Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Eye Pins, Anyone?

Today I have to deal with my least favorite tasks of all, those of the administrative variety. It's not just bill payments and bank transfers - I'm talking passports here.


The passport application for my kid is already in, and that was bad enough. I had to drive to the place with unwilling kid in tow, arrive a few minutes late, discover I didn't have all the necessary documents, send husband home to get those documents, and fill out forms.


Yes, I'm a hot mess. Yes, I started getting itchy at this point.
Another hot mess. Fistbump!


Here's the thing: I HAVE a passport for my kid that is perfectly fine. It doesn't expire until well after the trip. But because some tools people out there are kidnappers, now it's suspicious to travel with a passport that will expire in a few months. Hence the rush.


Plus, kids need a new passport each time. You can't just renew their passport. Noooooo, you have to start from scratch with a whole new application.


Did the "man" at the "place" explain any of this to me on the phone when I set up the appointment? 


NOPE


Well, I can't blame him. It was my responsibility, to be fair. But I like to play passive-aggressive, especially when I have to send out my husband on a useless errand for forms that I should have had in the first place. It's Wife Prerogative; I'm sorry, husbands out there, but it just is. Your own fault, by the way, husbands - after all, we wives have to, HAVE TO, avoid the dreaded Eye Roll.


I filled out the forms and got the picture taken at last. At this point the "man" in the "place" said, "Oh, you don't need to order expedited service. It will arrive in plenty of time."


But it hasn't, see. He was wrong, wrong, wrong. So now I have to find those forms that I had a few weeks ago to go back into the system and up the service to expedited, like I wanted in the first place. 


I know, I know - I need a little 


with my 
WHINE


Enjoy your day. Send good thoughts my way that I find those forms. And include some eye pins, wouldja?

7 comments:

Johanna Garth said...

Passports and kids, you deserve your cheese and your wine!

Alison said...

Thanks, Johanna! I think I'll go with Brie and champagne. Have some with me!

kimba88 said...

omg..we have an appt on march 31 for all five us to get them..or trip is in july. i have so many forms, photo copies etc..that my head is spinning. hope it all works out.

Krista McLaughlin said...

That is annoying, hopefully you can get it worked out!

SM Johnson said...

I've been trying to get my husband a passport for 4 years. He was born in
Canada to a Canadian mother and an American father, and given up for adoption to his American grandparents. Apparently is paternity is "suspect" by the American govt because it father is illiterate. Maybe I should have tried to have him Naturalized. Sigh. We still haven't managed to "prove" his citizenship. I SO feel your pain.

Alison said...

Fistbump, SM! So annoying and dreadful, isn't it? Although, it must be so much worse in your situation. I'm ashamed of my WHINE now!

Good luck!

west_2552 said...

I think our passports are good till 2018. Mary and Paul will be 28 and 29, so they better darn well take care of the next installment!! Well, it's history now, isn't it, Alison? Yay!! BTW, the passport people stapled my second newer pic to my old passport. Two pics of my with a ten year difference. How sad is that?? Can't dodge the aging face!!