Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Tiling is Finished!

Sarah posted pictures of the tiling at Victory Home that your money helped to complete this week. It looks great and I wish I could be there to see the kids scoot around on its beautiful smoothness! Thank you everyone for your generous contributions toward making this happen!

Thank you for one last donation to Sarah Jane.

If any of you out there are still checking my poor, dead blog, Leslie and I are thinking of leading a group back to SCH in January. If you have even the remotest thought of joining us, please let me know. sandwichinwi at gmail dot com or comment here. We're thinking $2000, tops, probably less. Rose Bud and I sat down and mentally counted up what we spent and figure it came to $3500 for the two of us (including a wardrobe shopping spree for me to wear there and 10-year visas for both of us (not necessary for YOU), souveniers, and an extra night of hotel in the USA)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Baby Earthquake

There was an earthquake in DeKalb, IL this morning. Mr. GT was just finishing up some work he had to log on and do, when he heard what sounded like a snowplow driving into our yard. They WERE going by on the road throughout the morning and he wondered why one would come into our driveway. He looked out and didn't see anything. Huh.

Later, on the way to work, he heard the news that there'd been a minor earthquake and it could be felt/heard in WI. Then it all made sense.

Fun for us. Not so fun for Haiti and those who love it.

Monday, February 8, 2010

And the Winners Are...

(in our Super Bowl pool, that is)

First Quarter Pepper $2
Second Quarter Rose Bud $2
Third Quarter Rose Bud $2
Fourth Quarter Pepper $2
Tally of winning digits, Final Score Daisy $5

Now, before you turn us over to the Federal Bureau of Child Gambling, no one put anything into the pool except for Mr. GT. He donated all the winnings.

We also had nachos, homemade hummus, BBQ'd smokies, ice cream punch and something else, plus leftover cream puffs.

Oh, and somebody won the game.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Email Link below

Don't know my own email, so if you DID try to email, it is fixed in the post below.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then never mind! LOL

Thursday, February 4, 2010

If You Have Been Wondering if You Could Help a Haitian Child

Read this excellent post from Christine. She always says things with such intelligence and grace. And she knows of what she speaks. She has two seriously RAD kids from Haiti and is an AWESOME awesome MOM.

Still Here

Working on adjusting back into my regular life. I thought about India for 6 solid months, plotting, planning, praying and it's relaxing just to do ordinary things again.

The kids are out cross-country skiing. Over the years I've bought a few pair of skis at garage sales and this year all the shoes happen to fit Daisy, Pepper and Banana Boy. With 8 acres to cruise on, they are happy as clams (as happy as clams can be in the snow) finding new hills to race down. I was always a speed demon myself.

Rose Bud is all settled in back at school. She went back the next day! Oh to be young and not suffer from jet lag! She had a forensics meet last weekend and got a 27 out of 30! Also all A's on her report card.

Work is work and I am back in my game. The first couple of days were a little foggy, what with the jet lag and working in the evening. I'm sure I must have brought chicken to someone who ordered beef, or something. I don't think I was all there.

I'm still thinking about Sarah's all the time. I'm debating whether it's a good use of resources to go back. I promised to take Daisy, and Rose Bud wants to go again. She is even thinking through what things we'd do differently next time and what activities we could add to our class to make it better!

If there is anyone who seriously thinks they would like to go, please email me. (sandwichinwi at gmail dot com or my other email, if you know it) I know there are some of you out there who love India as much as I do and would jump at a chance to go. If you need more time to get things together, here is your chance. I'm thinking a spring 2011 trip, although that's tentative. Jan. 2011 is also a possibility. The money is the iffy part, as if I take both girls, I'd need to save up $6000. It would likely come in WAY under that. This trip was under $1500 with airfare. But we had a pretty good deal on airfare! If you'd like to go, I'd plan on $2000 per person.