2.26.2007

Calling all bookworms!

I don't normally do memes, but I copied this from another blog, since I am an avid reader.

Here's what you do - look at the list of books below. Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you want to read, cross out the ones you won’t touch with a 10 foot pole, put a cross (+) in front of the ones on your book shelf, and asterisk (*) the ones you’ve never heard of.

Leave me a comment with a link to your blog if you do this, so I can check your list out :)

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. +A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. +Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. +Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. +A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. +Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. +Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. +Fall on Your Knees(Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. +Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. +Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. +The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. +The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie(Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. +Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. +The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. +I Know This Much is True(Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. +Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. +She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. *Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. *The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. +Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. +Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. +The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. +War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. *Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. +One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. +Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. +Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. *The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. *Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. *Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. +Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. *Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. *In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100.+Ulysses (James Joyce)

2.19.2007

Do-over

We have started the process of re-doing our paperwork and getting our documents updated. I can't believe that we have to do this all over again (not to mention the $$ it costs to redo). Today our social worker came for a visit as part of our home study update. She is a very sweet lady and it went very well - except she was 25 minutes early and I had my hair up in a towel and no makeup on when she arrived - and Jonathan hadn't arrived home yet! She was very apologetic and nice, but I was quite surprised to see her pull-up in the driveway that early.

Later this week we will go get our fingerprints re-taken at the local police station and schedule Dr. appointments to get our tests redone and medical forms filled out. It's a pain, yes, but a necessity and at least now we feel like we are in the home stretch in the wait to see our daughter's face - should be this summer!

This weekend we are off to Gatlinburg with the church youth for a snowboarding trip. I don't snowboard, so my friend Marcia, sister-in-law Shelby and I will be hitting the outlets. I haven't been buying much for Lily Kate lately and we all know that buying clothes for baby girls is about as much fun as you can have shopping.

The following weekend we are heading to Savannah to meet up with other waiting parents from our December 2005 DTC group. We are really looking forward to meeting some new people, as well as seeing our travel mates, the wonderful Susan and Riz again, along with the lovely Wendy and her two adorable daughters, Kate and Claire. More shopping, great food, nice people and beautiful place - should be a great weekend. Keeping busy is helping to make the wait more bearable for us and the time seems to be flying by...come on summer!

2.01.2007

Referrals are here!

Here it is...the latest update from the CCAA. Referrals go through October 13, 2005. This means there are 88 days of referrals between this cut-off and our log-in date. At the current rate the CCAA is moving, we will likely get our referral some time in July. It can't get here too soon for me! They also updated the first date, which means that February and most of March dossiers have passed through the review room with flying colors.

Warmest congratulations to all those who got "The Call" today. Special wishes to Magi and Jim, who are the proud parents of Sera XiaoSheng.


Idol!

While we are all waiting with bated breath for the next batch of referrals to come out (and stalking the RQ Site for any morsel of news), I thought I’d mention my obsession with American Idol – man, do I love that show, despite all it’s faults and lameness (especially the auditions – will they ever be over??)

Every week, we get together with a group of friends and family and watch the show. We have a few snacks and drinks and just laugh, talk and enjoy the spectacle. We have been doing this for the past four seasons and wouldn’t miss it! We even have a big finale party. I haven’t seen anyone yet who has really impressed me, but they focus so much on the bad people at the beginning, that you don’t get a feel for who might be a winner. The judges are often as entertaining as the contestants, especially Paula, depending on her medication levels… anyway, I love me some Idol and this season, more than ever, it will help us pass the time until we hear something about our baby girl.