Thursday, September 30, 2010
But yesterday while at the volunteer ministry I was again walking through the warehouse when someone picked up a donated child's 6lb bowling ball. Have I mentioned how much G likes bowling? No? Well, let me just say she LURVES IT and is currently saving her money for us to go again. Now the ball comes in an ugly, read: old, white with pink stripe bowling bag, but the ball itself is a beautiful pearl blue. Okay, so it has the name "wren" engraved in it. I said that would help us identify the ball as ours. Or maybe it is the name of the line the ball came from.
But nevertheless G will be getting her bowling set for Christmas. Now I am praying someone will donate a pair of child's size 12 bowling shoes and a pair of adult size 8 1/2 bowling shoes. Is that too much for God? I think not.
I was so excited about this treasure find that I stayed on my high pretty much all night almost spilling the beans to G in the car on the way home, OOOPS. I called my mom to tell her and she rightly pointed out that God was taking care of Christmas this year for me. I so agree.
Oh and don't forget the Shutterfly greeting cards give away. I have two comments and if I only get three comments I will gladly give it to only the first three people. If I get more then I will follow the rules I originally set and draw three names.
This quote is from an excellent, IMHO, article about adoption using a book about adoption and the movie "Wo Ai Ni, Mommy." Of course as always some of the comments are ignorant and blather on and on in ignorance but the article is very well written.
Speaking of the movie, I watched and cringed and cried and celebrated and saw a family being born, really. Wonderful movie and like this article points out it shows the immediate aftermath of adoption not the long term gains. Really it is a movie showing the birth pains of a family formed through adoption. It definitely doesn't gloss over any of the pain the child feels nor the struggles of the parents coming to grips with it all.
Now I would like to read the book discussed in the article. I think it would be very helpful and enlightening.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
So far, I have gathered games and books for G's Christmas (most free or deeply discounted). She has asked for two things that I now can only remember one of, poop. I am a bit forgetful these days.
She has actually asked for the Little Pet Shop house thing (the big one) for the past two Christmases. I have been able to put this request off by Santa's gift of the Littlest Pet Shop's castle thing on deeeeeeep discount. But thanks to the Happy Meal toys she has a few more of the Little Pet Shops and now is back on the request for the big house. Did you know there was a difference? There is.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Now on to the
I had to jump through humiliating hoops to get G's bus changed for her to go to a friend's house after school for me to work, and then I got the e-mail. At least Wednesday night is not a loss for G's after school care because it takes her to GAs at my mom's church. Every other day though she is now going to another bus drop off location (not our house) that will require a drive for me (gas expenditure) to pick her up. I am not going to change this bus route because the family who said they will keep her agreed that when I do get a job G can still stay with them. Now though I am thinking I won't get a job this school year. I know, I know stay positive. Okay, I am positive I will not get a job this school year. HARUMPH!
Today, instead of working, I get to go to the food pantry with the director of H.H. where I volunteer and shop for our pantry. This means I can pick up food stuff G and I will eat for free for a while anyway! Bread and refrigerated stuff is totally free to our ministry so I plan to stock up. Coffee is extremely cheap even the *bucks kind (outdated) so I can stock up there too.
So even though I am quite devastated about the matter there is a silver lining in it all. Oh and I have post nasal drip with reactive airway that causes me to cough uncontrollably when I get hot or talk too much which means I can't answer the phones at all again today, YAY ME!
Monday, September 27, 2010
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From the ATETV website "Advanced Technological Education Television is an award winning on-line video series with up to the minute information connecting students with education and employment opportunities."
At ATETV high school students can look into education and job experiences in Science, Engineering, Math and Technology fields that the Labor Department says will be in demand in the future. ATETV is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Through grants provided by the National Science Foundation ATETV is able to produce free videos of real job opportunities in these fields.
After spending time in the ranks of the unemployed I see how important it is for students to look at career fields that will be around in the future or will make lay-offs less likely. Granted there are no promises; however, any field that will require technical skills will be more needed and harder to downsize.
Several of the videos currently featured are biotech as the first step to drug development, turning 2D ideas into 3D reality and information technology. The website is easy to walk through helping to draw students into high-tech fields such as underwater robotics, laser technology, aviation mechanics, wind-farming and high-tech agriculture. I hope as G gets older ATETV will still be around or else she will end up being a plumber because plumbers really can't be outsourced.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Oh and job update, supposedly I have a temp job starting on Tuesday. The temp rep was supposed to e-mail me the details yesterday. I am on e-mail today and have no e-mail from her. I therefore have no details about the where I am going or what I am supposed to wear or to whom I should speak. To say I am a bit frustrated is quite an understatement.
