Tuesday, June 26, 2007

For Butterfly Lisa

AND, for anyone else who might want it.

Chicken Rice Dinner

1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
10 chicken thighs
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 c uncooked long grain rice
1/4 c chopped onion
2 minced garlic cloves
1 4oz can mushroom stems and pieces undrained
2 chicken bouillon cubes
2 c boiling water
Minced fresh parsley

Combine flour, salt and pepper; coat chicken pieces. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the chicken in oil. Place rice in an ungreased 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle with onion and garlic; top with mushrooms. Dissolve bouillon in boiling water; pour over all. Place chicken pieces on top. Cover and bake at 350 for 1 hour or until chicken juices run clear and rice is tender. Sprinkle with parsley.

Yield: 5 servings.
Taste of Home Recipe - 1995

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Blogger's Block

Blogger's Block - That's what I have. It's been well over a week since I last posted and I have done a ton of things that have been keeping me busy but nothing exciting enough to post about. I guess I'll start with my tooth.

I just started going to this dentist and for the first time, it was for a simple cleaning. During the cleaning, he advised me that I needed a crown. I hate it when I'm told that I need to fix something, especially if it's not broken. Anyhow, he knows more about teeth than I do, so I decided to go ahead and get it done. My second trip to him, he whittled it down and put on a temporary crown and ordered the permanent one which won't be here for another two weeks. I started having pain so the third time I went back, he fixed a rough spot, wrote out some prescriptions and sent me out the door with a referral to see another dentist to get a second look to see if perhaps I need a root canal. I called for that appt but they wanted the money up front to the tune of $1105 plus the consult of $85 and then would file the insurance for me and the insurance can reimburse me. I didn't like that idea so I made a different appointment with Mick's dentist who just did her root canal. So, that appt is coming up next week. I brought home the prescriptions and the referral sheet home because I was too lazy to go get them filled right then, and left them on the coffee table.

Matt plays tennis on a K-Swiss tennis team each season but this season didn't sign up. It was a fluke that the organizers called him to see if he would like to fill in and perhaps play this year. Since he was too late to pay the fee, they let him play this season for free. Score! (It's only $35 but still.) He received a phone call because each player contacts each other and sets up their game and then calls in their scores. Well, the guy's name sounded familiar to him and as he was on the phone, he glances down at my dental referral and it's my dentist!! - Coincidence! Anyhow, a few days later, he plays and lost the game. So, not only does the dentist take my money for my tooth, he takes my husband's pride for his game. Some guy he's turning out to be. Only kidding, I really do like the guy. - Okay, so that's the deal with my tooth.

Impromptu Road Trip - I called my Mom, out of the blue but she's not home so I called my sister and she tells me that Mom is vacationing in Tennessee. She just got a new cell phone but never turns it on. It's for emergencies. Nor does she know how to check messages so it's pretty useless at this point. I figure, she's only a few hours away and it would be a great opportunity to go see her. I called her on a whim and she answered, much to my surprise. We talked for about five minutes and found out that she was staying in Nashville. Only four hours away. So, within the next 45 minutes or so, I decided to go, packed my bags, kissed Matt goodbye, popped the ipod in my ears and headed to Nashville.

Once I turned off the interstate and came to my first stop light, this is what I saw. You might have to zoom in to see the name of the street.

Mom and Ed had just bought a brand new camper and this was their second time, I think, having it out on the road. It was super nice with three or four pop outs. The first evening we didn't do much except visit. The next day we toured the Belle Meade Plantation.

We later on went shopping and bought a few more outfits for Chani. Grandma picked them out so they are kind of special.

The second picture are outfits that I picked out and the last photo is the rest of the things that I bought, all for Matt and not a single item for me.

