I'm Not Very Hopeful About This Vacation

@patgalca (15627)
Orangeville, Ontario
January 27, 2017 12:33pm CST
This morning, I went to the Canada Post website to check the tracking number on our passports that we sent January 14th but was told wouldn't be mailed out until the 16th because it was a Saturday. When I entered what I thought was the tracking number I got a message indicating the package had not been delivered. This parcel went XpressPost. I wanted to cry. I decided to call Canada Post and after punching in several numbers I finally got a person on the other end of the line. He was very friendly. As it so happens, the number I was keying in, though the website said it was a valid tracking number, was NOT in fact the tracking number. The number I was supposed to be keying in was indicated as the Customer Receipt. Anyway, he was able to confirm that the parcel was delivered and signed for on the 18th. Many people from Canada have told me that they have received their new passports, even NEW applications (as opposed to renewals) within 2 weeks. I decided to call the passport office. Of course a recording indicated a high volume of calls and I could wait or try later. In the meantime I was told that passport applications sent through the mail service would take 20 days plus mailing days from the time of receipt by the passport office. I want to cry. Yesterday my husband asked me if we had received the passports yet. I snapped at him that we wouldn't be in this position if he had informed me he had booked vacation days off work and I could have checked off a date of travel instead of "unknown". I'm not going to sit on hold on the phone only to be told the same thing the recording told me. And my husband has informed me that two of his sisters are coming HERE at the beginning of March. So, unless we do get our passports, oh, let's say Monday, it doesn't look like we'll be going anywhere. And all this has made me po'd at my husband because he didn't tell me... and he left the passport situation up to me. As soon as I told them they were expired he should have had me jumping all over it instead of leaving the paperwork sitting on the coffee table for two weeks.
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@Happy2BeMe (93053)
• Canada
27 Jan 17
I really hope that it all works out. You really need that vacation!
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@patgalca (15627)
• Orangeville, Ontario
27 Jan 17
My husband is trying to tell me that as long as we are not going to the U.S. we don't necessarily need a passport - like Jamaica. I find that hard to believe. I'm sure he's getting that piece of wisdom from his work partner of whom he believes everything that comes out of his mouth.
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@Happy2BeMe (93053)
• Canada
28 Jan 17
@patgalca lol ya they usually listen to everything their friends say.
@patgalca (15627)
• Orangeville, Ontario
29 Jan 17
@Happy2BeMe And never to their spouses.
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@Kandae11 (40006)
27 Jan 17
I do hope you get to go on that vacation.
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@patgalca (15627)
• Orangeville, Ontario
27 Jan 17
Even if we get our passports, there is no guarantee our daughter can get us on a plane somewhere warm.
• Canada
27 Jan 17
That is disappointing. I hope they show up shortly.
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@patgalca (15627)
• Orangeville, Ontario
27 Jan 17
I am hoping that is the longest it would take but it could be faster, and probably will be... I hope.
@Corbin5 (162877)
• United States
27 Jan 17
Very, very frustrating for you, as well as being so disappointing. I, too, would be very upset.
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@patgalca (15627)
• Orangeville, Ontario
27 Jan 17
I get that he wanted to surprise me but once he knew the passports had expired he should have said something.
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@silvermist (20010)
• India
29 Jan 17
Hope you get your passports on time.But even if you do not get it,try not to be disappointed.Is there something else you want to do if not going to vacation?
@patgalca (15627)
• Orangeville, Ontario
29 Jan 17
Not really. The idea is to try and get into the mode we were in when we were in Hawaii.
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@silvermist (20010)
• India
29 Jan 17
@patgalca Happy memories of Hawai vacation?
@patgalca (15627)
• Orangeville, Ontario
29 Jan 17
@silvermist The only time we give each other our full attention is when we are away. Even when we go to his parents' I don't get much of his attention. In fact, I had a nightmare of that sort last night. He wanted nothing to do with me. I hate those dreams.
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27 Jan 17
C'mon... Cheep up yourself.