Friday, February 29, 2008
Good news, kind of, is I'm STAYING HOME this weekend. After traveling 2 weekends in a row, I'm ready to bundle up and lay on my couch with the puppies for a few (hundred) hours this weekend. I do have 2 outings planned ; one to go plant shopping with a friend, and one coffee date - I hope. I am in need for some serious girl-time, as well as some serious staying-home-and- catching-up-time.
Maybe I'll take some pictures around the place. Spring has sprung and all my daffies are up, and my camillia is in full bloom... more later.
Monday, February 25, 2008
As of Feb. 1st:
Length: 26.8 inches
Weight: 16.1 poundsHead Circumference: 42 centimeters
We also usually get pictures at the end of each month. This month we didn't; apparently the Minute wouldn't hold still for the pretty camera... that's my kid!
Monday, February 18, 2008
Are you tired of those sissy 'friendship' poems that always sound good,
But never actually come close to reality? Well, here is a series of promises
that actually speaks of true friendship.
1. When you are sad -- I will help you get drunk and plot revenge against
the sorry bastard who made you sad.
2. When you are blue -- I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.
3. When you smile -- I will know you are plotting something that I must be involved in.
4. When you are scared -- I will rag on you about it every chance I get.
5. When you are worried -- I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse
it could be until you quit whining.
6. When you are confused -- I will use little words.
7. When you are sick -- Stay the hell away from me until you are well
again. I don't want whatever you have.
8. When you fall -- I will point and laugh at your clumsy ass.
9. This is my oath.... I pledge it to the end.
'Why?' you may ask; 'Because you are my friend'.
Friendship is like peeing your pants,
everyone can see it,
But only you can feel the true warmth.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tomorrow will be ... 20 months I think, since our dossier was logged into China. yee-haw. and not in a good way.
On the Vietnam front: sent a package to the Minute today. I didn't get it together to even take pictures of it or anything. I literally had less than 24 hours to get it together so the fact that I got ANYTHING together is amazing. I managed to send a little taggie square/mini-blanket thing, and stuffed dog toy (gotta get him used to dogs!), and a little flannel blanket. I was only going to send the dog, but that seemed uber lame, so I tossed the other stuff in at the last minute. I wanted to send myself, but well, I don't fit in the gallon sized ziplock the rest of the stuff had to fit into!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
As a quick note, we get to send a small package of stuff to the Minute via our agency director next week!! We're also due more pictures AND video!! We're dropping the package off tomorrow in person (it's nice to have our agency just up the road!), on the way to the farm.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Secondly, here's a little more from my agency's call last friday (and this is supposed to be "confidential", so please don't copy/spread/share this info, ok?):
¨ 12 families are currently past 60 days; we do not know how many families are in this process total (from all agencies)
¨ Our current thinking is that a change must come from a political force; families are encouraged to write their local Congress and Senate representatives to ask that they become involved in re-vamping the way CIS is currently handling the Orphans First ProcedureSo if I don't want you to copy this, why am I putting it here? Well, I am encouraging ANYONE in the process or any one who has friends and family in this process to go make some phone calls. Or email your congressperson. I plan to - first thing tomorrow - call both my senators' offices and start crying ON THE SPOT. And I will continue to call until I feel that something is being done. I won't mention that I need my case moved along any faster than anyone else's (although of course I WANT Minute home, but this is bigger than that), but will simply mention that I am a mother to a son who is laying in a crib ALONE in an orphanage while CIS sits on their f-ing butts and plays stupid politics, and the other 300 cases pending travel approval in Vietnam.
Hello, CIS! WAKE THE F- UP! since when is politics more important than the 300 plus babies that need a mother (father/brother/sister/grandson, etc) RIGHT NOW? As if this process weren't painful enough already...
Am thinking some BIG thoughts these days... more on this soon.
