Friday, April 30, 2010
I remember this one time he bought me a tape recorder. It was the first one I ever had and I spent the entire day pretending I was a newscaster - gave weather updates and all. I took my new device out to the garage where my dad was waxing his car. And he proceeded to improv with me about a bunch of nonsense. Now that's a good dad.
All I know is there is no way the bean is escaping - she is going to grow up in a group of jokers. Poor girl :)
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Something I think about lately are my traits that I learned from my parents and what I want you to learn from me. Sure there are important things like being fair, having ethics, and not lying. But what I am talking about are the more subtle traits. Let's start with shopping. Here is a short list that my mom taught me.
1. Correct the cashier when he forgets to ring up an item. You must always call the mistake. If he lets you have the item for free, then you can have it.
2. Return the cart to the cart area. Don't be one of those people who leaves it out for it to take up a parking spot.
3. Put items you don't want to purchase back where they came from. No leaving the peanut butter by the face scrub.
4. Let the lady with 2 items in front of you when you have a cart full.
5. If you drop and bruise an apple, don't put it back in the pile. No one wants to get home to find a bruised piece of fruit.
Here it is, my mouth waters for the idea of it, Pit Beef Sandwich with Tiger Sauce. Where do you find it?
Baltimore Pit Beef Sandwich
For the rub:
2 T. seasoned salt
1 T. sweet paprika
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. black pepper
For the sandwich:
1 3 pound piece top round
8 kaiser rolls or 16 slices of rye bread
1 sweet white onion, sliced thin
2 ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced (optional)
Iceburg lettuce, thinly sliced (optional)
Combine all ingredients for rub in a bowl and mix. Sprinkle 3 to 4 tablespoons of rub all over beef, patting it into meat. Place in a baking dish and cover with plastic wrap. You can marinate beef for a few hours, but for maximum flavor, marinate for 3 days in refrigerator, turning once a day.
Heat grill to very hot. Grill beef 30 to 40 minutes, or until outside is crusty and dark golden brown (even black) and internal temperature is about 120 degrees (for rare; somewhat higher for medium-rare or medium). Turn beef often with tongs. Transfer to a cutting board and let it rest for 5 minutes. Slice beef as thinly as possible across the grain, then finely chop with a cleaver.
To serve, pile beef high on a roll or bread thickly slathered with horseradish sauce. Garnish with onions, tomatoes and lettuce. Serve immediately.
Friday, April 23, 2010
I've never received an award for writing... blogs included so Thank You, Mrs. Grant, so much for passing it my way!
The rules for this award go as follow:
* Accept & thank the fellow bloggie who gave this to you
* List 10 things about yourself
* List 5 additional things that you don't like
* Award this to 10 other fellow bloggies
1- I will preach away at how horrible processed food is and then hypocritically indulge in my love, Nachos, with the most processed cheese you can imagine.
2- I think of myself as a traveler, but have never gotten a passport
3- I secretly love going to the dentist! (Im leaving this one, Mrs. Grant, I too love the dentist!)
4- I am horribly shy in large groups, and will blush if I think any attention is pointed in my direction.
5- I miss New Mexico everyday and sometimes think about moving back.
6- I love teen movies... the cheesier the better... one of my all time favorites is Parent Trap 4: Hawaiian Honeymoon
7- I have a couple golf balls on my desk, but can't and don't golf.
8- I bought myself my dream car for quitting smoking.... it worked like a charm haven't touched them in over 2 yrs!
9- I love puzzles!
10- I feel so blessed to have been given the bean, conception is a miracle, and I can't wait to meet her!
Now for 5 things I don't like:
5- Dogs that don't listen
Now, I shall pass on this award to the following lucky ladies and gent (dont worry he is gorgeous):
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
- Educate yourself and your family members. - Done. Some family members are quite surprised that I have to go through a formal adoption
- Decide what type of adoption you want pursue. - Done - I want a second parent adoption which, thankfully, is legal in Indiana
- Investigate ways to handle adoption expenses. - I had no idea the costs but it looks to be about $1400 for the home study and about $500 for court fees and the lawyers is estimating $2500. So the bean will get fewer toys for awhile.
- Select an adoption agency/facilitator and/or attorney. - I have a meeting already set with an attorney, but am wondering if there are other options. $250 an hour is steep and makes me wish I was a lawyer
- Complete an agency application form. - Not started
- Begin the homestudy process. - Ticked off that I even have to do this
- Attend pre-adoption and parenting classes. - Am assuming this will be good for me to learn
- Be matched with or locate a child. - Done. There is only one bean and she is my bean
- Prepare for your child's arrival. - Picking up baby stuff this weekend.
- File a petition to adopt. - have to wait until the baby is born to do this
- Finalize the adoption. - I will be buying a cake to celebrate
- Post-adoption services and education. - Not required
Phew - that is quite a list but it could be worse ... I could live in Florida when I wouldn't be able to adopt the bean at all.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
So .. now my biggest concern is over ... trying to teach someone to pee standing up. Yup you heard me. I was worried about if we had a boy how would I teach him to be a boy. What would I do when he had boy type questions. I don't think I could survive puberty. LOL
So as I was high from the Dr appointment and getting to see my favorite bean on the screen, it slowly started to occur to me.... all the things that girls require that I can't do. For example, I don't know how to braid someone elses hair (or really my own for that matter). I am not the best at matching makeup colors. I really couldn't tell Prada from Dolche or what their brands look like for that matter. Peeing standing up is starting to sound easier.
Some of my favorite people on this planet are men, my dad, my friend Ray, MJ's brother, so I would have been happy either way. But I am thankful that now we get to buy clothes and things that a little girl will love. Please I just know the dogs will thing she is the best thing ever