After checking for months and months to see when our petition would get approved, we decided to slow down with the holidays approaching. We checked a few times before Christmas and a few times between Christmas and New Year but we didn't want to get our hopes too high. You see, whenever you punch in your registration number the screen usually shows 4 polka dots in a row.
We'd been in the Initial Review stage for over 6 months, which basically meant that our application stood somewhere in a box, waiting impatiently for its turn. Initial Review is the limbo of USCIS, so we grew to hate that second polka dot with the power of a thousand pre-December 21st suns. It was always navy blue and always staring us in the face saying "they forgot about you! Ha ha ha!". Ok, maybe I was staring at the screen too much, but it did seem to have a high mocking potential.
So on January 1st, when we were packing the first of the giant suitcases
that Trevor brought back with him to the US, I decided to check one
more time. And there it was, the migration had occurred, the second polka dot was back to being a regular old gray one.
Naturally, I want to share the news with Trevor as fast as possible so I yell without moving away from the screen (had to keep an eye on that bugger).
Mickey: Treeeeeeeeeeeevor! We were approved!!!
Trevor (who was packing in the other room): Whaaaaat?
Mickey: We were approved!
Trevor (in very serious disbelief): Are you <expletive> kidding me?
It turned out I was not kidding and we both proceeded to do a celebration dance by jumping up and down at 11:30 PM. My downstairs neighbors were cool about it and didn't complain.
Usually Trevor is the optimistic one. Waiting for that long would make anyone a pessimist.