That brings me up to today. I'm heading Here (A Dinner A'Fare) to meet up with some friends to prepare some meals for the freezer. I'm heading out a little early so I can do some more shopping.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Dental Visit

Okay, so today I went to the dentist, bright and early this morning. He had to use two shots of Novocaine to numb me up. He then proceeded to drill, splash water and use tons of instruments and gunks in my mouth. I have no idea what all he did but I just let him go about his business. When we were finished, I found out that this is just a temporary crown and my new one would be here in about two weeks. I didn't expect this and thought this one would be my permanent one. He said the cavity went deep and he had to pull out all the old filling. I could have a tooth ache since it was so close to the nerve. He didn't think I would but if I did, let him know. Oh, he also nicked my lip with one of the tools he used. The Novocaine is wearing off now and my teeth are sore. My lip has stopped throbbing but it's sore. When I went to make my new apt for the permanent crown, I found out that the lab would be closed for a week or so and it wouldn't be here until July 16th, almost a month. I hope this pain goes away. It's not severe or enough to call him back yet but it's just plain sore and annoying. I think I'll stick to a liquid lunch today.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Exchange Students, Baby Gates and Terrified Yorkies

What do these things have in common? - Nothing, just the rambling thoughts in my head.

I got a call the other day and found out that two of the exchange students from China who were staying with other families actually bailed about a week before their departure. The girl left a note for her host mother and basically said that she was sorry that she had to leave like that but she just did. She packed up her stuff and left. The boy also did the same thing and they think the two of them are together, heading to California. I'm so thankful Anna didn't pull something like that and she actually left on the plane.

Speaking of Anna, the darling that she is, actually called us. We chatted on the phone for about an hour just catching up. It was quite a fun surprise and I'm so thrilled that she called. Her email isn't working so she called instead. I'm sure we'll be calling her soon. Now, if I can just figure out how to do that.

I've visited a couple houses lately who have children and trying to learn everything I can on how others have baby proofed, how they decorate and generally how things work. I need to make my home kid friendly and I see a bunch of gates in my future. Today I went to Randi's and closely looked at her brilliant idea for baby gates and stairs. We had talked about it before but today I really looked at it and even took pictures to show Matt. I hope you don't mind, Randi, that I posted photos but I think it's a fabulous idea and we're going to do it too.

One of our local families, John and Ann are heading to China on Thursday. Yes, like in two days. We're thrilled and can't wait until they come home with little Katie. That also happens to be the day that I'm going in for my crown on my tooth. She wouldn't trade with me though. Go figure.

I have one of the weirdest dogs. He is very afraid of other dogs and has been his whole life. They could lay on their backs in submission but he would still be scared to death. Within the last year or so, he has become terrified of the camera. He hates the flash of the camera and for some reason, finds comfort on my shoulder. He crawls up there and then he relaxes. (He's only 4 pounds so it's not bad.) I cuddle with him for awhile and then he's okay. Well, for the last few rain storms, he has been getting scared. I guess he is scared of the flashes of lightening. Poor guy, but what can I do but hold him and help him over his anxiety. Perhaps he's preparing me for motherhood.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Briana is finally here

Congratulations Doug and Lisa on the "birth" of your new baby girl, Briana. She is so precious and beautiful.

Name: Briana Adelle Ai Juan
Birthday: Aug. 5th, 2006
Province: Chongqing

Matt and I are so overwhelmed and thrilled for you guys. You will be such great parents.

We're looking forward to the day when you get to finally hold her in your arms and then bring her home so we can hold her in our arms. :)

Waiting for Lisa's Call

Today I sit here and hit refresh over and over, watching for new posts, emails, or new families being formed. It's a truly remarkable day seeing all the joy and happiness come for all of those who have endured the wait for so many months. Referral day comes about once a month and it's just the best day. When someone you know gets their call, it makes it ten times better. Today is one of those days. One of my closest and dearest friends, Lisa will get the call, see Briana's face for the first time, and become a Mom all today. I know Lisa has been waiting for this day for so many years and it's finally upon her. I can not find the words to express the sheer happiness and excitement I have for her and Doug today. I do hope the call comes soon, in the morning so she'll have all day to be happy.

Monday, June 04, 2007

20 Long Months

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To honor our 20th month of being logged in, here are 20 things that have happened during our wait.

