first birthday in thailand

today we celebrate our first birthday since our transplantation relocation. and it’s c1314. he’s really a teenager now, no more just pretending. cuz 13 seems almost like your just fakin’ teen, but 14? that’s the real stuff. so, today, in honor of c1314 – it’s all him, all the time.


c2 and his great-grandad. c2 seemed to have an extra portion of that hold me and let me drain the life out of you gift that so many babies seem to have.

c4 was a ring bearer and he was less than impressed with the tasks entailed.

c10, first day of not homeschool.

c11, too cool.

c13, i’m sure there is some cool new verb for zoning out with your ipod, but i don’t know it.

c13, just a few weeks ago.


what can’t i do?

so, remember when the dogs did this…


and then this weekend, while i was gone, they did this…

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(amazingly, they still have the ability to inhale and exhale.)
so today i pulled the window screens out of the storage room and took the screen door off it’s hinges and i did this…

all by myself. and while i was re-screening the windows and the door i was making a promise to myself. wanna know what it was? i will never, ever, ever, never, never, ever own dogs again. i know, never say never, but i’m thinking i mean it this time. and i give permission to all the internets to slap me cross eyed if you ever hear me say or think i’m thinking, “maybe we should get another dog.”

it’s been awhile

since i’ve had a pretty coffee to show you and as you can see it was worth the wait!


this pretty coffee was bh’s. he enjoyed it while he waited for me during language class.

and speaking of bh… today i realized i haven’t given closure to the bh has gone dark in mongolia tale. he wasn’t injured – or worse – in mongolia, he’d just switched hotels and had no internet or phone. and he won’t do it again. at least not without making contact with me to let me know what is going on. he’s very sorry he worried us all.

yes, there will be an oprah interview

i have tricked you. i am ashamed. i am not the first and i’m sure i will not be the last. my reasons are basically the same as theirs…

  • “my mistake . . . is writing about the person i created in my mind to help me cope, and not the person who went through the experience.” ~james frey, author of a million little pieces, his personal biography that wasn’t exactly true.
  • “maybe it’s an ego thing — i don’t know. i just felt that there was good that i could do and there was no other way that someone would listen to it.” ~ margaret b. jones (real name – margaret seltzer), author of love and consequences, the book that she said was her biography, but turns out she’s not bi-racial & didn’t grow up around gang bangers.
  • “there are times when i find it difficult to differentiate between reality and my inner world.” ~ misha defonseca (real name monique de wael), author of misha: a memoire of the holocaust years, a book that’s not really her biography.
  • “my bad… i just liked the way it made me look thinner.” ~ transplanting me, photo taker – and now confessed photo doctorer – of a picture found on this very blog. turns out she’s really not that thin.

in an effort to make my blog more appealing to the webosphere i have recently started trying to improve my pictures. this has involved me delving deeply into corel paint shop pro. but i tend to find myself frustrated as i push this key to see what this does, oh, click on this i bet it’s cool. until i happened to luck onto the one function that i think is absolutely amazing. i would pay to have only this one function because it is the cat’s meow. i mean it is the bomb. it is thinify! the name alone makes me a little weak in the knees. by clicking thinify you can go from this – a photo in which i have lost a little weight, but i’m not certain it’s all that noticeable…


to this, without giving up a even a bite of chocolate.


but after all the compliments, the you look great, the how much weight have you lost – i had to come clean. and i think james frey said it best in his not originally included forward to his lie book. “i sincerely apologize to those readers who have been disappointed by my actions.” ditto that for me.