Journey to Our Chinese Princess

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Adoption question for those from RQ's site and any other adoptive parents

Since so many of you come from RQ's adoption website, I thought I'd post a question that I don't think I can in the forum. If you read my posting in the forum there and never have been here before, thanks for coming. by. We have not yet started our adoption, we have planned on using Journeys of the Heart, which has a local office in IL, which is a mediumn or small agency; I have been looking into Children's Hope International, a medium to large agency. I am wondering if any of you have any experience with either or both of them and give me any feedback. I am posting my e-mail at the forum of RQ's website, so you can e-mail me a response or leave a comment in the comments section. Thanks. Sorry for any typos; I am typing without my glasses and doing so rather quickly.

Also, please don't suggest other agencies. I know there are lots of good and great ones. I really appreciate any feedback.

Friday, September 22, 2006

A Chuckle from the Past!

I loved this video back in the mid-late 80s, it just cracked me up at the time. I think I found a great website at

David Lee Roth - Going Crazy

Remember these!

i want my mtv 1985

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Just wanted to post some fun facts about me...

52 years 0 months younger than Walter Cronkite, age 89
47 years 4 months younger than Nancy Reagan, age 85
44 years 5 months younger than George Herbert Bush, age 82
37 years 2 months younger than Barbara Walters, age 743
5 years 0 months younger than Larry King, age 72
28 years 9 months younger than Ted Koppel, age 66
25 years 4 months younger than Geraldo Rivera, age 63
22 years 4 months younger than George W. Bush, age 60
17 years 4 months younger than Jesse Ventura, age 55
13 years 1 month younger than Bill Gates, age 50
8 years 3 months younger than Cal Ripken Jr., age 46
2 years 5 months younger than Mike Tyson, age 40
1 year 8 months older than Jennifer Lopez, age 36
7 years 1 month older than Tiger Woods, age 30
13 years 7 months older than Prince William, age 24

and that you were:
32 years old at the time of the 9-11 attack on America
31 years old on the first day of Y2K
28 years old when Princess Diana was killed in a car crash
26 years old at the time of Oklahoma City bombing
25 years old when O. J. Simpson was charged with murder
24 years old at the time of the 93 bombing of the World Trade Center
22 years old when Operation Desert Storm began
20 years old during the fall of the Berlin Wall
17 years old when the space shuttle Challenger exploded
15 years old when Apple introduced the Macintosh
14 years old during Sally Ride's travel in space
12 years old when Pres. Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr.
10 years old at the time the Iran hostage crisis began
7 years old on the U.S.'s bicentennial Fourth of July
5 years old when President Nixon left office
3 years old when Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was shot
Not yet 1 year old at the time the first man stepped on the moon

and when these songs were topping the charts
and these events occurred your age was:
Me and Bobby McGee, Janis Joplin: 2
ABC TV premieres In Concert: 4
Time in a Bottle, Jim Croce: 5
I Shot the Sheriff, Eric Clapton: 5
Silly Love Songs, Wings: 7
Elvis Presley Dies: 8
Do Ya Think I'm Sexy, Rod Stewart: 10
Another Brick in the Wall, Pink Floyd: 11
John Lennon is shot to death: 12
MTV makes its debut: 12
Who Can it be Now, Men at Work: 13
The recording of We Are The World: 16
Walk Like an Egyptian, Bangles: 18
Didn't We Almost have it all, Whitney Houston: 18
Back In The U.S.S.R. is released exclusively in Russia: 20
Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead O'Connor: 21
Emotions, Mariah Carey: 22
Fleetwood Mac perform at Bill Clinton's inauguration: 24
The Sign, Ace Of Base: 25
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opens: 26

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Brrr!! I can't believe how quickly, it has gotten cold. It is already down to about 40 degrees outside. I haven't resorted to turning on the heat. Even though if it gets much colder out, I will. I'm just enjoying that since the weather the month below has been very mild. I have not even had to run the air or the heat and both the electric and gas have been pretty low. They are predicting electricity bills to increase 20-40 percent, because for the past nine years there has been a rates freeze and now that freeze period is almost over and natural gas was ridiculous last year, plus it was the first winter in our own house and before when we were in apartments, we never had to worry about paying for heat. Well, not only is it past my bedtime, I think it will be a lot warmer under the covers then it is in this room. I just hope it warms up; this weather is more typical for October than mid-September.

