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Adopting in Ashburn

What began in France moved to Washington, DC and then the suburbs. Let the adventures in Ashburn continue.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Musings during the Alamo Bowl

  • Party planning is easier when you have a more solid number of RSVPs - though I am thrilled with the responses so far.
  • The commentators of the Alamo Bowl game (go Cats!) obviously pre-gamed at River Walk ... and it seems to be wearing off here in the 4th quarter
  • Families that lose children of any age are incredibly strong. Please pray for their continued strength
  • Friends who can buy you shoes from many states away deserve massive kudos.
  • Je souhaite mes amis francais une Bonne Annee!
  • Not having to wear a jacket in late December is an interesting weather phenomena
  • Wednesday is going to rock. my. socks off.
  • Distant friends who make an effort to be in touch are some of the best friends I'll ever have
  • I hope that the Jets are supposed to be my football disappointment of the week. Really, please let there only be one this week.
  • 6'3" is debatably tall.
  • 184 out of 185 is really good number 99 (Wolfert). That's a lot of kicks. I'm sorry about all the pressure though, that had to suck.
  • I should really pick a bedtime and stick to it.
  • Having the office close early by 3.5 hours on Wednesday = not really having to go into work at all (though I'll pop my head in for an hour anyway).
  • This is a really good game.
  • Thank you to the boys throughout my football-loving history who have explained the rules to me so I can explain them to others.
  • I can't believe I almost went to Mizzou. Or Ball State.
  • I lied. The commentators are just retarded.
  • Wildcats, you did better than most people believed you would. Good effort. Next year you'll get it on the 60th anniversary of your Rose Bowl performance.
  • Bedtime.

Love always, ~Heather

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

ABC Meme

I almost never do these both because I am rarely tagged and because I'm lame at remembering to do them even if I love the format. But I saw this survey form filled out on Facebook by my cousin. It struck me as funny that two people who barely see each other and rarely speak can have so much in common (though blood may have something to do with it).

I've been struggling with myself lately (actually, my whole life, but who doesn't) and as odd as it sounds it was nice to see my cousin, who is about 4.5 years younger than me, has similar concerns and favorite things. I pray he doesn't have to keep the concerns for as long as I have and that we can grow closer even as we get older. Hugs and kisses bud, this meme is for you!

[Bold responses are exact word responses from my cousin - though many of our sentiments on the others appear to be the same.]

A
- Available: Pretty much whenever you need me (though would prefer to see you when you want to see me too!)
- Age: is just a number.
- Annoyance: People who don't wash their hands when they leave the bathroom.
- Animal: Many a fish.

B
- Beer: I'm partial to Belgians and beer without quite as much after-taste if I must drink it.
- Birthday: I'm a Taurus
- Best Friend(s): Marco & Caroline
- Body Part on opposite sex: Jaw line, arms, brain (not necessarily in that order and certainly not the first, second or even third thing I find attractive about someone)
- Best feeling in the world: To be loved.
- Blind or Deaf: Deaf (especially since I'm sort of prepared for this possibility)
- Best weather: Flying weather - cool enough for long sleeves, breezy, but still warm enough for shorts. The kind where you can put your arms out and feel as if you could just fly away.
- Been on stage?: One of my favorite places to be.
- Believe in Magic: I do not call it magic, but essentially yes.
- Believe in Santa: I believe he lives in the hearts and minds of those who choose to embody his spirit.

C
- Candy: Nutrageous - though I stick to chocolate usually. Oh, and those gummy soda bottles from France.
- Color(s): hunter green, sepia, garnet
- Chocolate/Vanilla: Strawberry. Screw limitations.
- Chinese/Mexican: Do I have to choose?
- Cake or pie: Both
- Continent to visit: All
- Cheese: Is delicious. Except roquefort. That stuff is rough.

D
- Day or Night: Are times of day that are suited to different activities.
- Dance in the rain: Whenever possible - but I'm practical, so usually in grippy shoes and with an umbrella.

E
- Eyes: Brown
- Everyone's got: an equal right to live their life how they choose.
- Ever failed a class?: Nope.

F
- First thoughts waking up: Maybe today will be the day....
- Food: Is an integral part of my life. I'll taste (almost) anything and will try to cook anything delicious.

G
- Greatest Fear: Not being strong enough to deal with a situation I'm faced with and make it turn out as I think it should.
- Goals: Start my own school. Be happy.
- Gum: Big Red
- Get along with your parents?: Sure do.
- Good luck charm: Luck isn't stored in totems.

H
- Hair Color: Brown
- Height: 5'8" and some dividend of an inch
- Happy: Finding joy in every day is absolutely the way to go.
- Holiday: Thanksgiving
- How do you want to die: Saving another's life

I
- Ice Cream: Is good in any weather, basically every situation, and should be kept in the house at all times.
- Instrument: Piano, though rather lamely.

J
- Jewelry: crucifix, class ring, stud earrings
- Job: non-profit advocacy

K
- Kids: Are awesome and I miss teaching them.
- Kickboxing or karate: Can I try both?
- Keep a journal?: Since about the second grade. Rather entertaining reading if you go back that far.

L
- Love: is wonderful and crazy and consuming and upsetting and "all around" and not expressed enough. I'm so blessed to have experienced many types of love.
- Laughed so hard you cried: Absolutely. And usually, if I were to re-hear how it got that funny, it wouldn't really be funny. Yay for being a goofball.

