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An Englishwoman in Michigan


Saturday, February 01, 2003

Woke up this morning to the terrible news about the space shuttle Columbia breaking up during re-entry. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the 7 astronauts who lost their lives in this tragic accident.

Don't have much to report today. We didn't do a lot. Mum and I went shopping. She wanted to buy a couple of last minute things to take back to England. She flies back home tomorrow. We had Mexican for dinner. A new Mexican restaurant opened up in the little shopping center down the road from here - Baja Fresh - and boy, I have to admit that their food is very, very good and there was so much of it!

Went to see Chicago yesterday with Mum. Excellent movie and the music is great. I will definitely have to get the soundtrack. We've rented 2 movies for tonight's viewing pleasure - Men In Black II and Minority Report. Eric and I have seen Minority Report, but Mum hasn't - good movie. We'll see how MIB II is.

More tomorrow.

Thursday, January 30, 2003

Mmmh, just ate a ton of Mum's famous fish pie and it was delicious. Hopefully she'll leave the recipe with me and it'll become a big hit, just like my shepherd's pie. So, Mum, next time you're here how about making 10 pounds of fish pie? We also had a 60th birthday celebration at work today and had lunch catered, so I'm sitting here holding my stomach and trying to type with one hand. Both Eric and I have memberships at our local gym, but do we go? I think our idea of working out is coming home after work, climbing up the stairs to put on comfortable clothes, running down the stairs and breaking open a bag of chips. Like many of you out there we do have exercise equipment downstairs in the basement, but they are currently being used as dust collectors and clothes hangers. We have thought about hooking them up to our TV so that we can only watch TV if we're "peddling" or "treading" away, but for now I think we'll leave them where they are.

Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Yeah, I know - it's been a while since I last blogged, but now I'm back in full force. Went down to the Immigration office in Detroit today to get fingerprinted, which is part of the process of becoming an American citizen. I decided I no longer wanted to be called an Alien. I'm not green (well I was this past weekend when I had the stomach flu) and I don't have 3 eyes, so why should I have to put up with being called one? Now I've been fingerprinted I have to wait for a notification to visit their office again for "the interview". This should happen in 6-8 months or so. I will have to answer (correctly) various questions (who's the President of the U.S., what color are the stars on the flag, how many stars are there, who becomes President if the President dies, and so forth - I think I'm going to need the 6-8 months to study!). And they will test my English. Now, let's see. I'm British. Does that mean they'll waive the English test? Seriously though. I know there are a lot of people who would give anything to become an American citizen and I feel very fortunate that I have this great opportunity. Not much else happening around here. We're wondering where everyone's going to stay when Detroit hosts the Superbowl in 2004, 2005 or is it 2006? I'm not into football really. All I know is that Detroit will host it sooner or later and there just aren't enough hotels to accommodate all the visitors. Perhaps we should turn our home into a one room B&B. I love making breakfast casseroles. Well, gotta go catch the last half hour of Law and Order (love that show), so good night America wherever you are.

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