January 2011


I just want to thank everyone for their kind words!  I feel very touched that people are sharing in my happiness!  Thank you.

 

I’ve been off the grid for a few days due to work and life obligations – I’m trying to get caught up on emails, blogs and other modern communication techniques.  Please don’t be offended if you get a delayed response from me – life is a bit crazy at the moment!

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I can’t hold it in any longer!

I got a referral! For a little girl!

She’s 18 months old, and she’s perfect. She’s a tiny little thing, but she’s over the hump health-wise, and she’s so beautiful. Seriously, I can’t stop looking at her.

I feel so blessed!

 

For some news in the next few days.

 

(Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is.  Squee!)

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First off, thanks for all the comments on the Resolutions post! I’m so happy that people are reading and commenting here in my little corner of the blogosphere. I can’t express how much it means to me!

 

Okay, now for the topic of the day. Just a heads up: it’s not at all adoption-related, so feel free to scoot if this isn’t your cup of tea. [Speaking of adoption: no news to share. Just re-doing my effing dossier. Yeah, good times.]

 

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this once or twice, that I cleaned up my diet about a year or so ago? Prior to, I had been eating the typical American diet of garbage, more garbage, and cool ranch Doritos. Something had to be done: I was always sick with one cold after another, I was packing on the pounds, and I had zero energy. There’s no way I’d have been able to keep up with a new baby feeling the way I felt last year. So I made some radical changes in my diet and was able to eliminate refined sugar altogether, and restrict my starch intake to whole grains only. My diet now basically consists of grass fed meats, whole grains, natural sweeteners, and lots of locally grown, organic fruits and veggies. Best thing I ever did for myself. The impact on my immune system and energy level was astounding. Not only that, but the weight started to drop off, my workouts improved, I sleep great – I can’t say enough about the improvement to my quality of life.

 

But,being human, I’ve let things slide a bit, and the occasional treat has become the regular cheat. My once-limited consumption of whole grains and naturally sweetened treats has devolved into all starch, all the time. Since I have PCOS-related insulin resistance (ie, starch is not my friend), I’ve been feeling lethargic and sleepy and a more-than-a-little run down lately. I partially blame my backslide on the season: my winter CSA box has been comprised of nothing but starchy vegetables (potatoes, beets, and butternut squash in my last pick up) with the occasional cabbage, radish or leafy green thrown in for variety. But also, I love bread, – it’s my downfall. Every. Time. My problem can be summarized thusly: the more starch I eat, the more I crave it, and the more I crave it, the more I eat it – it’s a downward spiral into lethargy, weight gain, and illness. (I’m speaking only for myself here. Ymmv, of course.)

 

So, I need to cut some starch from my diet. But since I never do things halfway (have you noticed that about me yet?), I’m seriously considering trying the whole30 plan. In a nutshell, whole30 is no grains, no legumes, no dairy, no sweetener (of any kind), no processed anything – squeeeaky clean eating for 30 days. Grass fed meats, wild caught seafood, healthy fats, nuts, fruits and veggies – that’s it. No additives, strict limits on preservatives, absolutely no soy. It’s based on the paleo/primal diet that’s so trendy with Crossfitters nowadays. (Full disclosure: I don’t crossfit, but I really dig the concept and plan to check out a class soon, if I can ever find the time.) Personally, I think the whole “eat like a caveman, what would Grok do” stuff is rather silly, jmho. But I do subscribe to the philosophy that the best way to break a bad habit is to go cold turkey, rather than try to cut down incrementally. And this plan certainly achieves that objective. I fully intend to reintroduce foods back in later – but responsibly, and not too much. And when things start to slide and get out of balance – and they always do – that’s when it time to get strict again and start over from scratch. That’s exactly how I was able to break my addiction to refined sugar, and now it’s time to break my addiction to starch. I know it seems extreme, but I like a challenge. Whole30 is far stricter than anything I’ve ever done before, however. To be honest, I’m really nervous about cutting dairy, since I love me some cheese. But coffee and tea are allowed, thank goodness (maybe I’ll tackle that addiction my next go-round). No doubt about it, this is going to be tough, even for a clean eater like myself.

 

Okay, I guess I’ve talked myself into it. I need to do some planning before I get started, and use up whatever illegal foods are currently in my fridge. In a week or two, I should be good to go. It’s only for 30 days, I can do anything for 4 measly weeks. Right?

 

 

Me, this week:

Have a great week, everyone!  Keep your fingers crossed for some referrals.  And oh yeah, Go Pats!