For some reason I am having a time uploading video of the goal.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to volunteer and use my skills here while I languish in the unemployment hell hole. I am attempting to build a database for the ministry to use and manage all the individual who seek help from month to month. It may be a bigger
We are gearing up for the give away and increasing our numbers but keeping the original 400 spots. It just seems amazing how people can just forget to pick up free food after making an appointment within a week of the give away. So we are stretching our faith to fill and give away 400 slots with 450 families. Usually we have roughly 60 or 70 forget each time.
Signed up for Tweet My Job today. I am not giving all my URLs, Facebook page, twitter page etc away. I don't want prospective employers to snoop around my info. Maybe I should start a job search blog and just post a few job search things there to put on the profile. I couldn't link it to any other blog or my "ramblingmother" name. But having nothing on the profile looks like I am not computer or internet savvy, you know? Anyway, whatever. We shall just wait and see I guess.
I can't wait to see how G did on her spelling test. I am a bit nervous for her. No matter what I am very proud of her because she is learning so well and trying her very best.
She read me Amelia Bedelia the other night while I was getting ready for bed. Yes, it was painfully slow though it didn't seem to take that long since I was busy. She did a pretty good job on it for having words that were really long and difficult to sound out.
Okay back to the database.
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I am looking into a way to exercise and bring a bit of fun into our house this winter. Mainly, I am getting tired of G asking why I am fat and wondering if I was ever thin, which is why I banned her from being in my bathroom when I get dressed. I was trying to explain to a friend why I wasn't running anymore or rather why I wouldn't start back and said that it was too hot to run anyway. The other reason is that G would have to go and she doesn't need to exert that kind of energy. He called it for what it was, excuses. Nevertheless, if I could be in my home having fun with G then I think it would be much better.
So maybe the big grown up Santa may visit and bestow upon our tiny family an opportunity to move with the PlayStation(R)MOVE this Christmas. G and I right now love to play games, card games mostly, but games nonetheless. Obviously card games are not necessarily physical; though, I am sure with some families it could deteriorate into a physical sport, although not in ours - yet. Therein lies the dilemma, family night is most every night with card games that exert no more energy than to remember to say Uno with one card left or in throwing down the draw 4 wild card, which upon reflection can be rather exciting.
With the PlayStation(R)MOVE, however, we would actually compete and burn energy (which equals calories which would make me thinner and G go to sleep earlier) at the same time as we spend quality time together. Think about how family night could be enhanced with the PlayStation(R)MOVE Sports Champions. We may never have to pay to bowl again! And honestly, don't you think I need another addiction.
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G has a spelling test today. The pre-test is today and if she makes 100 she doesn't have to take it on Friday. The bonus word is "friendship." One of her words is "quack" and sometimes she forgets the "u." She will be disappointed if she has to take it on Friday, and I can't lie, I will too.
Last night was GAs (Girls in Action) at my parents church. I take her and drop her off. So they sent home an invitation for a GA lock-in/prayer walk for October. Of course G has soccer on the Saturday. She is already stressed about deciding which to do, do the lock-in and be tired for soccer or not go to the lock-in. So in the car she prayed to God, "Dear God help me make a decision as it comes to the week before so I can know what to do." And she was so sincere in her prayer it made my heart glad.
I personally hope she decides to go because I think it will be good for her. I am worried though that she will get too tired and melt down in front of her friends which may or may not be a good thing. I tried to ask the teachers about who would be there (because I won't) and what do they do if the girls get tired and/or cried. I am sure I looked like a paranoid mom but mainly I wanted to know do you end up calling the parents or can you guys handle it alone? Because I don't want to be called if she decides to go and then gets upset later.
I don't remember being included in lock-ins at G's age. Youth group yes but not 1st-5th grades. They just make kids grow up too fast.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Found on the Wolf Files blog. This is Obama's cousin fighting the craziness going on in this administration. I am so glad people are standing up. Too bad it took this whacko in the white house to do it. We will remember in November!
