I got to hang out with a wonderful friend who is quite crafty today. She pulled out her jewelry making things to fix my jewelry that broke earlier today, and then she showed me how to make some bracelets. Like them?
Seriously, my lousy picture just doesn't do them justice. Thanks, Rachel! Oh, wanted to remind everyone about our 100 Good Wishes Quilt. Just click on the left sidebar for more information.
Now, even more good stuff. My agency coordinator sent me an email asking me to fill out the I800 and mail it in to her for her to file! She said that I could "get my official referral very soon"! Is it possible? Surely she isn't getting my hopes up for nothing. Surely she knows something, right? That would be way quicker than I thought it would happen.
Maybe this will make recovery time go quicker. I don't think I mentioned that I've having wrist and thumb surgery next Tuesday. I've had the same surgery done on my left wrist/thumb. It's just outpatient, but my hand and arm past my elbow is hard splinted for a LONG time. This means, my hair won't be pretty and Allyson may have to unbutton me so I can go to the bathroom. For a Rheumatoid patient, surgery is really just maintenance. You know, you have your roots done, your teeth cleaned, your wrist and tendons repaired, your yearly checkup at the "ladies' office". Just part of my regular maintenance. Now, I think I'll go enjoy a cookie and read that wonderful email one more time!
Yesterday, I had Allyson clean the bathrooms. She took several hours, but did a great job. She included the baseboards and floors as well. Last night, I got a good chuckle when I noticed that she even folded the toilet paper ends as such. She cracks me up!
We enjoyed some yummy Chinese the other day.
Don't know if you can read them, but our fortune cookies cracked me up. Mine was, "Your dearest wish will come true". Eric's was, "You will step on the soil of many countries". Eric's response? "No kidding."
I prodded him a bit more. He then said very matter-of-factly, "I told them my dad has boobs". Ker-plunk! That was Eric's jaw hitting the floor. You can imagine how excited Eric was to find out he had boobs. You have to know, Eric works out and lifts weights every day and has had that routine for years. He thoroughly enjoys working out. Weird, huh? I pantomimed to Grant so I could be sure we were talking about the same thing. Unfortunately, we were. He said, "I can't remember what they are called. You know, not muscles." To which I replied, "Ohhhh, Yessss! You mean pecs?". He said, "Yeah, that's it, pecs!". PECS, Grant, PECS! On his way out the door to work this morning, Eric reminded Grant that he has PECS not boobs and that there should be no boob talk at school! Ahh, the things kids say! At least he is still 6 and not 15.
For both of my kids, I cross stitched a large piece that had a meaningful poem or wishes for them. I've had them framed in each of their rooms and hope they will treasure this once they are older. However, my Rheumatoid hands will no longer allow me to cross stitch so I am trying something different for San'er. We would love to start a 100 Good Wishes Quilt, or Bai Jia Bei. In northern China, there is a tradition to welcome and celebrate a new life with a "100 Good Wishes Quilt." It is a custom to invite family, friends, and oh-so-faithful blog readers to contribute a square patch of cloth. The patches are sewn together into a quilt that contains the luck, energy, and good wishes from all the families and friends who contributed a piece of fabric. The quilt is then passed down from generation to generation. We would LOVE it, if you would contribute to this project. Here is what we would like you to do:
1. Choose a 100% cotton fabric that you like. It can be from a fabric store, fabric you already have, or something that is special to you, or maybe even fabric that has special family meaning. In China, these quilts were originally made from garments of family and friends, which would surround the child with luck/good wishes)
2. Prewash the fabric so it shrinks and is clean; then iron it
so that it is straight enough for cutting.
3. Cut one square measuring 8"x8" and smaller piece to include in our scrapbook with your wish.
4. Add your wish. The wish can be your own words or thoughts, a favorite poem or quote, a blessing for the new arrivals, a prayer for them, a favorite verse, or whatever. Place it on a card with a scrap of your fabric glued to the card. Your wish can be as simple or as elaborate as you'd like. If you feel creative and want to decorate it, that would be great too. For those of you who wish you can also include a picture of yourself so he can see who sent the wish. We'll have a special Wish Box or scrapbook for the wishes.
* You can send more than one piece of fabric for other members of your family
Wishes can be anything you wish for San'er's life.....good health, happiness, joy, adventure, remembering the good things in life, etc.
Please feel free to tell other family members and friends about our project. This is something that I think San'er will treasure as he grows older. I do not quilt so I will be finding someone to hand this project to, to complete for me.
You can private email (firstname.lastname@example.org) me for the address to send it to.
Our first care package has a pair of pj's, really soft bear, little snuggly blanket, picture book, disposable camera, "roaring" dinosaur, little truck, letter from us, and some teddy grahams.
I MIGHT have dropped my kids off at school in my pjs.
I MIGHT have also walked into the post office and the bank in my pjs.
I MIGHT have let my kids take a cruddy lunch of pizza pockets, crackers, and candy to school. But, hey, we did get a lot accomplished this morning, and I stuffed some fruit in their lunchboxes too.
I'm just sayin', I might have.
Disclaimer: I don't smoke, don't take Prozac, and don't take my coffee black!