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The idea is to pick 5 and complete the sentences, then pass this little meme on to 3 more of your blog pals! But no tag backs!

If I could be a scientist…
If I could be a farmer…
If I could be a musician…
If I could be a doctor…
If I could be a painter…
If I could be a gardener…
If I could be a missionary…
If I could be a chef…
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If I could be an athlete…
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If I could be an innkeeper…
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If I could be a backup dancer…
If I could be a llama-rider…
If I could be a bonnie pirate…
If I could be a midget stripper…
If I could be a proctologist…
If I could be a TV-Chat Show host…
If I could be an actor…
If I could be a judge…
If I could be a Jedi…
If I could be a mob boss…
If I could be a fast food restaurant worker…
If I could be a preacher..

If I could be a scientist… I’d find a cure for cancer. And AIDS of course. Cancer really pisses me off. It’s so indesciminate. You can be perfectly healthy, not smoke and get it and die. I’d also invent a mega sunscreen for pale people like me that would smell great, give you a non streaky, non orange fake tan, wouldn’t sting your eyes, would sparkle of course, and wouldn’t come off until you wanted it to.
If I could be a judge…I’d lock up child molesters, domestic abusers, rapists, and murderers for life at the first offense with no parole. And I’d make sure their cellmate was a pissed off burly man named Snake who needed a girlfriend.
If I could be a TV-Chat Show host… I’d interview all my favorite celebrities. I’d have my research department find local people doing good all over the country and I’d fly them out to my show. Then I’d take all the millions of dollars I made and I’d finance adoption for people like us.
If I could be an innkeeper…Oh, I love this one. I’d have a cozy bed and breakfast in the NC mountains. We’d have horses and croquet on the lawn. There’d be badminton and pancakes anytime you wanted them. And if you adopted you’d get a free night at the inn.
If I could be a bonnie pirate…This is my favorite one. I’d have a fabulous ship. I’d never steal or pillage. I’d be independently wealthy from my talk show days. I’d live in an amazing house with tons of windows and big porches all round on a gorgeous island in the Bahamas with Jon and our 5 Chinese children. We’d have hammocks all over the place. A steel drum band would play music all the time. We’d wear sarongs and go barefoot and drink lots of fruity umbrella drinks. Oh, and we’d zip around the island on brightly colored Vespa scooters. Then when we felt like it we’d take our fully equipped ship and the steel drum band out to explore the islands. All of our friends would come too of course!

Ok, now I tag…Andrea, Sara, and Shannon O..

Fortune

All things Chinese are appealing to me right now. I love these silver items. The fortune cookie is actually a little trinket box. And the take out box can be used for all sorts of things. I’m such a party planner at heart that I can see these being used at my shower. But you don’t plan your own showers. So I’ll just leave little hints for the shower fairies!

Worth the Wait

I’m having a really hard time not buying all the adorable baby stuff I’ve been seeing. Luckily (for my willpower and pocketbook) we are poor, I am still jobless, and we don’t know how old Lingling will be. So there’s no sense in buying certain things now. Plus, I can’t go too crazy and put the cart before the horse. I don’t want to fill my house with fabulous things for her and have something go wrong. We won’t start major shopping until we are DTC (when our dossier gets sent to China). Then we’ll have about 6 months to wait (and shop!) until we get matched with Lingling. Until then I can still gaze longingly at the objects of my desire. ***Click all images to enlarge*** Like this FABULOUS diaper bag. Ok, so I already love dragonflies. Then they went and put them on a gorgeous shade of pinky red and made an affordable dressy diaper bag. Only $18.95 at Adopt Shoppe! This would be my 2nd diaper bag. I’d have one in a more sturdy fabric for everyday use.

Then there are these adorable mary jane socks at Uncommon Goods. Uncommon Goods has a ton of stuff that I’d put on a wish list if they had one. Like this ladybug hat. Ladybugs are considered good luck by the Chinese. *That’s a bit of forshadowing for you. I’ve got a ladybug project in the works. One of my absolute favorite items at Uncommon Goods is this onesie: I love the message on it so much. It’s so fitting. It only fits up to age 6 mos though, and the babies are at least 6-8 mos when we adopt. I wish I could screenprint myself so I could get that saying on something that would fit Lingling. Ah well, I can always paint that message on a little plaque for her room.

How do parents control themselves with so much retail cuteness out there???

Local China Connection

Ok, so the picture has nothing to do with this post, but it’s just so daggum cute. I took this picture of Jake a week ago on my Mom’s stairs. I love this picture- he’s very photogenic.

My Mil is a librarian and there is this older couple who volunteer at the library. Their son and his wife adopted a little girl from China. So information got passed around and I was able to talk to the son. He was so nice and offered tons of advice and information about the process. He even recommended his agency. They were so impressed with the agency when they adopted their little girl that they are going through the process again with the same agency. They brought Abby home at age 2 & 1/2 last August and are at the home study stage for child #2 right now. He said Abby is doing great. They adopted an older child because he is 50 and his wife is 45. Jon and I will hopefully be referred a much younger baby because we’re younger. They are a really nice couple who are totally willing to help us and guide us through the process. I can’t tell you how awesome that is! We’ve felt kind of alone in all this since we don’t know anyone else in real life who’s done this. We’ll all be meeting up soon. I can’t wait to see their little girl.

I hadn’t spent much time thinking about the flight over to China until talking with that Dad. He told me it was 14 hours from Chicago, where they changed planes. And that because of the time changes that they took off at 12:30 pm and landed in China at 2:30 pm the same day! They were chasing the sun! The whole time zone thing blows my mind anyway, but what really boggles my brain is what are we going to do on a plane for 14 hours?! I can only sleep for so long. Will there be enough to drink? I’m a big drinker. It’s been rumored that I snore and I don’t want to bother people. I’m going to have to bring a BIG book that is remarkably interesting. Jon’s going to go insane. He’s 6′ 5″ and doesn’t fit well into those seats as is. His knees get bruised because there’s just not enough leg room. We may have to strap him to the wing!

Pug Perch

Ike loves to perch up on the back of the sofa and watch what’s going on in the kitchen when I’m cooking or cleaning. So cute. I realized it’s been entirely too long since I’ve posted pictures of our puggies. Here’s one of Miss Kea. She’s recently discovered the joys of the belly rub and has assumed the belly rub position. Click on the photos to enlarge.