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Loved this presentation about 9/11. The one thing I think we also shouldn't forget is how the Muslim world celebrated in the Middle East. Those images shouldn't be forgotten either. They celebrated the deaths of 3000 people, Americans and other countries' citizens as well. I remember, do you?
I am posting now as a remembrance to 9/11 and all that the murders stood for and what we as Americans should stand against. We should stand against the Islamitization of America. We should stop the ground zero mosque. We should stop burnings of holy books, all holy books, even Bibles particularly Bibles burned by our own military in Afghanistan.
So anyway, a day late but still remembering 9/11. Thanks to the men and women who have sacrificed, proved their heroism and even in the face of a hostile administration, continue to love and protect this country. We should NEVER FORGET, and we will Remember in November.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
One day I heard a little one with squeaky shoes in my general area and of course I expected to turn and see an Asian baby but didn't. So I spoke with the mom who said she bought them at consignment, and that I should do consignment and she was very intense about consignment to the point that I was as uncomfortable speaking with her in general as you are reading this very long intense run on sentence.
Anyway, I explained my only interest in the squeaky shoes being G's shoes we bought in China and that an upscale store near us sold them. So she asked me if I adopted G from China to which I responded in the affirmative. Then she said, "We adopted her" pointing to the roughly year old child in her arms.
I thought maybe it was an international adoption possibly Russian, so I asked where from (really only wanting to know whether it was domestic or international). She said, "New York, we lost a lot of money from an agency here. We found a birth mom in NY. She didn't want her so we adopted her." Yes, yes she did say it. In front of her child and mine she said out loud that the birth mom didn't want her.
I was a bit dumbfounded and 6 hours later, I came back with a retort, "Oh! What could you mean, 'Didn't want her' of course she wanted her, who wouldn't want this precious child. You must mean she couldn't care for her?" At least that would have given both her child and mine dignity as well as giving this mom other words to use. Like I said, I found the retort 6 hours later or 6 hours too late.
G questioned later that same evening what she heard and processed what the mom said about children not being wanted. I had to explain that all children are wanted but due to sometimes government circumstances like in China, some children aren't able to be kept. I can't look at a child and say that child isn't wanted though with abortion I understand that would be the case. If a baby is born, then at some point during that pregnancy (in this age of abortion), that child was a wanted child.
Sometimes I am thrilled to meet other adoptive families then other times, not so much.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Saturday we went to the zoo then met a friend for coffee. On the way to coffee the director of the food pantry called to invite us to bowl which we did at 5pmish. Then she treated us all to dinner at Shoney's. That was really nice. They did the whole sing for your birthday thingy.
Yes, G did touch a boa constrictor. The zoo person said it felt like a basketball, but G said it was more squishy than a basketball.
I stunk while bowling and at dinner. I smelled like the zoo because we left the zoo at 3pm, got gas and stopped at the Chinese market for a seaweed snack before meeting my friend for coffee and then meeting the others to bowl. Read: no time for a quick shower or anything, YUCK. G thought it was funny that I would just pop out how badly I stunk like the zoo.
At the bowling alley, G smacked me down on air hockey. She also bowled a 110 to my 106. You know, good thing I am humble, because being smacked down on multiple games can strike at a girls ego, especially a frail 40 year old ego like mine, heh.
And now I am watching old Lawrence Welk shows, why? Because I am
Friday, September 03, 2010
Anyway, back to how do I feel? Private thoughts actually don't wish to share now. Grateful that I have G and a place to live.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to go pick food and stuff out at the Food Bank for the ministry where I volunteer. That was awesome. What was even more awesome was that I was allowed to take for me and G some of the food and stuff. Found out G really likes croissants. The bread and refrigerated stuff is totally free and the frozen and dry stuff is WAY discounted. I was able to get good coffee (*bux) for me.
Also, yesterday my cappuccino maker stopped steaming which means I couldn't make my coffee like I like. So thanks to a gift from my mom I was at least able to buy a new machine. Is this too much whine? Sorry. Oh and I am dressed from head to toe in purple; because when I am old I shall wear purple.
Oh but a friend is going to give us a 10 gallon fish tank, why? Because she has a spare. G has wanted a fish or any pet really on top of the cats, dog, butterflies/caterpillar and whatnot. So when she is able (thanks, K) to find time I will be adding fish to our house.
Tomorrow to celebrate my birthday, G and I are heading to the zoo. Fun times, don't be hatin'.