Monday, May 26, 2008

A Look Inside...

I saw this on Jen's blog and copied it!! I thought it was WAY cool!!

This is an analysis of your blog and the words that you use a lot...I can see that it is more about people then it is about adoption at this point in time! I think I will do one every few months and see how things have changed.

If you want to get your own, go HERE

Monday, May 19, 2008

Montreal - part 2

Sunday came so quickly! The time was just flying by over the weekend. The weather report called for rain all weekend and we were so lucky to only have a bit on Sunday night. We spent the afternoon in Chinatown and old Montreal on Sunday! The weather was PERFECT!!

Here are some pictures of the day...

Happy 6th Anniversary D&D!!

Dragon's Beard Candy - YUMMY!!


Doesn't K1 look like a MODEL in this picture???

The boys waiting for the girls...

And NO trip to Montreal would be complete without a visit to F*airmont Bagels. You can see K1 & K2 enjoying their STILL HOT bagels.

Monday morning came so quickly and it was time to come home...sigh...until next time.



What a GREAT weekend! On Friday afternoon, Mark and I hopped in the car and off we went to Montreal. We arrived 7 hours later at Doris and Dan's doorstep! It was a long journey, but worth the trip!

We had our greetings and hellos and it was time to catch up! It wasn't long before K1 & K2 arrived and Catherine. The gang was all together again!!

Our camera had been in the shop and we were so pleased that it was fixed and we received it back on Thursday before we went...we didn't take one picture - NOT ONE!!! The pictures that you will see are from D&D, the K's and Catherine (thanks for taking the pictures).

It was a late night of gabbing, catching up and of course, eating and drinking!!

Saturday morning came with more eating, gabbing and catching up!

D&D are great hosts and there is always so much food!

Saturday afternoon brought some shopping and then back home to prepare for the evening's festivities. We had some old friends joining us. Elisa, Jarrod, Thomas and Zoe along with Julie and Naomi! Hard to believe at this time last year they were waiting for their referrals and now they are complete families.

Even MORE friends joined us later in the evening and it was quite a house full!! We were able to meet some of D&D's friends that we had been hearing about and they were able to meet some of the people who's blog they 'stalk'!!

Zoe sharing her food with Naomi!

Dinner consisted of 'deep fried turkey' (among other things) prepared by the guys IN THE RAIN!! The most important thing - other then ensuring it was cooked - was to be positive that there was NO WATER TO HIT THE OIL!! There was success on all fronts. The turkey was delish!!

Saturday was a great day!! Stay tuned for pictures and an update of Sunday!!

For other 'versions' of the weekend and other photos - see this blog and this blog and this blog!!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Smoker Chick

I know I have spoken of “smoker chick” at work before. She spends too much time away from her desk and outside smoking. It frustrates me – ESPECIALLY when she is behind in her work and the boss asks me to help her!!! But that story is for another time…

Today’s story is about ‘smoker chick’ and being away from her desk. It is not just me who notices her absence. My other co-workers do as well. It is a sticky situation – it really is none of our business – it should be the supervisor who says something…he doesn’t see these things. SIGH….

So the other day, I was FRUSTRATED – she had already been gone from her desk fro 28 minutes – I happened to glance at my watch when she left. So I was composing an e-mail to a co-worker – he and I think along the same lines.

The e-mail went like this…She has been on her smoke break for 28 minutes already.

I GUESS I had HER on my mind when I was addressing the e-mail and I SENT IT TO HER!!!!

OMG – too late now…

When she got back to her desk, she asked – “What is this”. Now I had to make a quick decision – I chose to be adult about it (ignoring the bitchy e-mail to the co-worker complaining in the first place – lol)

I replied that I didn’t mean to send that to her, however, MANY people have noticed the amount of time that she is away from her desk – not just me. I told her that she should watch herself as people are starting to talk about it.

She tried to explain – I said I didn’t want to hear it.

She replied FINE! FINE! FINE! and she hasn’t spoken to me since then.

I am o.k. with the not talking to me part!!

**update** I should clarify that I used to smoke and take smoke breaks etc, but NEVER for 35 minutes (that was the total when she finally came back) and I didn't get behind on my work because of it AND - we are not talking about me - we are talking about SmokerChick!!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

17 Months LID

Wow!! It has been 17 months since our file was logged into China - since we were "officially" in line! It has been 29 months since we started on this path...sigh...

I came across an e-mail the other day that we sent to our family and friends when we received our Provincial approval (July '06). We said in the e-mail that we were hoping to be in China by the end of 2007 to bring our daughter home... How WRONG were we???

I always get down and frustrated at this time of the month. It seems we are getting further and further behind - well doesn't seem - ARE - getting further and further behind...

I HOPE there is light at the end of the tunnel - but I am just not in a place that I can TRULY believe that right now...