Archive for May, 2007

#11 and Climbing


Well, we have already moved up a spot on our agency’s waiting list. Hot damn. My lucky friend Tamara over http://ourjourneytopaige.blogspot.com/ is now #1.

I have been feeling guilty about my post yesterday regarding the “Depths of My Despair” blog. I didn’t mean to sound like I was trying to prove her to be a fraud, writing fiction or invalidate her experiences. I was just wondering if I was the only one that was intrigued by the possibility of it being fiction.


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Happy Memorial Day

I hope everyone had a great holiday.  My husband and I had three couples over yesterday afternoon for a party.  Everything turned out great.  I was a little freaked out because I bought the biggest piece of meat I have ever seen and was a little intimidated.  It was a 15 pound brisket and it was a beast.  I have never cooked a brisket before so I was nervous to test it out on our guinea pigs friends.  I got a recipe from my Mom that had 3 ingredients and no prep (except for cutting off about 5 pounds of fat!).  1 can of Coke, 1 Envelope of Onion Soup Mix and 1 Jar of Chili Sauce.  Cover tightly with foil and cook at 300 degrees for 5 hours.  No problem-o.  It tasted good, was moist, tender and had made it’s sauce (after skimming off mondo fat).  I also made potato salad, baked beans and deviled eggs.  I was freakin’ Martha Stewart, people!

I came across a blog while “blog surfing” the other night.  I have mixed feelings about it.  It is sad, it is intriguing, and I am wondering if it is fiction.  Let me know what you think.  http://mydpethsofdespair.blogspot.com/

Here is today’s picture:


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Our agency received our dossier from the Vietnam Consulate (in SF) on Monday and they are sending it to Vietnam tomorrow (Friday)!  We are now “officially” on the waiting list in spot NUMBER 12.  It feels good to be official.  The agency still says 1-3 months (maybe 4) for a referral.  Why would they even bother throwing the 1, or even 2 month number in there?  Anyone with even a pea-sized brain knows they aren’t getting 12 referrals in a month or two.   They opened with 22 referrals so, who knows?  I hope I am proved wrong! 

I am going to try and start adding a photograph with every post.  It may or may not have anything to do with the post but I think it jazzes up the place.  Seeing this is an adoption blog (at least in some respects) today’s post is of a cute little baby.


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TV Review

Since the TV season is ending or has ended I have some random thoughts about things I watch.

Crossing Jordan – Jordan is diagnosed with a deadly brain tumor.  Spare me.  What?  They’re going to change the name to “Crossing Woody”?  And now, 2 shows later she is perfectly fine and single handedly solving murders in Boston on a weekly basis.  Also, what’s with the writers need to add a new pathologist every couple of years that has to be a bitch and stir things up.  It is so tiring.

CSI Las Vegas- Can these people not turn on a light?  In every show they walk through darkened crime scenes with teeny little flash lights.  Can you imagine how much evidence they are missing?  How many clues are overlooked?  I’ve got a clue people.  It’s called an OVERHEAD LIGHT.  Most houses built in the last 100 years have them.  Is flipping an on/off switch going to eff up the crime scene? 

CSI Miami – David Caruso.  How is this man not laughed off the air?  He is the worst actor EVER.  I think he went to the Captain Kirk School of Acting.  I can’t even bear to watch the promos for the show.

Grey’s Anatomy – Is Meredith mentally impaired?  Did she suffer some type of brain damage when she drowned?  Really.  What idiot would keep screwing over such a great guy.  It’s frustrating and infuriating. 

Veronica Mars – Cancelled!  Why some other network doesn’t pick up this show is beyond me.  Maybe if a bunch of people write the “powers that be” at  USA or TNT we can convince them they MUST keep this show going.  I will really miss her interesting “cases”, her odd friends, and the smart and very funny dialogue. 

Heros – Great show but if someone doesn’t kill Sylar soon I am going to lose my mind.  This crazy psycho needs to die.  I am bummed they killed off Ted.  Speaking of Ted, is he one of the Geico Cavemen?  Am I the only one who thinks this?

Desperate Housewives – Poor Gabby.  I can’t believe her new husband turned out to be such a bastard.  I’m not worried about her though.  She will get her revenge somehow.  And Edie?  Is Nicolette Sheridan really off the show?  I hadn’t heard anything.  Maybe they will start next season with her scarf breaking and her living after all?

