Monday, February 27, 2006

So, I did...

I did get my runs in this weekend (4 and 16 miles). I even ran a bit faster than I have been. They were work, for sure, but good work. And, gosh, so helpful. It definitely lifted my spirits. I wonder what others do when their spirits are down...

I didn't go to Columbus to run this weekend. I did it on the treadmill (TM), instead. 16 miles on a TM is not the most enjoyable thing one can do, but it gets it done.) I got to hang out with my friend Joe and his wife, Kat, and bought the 2nd season of L&O SVU on DVD, woohoo! I always enjoy hanging out with them, too, so that was great! I didn't to see my sister, though. I was a slacker. I will see her this weekend.

I have a 10 mile race this coming weekend. I am looking forward to it. I hope the weather cooperates. This one is pretty close to my sister's house (relatively speaking), and there is a terrific little ice cream place (Young's Dairy) down the road. Even though it will be cold out, I might just have to treat myself after the race. :) yum.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Saturday morning rambling

Gloomy. Cold. February. What else is there to say? lol.

So, it was a busy week here. I hung out with my friend Misty for a couple of days in Chicago. We had this trip planned for months... I'm feeling guilty spending ANY money right now because I have hardly anything saved for my next payments. I'm starting to freak out a bit. I also had to have my tire(s) (2 of them) replaced this month 'cause I got a flat. ugh.

Crabby, crabby, crabby. Apparently, I need to go run. lol. My running hasn't been going so well this winter either. I think that is part of my problem.

Happy thoughts... I had a great time last night at 'A Chorus Line" at NKU. Ellen and I get season tickets. It is such a bargain and we love going! This was a great show and I'm glad we went. NKU did an outstanding job with this musical. It was sold out, too, that doesn't happen always (only with the bigger, more well known plays they choose). We've seen LOTS of plays there. Most of them are really great.

The rest of this weekend... I need to run today and tomorrow and I haven't seen Mindy in a couple of weeks. The run tomorrow is supposed to be in Columbus and VERY early in the morning! Eek. Joe and I might drive up there... got to still figure that out. Somehow, I need to stay in Dayton tonight, but haven't talked to Mindy yet... and would need to get up at like 5am.

I'll stop rambling now. lol.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Current fears

So, the current news is that the wait is taking much longer than people hoped (10 months or longer, and some agencies are telling folks who have Jan/Feb 2006 LID that they could go to China next year). The other big scare is that China (the CCAA) has changed the rules and said that folks can't request a child under 1 year of age, that the paperwork must say that you will accept a child up to 2 years of age. There was another rumor in the past few months that China has changed their view on parent's weight, too. I'm not sure what that means. I do know other countries have a limit on what the parents can weigh and will not allow them to move forward with the adoption until they are in the required range. Bah. I sure hope that isn't the case. (Not that I'm overweight, but everyone worries about that sort of thing.)

I'm not sure how much of any of this impacts me, yet. My LID is 10/31/05 and CCAI (my agency) tells us that the current wait is 10 months. I'm, personally, OK with that. I have SOOOO much stuff to get ready, especially the finances. Don't get me wrong. I'm totally excited and wanting her home... albeit, a bit scared, too. But I am ok with the wait, so far. I would like to go before the end of the year, and even with a 10 month wait, I will likely have to have my homestudy updated.

As far as the age of my daughter... well, that's a tough one. I am really hoping she will be under a year when she comes home. Totally selfish, as I would love to spend her first birthday with her. Now, if it doesn't happen... I guess I'll just have to deal with that. And, personally, my biggest fears are more around her loving me and not having major bonding issues, or some major health issue that wasn't seen before. It is all one great big unknown right now! Eek. Of course, giving birth is one great big unkown, too, and that is some consolation to me right now, believe it or not.

I hope other waiting parents are fairing well... we will all get through this eventually. :) I imagine it will be well worth the wait.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Work, work, work

So, if someone asked me my work schedule, I'd say 9am-6pm, give or take. Before a month ago, it was pretty flexible. One day 8am, the next 9am, the next 7am. You get the idea. Then the boss said he wanted us to make a 'schedule' of what our hours are. So, I said 9am-6pm.

Fast forward to this week (this is just one example). On Tuesday, this same boss comes in and says I need to be at a meeting at 8:30 the next day. Then last night he calls me at 10:30pm (yes, that late) and lets me know we have a meeting at 8:00am today (and tomorrow). The problem, you ask? Well, my hours are from 9-6, right? Or are they? So, my question is - are my hours 9-6 only when it is convenient for other people?

At a previous company, we had 'core' hours... meetings should be done between 9am and 4pm, so that those who came in late wouldn't have to come in early, and those who come in early wouldn't have to stay late. What a concept! Not happening here....

