Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Shoes that I like...

Sunday, in an LA Times advertisement, I found shoes that were of high interest level to me...It was an advertisement for Toms shoes (Toms stands for TOMorrow) now being sold at Macy's. I went to Macy's today. They did not carry Toms. I was sad. I really, really wanted them in my life. I will find another vendor. But, until then, below is the link. For every pair of shoes they sell, they donate a pair to a child in need. I will wear them...when I convince someone to sell me a pair (minor detail).


Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 13, 2007

I am a breezy mailman stalker!

We have everything for our dossier except for our I171-H form (immigration approval). AAA is wonderful because if you are a premier member (we upgraded, now I'm fancy and you can brag about knowing who I am) they will notarize 10 documents a day for free. They are very nice people that way. I've been busy stalking our mail carrier (even though I don't really expect the I171-H form to come yet). I am hopeful, so I stalk. This is way more daring than it sounds. Our mail carrier is spicy. I'm just warning...DO NOT leave junk mail in the mailbox to throw away later and then forget and leave it in the box. She does NOT like that. I don't know her stance on stalking, but I have a feeling she may be against that, too. I have to be smooth and I don't believe smoothness is a personal strength. We'll see.
As soon as we have the I171-H, I can ship the dossier off. Then I will be able to stay awake nights waiting for THE phone call. My eye twitch is still going full force. I'm sure waiting for THE phone call will totally fix that up.
Oh, and as many people have been informed, I will be defined in fall 2007 as "breezy". It's a new thing. No more overdoing stuff, wanting things to be perfect, obsessively researching, overanalyzing, or running about with an eye twitch. Fall 2007 me=breezy (my definition of the word, not Webster's). I go with the flow. Hmmm...is stalking breezy? I may have to reevaluate. Oh, good...it's not fall yet. Hurry up I171-H...Hurry, hurry...HURRY!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

So so close to waiting!

Today we got our police clearance letters (and even had them notarized, a bargain at $102) and a couple of documents certified (a mysterious process which is done after you notarize them...basically they staple a gold star on the papers and charge you $18. Oddly, you don't even feel ripped off because you are so proud of yourself for getting it completed. I think they trick you by giving you a gold star. It is impossible to be irritated right after receiving one. You feel good, almost prideful. I earned/paid for a gold star. This process is well thought out). I still have to get them Authenticated...who makes this stuff up? Do you think I may get another gold star?
Two more things were checked off our list today! What do we have left? Really just an errand or two, copies, and more notarizing...oh, and our immigration approval. VERY EXCITED! I can't wait to just wait! I have a feeling that waiting without having anything to do, won't be as glorious as I think it sounds. My left eyelid has been twitching for over two weeks (Tommy refuses to pity me because he holds the record with his infamous 3 week twitch, so I must widen my possible pity providing circle by posting). I think it may be adoption related. I'm not an eyelid twitch scientist, but I'm pretty sure.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Ethiopia Reads

I spend a lot of time thinking about the best items to donate when I go to Ethiopia. I will have the opportunity to hand deliver many items in need (clothes, diapers, etc.). Since I have a passion for education, I am most excited to have the opportunity to bring books. A children's library opened in Addis Ababa a couple of years ago. This is a BIG deal considering that more than 99% of Ethiopian schools do not have libraries. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to visit the library, donate books, and read to children during my visit. If you know me, and have an extra special book you would like me to bring, please let me know during the next few months. Or perhaps you can add to your child's multicultural library by purchasing a book from the Ethiopia Reads website. The money goes toward their goal of bringing literacy to Ethiopia. I firmly believe that education can help Ethiopia.
Please check out the Ethiopia Reads website:


Also on the Ethiopia Reads website- the Mesgana Dancers of Ethiopia (7-12 year old girls) are coming to the U.S. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. I know Tommy and I will be attending, if you would like to join us, let me know! It will be a fun night out :) Maybe we can go out for a great Ethiopian dinner first (again, I'm obsessing about food...typical).


Monday, August 6, 2007

and if you don't like those clothes, here's another option!

50% of the profits go to Millenium Promise. Their goal is to end extreme poverty by 2025. The price is a bit steep, but it is a great cause! BTW, please don't look at the rest of the Kitson website...it is embarrassing to endorse. Thanks!


If you too need clothing...

Half the profits go to the Global Fund to help women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa...and I think they are very neat shirts. Our fam will be sporting them this season.


A family adopted 3 boys

I warn...this video may make you cry. It made me cry. A lot. Good luck with that.