Christmas Has a Way

Christmas has a way of making you feel alone… that kind of lonely that hits you so deep you can’t shake it even when you’re surrounded by your closest family. I had this conversation with my best friend the other day during our commute home, not about Christmas but about wanting someone whose focus and love is dedicated to you and you alone; that life partner. I would love to find that person, but I know it will be a while before I do.

In the meantime… I’m secretly happy that my mom is here all of the time helping me out with improvements on the house, and that my brother shows up at random hours to raid the refrigerator and use my Netflix.

Home, Brother and Adoption Update

Ohhh emmm geeeee… I have been sooo busy!

Mom and I have been working tirelessly since I moved in, to renovate the main bathroom and get my bedroom painted. We were under a lot of pressure to get it done ASAP because the adoption worker was coming. It was a lot of late nights and early mornings. I actually bought myself a reciprocating saw and learned to cut drywall and plumbing. We moved the plumbing over to fit the new vanity, we built one vanity and then bought another one fully assembled when the first one fell apart. A stranger helped my brother haul all 300 pounds of it into the house and up the stairs because he was driving by and realized that mom and I are both completely useless (what a nice guy, huh!). We painted the bathroom. We replaced the mirror and got an awesome new light fixture. In the bedroom, we painted it one of the fifteen shades of navy blue I looked at, and shopped for new bedding and accessories. I ripped off the ugly arch thing from the front gate and we hauled it and a bunch of other stuff to the garbage dump. My brother tested out the fireplace (while he hacked my Netflix account – but at least he’s talking to me again) .

The fact my brother is talking to me again is worthy of its own paragraph here. He’s been (obviously) lonely at home with mom being here all of the time, so he’s been spending a lot of time here playing with the dogs, eating my food, and stealing my Netflix. He’s actually been really nice to me lately, it’s great to see his real personality coming back. When I asked him what was on his Christmas list, he actually gave me a thoughtful answer and then – wait for it – HE ASKED MEEEE WHAT I WANTED. That’s never happened before. Well, maybe once. (By the way – these hyphens are for you, Jo).

Anyways, back on topic. Yes, the house buying and house renovating and house unpacking has been a crazy busy month, but it’s done. Or done enough, anyway. It’s awesome to walk down the hallway without tripping over extension cords and ladders, and it’s so great to not have to brush my teeth in the kitchen sink anymore.

So what you’re actually wanting to hear about, my first appointment with the adoption worker was supposed to be yesterday, but we had a crazy blizzard so she had to cancel. Instead of rescheduling a million times through winter, she emailed me the next bunch of intrusive questionnaires and send me the training schedule which is the next step. Of course, I’ve already sent the paperwork back to her so I’m just waiting on the scheduler to call me back and let me know if the January dates are full or not. I sure hope they’re not, I don’t want to have to wait for February or March. I have to finish 5 full days of training (parental training, I assume) before we can move on to the next set of interviews (I believe that portion is formally called the “home study”). So that’s where that is.

Saturday is my BFF’s hubby’s 40th birthday so I’m flying out to Mount Washington for a couple of days. It also happens to be my own birthday on Saturday so it will be nice to get away for the weekend. Aside from that, I am very much looking forward to kicking back and enjoying my new house for a while.