Archive for April, 2008

2 Years Waiting

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Friday was officially two years since our Dossier was logged in with the CCAA. I’m not feeling a lot like dwelling on it, especially since it seems current trends don’t bode well for how much longer we will have to wait.  Technically there are 106 LIDs until ours. But while just over 100 days may not seem like much, CCAA has been averaging (over the last 6 months) just over 6.5 days of LIDs per referral month.  At that rate we are looking at about 16 months before they get to us. Seriously, that is soooo wrong.

The concurrent adoption is proceeding apace. We are doing some online training and some other background information we’ll need before we can get started seriously on the dossier. Not putting time lines on this one at all although we do need to get cracking. I’m truly hoping it won’t be necessary to put our China dossier on hold at all but we will if need be.

Anyway, nothing enlightening. We’ll keep you updated as there are things to say.




Shopping list for a camping trip

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Some prominent excerpts:

  • Elk meat and Merguez sausage
  • Local crimini mushrooms
  • Single-cask bourbon
  • Single malt scotch
  • .357 magnum ammunition
  • 12 gauge slugs
  • Street hockey gloves so I don’t lose a fingernail knife fighting
  • New 0 degree rated double sleeping bag so Janice won’t freeze to death in 50 degree weather

…and that’s not including the stuff I don’t have to shop for like rapiers, riding gloves, and a good Pinot Noir.

I really love my family.


Best summation of the “bitter” silliness

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Jonathan Chait nails it, I think.

Money quote (but read the whole thing!):

And, while it may be elitist to say so, voting for a politician merely because he can mimic your lifestyle is not a very good idea. George Will and the Journal editors would never dream of voting on the basis of which candidate related best to their culture. They support the candidates who share their policy goals, not those who share their passion for watching baseball, or flogging the servants, or whatever other pastimes they may enjoy.


Can’t Think of a Pithy Title

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Two good pieces of news.

Keir Alexander was born to Kix and Cathy on Wednesday, April 3rd. He was 9 lbs 8 oz (I think.) Pictures when I get my damn work computer repaired (again!) . I hope to be out there in June to do the baby-naming thang again. Looking forward to it! Congrats to Clan R.

My brother got the job. I’m very proud of him. This is a really big deal for him. Anyway, he’s been in his training for a couple of weeks now and in a month or so should have a placing somewhere in New York. Hopefully somewhere not too far from his apartment.

More latter when I am feeling more inspired.



edit to add pic of Keir. Ah, babies!

Keir Alexander



Friday, April 4th, 2008

NPR was playing this today and it gave me goosebumps to hear it, so I had to share:

This is the short version. I understand he actually spoke for six minutes or so. But I think this contains the deepest portion of what he had to say that day.

And of course, because you can’t have an MLK post without it:

This is the full version with footage from The March as well.

Let freedom ring!

Many blessings to all,



Obama’s Lama problem

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

From the always-worthwhile Michael Bérubé, we present Your American Electorate.

Between this and the “no you don’t, not in my country, you EVIL BASTARDS” release of the John Yoo memo authorizing torture in my name, I’m ready to start on the hard alcohol and it’s not even 10am yet.

At least there are a couple bright spots:

Despite morons like those in the piece quoted above, Obama is rapidly closing the gap in Pennsylvania. and even the normally-oblivious segments of the press are starting to clue in to the fact that there’s virtually no mathematic scenario in which Hillary can catch him in pledged delegates or the popular vote now.

McCain is so far out of his depth on all the issues that will likely drive the general election that even the Democrats’ best efforts to shoot themselves in the head may not be enough to put him in the White House.