Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sometimes it just feels like you're being tested...

Oh, my dear friends---it has been one of those weeks......

First of all, about 11:00 Sunday, one of the headaches from heck hit. Perhaps I should back up a bit and explain. For the last way-too-many years, I've been fighting these weird headaches. They don't have a huge hormonal connection (only sometimes), but they do have a weather connection. After way too many attempts to rule out sinuses, migraines, etc., the doctors determined that I have TMJ. That has been treated with drugs and physical therapy--but mostly drugs that make me feel logy. Basically, I've had to take drugs and just go to bed until the spasms in my jaw stop.

This therapy changed this past summer when a very good friend of mine introduced me to her orthodontist. He's a specialist in TMJ, and treats the problem by realigning your jaw and bite. The x-rays he took of my neck and jaw convinced me that he could help. So, since this summer I've been wearing a "pivot splint" (it looks kind of like a retainer) on my lower teeth to realign my jaw, and since about December I've had braces on my upper teeth---

They're oh so cute--not. I feel like I have transcended geeky-ness here. The good news is that this has been working--I haven't had any bad jaw problems for a LONG time.

The latest change is that I'm supposed to be weaning myself off the splint so that I can have braces put on my bottom teeth the week before Easter. Well, I went too long without the splint the other day (Friday), and then spent most of the next day hunched over my laptop writing a lecture for my online class. And BAM, on Sunday, it hit with a vengeance.

Ok, so I'm better now--I went to the chiropractor yesterday, she gave me a "talking to," said I should have come in sooner, and proceeded to get my neck back into place. She also put two acupuncture needles in my ears to help with the pain in my jaw. Now, I've never really been a big fan of the needle thing, but I have to admit that this worked. Today I feel much, much better.

But here's the weird part. On my way to the chiropractor yesterday, on the HIGHWAY with some substantial traffic, in the middle of the afternoon, a wild TURKEY ran (not flew) out in front of my car and committed suicide. I kid you not. There was no way, with the cars around, that I could have missed the sucker. It wasn't until I came out of the chiropractor and looked at my car that I realized what had happened:

So, I had to come home, call the insurance company, and tell them that I played Dr. Kervorkian for a turkey. The lady at the insurance company actually laughed out loud--but they are going to fix the car. The thing is, I grew up near the country, and saw turkeys (and deer and all those things) all the time--but I never hit one. I have to be in an urban area to hit a turkey! Perhaps it was a turkey that was fed up with all of the challenges of urban living...who knows. The good news in all of this is that it's all good or in the process of being good, now--but this, coupled with the transition from one class to another, and working on finishing up grading made for a stressful last couple of days. I will breathe a big sigh of relief about the middle of next week, when most of the big stuff for me will be done.

I should probably add that we have one other stress right now. We talked with C at the agency yesterday, and she suggested that we consider trying to register in one of the regions that they work in that just recently announced they were re-opening to international adoptions. There are positives and negatives to this, just as there are in all regions, and we're prayefully considering exactly what it is that we should do here. I know that God is in the midst of all of this, and, like the song says, "little ones to Him belong." But I also know that we will have to make the decision. Please pray for us that we are open to God's direction in this decision, and that we listen to his voice.

I am so grateful for all of you. May you have an amazing weekend.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Focus problems...

Ok, I know that the weather is absolutely beautiful that is part of the problem. I also don't get a spring break because I'm teaching 2 courses back to back online...and that is part of the problem. But for the life of me, I'm having the hardest time focusing on school stuff: grading the stuff that I still have to finish for the last course, and getting information/materials ready for the next one. I'd much rather be doing all kinds of other things; including cleaning out my garage, closets, painting the closet in the nursery, working outside on the yard....

I've also gotten back into the blog/FRUA addiction.

I need help! :-)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Kitten Update...

Here's what the kittens looked like way back in the fall when we took them in--on the left is Luke (originally Gracie, because we thought he was a girl!) and on the right is Amelia. They spent most of their first week with us under the dishwasher (!) and on the bookshelves in the utility room:

Well, here's what they look like after about 5 months with us--all grown up and settled in to our house:

I wish that he would go ahead and grade my students' homework!:

Thursday, March 12, 2009

New Look

Yes, I know I'm supposed to be working--but I couldn't resist changing things here with the changes in the weather---it helps me feel a bit more hopeful about warm weather and progress. Spring break on a beach would be nice, but I'd be happy with one in Moscow.

No news probably this week--C at the agency said that they have had people go to court this week (yay for all you guys! I'm SO happy for you), but that some of the people who work for the MOE have been out for various reasons. Perhaps next week we'll hear something...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Good news on the homestudy agency

Hi everyone!

Just learned yesterday that our homestudy agency has done what it needs to do to remove itself from the Russian blacklist. The three "missing" post placements have been "confirmed" to have been done, and the one that they hadn't completed (where the parents had moved out of the state) has been finalized and is on its way to Russia. Now all that they're waiting on is for the Russian powers that be to process all this and remove them from the list. I don't know how long this will take, but it is good to know that our agency was so quick in getting things fixed.

Hope that you're all having an amazing day!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

And so we wait...

Luckily, we both have lots to do!

I'm just finishing up the first 8-week class of the semester online (Women in European History) and trying to get ready to start the second 8-week class in about a week and a half. I am WAY behind with grading, since I was sick with some nasty bug for about a week (coldish, fluish, whatever) and I don't think it's fair to my students to grade their stuff when I feel cruddy. So---I have to get my behind in gear now and get caught up. I also have to get the syllabus, etc., written for the second class. But---the sun is shining, and at the moment I feel like that it is all do-able.

For the cat lovers, a cat update:
The girl cat has recovered from her virus, and both she and the boy kitten visited the vet last week for their spay/neuter operations. They are both fine now, and have settled back into life here. I'll be sure to post pictures soon.