Friday, April 25, 2008

Normally I'd post an update here, but it's too much right now. Sometimes you hear news that just flips your world:

From the US Embassy in Hanoi:

On April 25, the Government of Vietnam announced that it will allow adoption to be completed in cases where prospective adoptive parents have been matched with a child and received an official referral prior to September 1, 2008. It further stated that in accordance with Vietnamese law, the DIA will suspend the acceptance of new dossiers on July 1, 2008. On September 1, 2008 any dossier that has not received a referral will be closed and returned to the Adoption Service Provider. In view of the processing time required in Vietnam from placement to the Giving and Receiving Ceremony, an adoption process begun now cannot be completed before the current Agreement expires.

That's it. That's all it takes. Sometimes words can hit you physically, like a punch in the chest...

Friday, April 18, 2008

never everland

I sometimes read a discussion group with people who are considering parenthood. It's an interesting window back into a time I can scarcely connect with any more. My life seems split into two pieces now: one with child and one long ago.

One of the most striking things about the pre- or maybe not at all parents is how they speak in absolutes. "I'll never take my child to Disneyland." or "I can never give up my reading time."

I grin and chuckle to myself. How strange to be so sure of anything. What I've learned from being in a relationship for near 10 years now and having this little adorable id come into my life is that nothing is concrete. Even something as simple as food preferences are fluid. You don't like broccoli today but in a month maybe so! I'll never buy Disney products and then there I am with a set of Mickey Mouse underwear because I can't deny that big grin. Here I am kicking a soccer ball and looking up leagues for the summer. I hate sports.

It's liberating though. We can box ourselves in with these conditions and once you let go you realize just how much fun you can have with a couple puppets on a rainy afternoon.

Friday, April 11, 2008

reality bites

So, was that the most shocking American Idol result ever or what? I'll miss Michael Johns. He may be the best singer they've ever had on the show. I've already downloaded several of his singles and they're all fantastic. So, I'll be waiting for his album, it will be fabulous as well.

and for those of you who are Dancing with the Stars fans I leave you with this clip:

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Whistle while you wurk

I'm coding! I've decided to input all my error messages that will appear in the fuuutuuuure in all caps because the whole upper case, lower case things takes waaay too many keystrokes.

Now all my error messages will be all SHOUTY! First time I get one I'll be like whoa, what's with the yelling and then I'll remember and be like oh yeah, I was lazy.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Place your bets!

We're on our way! We're now DTV! Dossier to Vietnam. Rolling those dice and hoping for the best.

/ sitting by phone


hmm, nothing yet.

Any second now I'm sure......

: )

Friday, April 04, 2008

San Diego - Legoland sucks

Travelling with a toddler is always interesting. It's like trying to juggle and spin the plates at the same time. Drop a ball or fail to get that plate going and things crash... loudly. Overall though he was an excellent little traveller. I bow down before the portable DVD player, oh keeper of entertainment and sanity.

My mission here today though is to warn parents of small childern about the dangers of Legoland. Do not go! The wait was 45 minutes to an hour for each ride. There were no quick lines. Everything was an hour including the wait for lunch. I repeat stay away from Legoland. The miniature cities were fantastic but really was it worth the price of admission, probably not. Also after waiting an hour at the last ride of the day the evil woman decided that E wasn't tall enough to ride this ride, this despite the fact that he'd been riding these same height requirement rides all day long.

Sea World San Diego was incredible though. The park was well run and all the exhibits were quick to see and get out. Shows were on time and entertaining too.

Now, to go abroad. I just wish the dollar was worth more than the toilet paper on the airplanes.


Pictures to come!

Have a great weekend all!