Friday, April 17, 2009

We got our travel dates!

I could have titled this "We got our travel dates! Plus: An Award and a Haircut Disaster," but that's a dopey title. I didn't know how to merge three topics into one title.

I received an award, for which I feel thankful and blessed, and I passed it onto my blog buds at the end of this post.

Yesterday I got my hair cut short (er). It seems to be longer on one side than the other. Not a lot- hopefully not enough to be noticed by anyone else but me. HOWEVER... If you know me, you will understand immediately why this is a problem. I cannot tolerate asymmetry. Pictures that aren't level and that kind of thing I'm a little Monk-ish that way. The hair differential might as well be 12 inches.

It's driving me insame. See? I can't even spell right. It's affected my spelling skills now! CRIPES! What's next? Nausea? Dizziness? Incontinence?

Sure, I could have just fixed the spelling mistake and moved on, but then you'd have no concrete evidence of how seriously this catastrophe has impacted my life. One side of my head feels heavier, you guys. No lie. I'm absolutely sure of it. I think I'm leaning a little. How can I live like this?

You know what's going to happen, don't you? I'm going to lay awake thinking about it, then get up out of bed at around 3:00 a.m., stumble- bleary-eyed- into the bathroom, search for the scissors, and whack the hel heck out of my hair. That's what's going to happen. And I will make myself look hideous, yes. But even though I know this, I will still be compelled to do it. Everyone in the Marshall Islands is going to be pointing and laughing. Mocking and vomiting at the same time. It will be bad.

Anyway... Next topic- Our flights are booked and we're leaving on Thursday the 23rd! We'll be in Majuro on the 25th, see our baby on the 26th, and he will be ours on the 27th! God is so, so good I can hardly stand it sometimes! Look at all these exclamation points! Can you believe these flippin' exclamation points!?! It's ridiculous! Just be glad you don't have to hear me because the tone of my voice is full of exclamation points, too! I'm really happy (except, you know, for the extra 3 feet of hair hanging off one side of my head) and excited, is what I'm saying. ...!... Right now, I'm filling out those obnoxious little luggage tags! The paper keeps ripping because it won't slide back into the flippin' holder-thingie! It's fun! I'm thrilled!

I've been emailing back and forth with one of the families currently in the RMI with their cutie-patootie new daughter and I just heard that two of the other families over there saw our sweet boy last night (and YES, he is a BOY!! That one deserved a few exclamation points, because I still had my doubts). They even got pictures of him! I'm hoping I can find out how big he is before I go, and save myself from packing 54,329 outfits in 4 different sizes. It's so hard to tell anything from a few pictures. He looks big in his referral pics, but he only weighed 4.9 lbs at birth. How much bigger could he get in just five months?

Oh, I almost forgot... I should apologize to anyone who needs to run to the store for baby supplies, toiletries, or OTC medicines anytime soon. The shelves will be empty. I bought them all. I'm sorry, but it had to be done. I now own enough QTips to keep every resident of the RMI free of ear gunk until 2015. Don't get me started on the hand sanitizer supply. I've gotta have my hand sanitizer. I believe life as we know it could cease if something bad happened to my hand sanitizer. And since the heat index over there is like a bajillion degrees every day, I've gone a little overboard on the Secret Clinical. I sweat like a hooker in church. A bit of an overshare. Sorry.

Ummm. Crap. Mike just weighed the first suitcase I have completely packed. It weighed 63 pounds. Just a tad over the limit. What in the he... ck am I going to do? These are the necessities, people!

Before I go, I wanted to thank Elaine for giving me this award:

Elaine, everyone's favorite Mormon, is one of my favorite bloggers. She is a funny, funny girl. I just love her to pieces and wish she lived across the street. Not only would my days be laughter-filled, but my children could invite themselves over to play on that huge jungle-gym-playground-heaven-on-earth-for-kids thing her husband is building. Have you seen the thing? It's like a small town. I'm pretty sure it also contains a movie theater and convenience store.

