1. Why did the Visa and Green Card stuff take so long, even though you are married to the Doc and he's American?
There is a very simple answer to this one, it's because there are hundreds, possibly thousands, of other alien spouses out there applying to go to the USA, and the Immigration Service have to look carefully at each individual application for obvious national security reasons.
I do wish some of their paper work were easier to work through, but I understand why they have to do this and why it takes time. Of course I missed the Doc a lot, so it took longer then I would personally have liked, but actually nine months (and we were only in different countries for about two of those months) is not that long when you look at the big picture.
I should also point out that my own experiences of the US immigration system are no indication of how the process may be for someone else, in a lot of ways the Doc and I were actually very lucky.
2. Why don't you post any photos of yourself, or the Doc?
One of the things to think about when you blog is how much anonymity you want to retain.
Doc C is worried about his students finding this blog, and using anything I may write, or any pictures I post, to get personal information about him. I can imagine that could be a potential minefield for a lecturer, so I've decided not to identify him by name or post a clear picture of either of us.
Plus, you know, having a secret alias is totally fun!
3. Where Did You Meet Doc C?
At the National Film Theatre on the Southbank on 16th September 2002. I thought he was very good looking, and he didn't seem to mind that I drew him a picture of a Dalek. I'm not sure why I did that, but he now has it framed on his desk next to our wedding photo.
4. Do you have any naked photos of (an astonishing range of celebrity names have been googled for with this intention)?
No. This isn't that sort of website.
5. If you are vegetarian, why do you eat fish?
I don't eat meat because I hate the taste or texture of it, honestly it makes me feel ill. However, I do like the taste of fish. It seems simpler to say that I'm a vegetarian who loves to eat fish, than to explain this every time. And no I don't mind that Doc C is a total carnivore, he's a cute carnivore!
6. What's your favourite colour?
That varies between duck egg blue, pink & green.
7. What are you missing most about Britain?
Mainly I miss my friends and family, but I also really miss being able to buy pre-packed spinach, watercress and rocket salads. Oh, and "Strictly Come Dancing".
8. Ooh! I found a grammatical error, may I correct it?
Usually it's Doc C who asks me this, he is the Grammar Police. I will consider corrections on a post-by-post basis, but really it comes down to my mood whether I alter my sentence structure to his liking. So sometimes I leave bad grammar as it is, just to irritate him a little bit. This amuses me.
Of course if my Mother points out an error I correct it immediately, otherwise she may start lamenting my private education.