Saturday, August 08, 2009

3 Word Sunday, Freak Outs, & Projects

Another blog slacker here. Almost a week with no new posts. I think it's just a sign of summer and how busy everyone has been. Me included. Cuz I see a lack of posting all over the blogosphere these days. Maybe when we're all homebodies this winter that will pick up again. But for now a few things going on in my life.....

I went Friday to get re-fingerprinted for the 3rd time. My I-171H expired on July 25 so I sent my new application in last month. For my non-adoption schooled friends and family.... it's just immigration stuff. Basically it's purpose is so that Mia will be a US citizen as soon as I bring her home. But the form expires after 18 mths and the fingerprints required as part of the process are only good for 15 mths.

Make sense? Nope... not to me either. LOL! Because my prints somehow change over time? Or maybe USCIS just wants more of my money? Hmmm... you decide. Anyway, I'm now on my 3rd renewal and I pray to God my last! I'm a little worried I may have to be re-fingerprinted again before I travel to get Mia. We'll just have to wait and see how fast China moves me ahead in line over the next year. So in honor of 3 word Sunday ...... Speaking of traveling to get Mia.... for anyone who follows the numbers in China adoption, you'll know we're up to March 22nd, 2006. Which means there are 84 days ahead of me waiting to be matched before my turn comes up. In all of 2008, China matched like 76 days... or something close to that. Using that math... I'd have a little more than a year left in my wait.

There's also a way to play with that guesstimate by using the polls on RQ to get an idea of just how many files are being matched on those days. It's confusing to try to explain to someone not plugged in to the whole adoption community. So to make a long, complicated story short..... after the last referral batch I did the number crunching based on those polls.... and I came up with June 2010!!!

That's crazy! I've been expecting late 2010 for awhile now. So to see that there is a small possibility it could be next summer... Holy Crap! Either way you figure it.... we're talking another year... plus or minus a few months. Holy Crap!!!!

The thought of that brought on a major freak out. I mean, it's not like I haven't had the last 3 yrs to get ready for the possibility of a baby in my life, right? But I have so much to do!! And a year is gonna fly by. There are projects that need to be done, books that need to be read, weight that needs to be lost, baby stuff to get... high chairs, car seats..... OMG!

Wait. Calm down. Breathe. I'm okay... really. LOL!

I've been on fire lately thanks to that "freak out" motivation! Cuz let me tell you... I'm lazy at heart. And add to that my supreme ability to procrastinate which means I'm usually in the middle of a million unfinished projects. But something has shifted in me. I'm actually starting to believe I'm gonna have a baby in the next year or so! I really think I am.

And I'm having a hard time sitting still. I feel like PIPO! I need to accomplish at least one project every weekend. Even if I don't finish it... every weekend has to have some time devoted to accomplishing things on my "To Do List". Or else I feel tremendous guilt.

Now for those that know me, you know of my great passion for spending an entire weekend in my pajamas, comatose in front of the TV, wasting time on the computer, gabbing on the phone, or reading a book. I'm a master at selfish pleasure all while watching the laundry and dirty dishes pile up. LOL! But not anymore. The "Oh my gawd I'm gonna have a baby freak out" is on..... and it's all good.

One now finished project was to get the nursery painted. I still need to do the closet door. But I'll get to it eventually. The important work is done.... ceiling, trim, baseboards and 3 freakin' coats of apple green wall color. I know! Can you believe it?! I have no idea why rolling that color onto a white wall would have required 3 coats for good, even coverage ... but it did. I don't want to see another paint brush for awhile! And yes... it's slightly brighter in photos than in real life. Don't panic. While spending so much time in the room painting it, I decided to get rid of the carpet and go with wood. Dripping paint on the floor may have also helped in that decision. LOL! So my mom ripped up a corner of the carpet and we were excited to see a pretty good looking wood floor underneath. Or so I thought. I had a professional re-finisher give me an estimate and he informed me that the wood is too soft to sand and a very low quality. So I've decided to just throw a laminate floor over top of it. It'll look like wood, be way less expensive, more durable than what I have now and no dusty, chemical mess. So that is my next project.... carpet rip out.

Power wash and re-stain deck - DONE!
Spray paint deck furniture - DONE!
Organize and clear out nursery - DONE!
Paint nursery - DONE!
Rip out carpet - NEXT!
Slow down in blogging to accomplish these projects - PROBABLY. ;)

15 comments:

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

3rd times a charm.. so you are getting there..
You know my predictions.. I think you will go before then.. but that is me..we will see..
LOVE all the great things you are doing.. the nursery will be SOOOO CUTE..
can't wait to see it finished..
have a great week..

Pug Mama said...

no matter how much time you have to prepare - you will absolutely go into freak out mode towards the end.

Julie said...

I'm in love with that bright greenn. Though most of my house is hardwood, I have laminate in the kitchen and I LOVE!!!! it. So easy to clean, so durable. Good choice!

3D said...

Great job on the paint job!!

Keep smilin!

Janet said...

WOW! You are one busy mama! I LOVE the colour of your nursery!

a Tonggu Momma said...

I love that color in the nursery. Reminds me of spring. And we will definitely have to get re-fingerprinted (they expire this spring for us), but we are hoping that the third time is a charm for our I600A (expires Dec. 2010). We shall see...

Briana's Mom said...

My fingers are crossed that this is the very last time you need to be re-fingerprinted!! I agree with PM, no matter how much time you have to prepare, you definitely freak out at the end. I know I did! Love the paint job!

OziMum said...

:) Love your enthusiasm!!! And YES!!! DON'T WAIT TIL MIA COMES HOME TO DO ANYTHING!!! OMG! I can't believe how much time, Tari takes up!!! (I'm such an idiot... she's my third child... one would think I'd have a clue, hey?!!)

Dawn said...

You are giving procrastinators a bad name. LOL Perhaps we can call you the warped speed procrastinator.

Kayce said...

Loving the paint! We too are renewing everything, once again! I like your number crunching! I see a speed up in the future for sure! We've been crazy doing projects too and thinking of oh so many more to do!

Susie said...

Here are my three words for you...

LOVE THAT COLOR!!!

Catherine said...

Sounds like you and I are similar personality's when it comes to getting projects done so I'm super impressed with all that you've accomplished!! All your projects look great!

Think I need to find me some of that guilt ridden ambition and get my keester off the couch and get things done! Tonight have done zippo but tell myself my head can't hit the pillow until I've spent at least 10 mins cleaning out Hannah's room. It's amazing how much can be done in 10 mins....when I'm not feeding my face sitting on the couch watching too much TV and blogging!

Looking forward to seeing the floors in Mia's room. I'm sure they're going to look amazing next to the fun, bright apple green paint!!

Tawni said...

You forgot "Have Tawni make you a Maragrita" on your to-do list.

Less than a year for your little girl - SHUT!UP!

Shannon said...

Love the freakout! Next summer would be wunnerful! Love the room. The floors are gonna look great.

Lindsay said...

Fingers crossed for no more fingerprints for you. And yeah for panic led nesting :)