Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Pig in Lipstick

Alternate title: "If You Give a Pig a Pancake..." Chances are she'll inhale the whole stack, then look like the unfortunate creature below. These are the choices for the pics I have to send to the agency. I have to choose two. Whaddya think?? Would you give these idiots a kid?

1. Fat and happy.
2. Still fat, less happy. 3. Fat, happy, and in love. I love this one, BUT I was afraid the agency would see all that neck fat and worry that I might try to eat the baby. That isn't the impression I want to make.

4. Oh so casual with the leg propped up.
5. Lookin' all schwanky and uppity (and sparkly... do you think the agency will go for sparkly?). Vote for the two pics that make us appear to be decent parent material.

And... You can put this in your "All I Never Wanted to Know and Then Some" file: I don't know what the deal is with my skin lately. My face is just exploding with zits. Ex-puh-loading. I had to slather a bucket of crap on my face (aka concealer, for the non makeup savvy. Not literal crap. That would be gross, and just weird.) to cover them for those pictures. I think the stress of the last few weeks, with Vietnam and then deciding to start over again, is working it's way out through my skin. I'm Forty-Freakin'-One years old, people!! When does the teenage acne crap stop? You know what's funny? I never had trouble with zits until I turned 21 (Why, yes, Michelle- that is funny )... At the age that signals the official beginning of adulthood, when most people are throwing their old Clearasil tubes in the trash, my face decided to unleash He** on me. I took that horrid Accutane crap when it first started (huge mistake), and have been on just about every other thing under the sun since. ENOUGH! I want clear skin before I die. I guess the upside of it is... oh, forget it. There is no upside.

Well, that was hardly blog-worthy, but that's never stopped me before. It's all I've got for today.

Ooh, one more thing. Darrell thinks I should hold off on changing the name of my blog. He wants me to wait and see what happens with the new adoption plan. He also thinks we should use the name Sam for either a boy or a girl... . And there's your first hint about the new program we've chosen: We are allowed to specify gender. But- we have decided to leave it open. The only reason we requested a boy in the VN program, was because we were told there were more people preferring girls and more boys available. I would rather have it be the way it is when you're pregnant- you get what you get and you like it.

So for those of you who would like to play the "Where in the World is Sam?" game, you've just received your first clue. Not a good clue, I know- but I'll give you better ones when we're ready to let the cat out of the bag. You can guess as many times as you want, I won't reveal the winner until all the clues are given. If you already know the answer because I've told you or because you belong to the Yahoo group for this program, don't spoil it for those who want to play! If you are able to guess the program from this one crappy clue, I will be amazed. So amazed that I just might send you a check for one million dollars -*Might* being the key word, there (say *one MILL-ion dollars* in your best Dr. Evil voice).

Okay, so the prizes in this game are... um... kinda nonexistent, but play anyway!


lina said...

Hi! I vote for #4 and #5, with #1 coming in close behind. The hubby has to be smiling with the wife or I always think "creepy". Not about your husband, but in general when I see photos of couples on blogs. LOL

A friend of mine had the showed up when she was about 35, it only lasted for about a year though. You can't see it in your pictures at all. You look great (hubby too)!

My guess: I thought domestic adoption at first, but now I'm not so sure.

Christina said...

I like the first one and the sparkly one. But they're all good - you look like happy loving parents! (unlike the way I looked in the mall last week when perfect strangers were walking by wondering who the Stark Raving Mad Woman was, thank goodness there were no cameras around to preserve that moment!!)
And my guess? Um... Ethiopia?
Oh and I LOVE "Samantha/Sam" for a girls' name... it was my pretend name when we played "house" when I was a kid. :-)

Laura L. said...

I'd pick photos 1, 4, or 5.

You are forty freakin one?! LOL!
I'm forty freakin four!

