Friday, April 22, 2011


The pollen is out in force, and the days of tissues, red noses, coughing and sneezing are here for most people.  Patrick and I are normally spared this icky-ness, as we are not allegeric to pollen.  Somehow, though, this year is different.  We are both under the weather, and have a new-found appreciation for those that deal with the runny nose and clogged sinuses every spring. I was home from work yesterday, not feeling well at all, and I saw a commercial for Korean language software.  Patrick and I had discussed purchasing this multiple times, and wanted to, except for the expense.  His parents recently purchased Japanese software so that they could learn enough to communicate with Lee's wife. Anyway, I called the 800 number for the company and, since they were running a very nice special price (much, MUCH lower than I'd seen in stores), I was able to purchase the software - hopefully we will know at least some of the language by the time we travel over to South Korea!  We are already exeperimenting with types of Korean cuisine...Patrick really loves the sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds that accompany many of the dishes.  I love the white kim chi (the red doesn't agree with my stomach).  We made bulgogi beef and bibimbap not long ago, and it was delicious!  I really wish I had the traditional stone bowls to serve the bibimbap in, though. I may check for them next time I go to the Asian market up in Buford. 

On the bright side of everything, too, is that Easter is almsot here!  It seems a bit late this year; it is traditionally one of my favorite times (though Thanksgiving is my all-time fav).  We are going to Gannie's house for lunch with the family; I hope they hide eggs for the little kids to find.  We used to have so much fun with that when my cousins and I were little.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Weary Wednesday

Wow.  We are soooo tired from the last week.  It is a standardized testing week for both of our schools, and those involve a lot of preparation and constant observation of the children, though I have only a small group this year.  Smokey the pony had a second minor surgery on her infected sinus.  We've been helping her fight this infection for 8 months now.  The veterinary surgeon placed a catheter in her sinus cavity that has to be flushed twice a day.  Smokey's not such a big fan of having this done....and it's very difficult to tell a horse to stand still and behave when they don't want to!  Still, we are doing very well with the treatment, and are hoping that this proves to be the ticket to heal her.  Her neurological symptoms seem to be improving, but the runny nose is as bad as ever.  She's such a good pet, and we will keep working with her as long as we can.  Luckily, none of the other horses have any sign of illness; we were told that this type of infection in a horse is very rare.  The waking at 5 AM to drive to the barn is wearing me down a little, but Patrick has been an amazing help.  Luckily, Allie the foster kitten is now 4 weeks old and has been weaned to kitten food.  She will go back to the animal shelter for adoption in 2 more weeks or so.  It's hard to believe that we've cared for her for 3 weeks already! I know my students miss seeing her at school, but they are always looking forward to seeing other foster kittens.

Adoption news: we received a letter today saying that our homestudy packet was sent to South Korea this morning!  The letter had several suggestions on how to pass the wait time; some of them look like a lot of fun (such as starting a life book for the baby).  I have to hurry up and finish this master's degree first, though!  Each time I get communication from the adoption agency, telling us we are one step closer to our baby, my heart jumps for joy!  Patrick and I are hoping to purchase language software so that we can learn Korean.  It will have to wait for summer, though - we are really busy finishing out the school year.