Daily Archives: December 9, 2012

Passport Applications

I never would have thought that paperwork could be so exhausting…  but after filling out passport applications for four people?  I never want to look at another piece of paperwork for a long, long while.

I don’t think it would have been such a pain, but the electronic versions weren’t working properly.  I was able to begin the paperwork on the computer, but then had to print them out and finish them all by hand.  I was able to do about 1/2 a page on each, which left another two and a half pages on three applications and another page and a half on a forth that needed to be filled using a pen and ink.  I swear, by the end my writing became almost illegible.  Hopefully we’ll have a really good clerk who has no trouble with it.

We’re heading to the passport office tomorrow, after seeing a dear friend who’ll be signing all four applications as our guarantor.  Which is a relief.  There’s about 1/2 a page one each one she’ll need to fill out and sign, but it’s definitely easier to have one person to track down vs two or three different people.

It’s been years since we left the country.  There was a while that Jewles (my younger sister) and I took a road trip to the US for dog shows every year…  but that was before passports were required.  The Canadian US border used to be a pretty friendly place.  But since 9/11 things changed a lot.  There’s a suspicion of people that wasn’t there before, which is a sad, sad thing.

Cross your fingers for us that everything goes well and that nothing needs further work.  I really want this to go quickly and smoothly.  I’m going to stress about it until we have our passports in hand.

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