To Work in This Country…

This is so typical America. I work – for free, in my spare time – with the Swedish web TV channel Access New York. We make funny, short videos with tips about NYC for Swedes. So clearly no mega business and we all do it in evenings or weekends and no one gets paid. But still the American embassy in Stockholm has contacted my colleague and questioned whether the people he works with are doing it legally. I have a green card so it’s cool. But I don’t understand how it can be an issue when you do something fun in your spare time and then post it online. Apparently it’s illegal to blog in USA if you’re a foreigner and don’t have a green card?! I feel almost like it’s an attack on the free speech (and free media)?

Anyway, that means only he and I can produce videos in the future. Doesn’t feel great when you have a great group of people that have fun together and film bloopers. This kind of thing – same as when we have to pay a bunch of extra fees because we’re filing our taxes together because we’re married (which we have to do because – we’re married), or when I wasn’t allowed to leave the country because of the ongoing green card process, but wasn’t allowed to stay either because I overstayed my visa (how do you solve that?!) – makes me so tired of this country and all the bureaucracy. It’s like they want to make it more complicated for everyone. I miss Sweden.

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Alltså det här är så typiskt USA. Jag jobbar – gratis och på fritiden – med en svensk webb-TV-kanal som heter Access New York. Vi gör roliga, korta videos med tips på vad man kan göra i New York för svenskar. Alltså ingen megabusiness direkt och alla gör det kvälls- eller helgtid och ingen får betalt. Ändå hade nu den amerikanska ambassaden i Stockholm hört av sig till min kollega som är producent och ifrågasatt om de som jobbar för honom är lagliga. Jag har ju grönt kort så det är lugnt. Men förstår inte hur det kan vara ett problem när man gör en kul grej på fritiden men väljer att lägga upp det online. Tydligen är det olagligt att blogga från USA om man är utlänning och inte har green card?! Det känns ju nästan som en attack mot yttrandefriheten (och fri media)?

Hursom, det betyder att bara han och jag kan producera videos i fortsättningen. Inte så himla kul när vi har ett roligt gäng som har kul ihop och filmar bloopers. Alla såna här händelser – samma sak som när vi måste betala en massa extra avgifter för att vi deklarerar tillsammans för att vi är gifta (man MÅSTE deklarera tillsammans då), eller när jag inte fick lämna landet p.g.a. pågående green card-process, men inte heller fick stanna för att jag överstannade mitt visum (hur löser man det liksom?!) – gör mig sååå trött på det här landet och alla regler som säger emot sig själva. Det är som att de vill göra det svårt och komplicerat för både andra och sig själva så att de får nåt att göra. Nu saknar jag Sverige. Punkt slut. 

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To Work in This Country…

Working out = deserving sweets

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It was so freezing and rainy yesterday and today, it’s really depressing. I feel like just laying in bed all day and I have this disheartening feeling that I will never find a real job. Now that I have my work permit there’s also pressure to actually find something in my field. No excuses! Today’s been fully booked with babysitting though and also collected all the documents I will need to bring to the green card interview.

Yesterday morning I went to the Consulate General of Sweden on the Upper East Side to get a certified copy of my passport. Which I need to get my personal tax number from the IRS – not that exciting but pretty necessary… Then I did a heavy full body workout at my gym (I go to the Bed-Stuy YMCA), I was only going for arm day but it was so empty in there so I stayed and did legs + abs as well. What I don’t understand is when people just sit at the machines checking their phones. I was seriously waiting for my two favorite machines (that I saved for last) for probably 15 minutes because the people on them were checking Facebook and resting. But – so very Swedish of me – I didn’t even say anything, so who am I to speak. I’m in such a bad sugar phase (more than normal that is) so I rewarded myself with some cupcakes afterwards. Healthy as a nut, as we say in Sweden!

Working out = deserving sweets

BBQ season has officially started

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Finally! I got the notification from the USCIS for my interview for the green card. That’s the last step in the process and means no more paper work after July 1st! Also means we must stay in the city until then. But that’s ok.

Yesterday was super hot and humid, we spent the day helping our friend Anthony move and talked about how one of his roommates keep stealing everyones food. Like, if there’s a pizza in the fridge he’d actually eat the whole thing except for three slices. Who does that?! Pizza is important. We also got Anthony’s Nintendo Wii! Until now we’ve been playing my Swedish Wii with our American TV so it’s been in black and white all the time. Now we can actually see which shells are which, or the difference between the ground and the lava in Bowser’s Castle.

Later we went grilling with my Swedish friends at Lisa’s boyfriend Andrew’s place in Bushwick. They have this really cool back yard with a ping pong table, a grill and a fire pit. We got to do a little anger management by chopping up wood for the fire with an axe. Actually Ever’s office closed down last Thursday because of bad business which means he lost his job. So he wasn’t in a party party mood (he does have a backup plan though, starting Tuesday). And everyone else was hungover. So we just grilled some hot dogs, drank a little beer and met some new people. Most of the times I go with Ever when he sees his buddies, or I go see my own, so I’m just happy we could do something together. It’s also so easy to bring him along to see Swedish people when we’re here since everyone is so used to speaking English.

BBQ season has officially started