Wednesday, February 28, 2007

What will she do next? Amazing....

Did you watch Oprah’s Leadership Academy Special? I watched it last night (thank you Tivo, I love you).

It was a wonderful, amazing, moving, make me want to be a better person and make a difference in this world type of a special. I loved it and I love all she is doing (and has done) to make this world a better place. Cried my eyes out….oh yes I did.

Her show isn’t too bad either…wink.

If you missed it, you can catch it again Saturday, March 3rd on ABC at 9p.m. ET/8p.m.CT

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

More shots!

Uncle Dustin, who is accompanying me to China, sent a text msg. informing me that he had just finished getting poked with his second HepAB shot.

Way to go bro!

Now, while we are on the subject of shots…Kristen had asked about shots for China in one of my previous posts. How did I learn about them, what to get, etc…
Heather, hates shots and wants to wait until the very last minute. To which I say, don’t!! Why?? Because the Hep A&B are a series of 3 shots that take about 4-6 months to complete. So, you can wait friend, but don’t wait toooo long (I'm assuming you don't have your HepA&B yet).

At some point during the paperchase, my agency recommended I look at the CDC website to determine which shots I would need for traveling to China. To save you a hop, skip and a jump, I’ve posted the information from their website below.

From the Center for Disease Control website:
Vaccines for Your Protection: East Asia

Routine Vaccinations
Before travel, be sure you and your children are up to date on all routine immunizations according to schedules approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP). See the schedule for adults and the schedule for infants and children. Some schedules can be accelerated for travel.

See your doctor at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to allow time for shots to take effect. If it is less than 4 weeks before you leave, you should still see your doctor. It might not be too late to get your shots or medications as well as other information about how to protect yourself from illness and injury while traveling.

Recommended Vaccinations and Preventive Medications

The following vaccines may be recommended for your travel to East Asia. Discuss your travel plans and personal health with a health-care provider to determine which vaccines you will need.

Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG).
Transmission of hepatitis A virus can occur through direct person-to-person contact; through exposure to contaminated water, ice, or shellfish harvested in contaminated water; or from fruits, vegetables, or other foods that are eaten uncooked and that were contaminated during harvesting or subsequent handling.
Hepatitis B
especially if you might be exposed to blood or body fluids (for example, health-care workers), have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment. Hepatitis B vaccine is now recommended for all infants and for children ages 11–12 years who did not receive the series as infants.
Japanese encephalitis
if you plan to visit rural farming areas and under special circumstances, such as a known outbreak of Japanese encephalitis.
if you are traveling to a malaria-risk area in this region, see your health care provider for a prescription antimalarial drug. For details concerning risk and preventive medications, see Malaria Information for Travelers to East Asia.
if you might have extensive unprotected outdoor exposure in rural areas, such as might occur during camping, hiking, or bicycling, or engaging in certain occupational activities.
particularly if you are visiting developing countries in this region. Typhoid fever can be contracted through contaminated drinking water or food, or by eating food or drinking beverages that have been handled by a person who is infected. Large outbreaks are most often related to fecal contamination of water supplies or foods sold by street vendors
As needed, booster doses for tetanus-diphtheria and measles.
Required Vaccinations

Out of those listed above, I have decided to get Hep A&B & Typhoid. My tetanus and MMR (which I think is diphtheria and measles, could be wrong though) is current as well.

So, there ya have it. All you ever needed to know about shots and traveling to China!

Monday, February 26, 2007

Ring a ding ding....

After almost 3 weeks without my cell phone, I finally made it out to the cell phone store.
I am now the proud owner of this baby...
and I'm lovin' it!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Oh no! More snow!

Late last week/weekend NI (North Idaho) was hit with what I am now calling the February Spring Tease. It was sunny and warm, even up to 57 degrees one day! Whew…after a long gray winter it was sure nice to see the sun. I was even trotting around town without a coat. It was that nice out.

Funny, this happens every damn year and every damn year I am tricked into really thinking spring is here.

This morning, the local newspaper headlines stated Oh no! More snow!

Wha?? Wait one darn second. M.O.R.E. S.N.O.W.? Noooooooooooooo in the most whiny voice possible. I don’t believe it!!