Raines – Great show with Jeff Goldblum.  Have you watched it?  It came on mid-season and ran for 6 weeks or so.  The ads for the show made it sound like another Medium but it’s not.  He is a homicide detective and he imagines he has conversations with the victims.  They can’t tell him anything he doesn’t already know.  The writing is interesting and quietly humorous.  I haven’t heard if it got renewed or not.  I sure hope so.

The Closer – Kyra Sedgwick is smart, tough, funny, and neurotic.  It starts again on TNT in June.  You should watch if you don’t already. 

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Anybody know what kind of bird this is?  Any bird with a mohawk AND eyebrows is totally cool in my book.


I have been scrapbooking the last few days.  I promised my friend LAST YEAR I would make a scrapbook for her son’s high school Junior prom.  Well, his Senior prom was last week and I still hadn’t made last year’s book.  Needless to say I have been busily putting both books together.  I figured giving them to her for his COLLEGE graduation would be in bad form.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and next week brings 171’s, referrals and travel for all of us waiting.

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Consulate & Hospital

I get annoyed when I go to my favorite blogs and they haven’t updated in a long time.  Now I am doing the same dang thing!  I compose blog entries in my head but never seem to get them down “on computer”, which is crazy, because I am on the computer ALL THE TIME.  I am just reading instead of writing.  I am making a promise to myself and to my blog friends and visitors that I am making an effort to be better.

Our paperwork got sent to the Vietnam Consulate last Friday.  Yipee!  Our agency expects it back between 5-10 days.  So hopefully mid-week next week.   We should be DTV by the end of May.  So far, our paperwork has progressed pretty close to the “chart” I have created in my head.  We will see how close it stays on that track as we progress to the referral stage.  Speaking of which, I had a dream Sunday morning that I checked my email and I had one with a subject line that read “Your Referral”.  I opened the email and I saw the name “Quynh Thuy”.  There was a last name but I couldn’t remeber it when I opened my eyes.  Nor could I remember the date of the email.  Damn!!  It’s funny because there were 2 emails with the same title.  I wonder if that means twins?  Hummmm…

My husband had to go into the hospital unexpectedly on Friday.  He woke up Thursday morning with a sore throat but I didn’t think too much of it because that happens to me pretty regularly and it fades as the morning wears on.  I told him he probably just slept with his mouth open and should drink a lot of water.  He had plans to golf in the afternoon and I told him he should go because it would probably “make him feel better”.  You can see where this is going, can’t you?  He came home that afternnon around 5 and slept until the next morning.  Hmmm, maybe he really was sick.  My husband is a cancer survivor.  Oral cancer.  I always make sure he stays on top of his checkups/CTs/PETs etc. and he had just had one and everything was fine.  So I knew he was “okay” in that respect but did know he was definitely sick with either strep throat or some type of throat infection.  I know it took me 24 hours and him playing a round of golf but I figured it out eventually!  My main worry was about how compromised the tissue in his mouth was because of all the radiation/chemo he had had.  We got in to see his ENT by 11 a.m. on Friday and the doctor scoped him and couldn’t even see his airway because he was so swollen.  It turns out he had epiglotitis (infection of his epiglotis).  He promptly told us we had to get him in the hospital immediately because he was concerned about his breathing and the infection getting out of control.  His temp was 103 at this point.  His doctor called ahead to the hospital and spoke with the ER charge nurse because he wanted him admitted through the ER so he wouldn’t have to wait to get anitbiotics and steriods until he was checked into a room.  I felt bad we bypassed all the people in the ER waiting room but I guess that’s the way it goes.  He evetually got a “real” room later in the afternoon and continued to get meds until Sunday morning.  I am happy to report he is feeling a lot better and is almost back to feeling “normal”. 

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The country folk have their roosters and the city folk have their car horns.  Turns out, us lake folk have cardinals to wake us up.  The last two weeks a cardinal has been trying to attack the cardinal that “lives” inside our house.  At around 6:30 every morning he starts ramming his little beak into our bedroom window, the window by the front door or by the back door window.  It is especially fun when he chooses this window because it is right by the kennel where our dog sleeps.  So now, along with a near sighted cardinal, we have two cranky adults, an australian shepard, and a pomeranian wide awake at 6:30 on a Sunday morning.  This little guy also likes to attack the cardinal that “lives” in the sideview mirror of my husband’s car.  Can you break a beak? 


I guess she is why he is protecting his territory.  She is pretty cute.  I just hope she likes boys with crooked beaks …

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