Tuesday, April 03, 2007

New Digs!!

I have moved!!!

Please visit me at: http://justgottahangon.typepad.com .

That's right, folks! I've moved over to Typepad! I've enjoyed my time on Blogger, but now I've gotta move on. I'll leave this site up indefinitely as a way to store my archives, so feel free to come back here and check it out anytime.

Please be sure to change your bookmarks and blogrolls to reflect the new URL.

Thanks so much!!

Thursday, March 22, 2007


I'm passing along this info for Erin. You can read more about her situation at: http://jesuswasnotarepublican.blogspot.com (sorry, hyperlinks STILL don't work for me, the link is also in my sidebar).


Missing Guatemala City Signature: Searching Out Others

Dear readers:

Thank you for your supportive comments. Unfortunately, this is not a situation for which we can contact US politicians or government bodies for assistance. It concerns a Guatemala citizen's document -- issued by a municipality in Guatemala -- that is not being accepted by a Guatemalan government body. It could even be counterproductive to attempt to bring US parties into the mix.However, there is something you can do to help if you so wish. If you are ADOPTING FROM GUATEMALA and you are with an agency or facilitator that is not HAPS or For This Child, PLEASE EMAIL THE FOLLOWING LETTER TO YOUR AGENCY. If you are NOT ADOPTING but you have a blog, please POST THIS REQUEST ON YOUR BLOG.


Dear [agency-name],

If your agency has a case in process that contains a Guatemala City cedula or birth-certificate that is missing the Civil Registry signature (usually the mayor's signature), we have important information to share.According to PGN, if your case has not yet received a previo for the missing signature, it will. The letter from the Civil Registry and/or the Mayor of Guatemala City is no longer sufficient to satisfy the previo. The four PGN assessors have made a joint decision that these unsigned documents MUST be signed. However, at this time there is NO ONE in Guatemala City with the authority to sign these documents!

We are Cheri xxxxxx and Erin xxxxxx, in the process of adopting Guatemalan babies through For This Child and HAPS, respectively. After many months working on this issue separately, our agencies are now collaborating to find a solution. They have discussed this with the PGN reviewers, Barrios, and the Mayor of GC directly. The conclusion is that the mayor does NOT have the authority to sign a document issued under another mayor's tenure. Therefore, we must file an acta with a different branch of PGN that will require the Civil Registry of GC to 1) designate and authorize a person to sign these documents, and 2) order that person to do so.

The PGN reviewer on Erin's case currently has 12 cases that have been kicked out for this reason. If all 8 reviewers have a similar number of cases, that means 80-100 cases are in this same predicament! We have been advised to find as many of these other cases as possible so that we can ALL file the acta together. We have strength in numbers.

If you have, or know of, a case that contains a Guatemala City cedula or birth-certificate that is missing the Civil Registry signature, please contact:Karla Ordonez, with HAPS: cell 5555-3610, office 2332-9040 Traci Orr, with For This Child: US #214-370-8436, traci@forthischild.org

Thank you for your time,

Cheri and Erin


PLEASE pass this information along to whomever you feel is relavent, or re-post on your blog. Hopefully Cheri, Erin, and countless others will not have wait very much longer to bring their children home. Thanks, everyone!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Allow Me To Distract You*

*With this video while I reconstruct some posts that Blogger ate while in draft mode. I'm just about ready to dump Blogger and go to Typepad, but a part of me is too cheap to pay. We'll see.

Thursday, March 15, 2007


You never forget your firsts:

Your first kiss

Your first time (especially if you're a girl)

Your first boyfriend/girlfriend

Your first car

Your first heart break

Your first.....


That's right. "The Man" got me today. 13 years of ticket and accident-free driving GONE. At least the cop was nice enough to drop it down to only 10 mph over, so that it doesn't go on my record and penalize me with insurance and points on my license. Now, I have to come up with $161 at the same time I have to pay $214 on my state taxes. Guess I better get to selling my e*Bay stuff!


All good things must come to an end, right?

When was your first ticket? Or, do you still have a clean record?

Friday, March 09, 2007

The New Man In My Life


Isaiah Ryan
March 8, 2007
12:16 pm
10 lbs, 10 oz.
21 1/2 in.
Allow me to introduce you to the new man in my life, my "Fairy Godson", Isaiah. He was such a big boy, he had to enter the world via c-section, but we're so glad to finally meet him. He's already a very content baby-doesn't cry unless you change his diaper or try to change his clothes. Other than that, as long as he's being held he's as happy as can be! He's a good eater, good burper, and a good diaper-filler. I can't wait to get off work, so I can rush to hospital and hold him again!
Congratulations Aimee and Ike!!!
(PS: Hyperlinks aren't working for some reason (Damn Blogger!), so here's the URL to Aimee's blog if you'd like to read more about she and the baby: http://aimeeandthebaby.blogspot.com ; or you can click her link in my sidebar.)

Friday, March 02, 2007

Dear Anonymous Asshole from New Zealand:

You know, it's always sooooo fucking pleasant to receive a comment on a post where you're thanking your readers and friends for their love and support during a down time telling you (anonymously, of course) that:

"Anonymous said...
Carrying all that extra weight won't be helping any pregnancy chances you might have. In many women carry excess fat cells hormones are skewed to the extent the body just can't support the implantation of a fertilised egg.It's natures way of favoring fit and healthy parents.
4:35 AM
Anonymous said...
"carrying" (not carry). Sorry.
4:36 AM "

Hey, thanks for correcting your grammar!! Too bad you forgot to remember your manners while doing so!

By the way, dickhead, you've obviously never read this blog before, because if you had, you'd know that besides the obvious fact that yes, I am overweight, I also have endometriosis, and my husband has severe male factor issues with his sperm that make it 99.99% impossible for me to become pregnant-even if I was as thin as Nicole Richie. So, please, keep your unsolicited opinions to yourself. I will, however acknowledge that what you said is correct about hormones and fat cells-however, that hasn't kept any fat people I know from getting pregnant. Nor will being overweight affect my adoption plans (except in China, where I wasn't planning on adopting from anyway). If you're so confident in yourself, why post anon? You can dish it, but can't take it? Thanks for really making my day special!!
I think the late, great Johnny Cash can express my feelings far better than I can:

Monday, February 26, 2007

Sunshine's Peeking Through

I just wanted to thank all of you who sent me well wishes, and I wanted to let you know that I am doing a lot better. One of my biggest problems is my lack of patience. I'm an "instant gratification" kind of girl, and when I really, really, really want something, I can't stand waiting for it. The longer I'm forced to wait, the more frustrated I get.

I know that by taking the time to get our finances in order before adopting means that we'll not only be able to afford a better house to bring our child home to, but also the adoption costs won't be such a burden to bear.

It's just so hard emotionally when you're ready to be a parent and there's all these obstacles in your way. I think a lot of my "panic" also has to do with the fact that I will be 30 this year, and I really never thought it would take me this long to become a mother. Not that 30 is old, but seeing as how I started TTC when I was 21, it does feel like forever.

Like I said, I always bounce back, and the spring-like weather we've been having has been a real pick-me-up. It's hard to feel down when the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and you feel a warm breeze upon your skin.

Once again, thank you so much for all of your love and support. It truly means the world to me.