1. Hosted an exchange student for an entire school year.
2. Lost my father and my cat.
3. Vacationed in Hawaii.
4. Went to Disney World, twice.
5. Took two cruises.
6. Went to three art auctions.
7. Went to 13 waiting families potlucks and countless lunches with the girls.
8. Went to three baby showers.
9. Met several awesome people.
10. Bought our new house.
11. Sold our old house.
12. Became fascinated with ladybugs.
13. Planted a tree. (Hand dug the hole myself.)
14. Lost a friend but gained two closer ones.
15. Went bowling twice.
16. Played a full year plus of Bunco.
17. Became fascinated with Panda Bears.
18. Went to the Asian Cultural Experience, The Dragon Boat races and two FCC picnics.
19. Went to the Georgia Aquarium three times and the Atlanta Zoo once.
20. Started this blog, along with 4, so far, hand written journals to Chani.


I love Mondays. It's my favorite day of the week with the weekend over, it's time to get back to the regular schedule of the brand new week. People are back to work and the stores are less crowded. Traffic is pretty predictable so I can go out and enjoy the day without being in all of that. It's just so nice for me.

Yeah, yeah, I know most people hate Mondays but I'm that way with Saturdays. Not that I hate them but unless we have plans, I'm not much of a fan. So, here's to a happy day!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Another Local Gathering of the GAWait Group

Last night we had another of our near monthly gatherings of our local adoptive waiting families group. I think we had 27 of us meet up for dinner at Provino's. Eric and Jackie were the hosts for this one. We all sat around a U shaped table and chatted about everything. Here are a couple photos.

My meal was excellent. I had Chicken Romano - Boneless Breast, Ham, Cheese, Mushrooms & Wine Sauce. That, combined with their salad and oh so yummy garlic rolls. I know I packed in the calories but it was sooooo good.

It was great seeing everybody again and being able to share in their stories and seeing the little ones, Maisie and Emily. Emily is such an outgoing little girl and kept wanting to give Maisie a hug but she was having none of that. Way too cute! - At the end of the evening, Maisie was giving all the guys kisses good-bye. Another way too cute moment.

Ann and John finalized their travel arrangements and will soon go to China to pick up little Katie. If the rumors are correct and we only hit 11/7 this time, Cindy and Brent will just miss the cutoff by two days, just like Lisa and Doug did last month but, will be next and I hear that's not too bad of a place to be, knowing that you are for sure next. It's the unknowing that sucks. Lisa and Doug will finally get to see their photo of Briana and we're all so excited for them. Everyone else, well, we're all still waiting.

Friday, June 01, 2007

The girl is gone

Okay, so on Tuesday, we took "the girl", or "teenager", or "kid", or "Anna" to the airport. After sitting there with her, dealing with a couple delays and a gate change, they finally announced that they were ready to start loading. The called zone 6, which was on her boarding pass and after a few choking-back-the-tear-hugs, we said our goodbyes and watched our exchange student walk onto the plane to take her to LAX. It was very hard to let her go. I had to send her off to LAX to deal with her flight transfer alone. If only I would have thought about it earlier, we could have taken a short trip to California, spent a couple of days and then sent her to Taiwan from there. Well, you know what they say about hind sight. She called us once she made it through and was sitting at her gate. Then, once again when she reached Taipei and finally an email once she reached her house. She thought everything from the houses, rooms, chairs and even people looked small, compared to all the huge people and things in America. Oh, and everything went smoothly at LAX. We had booked her flights with a five hour layover, cut down to three due to delays in Atlanta. She was really glad she had all that extra time to collect her luggage, screen it for her international flight and find her gate.

I met a new family on Thursday, Heather and Lily. They just returned from China about three weeks ago and actually live close to me. Lily is such a doll and finally did manage to play a bit with LiLi. Now, that was confusing, but oh so adorable. One day I won't be the lone lunch-er without a kid. Then, the fun can really begin.

Tomorrow is the big potluck for the GAWait group, our waiting families potluck. We're heading to Provinos. That should be fun with nearly 30 people there! We get together about once a month. It has been a huge support system for us and I'm so glad to have this group.