Saturday, April 30, 2005

The Geej and one of her friends. Posted by Hello

Recent things I've learned.

I'm back from 3 1/2 weeks in Vladivostok, Russia. I've got my BEAUTIFUL enchanting, amazing daughter, The Geej with me. Finally. I'm in full-on single mother mode now. It's a whole new world, folks. If nothing else, I've learned SO much in the past month. Let me now share some tidbits:

1. "Fashion" in Russia = 1989 Bon Jovi concert in Trenton, New Jersey.
2. More rare than an albino tiger? A Russian who smiles for the hell of it.
3. Pickles apparently CAN be served with spaghetti.
4. Apparently if there was a murder committed on a matress, it's okay to keep using it in a hotel.
5. Cat toys make great baby toys and vice versa.
6. There is no limit to the grossness and variety of baby poo.
7. Getting a 9-mo. old to laugh at you is a soul-stirring experience.
8. "Salad" in Russia means any available vegetables sliced up and topped with about a cup-and-a-half of mayonnaise.
9. Babies like cats. Cats don't like babies.
10. Being a mom is a wonderful, frustrating, magical, exhausting, rewarding, mysterious, scary adventure.

I'll write as I have time. There is much to tell. However, since I am barely finding time to take a shower, it's probably going to be sporadic.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Where in the world is Karla May?

Hey folks,

Sorry I've been so lax in posting. But I'm in Vladivostok, and have been wrapped up in the maelstrom that is getting my daughter from the orphanage, and setting up house for a couple of weeks in the hotel while I wait for all the paperwork to be completed. I only have limited internet access too, so posts from now until I get home will most likely be sporadic at best. But please don't forget about your little Pine Curtain Refuge. I promise to post again soon.

All I have to say now is a) wow and b) I wish I had a way to post photos. This experience has been so intense. My baby girl is finally with me and out of that orphanage. It's the best feeling in the world. Such a relief, but at the same time, such an enormous, stressful undertaking. My mom is here with me, thank God. She is helping out immensely, and falling head over heels in love with her BEAUTIFUL grand-daughter.

MUCH more to come. I can't wait to fill you in on this trip. It has been nuts, and I've still got a couple of weeks to go.

Pray for me, folks...