"Apparently you are, my friend!"
Boring stuff first. We await two original documents, coming by airmail: Pat's job offer and the lease on our flat (that is "apartment" in British English) to sign. I have already sent everything we have to my immigration solicitor ("attorney" or "lawyer" in British English.) I will replace the blank lease with a scan of the signed lease and we should be good. Now we wait for the go-ahead from her. Next, my online application will be submitted along with payment for the application, expediting, and NHS. At the time of submission, I will make an appointment to be finger-printed and photographed, likely in St Louis. After all that, I can send my documents to Sheffield, England. We will then have to wait "a couple of weeks" for processing, according to my solicitor. Finally, they will return all of my documents, including my passport and we can fly to Scotland! We are getting close, but still waiting.
In the meantime, we try to enjoy ourselves, taking advantage of what Quincy and the surrounding area has to offer and doing our favorite things. This past weekend, that consisted of lunch with my parents, several movies, coffee shops, running, biking, and hiking, and visiting several of our favorite local food and beverage establishments.