I finally got around to sorting out all the stuff I have just been depositing in the loft that we expanded in summer ’02. It is much too pretty to let it decay into a storage area and I just haven’t been in the mood for any “major” actions – but felt like it today.
Alone the dust up there was murder – all the fine ash from opening the door on the wood burning stove just seems to get sucked up there.
Now that it is all nice and cozy again, I thought I would post pictures of “upstairs” as I never did when we enlarged it way back when:
At approximately 10.00 a.m. this morning, I became (once again) a german citizen.
It is an odd, but very good feeling and I need to just let this really sink in.
Having had american citizenship for 28 years and thus for most of my childhood and all of my adult life, this takes some getting used to – though in a good way. And I am smiling as I am writing this.
I took the oath at the consulate yesterday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. I thought that I would retain citizenship until the denaturalization certificate arrives from Washington, but the people at the consulate informed me that once I signed the oath, I was no longer an american citizen.
So, it all went much faster than I thought.
The only hurdle now is covering the time until the arrival of the certificate, since the german authorities won’t officially grant me citizenship until that time, though I have a certificate assuring me citizenship once that arrives. I called them this morning about the possibilities of receiving a provisional passport and will be going there on Monday; they said they will see what they can do. I don’t want to be in passport limbo for the 3-4 months that the State Department needs to issue the denaturalisation certificate.
On another note, I have somehow killed my DSL Splitter, but more on that subject later.