Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
8 Favorite TV Shows:
- Grey's Anatomy
- Top Chef
- The Amazing Race
- Project Runway
- 60 Minutes
- Suite Life of Zack and Cody (my list ends at the first 5, but I end up watching the last 3 a lot)
- Wizards of Waverly Place
- Cory in the House
8 Things I Look Forward To:
- Celebrating 10 years with Doodle tomorrow
- All the leaves being off the oak tree next door so I can stop raking (they all come into our yard)
- Taking a week off work over the holidays
- Playing Blockus with the girls
- Cleaning out the garage so I can park my car in it again
- Watching the wonder of the kids' faces when they come down the stairs on Christmas morning
- First snow of the season
- Camera lens
- A less stress free life for Doodle
- Magic weight loss
- Fewer sinus infections for Tootle
- More developed youth program at church
- Lower bills
- Winning lottery ticket (I'm part of a group of 8 coworkers who play Powerball; our highest winnings in over a year: $7)
- Worked through lunch and spent most of the day in meetings
- Sent e-mail to Tootle's teacher about a gingerbread house situation
- Moved things around in the living room to make way for the Christmas tree
- Delivered dinner to a friend who just had surgery
- Ordered a present for Nana online
- Told Doodle how proud I am of how well she is handling stress this week
- Made final arrangements for a friend of Doodle's to sleep over tonight (it's midnight and they're still awake)
- Starting working on getting our Christmas card out
- Foong Lin
- Oriental East (dim sum)
- Macaroni Grill
- Olive Garden
- Baja Fresh
- California Pizza Kitchen
I need to make sure two 10 year olds are in bed so I'm going to skip tagging 8 others. If you're reading this and want to play along, please do.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
The fact that both girls helped prepare the turkey dinner and that both said they were most thankful for family. Tootle is also thankful for Santa Claus.
My job. I have a lot of flexibility in work hours and like my work most of the time. It could be a lot worse.
Living in this country. Things are going to be a bit bumpy for awhile as we recover from the economic mess, but I'm so hopeful for the future.
We made these pilgrims and Native Americans this morning. One of Tootle's friends spent the morning playing at our house because her mom is recovering from surgery. These so called "village people" make me smile, and the girls giggled a lot as they made them and played with them. After stuffing ourselves, we went to see the movie Bolt. This evening Tootle and I finished a difficult puzzle she was working on, and Doodle and I put some new music on her ipod.
Monday, November 24, 2008
WHAT IS YOUR NAME: Donna
BOY NAME: Donald
4 LETTER WORD: door
GIRL NAME: Delia
A COLOR: dark blue
SOMETHING YOU WEAR: dungarees
SOMETHING FOUND IN A BATHROOM: dental floss
A PLACE: Denver, CO
REASON FOR BEING LATE: dream
SOMETHING YOU SHOUT: Darn!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Doodle is having a rough time coping with the stress/pressure of school this year. It's a bit of a mystery because her report card showed no struggles, and her teachers report that she is doing very well, but I have to recognize the validity of her feelings and equip her with tools to cope with stress. It's a bit unnerving to try to calm down your 10 year old who is hyperventilating over a science test that you know she is prepared for. Doodle started seeing a licensed clinical social worker this week who specializes in anxiety disorders and often works with adopted children. The first session went well, and I'm hopeful that Doodle will be able to handle stress much better soon. I chose a LCSW who works with adopted kids in case Doodle has any underlying adoption concerns that she has been unable to talk to me about. Doodle's school guidance counselor is keeping Doodle's various teachers informed and is having occasional lunch sessions with her and a group of friends. I hope that we can nip this in the bud before middle school.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.
--From Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes
For over a year, I have had a dream that a visionary leader would be elected who would closely mirror my values and who would understand that big changes are needed to ensure my daughters' future is a bright one. That happened last night. I am filled with hope, especially after receiving an e-mail from the president elect himself last night, thanking me and millions of others for our support and stating, "We have a lot of work to do to get our country back on track, and I'll be in touch soon about what comes next." The grassroots effort will need to continue in order to encourage innovation, save the environment, and bring prosperity back. After eight long years of aimlessness, greed, and divisiveness, we will be on the right track again.
My mom reported this morning that she had a dream that Malia Obama enrolled at Doodle's school and was assigned to her class. In the dream, Doodle befriends Malia and has playdates at the White House. I think Malia is likely to go to one of a handful of DC public elementary school or one of the city's excellent private schools. Chelsea Clinton went to Sidwell Friends, where Doodle has been to summer camp. Doodle's public school in Maryland would be an excellent choice for the Obamas--it too is led by an energetic, visionary African American--but it's unlikely to happen.
Tootle had a dream that "our team, Brock (that's how she pronounces it) Obama" won and that our team had more candy than the other team.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
- My Obama/Biden car magnet arrived in the mail today. I dashed to the grocery store tonight for a few items, and I'm sure my magnet was the deciding factor for some uncommitted voters (insert heavy sarcasm here).
- I wish I had made the time to do more for Obama: I have friends and neighbors who are doing legal work, making calls, etc., but things like Halloween events planning, sickness, and school struggles have kept me home. I'll do my part in the voting booth tomorrow.
- There will be one fewer vote for McCain in Pennsylvania. My mom's twin sister broke her leg after the deadline for absentee voting so she won't be able to exercise her right to vote this year. She's in a wheelchair because she is unable to use crutches due to a shoulder injury a few years ago. Fortunately they live in a ranch house.
- We made some goodies for the election day bake sale at Doodle's school. Feeling a bit pinched for time, I bought Ghiradelli brownie mix for the first time. I got two boxes so we could try it before offering them for sale. The brownies got a big thumbs up from Doodle who said they were like "eating heaven." We also made whoopie pies.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
This afternoon we saw a not so positive example of teenager behavior. When we got home from Tootle's soccer game, after being away for about four hours, we noticed that our jack o lanterns were missing. We found them smashed far down the street. Our next door neighbor, who was working on his car, remembers seeing a group of teenagers kicking something orange down the street. I wasn't aware that pumpkins made good soccer balls. Grrr.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Tootle is Padme from Star Wars. I am still finding feathers from two of the party guests' cat costumes all over the house. We also had two High School Musical characters, a mouse, Hannah Montana, Princess Fiona from Shrek, two witches, a Washington Redskin, and my personal favorite, a flamenco dancer.