Sunday, September 27, 2009

Happy "Belated" Birthday to Me

So, yesterday was my birthday. It wasn't a major one, but I'm pretty damn close. I had told V that I didn't think it was fair that every year, since his birthday is the May 2-4 weekend, we always have a party/bbq for him. It's usually the first bbq of the season and generally is quite a big affair. Not fancy, just a lot of people, food and drink.

Last year we missed out in his birthday because it was his Dad's 70th (his 40th) and so this year he wanted to make up for it and have a 40/41 birthday bbq but with everything going on we had it in July. So, it was that party which had probably 60+ people at it, and dancing in the basement, I decided I wanted something...just because it wasn't fair. :) Once I said that to him, it was a done deal. But, I said I didn't want a bbq. I wanted a West Indian feast. As many of you know, V is Trinidadian, and over the years I have learned to make a number of different foods and grown to like them.

So we although I didn't prep the whole party, and asked some people to bring and we bought a few items, I still did make a few things, namely the curried chicken, curried chickpeas and potato and the bbq chicken. Oh, and I also made my cake. :)

And because I made my cake, I didn't just make a cake with buttercream icing...I MADE a cake. I've been taking cake decorating classes for the 4-5 months and have shown you some of the results of those classes. Well, I decided I was going for it......

Next year who knows what I'll do. :)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A PSA for those who are looking to adopt

As you know V and I aren't on the adoption track. Not because we wouldn't consider it, but more likely because although we haven't really discussed adoption for us (and wouldn't be opposed to it), funds are limited at this point, and it's not feasible at this time.

However, way back when we first started this journey and I was surfing the net madly looking for anything that might help us, I did look at information regarding adoption, particularly interracial adoption as we are an interracial couple. Since then I periodically receive emails from on adop.tion facilitator in the US which I generally read and file away.

This week I received an email from them only this time it really peaked my interest. Below is a partial screenshot of that email. Click the image to enlarge it, but this is what the beginning says.

Life.time Adop.tion currently is experiencing a shortage of families who are prepared to adopt African American and/or Bi-Racial Children.

Since the inception of the African American Enrichment Program in 2003, Lifetime Adoption has been fortunate to assist hundreds of babies find their way to their forever families.

Currently, we have 5 birth mothers who are due before the end of the year who do not have any adoptive families within their preferences from which to choose.

Now, I have to say I've never worked with them directly, I really don't know anything about them and I'm not endorsing them but I figured someone out there may want to check this out. I think if V and I were living in the US or were US citizens living outside the US, we probably would explore this opportunity. However, it seems that to work with them you need to either be living in the US with a valid home study, or be a US citizen living outside of the US.

If you want a copy of the email I received, send me a message and I'll be happy to pass it on.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Thank you

I just wanted to thank everyone who voted for me during the Best Travel Story contest. However, I didn't win. C'est la vie.

I hope everyone is having a good week.