When does the acne stop? I do NOT know! I've had more in my adult years than when I was a teen. I do NOT love it. I've semi-learned to live with it. I just do the best I can with twice daily cleansing, sometimes use a clearasil type cream. Using an Oil of Olay lotion with the alpha hydroxy stuff. "anti wrinkle" formula. Should one have to deal with acne and wrinkles at the same time? I THINK NOT!

Laura L. said...

Thanks for always telling it like it is. I enjoy your honesty. :)

Almost forgot... My guess is Ethiopia.

Kelly said...

I vote for 1 and 5. I am guessing Taiwan for your next program. And so you feel better about the acne, I am going through the exact same thing. My face has been worse the past year than it has ever been before. Yuck.

Hubbards said...

I like pic #1 and sparkly one. And I think you look like fabulous parents.

My guess...Hmmmmmmm...Ethiopia????

Tina, KCMO

LaLa said...

I vote for #1 and Sparkly : ) You look beautiful...hey, I will be 43 in January and so no sympathy here LOL

I vote Taiwan or Korea : )

Laurie said...

I really do hope you'll consider writing professionally someday. Your writing cracks me up OR makes me think every time. Anyway, my vote goes to #1 and the dressy picture, but they are all good! And my guess is Ethiopia. I can't wait to hear more details!

LaLa said...

Hey come on over --- I gave you an award : )

char said...

I gotta go with #1 and sparkly. As for a guess about where you're adopting from...Ethiopia? Oh,I just looked and everyone else is guessing Ethiopia, So I'll try something else..
Wait, can you specify gender from Taiwan? Oh, I think you may have "too many" kids for that program...domestic? Kaz? OH I DON'T KNOW!!

dwayne and melanie said...

I like #1 and sparkly. I would guess Ethiopia. I just found your blog via Annslee's webpage and we are right there with you! I hope you the best! We are pursuing Taiwan now with the Vietnam shutdown. I know what you are going through, age doesn't matter and I have great Avon products for that acne problem! hehehehe!

Miles' Mama said...

My pick would be #4--SO cute! You guys are adorable. And it's not fair that I can't play the "Where in the World is Sam?" game, finally a game I could win but alas, I can't. Boo hoo ;)

Tracy's corner said...

I like 4 and 5. You look great!!!

stacy said...

I'm breaking the rules and voting for three - 1, 4 and 5.

I'm 99% sure I know which country, but I'm not going to say specifically because I didn't get it from your clue, but from a comment made on a previous post and I message on a different yahoo group that I think was yours and thus that almost feels like cheating. Why I picked up on these things I don't know! But I'll say if I'm right nobody has guessed it yet, it's a country name usually referenced with two words but I think officially is really three. If I'm right I bet you know what I mean (and if you think that's saying too much, feel free to delete/edit!)...

And I still get the breakouts too, it's ridiculous!

Michelle said...

Uh-oh. Sounds like Stacy knows too much. Let's see... What do we do with people who know too much? For now, we will just tell her to keep her lips zipped, but I have a feeling we have our winner.

rainbowmom said...

Okay, first one and last one as far as pics go. Okay, I'm about to start Accutane in October. PLEASE tell me NOW before I start why I shouldn't do this. I'm aware of the suicidal tendencies it is alleged to cause in teenagers. I'm also aware of the drying up every ounce of moisture in the body. What do I need to know??? Spill it!

Michelle said...

Some people don't have trouble with it, and in fact it apparently can cure acne permanently for some lucky, lucky folks. It didn't for me. I had the dryness problems, big time. My palms and bottoms of my feet peeled and cracked all the time, to the point of bleeding a few times. Moisturizing didn't take care of it. The skin on my face became so sensitive and raw, it was too painful to try to put any makeup on. My hair thinned pretty bad, and NEVER did grow back in as thick as it was. My skin never did completely clear up while I was on it, and the bad breakouts returned when I stopped. Plus it was ridiculously expensive and insurance didn't cover it (at least not back then- keep in mind that this was all 20 years ago). Also- I'm only one person. I'm sure you could find people who think it's great. Not everybody reacts that badly to it.