letters for the girls and I informing us that we are required to go to the town hall every two years with all of our papers so they can check up on us. Like we are freaking criminals or something.

I am offended.

I asked some co-workers if they had to do this in the US...NO.

I have all my papers, I am legally allowed to be here, but every two years, I need to show up.

I am pissed.

Especially as I need to bring in the originals of the documents, and -you guessed it-photocopies of all the documents.

I may slip a photocopy of my *ss in with it, and that same document about wasting paper, the one that confused the school secretary.

I am really angry about this one. I didn't go today, I would have given them a very unpleasant piece of my mind. I can feel my blood pressure rising as I think about it.

*grrrrr*

8 comments:

Beth said...

I know you're mad, I understand why you're so upset but you made me laugh with the slipping a photocopy of your *ss with it line. Dare ya!
(The laundry room is open for business here if you need it!)

kate said...

That is a new policy-- I've been here almost ten years and it was only a couple of years ago, I think, that I had to do it for the first time. Yes, it's annoying.

I'm with you on the packing and errands! Will this be your first visit back to Canada since coming here? What are you going to take with you? We're bringing wine and olive oil for gifts, as usual, and a couple of bottles of horchata for my brother-- too bad the fresh stuff doesn't travel well, 'cause it's so much better. Do you get that where you are?

Boo and Trev said...

That's interesting as you have dual citizenship. As an EU citizen I thought we could live and work anywhere within the Union.
Have a great time in Canada.

elPadawan said...

How painful it is indeed. Well, hopefully your vacation will let you forget about all this :).

And don't forget to post the printouts of your *ss :p.

Mar said...

Isn't it two years at the beginning and then every 5?? Now I know why I opted for citizenship...
Have a fab vacation!! we'll try our best on ours :)

oreneta said...

Beth, if I could...but the photocopy machine at work is in the front hall, it would be tricky to find a time I could do it.....

Kate, we went back last summer too, I wasn't going to take anything (aren't I rotten) horchata...it is SO sweet, I am not really that mad about it.....maybe I've been having the wrong stuff. Who brought this law in, I take it is federal as you have to as well rather than just a Catalan thing.

Boo, I can, I just have to go in like a criminal every two years it seems.

elPadawan, yes in a lot of ways this trip will...I am going to be working though for most of the summer, I will rest when I get back most likely...if I take them, I'll post them, m'kay?

Mar, I don't know, I am reading the Catalan, and it looks like every two years...as I have EU citizenship I am surprised I have to at all....hope your vacation is fantastic, I was thinking of you today, there was a fantastic breeze blowing up the coast.

kate said...

The horchata you get fresh at Orxaterías (is that the Catalan spelling?) is not as sweet, and is much better, than the ready-made stuff, which is too sweet for me as well...

oreneta said...

Kate,

I think it is orxateries is the spelling...and I do like it better freh, you´re right...