Pictures That I Promised

I just realized that back several weeks ago, I promised a couple pics from when we had our work outing. I only have a couple of the grounds; sorry no pictures were taken of the races or thye horses.

This is a pretty bad picture, but here's a picture of me with my co-workers.


I reorganized my links, but now things do not line up and I have no idea why or how to fix it! Got me pretty frustrated!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Rain, Rain, Go Away

This is the 3rd day of rain. I'm so sick of it. I'll take cool weather as long as we have sun! Sunny and warmwould be the best, but I'll take anything about as long as there is SUN!Summer just seemed to go bye-bye, so quickly this year. Although, it will be wonderful to have a low electr=ic bill as well as a low gas bill. Not looking forward to those gas bills at all. Much prefer the electric bills; at least those don't climb too as exorbitant prices.

Today at lunch I have to go to Carson Pirie Scott's, also known as Bergner's and a couple other names that I don't remember. They have their goodwill sale, so I brought a suit that no longer fits and is totally out of fashion and I'll get a 20% off certificate for i!. I also have to do something, I haven't done in years. Buy new pants in a size LARGER than what I have been wearing!!! For the past couple years, I have managed to fit into my size 8s, which I have worn since forever, with only an occasional sixe 6 and that was years ago, probably a decade or more give or take. I also have a couple 25^% coupons, so hopefully, I'll get some good deal.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

September already?

I can't believe it is already September and the weather is getting cool already. Overnight it has been getting into the mid or lower 50s - have to pull up the blanket. It's nice though not having to run the air conditioner. The electric bill for this last month was so much higher than usual with all the heat and humidity we'd been having.

Last Thursday, was our summer outing at work. I'll post a couple photos later, since they are on my home computer. It sure was nice having a 3-day weekend though; of course the weekend was over way too fast. Friday night, Kevin went to the first home football game for our local high school. On Saturday, we went out to breakfastrother and his wife and picked up the extra lawn mower he had that he wanted to get rid of. Our lawn mower has been in the shop more the past month & half than it was at home. They can't get it fixed right and their delivery system to get it where it needs to go to be fixed and then back to where we dropped it off, is just ridiculous. It takes weeks for it to get to 2 different l9ocations, which are not even 50 miles apart. You could walk it between locations quicker. I definitely DO NOT recommend the service warranties at Sears. We had a place in town that we could have taken it to, but since we paid extra for the service warranty, we decided we might as well take it back to where we got it. Not a smart idea. They diod tell us that if we have to bring it back for the same thing, we get it replaced.

So when Kevin got the old mower home, he cut the grassd, which was badly needed. Late that afternoon, we ended up going to the Walworth County Fair. It was very nice and Kevin got to see lots of his favorite animals, COWS! On Sunday after church, we ended up going to the neighbors for a Labor Day get together. We stayed pretty much all day. Later on Monday afternoon, we ventured down to my parents. Lots of driving over the weekend; thank goodness gas prices are going down. They're in the mid to upper 2.70s or lower 2.80s by us, which is a lot better than the $3 it had been a couple weeks before.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Being such a huge Starbuck's fan, why did I not get this offer?

Caribou jumps on Starbucks snafu

September 2, 2006


Starbucks' mess has become Caribou Coffee's promotion.

The Minnesota-based Caribou said Friday it will honor e-mail coupons that Starbucks voided this week after someone changed the wording and spread them online.

There's a catch, though. Caribou said it will only honor the coupons from noon until closing time Friday.

Customers can redeem one coupon at Caribou for a free medium iced americano, iced tea or cold press iced coffee, the new product Caribou is trying to promote by seizing on the Starbucks debacle.

Starbucks said it distributed an e-mail coupon for a free iced coffee to a limited number of its employees in the Southeast on Aug. 23. Someone altered it to offer any iced drink, and it quickly took off online. Hundreds of thousands of coupons were printed, and customers around the world -- including as far away as Australia -- have been redeeming the coupons in recent days.

Starbucks killed the promotion late Tuesday.

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