Sunday, September 30, 2012

Dear Tommy...

 and crew:

Thank you for finally getting your acts together and coming up with this big win today. I was beginning to become extremely worried, but you pulled through. Thank you and see you next week...

Thursday, September 20, 2012


Lull...that's the word that comes to mind when I think about our adoption at this point in time. It has been 2 weeks since we mailed our I-600 A application to immigration and we are continuing to wait for our fingerprinting appts. Our agency has said this usually takes about 4 weeks. I was wondering if other APs have been experiencing this approx. time frame as well. Anyway, there is nothing exciting to report...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Election Apparel

Yesterday I was out shopping and I passed a woman wearing a "Healthcare Workers for Obama" t-shirt. In 2008 I wanted to get an Obama t-shirt but I never did. Although Chris and I have the same political views, he thinks it is kind of goofy to wear things like that. I have a sweatshirt that says, "Everyone Loves a Speech-Language Pathologist" and he gets pretty embarrassed when I wear it out in public. Anyway, I was browsing some Obama apparel online this morning and came across these cute outfits. Maybe Lucy and Brody would like to wear these...

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Maybe, instead of a t-shirt, I may just have to splurge on these. After all, I would be providing a child with a pair of shoes at the same time! And if you are a republican, they also have these cute shoes in the red elephant print.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Melkam Addis Amet!

or...Happy New Year! Today, September 11, 2005, is New Year's Day in Ethiopia. Although it is 2012 here in the U.S., it is the start of the year 2005 in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia follows the Julian calendar, in which the year is divided into 12 months, each consisting of 30 days. There is also a 13th month that consists of 5 days (or 6 days in a leap year). The Ethiopian calendar is 8 years behind the Gregorian/western calendar from January to September, and 7 years behind from September 11 through January 8. Therefore, beginning today, there will be a 7-year gap as it is 2012 here and 2005 in ET.

Example of 13-month calendar from the year 2004/2011

This New Year has been celebrated since early times. It marks the ending of the Horn of Africa's long, rainy season. According to tradition, children get new clothing and hand out freshly picked flowers. Dancing and singing can be heard in villages along the countryside and daisies bloom in the fields.

 Here is a youtube clip of an Ethiopian New Year's celebration from last year (2004/2011):

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