Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Games We Play

To make life a little more interesting, and thinking about the positive I want to hand down to Emma, I challenged Dennis to this little game. We each start out with $25 for the month, and to get that money at the end of the month, you have to not say anything bad about your body or make a gesture (pinching fat)of disliking your body in any way. It is true that what you speak and believe, you are. After the first month or so, we both said how not speaking badly about ourselves, even as innocent as it seems, actually makes you feel really good about yourself. And it has been a challenge. I think a couple of times Dennis could have called me and deducted $5 from my $25. Oh, yes, you lose $5 each time you say or gesture something bad about your body. By the end of the month, if you have any money left, you can have it. If you still have $25, you can then make a Deal or No Deal. Deal, you take the $25, or No Deal, and you don't take the $25, try to go two more months without saying or gesturing anything bad about your body to get $75, with no deductions, it's all or nothing. I did call Dennis, but he has been doing good for awhile, so I may let him slide.

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

This Weekend

Had a busy weekend, some wasn't fun, some was. We did take Daisy back to the LSU Small Animal Clinic at LSU in B.R. This is her second visit with a dermatologist for her allergies. We're still trying to see if it is fleas that are aggravating her before we go into more testing. Again, they had to sedate her. The doctor really wants Daisy's skin to heal, we reluctantly said we'd try the e-collar...the soft kind. With the sedation, the collar, and her stubborness, when I got her in the van, she tried to make a mad dash for it, stumbling all over the place but also throwing herself up against the van doors. She had a little tantrum to say the least...Miss Drama Queen. So the collar lasted about 5 minutes. She stopped throwing her self around the van, looking wild, and instead just stumbled around everywhere.
We know the doctor had found two fatty tumors on her during the first visit, so I don't know if this is another one that grew fast or what??? But there is a huge one right on the inside of her front right leg. One of my dad's sayings was, "it's hell to get old." She's 12, so she is getting up in age. We'll have to bring her again, sedate her, so they can check her out and test it. She is definitely our high maintance girl.

Saturday, we went to Bath and Body Works across the lake for a special event, got back and then went to a wedding. We know the bride and groom from the church youth group. They had a beautiful, fun and creative wedding...one we'll never forget.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Blog Catch Up

I tried to blog a couple weeks ago, but hopefully our Internet will now stay up since changing Internet providers.
Had a great visit with my cousin and uncle who stopped through on their way to Texas for a family reunion a few weeks ago. It was really really good to see them. I think we could have talked for hours. We ate at Parran's in Metairie.
The only change with the Emma situation is the waiting time does in fact continue to grow...right now that puts us at August for the Referral (we see her picture and vitals) and October 2007 to travel. If it weren't for China being one of the most stable countries to adopt from and having very healthy children, the number of families probably wouldn't be almost triple the amount they've ever had, and not having as many children to speed it up. To put this in perspective, our family advocate, gave us these statistics:
In 2001 the U.S. issued over 4600 immigrant visas to Chinese children. By 2005, the number grew to 7900.
And that is just for the U.S. Other countries adopt from China as well. So you can see the "why" for the lengthy wait.
We just sent off for our passports to be renewed. Don't want to have to pay a fee to expedite it and leaving us with no passport if we would need it, so that has been sent. Will be re-filing our Petition to Adopt a Foreign Orphan with our government soon. It's really funny when you think it takes two people to create a baby, but for children that need a home, it takes a whole lot of people. It's amazing really.
Our little Daisy Mae kitty cat is still having her allergy problems. She hasn't clawed herself to the point of bleeding anymore. We ended up having to take her to the LSU Small Animal Clinic as our Vet recommended, to figure out the problem. That's an all-day thing there, because they do everything while you wait, test results and the whole bit...yep, comes with a nice price. They had to sedate her too...for awhile after, she was really out of it. She's our high-maintenance girl. We need to take her back this Friday...but after all of the allergy shots and changing food and the steroid shots after almost a year now...it really might just be fleas. You just don't see fleas on cats like you do dogs, because they are so quick to lick themselves...but with giving her the Advantage, I did see one dead flea fall off of her.
Dennis and I will soon be announcing our new business. Dennis is still working, this is something we'll both be doing for fun. Getting closer to going live on the Internet with it. Been busy with all of that.

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