I hope that everyone who celebrates had a lovely Hanukkah/Christmas and I wish a Happy New Year to you all! Since it’s been a while, I have loads to catch you up on:

  • First off, the re-boot. I’ve changed the theme of the blog. I was sick of the old theme, and wanted something fresh for the New Year. The header’s probably temporary: I plan to ask my aspiring graphic artist of a brother to design something for me the next time I see him. [Hi Eric!] I’ve also eliminated my woefully outdated blogroll in favor of simply linking to Cindy’s awesome site, which is what I (and everybody else in ET adoption blogland) now use to keep up to date on my reading.
  • I’m still waiting for a referral. My waitaversary is 18 months tomorrow. For the most part, I’ve been sticking to my resolution to be Zen about the wait. Except for a maudlin moment here and there, I’ve been able to stay upbeat and positive, and focused on the light at the end of the tunnel rather than on the tunnel itself. The holidays were a little tough – I am never so lonely as when I’m surrounded by people – but nowhere near as bad as last year, when I really struggled to keep my chin up.
  • I will definitely become a mommy this year. It may be a touch premature, but I’ve started the cell phone vigil: my trusty Droid never leaves my side, just in case. Referrals at my agency have been coming in large batches lately, a dozen at a time, so it’s definitely possible that the next wave of referrals could include my child. I’m just saying. Seriously, I’m that close.

Now for my resolutions. I know some people think New Years’ resolutions are cheesy, but I love them. For me this time of year is always a time of reflection, getting things done, and curbing my procrastination tendencies for as long as possible. Sometimes my resolutions stick, sometimes they don’t, but i’m never so motivated as I am on January 1st! So here goes.

I, Elizabeth, hereby resolve to:

  1. Blog every day once a week for the entirety of 2011. In order to achieve even this modest goal, this blog will have to, by necessity, transform into more than an adoption blog. Namely, I will be forced to write about the baking of cookies*, the sewing of garments, and the running of marathons.** And eventually I’ll resort to just posting a bunch of baby pictures for people to coo over <grin>.
    * whole foods recipes, of course 😉
    ** technically a half marathon, but still. That’s 13.1 miles, people, which is kind of a lot.
  2. De-clutter the future nursery. I’ve lived here for nearly 6 years now (really?) and my spare bedroom-slash-storage is just plain full of crap. I am such a pack rat OMG. Over the past week, I’ve donated 7 huge trash bags and 4 big boxes full o’ stuff to the local Goodwill and it should have been more. Now it’s time to organize and find new homes for all the stuff I’m keeping. My particular method of organizing involves making large piles of stuff in the approximate location of where said stuff will eventually go, then sorting through it and organizing everything into its proper place, typically interspersed with trips to Target for new storage totes and to the liquor store for some alcohol (jk). Right now I’m at the piles stage. I swear to God it looks like an episode of Hoarders up in here today. Since I’m a slow worker and take lots of breaks, I think it might look this way for a few days. If I know you IRL, this is not a good week to stop by for a visit, I mean that sincerely.
  3. Get the baby’s room ready. Once I’ve accomplished #2, I’ll start getting the nursery ready. I know, right? Yay! Here’s my inspiration room:

If it’s a girl, I’m going to add big splashes of pink and purple daisies, for a disco-trippy 70s flower power vibe:

If it’s a boy, I’m going to add lots of primary colors for a kind of a crayon theme feel whatever:

And oh yeah, I’m totally making this quilt, my first ever:

The Girl Version

The Boy Version:

Whaddaya think about the room? Too bright? Not bright enough?

4.  Run a half marathon. This comes straight from my bucket list, namely to run a marathon before I turn 40. A half marathon this year, a full one next year – 11 months ahead of schedule! Since the race isn’t until November, I have plenty of time to get ready for it thank goodness. I hope the kiddo likes chilling in a jogging stroller, because s/he’ll be spending a lot of time there!

5.  Lose those pesky last 10 lbs. If I manage to accomplish #4, I doubt this will be a tough resolution to keep. Although it’s more like 15 lbs after the past couple of weeks. Between the holiday, being on vacation and PMS (TMI, sorry!), um, yeah, I haven’t been doing so hot in the nutrition department. Or the fitness department. Yeah.  Moving on.

6.  Keep my camera in an accessible location, with a charged battery and an empty memory card, at all times. You know, so that I actually use the darn thing to take actual pictures with. To, you know, post on my blog, for example.

7.  Learn to sew really, really well. I have a brand new sewing machine and I’m not afraid to use it! I’m totally obsessed with my new hobby. I can’t seem to stop buying fabric, even though I’ve only actually finished like 3 things. And I want a dress form so bad you don’t even know. Anyway, I want to make a wool coat this year, possibly this one:

which means I need to practice practice practice, because a wool coat is not a beginner’s project.

I have 3 more resolutions to make it an even 10, but those are private, so I can’t share. For the most part 2010 wasn’t a bad year, but I’m glad it’s over and I’m very much looking forward to 2011!

In honor of the Bole2Concord’s new look, here’s some Bole2Harlem for y’all.

Frohes Neues, Everybody!