Friday, February 08, 2008
The basic plan is that while my agency is doing what they can do to advocate for those of us in i-600 LIMBO, we have to take our case to people who might be able to do something (as our agency's and other agency's requests to speed the process has fallen on def ears). Call your congress people, write letters... I'm not sure at this point exactly what to do, but our agency is coming up with a list of things to do, and I'll post it here. Prospects for soon-travel are looking bleak. While some people are traveling sooner (I mentioned one family waited 27 days), others have waited 64 days to hear, and 2 families with my agency waited 80 days to hear about travel... that's our tax dollars at work. Amazing the amount of shit we have to deal with just to get this point...and then this happens.
I'm done. If I keep this up, some very foul words will appear on this site....
So, pictures from Bay Hill, that's Arnold Palmer's home course, in case you aren't in the know, or haven't been reading the ol' blog daily. I didn't actually PLAY the course, as I don't actually PLAY golf, but we lunched in the club house, and I spent some time walking around looking at the really ugly spots they have on their greens...eek! Very bad news for the superintendent, I can tell you that. Anyway, these are the only Florida pix I have. Sorry.
(Yeah, this is what I do for a living...rough life, huh?).
Thursday, February 07, 2008
So, I went back to my office after our time together, and began blog stalking again. I think it's almost time to start thinking about packing, planning, and getting last minute stuff together. I ran across another family (a local family, actually) who got their travel approval in 27 days. 27!!! They leave very soon, as a matter of fact. We got our start-the-wait-date when...? Like the 4th? That would put us traveling in early March. For some reason, I've been thinking the end of February, but that's so unlikely at this point. But I could be more than pleased with March. Especially EARLY March. (Although if anyone out there has a say in this - PLEASE make it FEBRUARY, ok? I can pack fast if necessary!!).
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
A few pictures from my work-in-progress nursery. The crib was a gift from my boss and his wife; pretty awesome, actually. They have a daughter who was adopted from Guatemala, and they have both (but esp. my boss) have been so wonderfully supportive during this process. It's good to have people who care around me!
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Now for a totally different topic: to answer a few questions about my last post. Yes, our FINAL wait has begun in earnest. We SHOULD not have to wait longer than 60 days to get our travel approval, and GOOD NEWS - once we get the approval, we can book our tix immediately. Everything else is good to go on the other end. At least THAT is something! oh, and to answer the question, what if you don't have your first referral email? No worries, our agency sent me a fresh copy to forward JUST IN CASE!! (I did indeed have it, but still good to know they were on it!).
Wow. what a long painful trip this has been. However, I am staying positive, and trying not to get too upset that my son just turned 7 months old without me.... most days I do fine. We actually got an interesting letter from our agency (every VN family got it) about how uncool it is to travel before your official travel approval comes in, and how calling the CIS office is a huge pain in their ass, and backs up the paperwork even further...so don't do it. That kind of thing. Interestingly enough, while EVERYONE and their second cousin-once-removed has asked me "why don't you just go over there and get him?" it has never occurred to me to try to do anything out of turn. There are SO MANY families trying to travel and adopt children/babies, that families who do things out of turn seem really rude. We're all in it with the same goal in mind, and we all have to literally wait our turn. I really feel badly for families who have been waiting for months and months (like 7!!) to travel, while other families may have gotten to travel sooner if they weren't actually following rules...anyway, my point is I am going to do this the CORRECT and OFFICIAL way, so if you see me, PLEASE don't ask me why we haven't "just gone over there and gotten him yet?". The answer is I don't want anything to go wrong, and once he's mine, I don't ever want there to be any question about the legality or anything.
And finally, a special thanks for the packages I've been receiving. My Mom sent a great gift for the Minute, KP and Miss B sent a great package - with some uber cute stuff for the Minute and fun stuff for Minute's Mom!!, and Miss Nikki sent the CUTEST stuff for Minute and a dress for Magic (unless she thinks Minh might LIKE pink, in which case, the dress is for the Minute. hee hee).
If I owe you a card/call/package/etc. please do not think I've forgotten you...even if I have (kidding!!! I totally haven't!!). I'm so wrapped up in work, and trying to do the last minute things before we travel that I just havn't been on top of the stuff I am usually on top of. So, you might get that birthday card in June...even if you have a January Birthday (sorry Jen. Yours might get there sooner....maybe by March!!)...but I haven't forgotten you.
It's just now getting good, folks. Hang in there!!!