Friday, June 25, 2010

Three months waiting

(The awesome 3)

It has now been three months since my paperwork was registered in Ethiopia for the adoption. Realistically it won't be until August (hopefully) or September (maybe) or even later before I hear about a referral. In the meantime I feel a bit stuck in limbo. I want to plan, paint the nursery, buy cute clothes and prepare for all that will change. But, I don't. I wait.

Mostly it's because I can't get over the feeling of it not being real. I'm hoping that seeing her picture will finally make it real for me. There's so much unknown, especially the timing. Do you plan a vacation because you won't travel until next year? Or do you wait and hope for at least one of the two trips to happen before the end of the year.

One thing I have done is put together some spreadsheets (my family, we are very spreadsheet driven, thank you Susan and Erik) that compile all of the tips and information that I've learned through blogs and internet boards. What to take with you when you travel, where to stay when you go, how to deal with attachment issues when you get home, etc. Hopefully it will be a good resource when I actually get to do something.

Next month is the 5th annual EKC Summer Mehaber, a festival at the State Fairgrounds. I haven't registered but I think I will make a point to be there. I'm hoping I won't feel out of place without my child but I'm eager to see what it's all about. The round table discussions sound especially interesting. I bet next year they will be even more so!

What did you do to prepare or pass the time before your referral?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Before/After Blog Hop 6/24/10

Before, with spotty leaves and some distracting petals on the ground. Taken with the Olympus SP-590 on a cloudy afternoon in June.After, with a little bit of cropping, brightening and cleaning of leaves and background in Photoshop.
Check out the other amazing transformations at Pixel Perfect!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tuesday's show

Tonight I was back in St Paul, this time for the Tom Petty show. Quite a different show from last night! Many drunk rednecks, very funny. Music was awesome, I'm so glad I got the tickets. Tired I will be tomorrow...

Monday, June 21, 2010

Monday's show

Sting comes to St Paul with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Amy and I check it out. Gotta love Sting!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sunday Snapshot - Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day! Most people think their dad is the best dad ever, but in my case it really is true. I feel very lucky to love, respect and admire my dad, who has always been there for me and my sister. I hope you have a great day dad!

Check out the other snapshots over at Ni Hao Y'all...

Ni Hao Y'all

Saturday, June 19, 2010

More from the festival

Some day I'll figure out how to get more than one picture at a time from my phone...

Stone Arch arts festival

Riley and I check out the festival by the river today. Not sure what happened to the 80 degree sunshine that was promised but it's still a nice day.
We've met many dogs and there are a bunch of dog related booths. Who knew? Riley might not be having the time of her life but she is getting a lot of treats!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Before/After Blog Hop 6/17/10

Before, a close-up of the hybrid tea rose Tineke, a little dark with a distracting background. Taken with the Olympus SP-590.
After, brightened, cropped and cleaned up...
If you like my shots, you need to visit Pixel Perfect for more before and after fun! And if you want to play along all you have to do is show us your SOOC (straight out of camera) shot and then the edited version. Link back to Pixel Perfect and link up your post below! Feel free to share with us your editing program and camera gear too!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sunday Snapshot

Today's leisurely walk around Lake Calhoun by the numbers...

32 baby ducklings
24 bikes parked around Tin Fish
7 kayakers, including one who'd lost his paddles
4.5 miles from the door, around the lake and back
3 fishing boats, skirting the milfoil bloom
2 loons, making me wish I had brought my telephoto lens
2 familiar face sightings, which may be a record number in one walk (not including neighbors)
1:45 time to walk, sniff things, chat, take pictures
1 very sweaty elderly jogger who looked like he was jogging his last mile
1 swaggering teenager, whose shirt proudly announced he was 'going commando' while his low slung pants clearly and thankfully showed he was not
0 sunbathers

Ni Hao Y'all

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sunday Snapshot

Yesterday was the 16th Annual Jim "Wheat" Bucheit Memorial Golf Tournament. It's put on every year by my good friend Mark and his friends to honor a friend who died much too young. I didn't know him but I have played in the scramble for a few years now (7, 8 maybe?). I've now got Dad on my team and Mom is usually brave enough to ride along. It's always a great time and infinitely better when not going through chemo, like last year. Also like last year it was rainy but about 30 degrees warmer. But then again, a bad day on the course beats a good day at work any time! Thanks to Mark and his friends for another great event!

Pre-rain, somewhere around hole 3
Dad tees up and apparently I can't hold the camera steady
Dad does a much better job at the camera and I can't say I love my form, this being the first time I've seen myself swing. Oh well!
Later on, Mom is dry and I am very wet but we're still smiling!
Our team this year. We're joined by Mark's mom Jean. I hope she had as much fun as we did having her with us!
With all the fun activities on Saturday, I've got the chore list for today.

I'm finishing my adventure in GarageBand mixing segments of floor music for the gymnastics team. Pretty sure I didn't work as efficiently as if I'd known what I was doing but the CD is burned and hopefully it will help us train for next year's meet season.

I also near the end of the Great Scanning Project, with almost all of the old 35mm negatives scanned and on the computer. Just some sorting left to do and then

(a little PSA for those who have never lost their hard drive in a fiery crash as I have)

Coming up in a few weeks is the North Central District Rose Show and I am sorting through my garden photos to submit entries in the photography section. Maybe I'll win something this year?

Finally I will fill out more entries in my African travel spreadsheets in anticipation of someday making it to Ethiopia to meet my daughter. I'm glad for the rainy weather today so I won't feel like blowing it all off to lounge around outside. Although, that will probably happen too. Riley is low key with a toothache. She gets her third molar extracted on Wednesday and neither of us is looking forward to that.

How do you spend your Sunday?

Ni Hao Y'all