Mighty Munch

Mighty Munch

Thursday, August 31, 2006

What a Square!

My old friend from college, Greg, has just sent me a very lovely paisely fabric square with gold under tones. Enclosed is a guardian angel with a prayer and a simple wish. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and creativity. BTW, Greg, what's with the hyphenated last name? Did you get married??!!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

And Then There Was Light

Whew! TS Ernesto was only a mousy storm. Hubs and I have emerged from our darkened abode, taken down our shutters and dipped in our pool already. Light is streaming into our house and I am happy happy again.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

All Shuttered Up Nowhere to Go

Act 1 Scene 1. Tragic music playing in the background. Camera rests on the haggard face of a forty year old Asian woman sitting in a peculiarly darkened room furiously typing on a teeny laptop. No, it is not an artsy fartsy Fellini movie set. It's hurricane season in the great state of Florida! Only two weeks into the school year and already I'm sitting home willing TS Ernesto to go to its rightful place of death, the cold waters of the northern Atlantic. Just not by way of Florida! My finger tips ache from helping hubby put up hurricane shutters last night. Oh, btw, no grumbling from hubs this time. Unprecedented amount of cooperation from the man this time around. My rolly polly legs itch nonstop from the two gazillion mosquitos that feasted on me last night and early this morning. "What is Act 2 Scene 2 going to be like?" you ask. Roll the preview, please. Electricity goes out. No air conditioning. Hubby gets hot. Hubby gets grumpy. Hubby has to eat canned goods. Hubby gets grumpier. Doggies want to go out. Doggies can't due to hurricane-like winds and torrential downpour. Doggies find a corner in the darkened house and leave a nice present for Mommy and Daddy. Camera fades out.

More More More

Yesterday, I received more delightful quilt squares in the mail. Many thanks to the Friedman and Fiore family.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Look Who It Is

Look who takes every furtive opportunity to sneak into Gi's room to sleep the day away.
Caught red-handed and could care less, Gi-cam or not.


Hubs has already started with the techie stuff. Gi's room is now equipped with a wireless internet video camera. I'm almost certain that he will be adding to this system because just like consuming potato chips, one is not enough. No need to read adoption books according to hubs. What's important is that a baby's room be wired with the latest tech-geeky gadgets that require his undivided attention.

Look What Gi Got!

My secret pal strikes again. Adding to Gi's collection of goodies are a temperature gauge and a very girly bath towel. Many thanks, secret pal!

Friday, August 25, 2006

More Fabulous Squares

O.k., ignore the ugly toes and just look at the fabulous squares and wishes. Big thanks go out to the Baxters, Peters, Andersons, and Meltzers.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

More Stuff for Gi

Thank you, Wendy and Ed, for the baby key board and monitor set. Both will be put to good use once Gi comes on board.

Wonderful Quilt Squares

A big thanks go out to my friends and co-workers who have so generously given me wonderful quilt squares and heart-felt wishes for Gi's blanket. Ed and Wendy picked a pretty pink eyelet fabric. Kristen and David chose a lovely ladybug design. Kia picked a groovy pink pattern with glitter embedded in the fabric.

Adoption Trivia for the Hubbies

Tonight was a delightful evening. A bunch of us adopting parents got together at a local Asian restaurant and busted our gut eating and laughing at our husbands' attempts to answer adoption related trivia questions. Hubs only got three answers correct out of umpteenth questions.

Monday, August 21, 2006

More Quilt Squares

Got some more pretty quilt squares. Many thanks to the Lorge, Hayes and Zilkey-Clevett families. Getting the mail is a lovely experience now. Keep them coming, family and friends!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

First Quilt Square

Received my first quilt square today since I have joined the "100 Good Wishes" quilt exchange. One down, 99 to go! Big thanks to the Franklin family from New Hampshire.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Obon Festival

Just wanted to post some pictures of hubs and I and our friends, K and D at the Obon Festival at the Morikami Park. It was about 93 degrees out but lots of interesting things to see nonetheless. Saw some traditional Japanese dances and, my favorite, daiko drumming. The Japanese gardens were lush as usual. Hubs had to cool down with a couple of Japanese beers, some plum wine and a tiny cup of ice cream that costed him $4.

Quilt Square Swap

I'm very excited about my first "100 Good Wishes" quilt swap. I will be collecting 100 quilt squares along with good wishes to make Gi's adoption quilt. Big sis has graciously agreed to sew the quilt together once 100 quilt squares have been collected. I'm sending my batch out next week. Most of the squares will go to families in the United States. Two will go to Canada. A big thanks to my sister and Kristen, who always clue me in on fun adoption activities. Now I wonder how long it will take me to collect 100 quilt squares and wishes.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Adopting Parents Are the Greatest!

Last night, hubs and I had the most wonderful time chatting and eating with fellow adopting parents. Our house was filled with positive energy and excitement. Two of the adopting parents are going to China soon to bring home their daughters. Jill, Dave and son, Chase, are leaving on August 17 to unite with baby Alexandra. Wendy and Ed will most likely leave on September 14 to bring home Samantha. Hubs and I are tremendously happy for them. Let's see if we can get a bunch of us to greet them at the airport on their return trip and take lots and lots of pictures.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Go Away Chris!

Whew! Looks like TS Chris won't even come near Palm Beach County, at least according to the NOAA website, my favorite hurricane tracking source. I was dreading having to convince hubs to put up the shutters. He'd rather be strapped in a torture device a la Spanish Inquisition. What is it about the male species that like to defy the forces of Mother Nature? The last time hubs convinced me that shutters didn't need to go up, we both nearly wet our pants watching Wilma take down our pool enclosure beam by beam. This year I have a plan. Yes, an incentive program for hubs. Something he cannot refuse. Something to get those keyboard typing hands loving the feel of heavy steel shutters. I was thinking a job well done without excessive whining or male posturing could be rewarded with a. unlimited trips to the tool department at Home Depot b. no dishwashing for a good month c. nightly "alone" time with his mistress (his computer) without spousal interference or d. the opportunity to rack up enough points to get a new car (one point awarded for each hurricane in which shutters have been put up). Oh, BTW, he has to accumulate 100 points for me to co-sign. But we don't need to let him know about that minor detail or fine print as some would say. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The Brown Envelope

The "brown envelope" arrived on our door steps today. It is a letter from the American Consulate General in Guangzhou, China acknowdedging that we have been approved by our immigration service to adopt a baby from abroad. Although the letter doesn't lessen the amount of time we have to wait for the child match, it is nice to receive something that validates the fact that we are one step closer to our baby.

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