Now, I realize that if you have a flexible schedule, you should be flexible. I am OK with that. I don't mind being flexible if it goes both ways. My gripe here is that someone said I had to make a schedule for myself and keep to it every day, and 9-6pm was a viable option... so, if that is the case, then why should I have to be in earlier than that for meetings? Oh, and my next project... I have to be in at 8:30am EVERY DAY for a meeting (2 months or longer)! Ugh. So, that schedule I agreed to, isn't being honored at all.

My other question is... how am I going to have this with a little one around? I don't have a spouse or significant other to help with these schedule changes... Ok, so some may say... why not just go in at 7am every day and be on the safe side... well, my retort is I'M NOT A MORNING PERSON! lol. (perhaps i will have to be once the baby comes, anyway, but that is just not how i am now...)

Does anyone else have these kinds of questions?

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's day! Ok, so this isn't my favorite day of the year... but some of you might actually enjoy it! :) I am going to dinner with my friend Ellen, as neither of us likes to be home alone on Valentine's day.

I'm feeling a little better, though not fully well yet.

This week, I've been starting to worry about finances again for the adoption. I know, I know, when *don't* I worry about that?! Well, getting new tires last week put another little kink in my gains... I did start making some cute purple purses this weekend. I hope to have a couple done this week, so if you are interested, please let me know. I am also making a couple baby bags and I got that fabric cut out, too. I'll try to post more pics this week.

Any other ideas are welcome. Besides taking on a part-time job or getting a loan, I am trying to sell some stuff and maybe have a yardsale this spring. Every little bit counts.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

It's almost over

This week, that is! This week is almost over... thank goodness! lol.

I got two new tires and had them put on yesterday. After it was done, I questioned myself as to why I didn't go ahead and just buy one (other than there being a difference with one new and one old tire.... OR why didn't I have them put the one good tire on a rim and give it to me as a full-size spare! Ugh. I hate being sick. My brain goes away. LOL.

This morning, I had a hair appointment. I had canceled this appt. earlier this week and rescheduled for this weekend not knowing that I was going to feel so awful. So, not only did I have to wait longer than usual, I had to do that while coughing and feeling like crap. O joy. Not. lol.

This afternoon, I thought I'd work on my taxes. I think I got most of them done... just need to see one more document and then they'll be final. I'm not getting as much back as I had hoped... and this bums me out, too, because all of that money goes toward the adoption and the trip to China.

Enough complaining from me. I am just glad this week is almost over. I know I will feel better soon and I hope that next week is better. :)

Thanks for all your kinds words and thoughts this week, too!

Thursday, February 9, 2006

As if...

Ok, as if falling Monday wasn't enough for me this week... I got a sinus infection with bronchial spasms (that is making me cough like the dickens) and had to go back to the Dr.! Ugh. She put me on antibiotics and gave me some cough medicine... and told me to use my inhaler. THEN, when I left, I went to get my prescriptions and some lunch (skyline). As I was going into Skyline, I got a flat tire!!! OMG.

And I know better than to drive on a flat tire... right? BUT I did it anyway! I kept thinking, the tire place is right down the street. Well, I got about half way there and decided this was really stupid (came to my senses) and called a friend to help! Yikes.

So, kiddies... it can get worse!

On the plus side, my leg is feeling a bit better. She said not to run on it until Friday (which I can't now, anyway because of this stupid cough). Sorry to be so glum!

Hope you all are having a better week than I am!

Monday, February 6, 2006

Ice sucks

As I was walking into work this morning, I slipped on some ice coming down the stairs from the garage (concrete, slippery). Ugh. My right leg went behind me and my left leg went forward. Not a good combo. My upper right calf (on the outside of my leg) hurts like the dickens!! Ouch. I've got it propped up and have taken some ibuprofen, but it hasn't done much. Not a good sign. Good heavens, I hope I didn't pull something!!! I had planned to run tonight. Not happening now. boo.

Saturday, February 4, 2006

It is winter again

Boy, did it snow today. It didn't stick, thankfully, since I had to drive an hour to Dayton to sing at church. But winter, it seems, is definitely back!

Thursday, February 2, 2006

Not a morning person.

So, I wonder if my daughter will be a morning person or not. I sort of hope she's in the middle, not too hard to get up, but not up at, say, 5am! LOL. I'm not a morning person. :)

Of course, I don't like to get to bed later than 11pm or midnight either. Totally messes up my schedule. The strange thing is, I've been like this since I was a kid. Unlike my sister, who can stay up til all hours, lol. Well, ok, not when she's got to get up in the morning, but she can surely beat me on the late night thing. And when she was younger, man, look out! lol. My mom is that way (to the extreme). Complete night owl. My dad is an early bird. So is my brother-n-law. Very odd how we are all quite different...

So, I wonder how she will be...