Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Weekend Recap: Memorial Day 2014

Gosh. This long weekend has seriously been insane. Was it insane because it was the first time I left the house for more than a few hours’ time? I REGRET NOTHING! Crissy and I decided to keep our holiday weekend as low-key as possible. Half a wedding (we were invited to two weddings on Saturday and one on Sunday), no camping and no beach parties!

I spent all of Saturday morning scrubbing the feck out of the apartment because I knew Cristhian and I would be gone for the better part of the weekend. I clean now. I know. It's weird. I can't believe it myself.

This is my I-Need-Green-Card profile picture. Getting wedding ready.


Saturday afternoon was spent in Lynn where we happily spent our time at Cristhian’s "niece's" wedding. It was sooo good seeing people we hadn't seen in what feels like years! After Party-wise, Cristhian and I invited ourselves to the bride's parent's house in Chelsea. SUCHHHHHH FUN! I'll spare you the Taboo pictures. Haha!

Our lazy Sunday was spent in Lowell where Cristhian, Kuro and I lounged all day with Shawn, Ming and Om. My allergies/hives were going haywire annnnd I couldn't breathe. Yay! When it started to sprinkle, I felt loads better and we decided to watch X-Men. Sav and Chris ended up coming with us and we planted ourselves in Nashua South. GOOD MOVIE. Totes recs.

Ain't he handsome? Dat Nose.

The pulley thingys and canal boggers were actually quite neat... !

Yesterday, Monday was spent half-lazily. We did absolutely nothing all morning and for the better part of the afternoon.. then come 3 o'clock, we did a canal tour. Interesting! We also spent a good amount of time riding the trolley... then watched Godzilla... then rushed back to Connecticut and got back by midnight.

Other than the fact that my allergies made me miserable more than half the times, I have no regrets! Seriously. Packed. Weekend. Of. Awesome. Family. -Ness. Rils.

I hope your holiday was as un/eventful! Cheersss!

Friday, May 23, 2014

How Not To Change Your Last Name and Eventually Change It the Right Way

Two last names. It's annoying. Particularly if you're a dude. (I'm finding this to be a true statement even as a woman.) If you're learning how to change your name after a marriage, look at this post here. If you're looking for a way to change your name after marriage... this is where you want to be!

Once Upon A Time, in a land of hispanics who valued the tradition of bestowing a child with a father's familial name and a mother's familial name.. Cristhian was born with two last names. Yes. It's true! He was born abroad, is a citizen of the US and does not have a green card! The annoyance of no middle name, yet two last names has been such an annoyance over the years. Only he can only tell you how many times he's been called Father'sLastName or Mother'sLastName and responding to either. Add to that the fact that his siblings share the same parents, yet have one legal last name (his sisters legal last names are their mother's and his brother's legal last name is their father's due to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' error) because they were born here.. and he has two it's annoying, confusing and again, annoying. For the majority of Cristhian's adult life, all of his documents give him a middle name. This is wronnnng.

Welps, this year is our last year in Connecticut and it's also the first year that we've been actively trying to rectify the situation. Crissy decided that he wants to be known solely with his father's last name. All states are different, but in Massachusetts, the marriage certificate allows you to legally change your name to whatever you'd like to be known as without further fee. It's easier, simpler and I highly recommend this route to avoid hassle. We weren't smart enough to do this at the time, so this was a no-go... Sad life.

First off, we had to petition the Connecticut Probate Court (go here if you're in Connecticut) with a fee in tow. It was a swift forty minutes because we had all the documents needed to make our case. From there, we waited for a letter in the mail telling us when and where we'd be able to whine about Cristhian's case. The day we went to the Probate Court... nothing seemed to go right, BUT the judge was so kind and kept us on time. We were in and out in under fifteen minutes! After everything was approved by the court, we went to the Social Security Administration in downtown Hartford and applied for an updated SS. Three hours later, we were able to head to the local DMV and change his license. From there, all the important documents matched, so we headed over to the bank, work, etc and change all the forms to his new solo, paternal-only last name.

In total, we paid $150 in court fees and waited two and a half weeks to get Cristhian's name changed. We could have waited to move back to Massachusetts and change his name, but that was much more costly ($265+) and caused a much longer wait (2-3 months) than we were willing.

I hope you never need to go through this headache!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My Week In Pictures #18: May Blues

This past week dragged by like no other. After being poked, prodded and jabbed.. I am full of holes and seriously medicated. House Arrest has also been super fun. Thank you, spring!

This is my fifth test! 90% positive for everything within seven states! Argh!

Oats and Chus have been soooo loving.. They know I’m feeling unwell.

Overall, my week’s been full of cleaning (Damniiiiiiiit, dust!) as I’ve been stuck indoors.

Birthday boy!

The one time I trekked out was for BIL’s 31st birthday. I broke out in hives and swelled up like an elephant, but whatevs! It was nice to finally just get out and see people.

Monday, May 12, 2014

My Week In Pictures #17: Dinner and a Concert

The day-of, the 8th, Cristhian and I shared a lovely meal at a local restaurant located in a public park we often frequent. We had a derrrrricious four course meal with wine pairing... Wowza! SO YUM!

Our menus... Tablets? Whaaat?

Duck Confit Tostada with Caramelized Onions and Red Bell Peppers.. nom!

14 oz Veal with Polenta and Chimichurri... Niiiice!

Shad over Fiddleheads with Truffle Croquettes~

German Chocolate Mousse Cake with Lemondrop- HEAVENLY!

On the 9th, went to a Rob Thomas concert at the casino.

We were so close! Way to go Jenny! Great seats!

Late night snack because... why can't I have doughnuts at 11 at night?

The half-weekend we spent in New London county was really low-key. We spent 90% of our time with Cris' nephews, E and G. To add A to the mix would've been too crazy for this childless couple...

One of the many pics E and I sent to his mum~

Here's a little bit of Lionheart Otie for good measure. ;)

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