M
- Milk flavor: Milk shouldn't come in flavors.
- Movies: Are incredibly entertaining and I have WAY too many memorized. I am an incessant movie-quoter/citer.
- Motion sickness?: Nope
- McD’s or BK: only when left with no other alternative.

N
- Number of Siblings: 2
- Number of Piercings: 2
- Number: 15 (Go Misfits!)

O
- One Wish: That I live my life to the fullest of my potential and fulfill God's purpose for me as best as humanly possible.

P
- Perfect Pizza: is hard to come by. I love toppings but pick them off before eating it most of the time so it's hard to describe.

Q
- Quail: can be yummy and are seen in Bambi.

R
- Reasons to cry: rather pathetic control over this physical manifestation of emotion results in me not necessarily needing a reason. If you're crying, some part of you needs to. Period.
- Radio Station: 98.7 something something country.
- Roll your tongue in a circle: I love that I practiced this in the mirror for a whole summer so I could finally do it.
- Ring size: which finger?

S
- Song: Whatever one is running through my head at the moment, though I do seem to have an annual theme song.
- Shoe size: 10 (+/-1)
- Salad Dressing: anything made fresh
- Sushi: Yum.
- Slept outside: I have a weird ability to fall asleep anywhere, so lots of times: on the quad, the beach, in the yard, in tents, on blankets; though never in a tree (yet) :)
- Skinny dipped?: Oh, to have a pool in our backyard as kids.
- Shower daily?: You wouldn't want to see my hair otherwise.
- Sing well?: I'm better in a choir, but it's because I'm inclined to sing harmony
- In the shower?: Rarely, as I shower in the morning and it wouldn't be too nice sounding.
- Strawberries/Blueberries: BOTH

T
- Tattoos?: 0
- Time for bed: About 7.5 hours before needing to get up (fingers crossed)
- Thunderstorms: I enjoy a good storm, yes

U
- Unpredictable: I wouldn't want it any other way. (Though I tend to like familiar patterns)

V
- Vacation spot: I love my grandma's house in Ocean City, NJ...but enjoy traveling immensely.

W
- Weakness: Honesty. Impatience with self.
- Which one of your friends acts the most like you: My friends are usually equal as odd as I am, but in completely different ways
- Worst feeling: the empty hole of loss
- Wanted to be a model?: Haha ...
- Where do we go when we die?: to God.
- Worst Weather?: the kind that keeps you from doing really exciting outdoor things.

X
- X-Rays: are really cool. I'm super glad I learned how to read them (a little bit anyway)
- Ex's: 3, officially. Though the number is too inclusive and not inclusive enough simultaneously.

Y
-Year it is now: 2008
-Yellow: It is a smart color. It knows when to be comforting, when to be a warning, and when to be obnoxious. No other color has quite the resume as yellow, but yellow is also selfless. It knows when it is no longer needed. It fades fast, and is absorbed by almost any other color. I would never have thought of that and think it is beautifully written!

Z
- Zoo animal: Anything I've never seen before.

LAST PERSON WHO…
1. Slept in a bed beside you?: Marco
2. You went to the mall with?: Marco
3. You went to dinner with?: Misfits: Ellyn, Jen, Terry, June
4. You talked to on the phone?: Lorien
5. Made you laugh? Ginny
6. Hugged you?: Ginny
7. Said they loved you?: Lorien
8. Held your hand?: Rachel, during a difficult scene in the movie Milk
9. Spoke with?: Rachel
10. You cried over?: I could bend the truth, I could twist words to try and find some kind of way to sound less girly, more masculine, more less stereotypical, but I won't. It was a boy.

So in the spirit of helping others never feel like they aren't tagged, I tag: Alice, Mari, Heather G., Dana, St. Elizabeth (now that she's done with classes) Zug, and any of my other relatives who can write notes on Facebook.

Love always,

~Heather

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Countdowns Continued

First - bonne anniversaire de le (pas toujours) petit Martinus, qui j'adore. Il a quatre ans ce weekend passe et je suis tres heureuse pour le petit homme.

CeJay - Book Club - Fayetteville - CG - Clemson Sucks - SF3 - TH7 - ME8 - BP13 - New Years - Inaugural Ball!

So here's a little reveal on the countdowns (since I was told that probably no one would have the time or inclination to figure that out - which I don't understand, because I love "solving" mysteries).

I have some really serious details to work out for the next couple of days in terms of the upcoming events, but they are all pretty exciting. I'm going to try to get up the long lost pictures on Facebook tonight and then I'll do a bit of photoblogging before my next countdown item.

Just loved this quote from my scroll today: "Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten." ~B. F. Skinner

This reminds me of Skinner, which reminds me of the X-Files, which reminds me of how awesome science fiction is, which reminds me about how I spent the whole day basically reliving the role of Data on a TiVoed episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation last night. It was the one where Data has to learn leadership skills that are less "rational" during an eventful evacuation of a planet. I love when my entertainment educates my real life situation and forces me to be a (albeit slightly) better person.

Alright, that's enough rambling. I really need to upload the gajillion pictures in my camera (and maybe add captions. Goodnight y'all.

Always, ~Heather

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