It is official (well almost - dang 10 day wait). It is a closed court so I won't share the details here but all went as expected - about 90 minutes total. The judge sustained my petition as they say here and today, DRS (will share her full former name after 10 day wait) officially become Audrey D Reardon. There is now a 10 day wait for both sides to consider the decision and Friday, December 2 - it is final. No turning back. The deal will be sealed. Lock the door and throw away the keys. All's well that ends well. That fat lady will have sung... What other euphemisms can I use? Anyway, our Gotcha Day will be Monday, December 5th which is the day I can pick Audrey up.
I am going to have a glass of champagne to celebrate at the hotel lobby bar. Svetlana and Tanya and I had a little celebration at the courtroom cafeteria. Boiled potatoes and ground veal cutlet (maybe??). No champagne but I did want to do something special so - I had my first cup of coffee ever! I wanted it to be a momentous occasion. The ladies were drinking coffee so I decided - why not. Why not have my first cup of coffee (and probably the last to be honest) to commemorate the day I became Audrey's mom. Ha! Funny way to celebrate but a moment I won't forget. Lunch for 3 of us 310 rubles. 3 cups of coffee about 90 rubles. Being Audrey's mom - priceless!
I feel so relieved and so happy and even a little shocked. I just wasn't sure if this would really happen. The threat of Russia closing. Then the threat of Russia closing to singles. Then 3 referrals that didn't happen for all different reasons. All of those twists and turns but here am I - ready to be Audrey's mom with only a few more days to wait and prepare.
Early flight tomorrow morning. Poor Gregory is picking me up at 4:30am. Ouch. I made the mistake of saying to Tanya that perhaps I could take a taxi so that Gregory wouldn't have to get up so early. She about to went into orbit on that one. I got the picture and won't bring up a taxi again.
Thanks for following along. Later!