Now for the rules: These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbon of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

So, I must now nominate eight of my peeps... I'll try to choose people who haven't been nominated already, but I haven't checked on all of you, so I can't guarantee it. If you've been nominated already, I guess you're just especially awesome. I'm not linking because the links to all of these are over on my blog roll. I'm not lazy, I'm busy!

In no particular order:

Ohilda at A Bouquet of Blessings- A Godly woman who is so passionate about Biblical values and isn't afraid to say exactly what she thinks. LOVE that!

Rebecca at Surrendering All has the biggest heart for children- such an amazing mama and woman of God.

Heather at Dreams Do Come True- A really sweet girl who is long overdue for all the blessings that are soon to come her way in the form of twin baby boys.

Chandra at Our Little Russian- LOVE her blog and her baby's gorgeous, sweet, happy, FAT little face. Just try not to smile while looking at that kid. It cannot be done.

Tina at Second Generation- Another adoptee and such a sweetie, with a gorgeous new baby!

Laura L. at A Joyful Family- A regular commenter who always has nice things to say. Her blog is always full of sweet pictures and stories about her cutie-pie little girl.

Tracy at My Minivan Rocks- My favorite Smarta**! What an awesome mama. Three little kids so close together would suck the funny out of almost anyone, but not Tracy.

Lauren at Cheers Y'all- Who surely must have been nominated by others, but I don't care. LOVE her blog. Actually, I don't think she reads mine and she won't know she got this, so I'll pick one more...

Kate at Howdthatgo- A fellow adoptee and someone that will hopefully become a new friend! I'll be seeing her soon in Majuro!


E. said...

Oh my word! You sound EXACTLY like me about the hair. Just ask my husband!!! Every time I have an appointment to get my hair done he tries to find an excuse to leave town (not really, but you know what I mean) because he KNOWS. Really, how hard can it be to get hair to be the same length on both sides? How hard???!!??? But don't try to fix it yourself. Just go back in today and demand that it be fixed. That is what I always wind up doing (which is why when I schedule a hair appoitment I also have to make sure I have the next morning free) (also why I only get my hair cut about twice a year). And other crooked things? Like pictures on a wall? Or a wall clock that isn't visually centered? AAaaahhhhhh! Again, my husband barely bothers with the level and tape measure when we have to hang things, because I can just see if it's off. I don't try, really I don't, I just see it, and it drives my crazy if it's off. I wish I lived across the street from you, too! We could rant about bad haircuts and straighten pictures together. Okay, now for what I should have typed at the beginning of this crazy long comment: Yay for travel dates!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, and the hand sanitizer thing? I thing we were separated at birth or something.

Elaine said...

Crud, I forgot to change the way I was logged in when I left that comment. E. is me.

Nicki said...

Funny post! Sorry about the crazy hair lopsidedness! Funny visuals though. I'm so happy for you and I love all the exclamation points! See? I have tons of my own!!!

Addy weighed about the same at her first known weigh-in and she was 16 lbs when we picked her up at 6 months. So pretty much anything goes I think. I am so excited for next week!

Chandra said...

Woohoo for the travel dates!!!! And I'm SO happy to hear that you finally have firm confirmation that he is indeed a HE. Will you be able to blog from RMI?

Thanks for the award. That's so sweet of you. I'll do my best to get it passed on soon.

Anonymous said...

Hooray He is a HE! (not that it would be bad if he were a she, but it's just good to know, is what I'm saying.) And double hooray for travel dates! And could you crack me up more with the hair evenness thing? SO funny. And I can relate. I hate having my hair cut. And getting my daughter's hair cut. It appears no one can cut my child's hair properly, or at least no one in Virginia. So annoying! But never mind that, just do what Elaine said and get your hair evened out and then go get that baby boy!!!!! (extra exclamation points, just for you!)

Laura L. said...

Woo hoo! I'm wondering if you'd had a bit of a caffeine overload when you wrote this post. LOL! It's probably that you are just so over the moon with excitement. You have every right to be!
It was a fun one to read. :)
Thank you so much for the award! ((Hugs))