Art On A Limb

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Summer Sneaks

Wow, now June looms, arriving first thing in the morning.

We basically had a food-fest weekend. Aside from a couple of barbecues, our next door neighbors (they're from Lebanon) brought us over an entire Lebanese meal. I wish I could describe how wonderful the kibbe tasted. This dish was incredible!

Tomorrow, I go to Tyler, TX for work. Fortunately, it's only a one-night-away trip. I am almost short on time this week, so I'm going to have to find a way to work more - now, that's just wrong!

But, life is good.


Sunday, May 29, 2005

Update, Utterings, and "Uther" Stuff

Memorial Day weekend - today involves a barbecue with friends and family (and not at our house - woohoo!)and maybe some odd jobs around the house later. It's raining right now, and, hopefully, that won't last all day.

Well, here are my Unconscious Mutterings for this week:

  1. Crowd:: Control
  2. Hamburger:: Tuesday
  3. Choker:: Puka Shells
  4. Lights:: Camera, Action!
  5. Tinsel:: Town
  6. Testament:: New or Old?
  7. Best part of the day:: Morning
  8. Election:: Year
  9. Clarinet:: Saxophone
  10. Dead Sea:: Scrolls

We're still trying to adopt an older child. We found one in our own town and going to pursue her as a possibility. It seems all the others we have been interested in are out of town, and in Texas, out of town means far away. The child we are looking at here has been in the system since 1993 (age 1) when her older brother was found wandering down the highway. We don't have many more details at this point - I'll keep you posted as we make our way through the mounds of red tape.

Have a great Sunday!

Friday, May 27, 2005

Catching Up

I have been an awful blogger... my past work week was long and HOT! I had to go to Laredo, TX, which was the hottest spot in the entire USA the last couple of days. It was 107F the two days I was there. Sheesh! You can barely breathe in that heat.

This trip always brings something "different" to see. I saw a roadrunner (beep!beep!)really running down the road, and then I saw something I didn't want to see at all - a coyote eating a dead deer. Creepster. You don't usually see the coyotes in broad daylight, but there he was.

The majority of that trip to Laredo is an extended drive through cactus, mesquite, and scrub brush. I know our border security is not that great, but I can't imagine walking 10 feet through all that cactus - there's more than you can imagine. And trying to sneak through it in the dark has to be tricky.

Ah, but I have Friday and Monday off and all is well. I love days off!

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Muttering for Fun and Asking for Your Thoughts

First things, first:

It's always a fun Sunday when it's time for Unconscious Mutterings.

  1. Heimlich:: maneuver
  2. Gesture:: wildly
  3. Party:: dress
  4. Cuddle:: up
  5. Room with a view:: penthouse
  6. Sebastian:: Cabot
  7. Ooooh:: Ahhhh
  8. Sigh:: Relax
  9. Two fish, three fish:: red fish, blue fish
  10. Cake or death:: Marie Antoinette

Okay, now here's my second thing. If you've been here before, you know my husband and I are trying to adopt an older child (a girl - probably 12 - 15). All the older children available for adoption are through the state (CPS), which is the agency we are using. We could, however, switch to a private agency (we just found this out yesterday), and all agencies are "fishing" from the same pond, so to speak. What do you think? Stick with CPS or move to a private agency? CPS is the source of all the children, but their workers are overburdened and have no real motivation, other than the desire to be helpful, to work harder. After all, it's a government job - same pay no matter what. The private agencies ratio of workers to adoptees is much lower, however, they get all their info from CPS anyway.... I think my biggest concern is the CPS worker has no results-based incentive or motivation. I am leaning to switching, however, we both want to be sure we are making a sound decision. What are your thoughts??

Friday, May 20, 2005

Friday Taste of Texas

Fridays are always great, but when you have the day off, they're even better.

So far, my husband and I have been to lunch at a wonderful restaurant (The Taste of Texas) and are now going to lounge around and enjoy the day. Of course, that might mean some shopping for me.

We're still waiting to hear something about the 13 year old girl - they're not ready to go into the "selection process" at this time, and the 15 year old sounds a bit more promising, however, we'll cross those bridges when we come to them.

Tomorrow, we're going to another adoption networking meeting and looking forward to seeing what that brings. This whole bureaucratic process is almost intriguing to watch play out. Watching government employees, who never receive incentives, or get results-based promotions, work for you, is frustrating yet interesting. I can't put my finger on the motivation except that the newer employees seem to really want to make a difference in the world. The older ones seem to be collecting a check. They are, naturally, the supervisors, so the cycle perpetuates.

Our caseworker is one of the new ones... we'll see what happens.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005


Well, what do you know? The lady my husband ran into at the grocery store ended up being the recruiter where he was hired today. This company looks to be much more professional and stable than the last. We are grateful for the provision provided by the former employer, but are even more grateful for the new opportunity.