Crap! Darn! DagNabit (or however you spell it?)!

My crappy local newspaper weather man was right.

It has been snowing all day long and here’s what we’ve got coming our way…

Excuse me while I go put away my flip flops and capri's AND THEN unpack my gloves and hat.

Boo hoo.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

New baby...

It's 1:54p.m. and my faithful local reader (and good friend) is about to be a Dad...again. His wife is scheduled for a C-section at 2:00p.m. So, JC, know that I am thinking about you and hope that all is going well.

I can't wait to meet your new little gal, Laney!!

Happy Birthday to my most favorite brother!!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Valentine's Day

As I type this, I am at my "teaching podium" waiting for my students to arrive. Where have the days gone? I haven't posted since Valentine's Day and so much has happened. Nothing exciting really, just everyday stuff. I have a ton o' photos that I finally got around to downloading over the weekend and will post them later this week.

So, where to start where to bout Valentine's Day. V-day was great! I had thought that someone special wasn't digging the whole V-day gig as we didn't have any plans and everytime I tried to bring it up the subject was changed rather quickly. O....K...I thought..he's totally not in to it.

Fast forward to Valentine's Day. I had had a crappy day (with a capital C) at work. I wasn't feeling all that well, I was tired, I was achy, I was crampy, I was crabby, you get the picture. So, at about 3:00p.m. I started dreaming about a rather large glass of Merlot and a hot hot bath.

After work, I drove home and someone special was already there and greeted me at the door. "Happy Valentine's Day" he says. My response "I thought you forgot". Way to go, I thought. He didn't forget and that's the best you can come up crab ass.

So, I head straight for the wine bottle and notice the flowers out of the corner of my eye. Yep, there were flowers AND some bling to go along with!!


Now that is not what I was expecting.

It gets better. He says "I'm making you dinner tonight". I then mumble something about being sorry that I was so crabby, had a long day, not feeling good, kissy kissy yadda yadda yadda and he says...why don't you go take a bath while I cook you dinner. Wha? Ok, I'm so not used to this pampering I head off with my big glass o' Merlot and take a hot bath. After, he still wasn't done I curled up on the corner of the couch and read adopty blogs until dinner was done. Dinner was delicious!

~The Valentine's Menu~
Shrimp Linguine
Baked Idaho Spuds, with the works!
Garlic Bread
More red wine
Lots of chocolate from the basket my Dad sent me

What more could a girl ask for?

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007


2 months of waiting down! Plus, the stroller arrived yesterday!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Just because

Monday, February 05, 2007

Oh yes I did

Remember this post?

Well, my friends and family may think it's funny and a little over the top that I am, shall we say....a bit of a list maker. I say I'm organized. I mean, what else do I have to do while I wait and wait and wait for zee babe? I digress.

Back to the list. In an effort to avoid waiting until the last few months to get everything ready, I now have a new list. We'll call it the list of the bigger items I will need to purchase for zee babe. You know, items like...the high chair, the crib mattress, the car seat.

So, the plan is: every month right after I get paid, I will purchase one of the big items on the list (Yes Dad, I am still saving for all the other adoption expenses). 12-14 months from now, I'll be good to go.

This months "big" baby purchase is......

While in Seattle this past November, my friend Shelby and I test drove every single stroller at Babies R Us. Since I am so tall, it was really important for me to find a stroller that I didn't have to hunch over and every other stroller I have ever tried. So, this past weekend I bit the bullet and ordered the darn thing because I am too afraid that it will go out of stock and/or be discontinued and I want this ONE! It's a Graco, Laura Ashley - Cantebury :-) oh, and if you order $100.00 or more they throw in an umbrella stroller.

It also comes w/ the infant car seat. I cropped it out as it doesn't apply to me. What am I going to do with an extra infant car seat you ask? Hmmm, I don't know. Put it in storage I guess...perhaps I might be destined to have another child one day? Sell on ebay maybe? ;-)

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Taking his own sweet time....

Welcome to the family Thomas!!

Born 2/1/07
8 lbs 3 oz.
20.5 inches long

29 hours after his mom's water broke,
he decided to come out and play....