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. ;)