Life really is good :-)

Tomorrow, I drive to New Orleans for work - and that's all I have to do for the whole day. Sounds rough, doesn't it?

Nothing else going on in my life right now. Thank goodness!

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Utter, Sputter, Mutter

Circumstances can change so quickly! Today, my husband went to the grocery store, was standing at the butcher's counter, when a woman came up behind him and told him she knew him - she used to work with him where he is currently employed. She is now the recruiter/hiring manager for a similar company and has openings. She gave him her card and he's going to jump on it like a duck on a junebug! Life can (and usually is) full of wonderful blessings. As usual, we welcome all good thoughts and vibes in that direction. Thanks in advance.

And my favorite meme, Unconscious Mutterings, is posted below:

  1. Grandma:: Love
  2. Pet:: Pup
  3. Desolate:: Lonely
  4. Backspace:: Recover
  5. Common ground:: Together
  6. Storm:: Clouds
  7. Dark:: As night
  8. Water bottle:: Refreshment
  9. Training:: Bra
  10. Dot coms:: Dot orgs

Friday, May 13, 2005

Friday Follow-up

The circle of life just keeps spinning around, doesn't it?? My husband was told he was "suspended" yesterday. Seems a customer called in with a recording saying it was my husband calling to harass her husband. Of course, if you could hear both voices, you would know it just wasn't physically possible for him to be the caller. It would be like confusing Ron Howard with James Earl Jones. The company, however, has to cover its "hiney" and do something. The compliance attorney, et al... say they can tell it's not my spouse. He's supposed to call them Monday to find out what their "investigation" has come up with. The only thing that worries him is they may take extreme measures just to keep that hiney covered. If that happens, job searching begins and that is never fun.

I am choosing to believe all will be well when he calls Monday and to keep positive thoughts and prayers generated in that direction.

Now, to change the subject a bit... we're getting a little activity regarding the 15 yr old we are interested in adopting and hope the ball gets rolling soon. We feel like summer is the time something will happen - it's better for the kids to move when school is out - especially older children.

Tomorrow, we're going to a local Greek Festival and hope it takes my husband's mind off things. We may go to the Scottish Festival, too. Why not??

Any positive thoughts or vibes are great appreciated. Whatever happens, we both believe it will be the perfect thing.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Hodge Podge

Greetings! It feels like ages since I posted here and I don't want to fall out of practice. This traveling again for work is a bit taxing - I forgot how much of my personal time it consumed.

We submitted interest in another child to adopt. This girl is 15 and does not have any designated special needs. So many of the older children have some sort of need - emotional issues, medical issues, etc... Seems this girl is all-around average and that is sounding wonderful to us. I'll keep you posted as we hear something. We still have a request in for another child (13)who has some issues, but it's something we feel comfortable helping her work through (with help, of course). The whole process is SO slow - it can be a bit frustrating.

At this moment, I am in Baton Rouge, LA at one of my favorite hotels in which to stay for business travel. I like Baton Rouge much more than New Orleans. If you think about it, there's not one square inch of NOLA that hasn't been thrown up on. Creepy, huh?

Well, I guess I have rambled and patched together enough topics for one post. I am going to visit my regular reads.

Peace, love, and Bobby Sherman.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Quick Mutterer

I was out of sorts last week and forgot to do the Unconscious Mutterings that I like so much, so I am getting right on that now:

  1. Android:: pod person
  2. Revenge:: bad idea
  3. Knight:: gallant
  4. Stranded:: alone
  5. Weakness:: crack
  6. Greed:: selfish
  7. Walter:: aka "Walt" Disney
  8. Dense:: heavy
  9. Sheep:: lambs
  10. Propane:: gas

And here it is Sunday. Well, I got home Thursday night, worked part of the day Friday (thanks to the other part being filled with the company picnic) and my husband and I have been on the go all day. It's after midnight and I must crash, but plan on actually making a real post tomorrow.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Hey, it's May!

How does it get to be May before I know it? It seems weird that so many are just now thawing out when it feels like summer is knocking on our door.

This past weekend, my husband and I volunteered to work at his church's spring festival. We were assigned to man the Rock Wall booth. Basically, I took tickets and he manned the gate, just letting the kids in one at a time. Although that sounds boring, it was really fun. There are so many charming, engaging children out there with outgoing, friendly personalities.

After the festival, we went to the tiny airport near our house for a World War II aircraft exhibit - we saw them all bombers, Red Cross planes, Hell Cats, biplanes and a host of other I don't know the name of. The best part was that they were flying most of them.

We realized we don't "do" enough stuff like that - taking an hour or two a weekend to just explore and spend time together. It felt great and we're going to do more of it.