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Friday, February 23, 2007


First of all it's Friday! That means that on Sunday night (our day 100 by the way) it will be Monday in China. That means the CCAA will be back to work. Hopefully that means they will be able to get lots of work done since they have been off for a whole week. Hopefully late next week or the first part of the following week, we will get our LOA. Please say a little prayer. I am so ready.

I have decided to not do the facts anymore. I got bored with it (I knew I would). I'll have to come up with something else.

Thursday, February 22, 2007


Someone in my family is named after Brandon from Beverly Hills 90210. I have always said that it was because I didn't want something that could be shortened (which is partly true), but I really like Brandon and I didn't like Dylan.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007


Someone in my family snuck into a hospital to go and visit her future husband. He was healing after an injury during the war. (She never looks at you when your trying to take her picture either. She hates having her picture taken.)

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Fun Fact #2

I hate, hate, hate when somebody leaves the laundry hamper lid closed. Why? Why can't you close it? Is it really that hard to open the lid, put your clothes in and then close it again. I also hate when people leave the cabinets open, drawers open or things out of them. Does that make me OCD :)?

Monday, February 19, 2007

No I don't know when I'm going

I guess it's like having a baby. Everybody ask you "so what are you having?". Well instead of getting asked that I get asked "so when are you leaving?". I know everyone means well, but I just don't know. I wish I did. I wish I had a little hint of when I could go. I've decided to do a fun fact countdown. Each day I will list one fun fact about me or someone I love (no names I promise). Todays fun fact is about me. I have no pinkie toenails. I have like little nubs of nails. Every now and then a nail will grow, but then it will fall off. I'd take a picture, but I don't think you want to see my feet. I have been teased endlessly about my little nub nails and growing up I hated it, but now I love it. It makes me unique. The picture is a picture from "Happy Feet" since I don't want to use real feet.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

I hate Valentines Day

I hate Valentines Day. I always have and I probably always will. Next time I'm just not going to participate. Let me explain. Last year I got the kids candy and something else. I got their daddy candy and a card. They all got theirs in the morning. I got nothing. I didn't even get a phone call or a lunch invite (we work 15 minutes from each other). I did get a box of candy and a card that evening kind of like an after that during the day (I guess that's why he couldn't take me to lunch since he was shopping). Today I gave the kids their candy and stuff and set up their dads next to his coffee pot because he wasn't going to work. I got nothing. I didn't even get a phone call thanking me for the card and candy or telling me Happy Valentines Day. I did get flowers from a friend at work and some candy from another friend, but that was it. When I got home there was candy and a card sitting on the island. I said thank you. I meant it, but my feelings were hurt. It wouldn't have taken that much effort to pick up the phone and call me. After all he did get up at 1030 or so, check his email, drink coffee, go to the grocery store to pick up his prescriptions and grab my card and candy and then the UPS man came and he went out in the garage and tinkered with his tractors. When he asked me what was wrong, I told him. My feelings were hurt. The excuse I got was that he was sick (which he has been sick but he's actually a little better today) and in bed all day which from the above we know is not true. He wanted a medal because as he told me he didn't have to go to the grocery store to pick up his prescriptions. He went specifically so that he could get my card and candy. Well what do you say to that? It was kind of like I owed him for making the effort.
Don't get me wrong, I love him very much. I am so glad he is in my life and wouldn't trade him for anything (except for maybe Peyton Manning), but I get so frustrated sometimes. All I want is a little effort. That's it. Just a little. Sometimes I get so tired of doing it all. I need a weekend away. I need our TA. I need something.....ugh. Guess I'll go and chow down on some Valetines Day candy. I just needed to vent and since this is my blog, I can do that.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007


Since today is day 88 I thought I would share a few facts about what happened on this day in 1988.

1988 15th Winter Olympics games open at Calgary, Canada
1988 Christine Wachtel runs world record 800 meter indoor (1 minute 56.40 seconds)
1988 European Community plans removal of inner boundaries on Jan 1, 1992
1988 Heike Dreschler long jumps world record indoor (7.37 meters)
1988 Ronald Weigel runs unofficial world record speed walking (18 minutes 11.41 seconds)

Today I emailed our agency just to see if I could get a little hint. I didn't get anything except for depressing news. I probably won't see anything in Feb. They just had a family who was logged in in October who received their letter of acceptance the first part of Feb. We are logged in 11/17. Meanwhile, people logged in with other agencies are getting their forms. I guess the plus to all of this is that it will be warmer when I go.

Friday, February 09, 2007


I didn't want to post this because I don't want to sound like a whiner, but I am. I'm sad now. I'm sad because so many families that were logged in after us have received their letter of acceptances, but than there are a bunch of families before us who haven't received theirs. We are stuck in the middle. It's kind of like waiting for the I-797C. I want it so bad I can taste it. I know that it's coming soon, it's just the not knowing when that's getting to me. I need to take care of so many things at work and at home. Maddie's ballet recital is 5/12 and I really don't want to miss it (but if I have to there will be plenty of people who will videotape it for me). I know it will come eventually I just would like to know when.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007


This picture is called "An Anxious Moment - - St. Valentine's Morning". It is of a lady waiting for the mailman to bring her a letter on Valentine's Day. It should be called "An Anxious Moment - - Waiting for TA". We are on day 81 and I think we have a while to go. I'm pretty sure that we are going to make it to the 100 day mark without our TA. I'm beginning to think that I won't travel until May because of Chinese New Year and the trade fair in April. I really want to bring Sophie home. I can't sleep. I can't concentrate. I am still very unmotivated. I'm just getting anxious. I'm getting nervous. I'm worried about Sophie's adjustment. I'm worried about Maddie's adjustment. I'm worried about being gone from Maddie for 2 weeks. I know that things will be fine. This gives me a wonderful opportunity to bond with Sophie before we come home. I know it will be okay and will all work out, but I'm still anxious. Hopefully more Letter's of Acceptance and Travel Approvals will start coming in this week or next before the CCAA goes on vacation for Chinese New Year.