I'm finishing up my first week at the new job and it's been busy. Meeting people, finding out where the kitchen is, upgrading my wardrobe, and the annoyance of changing my easy above-ground reverse commute from Union Station to Takoma to the crowded, subterranean trip with the rest of humanity to Metro Center.
I'm grinding through the paperwork for my security clearance. I know it'll take a long time since I lived overseas and with a foreign national spouse. I have to document the past seven years, and that means the laborious task of backtracking through all the trips I've made since 2001. I've had to comb through tax returns, photo albums, emails, and on and on to confirm dates and destinations. It's a big pain. Take for example 2002 - I lived in Morocco, returned to the US, and traveled to Scotland, Turkey, and Spain. How the heck am I supposed to remember all the details? Argh.
The main reason it took so long for my husband to get his US citizenship is that they wanted details of every trip he's taken out of the country in the 20+ years he's been here, and he was visiting his Canadian relatives a couple times a year or more. He finally came up with something plausible, but it was a real PITA.