My niece joined the family on July 12th, 2010. This special young lady's mother is my younger sister, which in classic Chinese culture makes me her Jiu Jiu (舅舅) -- thus the title of this blog. Here I intend to semi-regularly post reflections, thoughts, stories, and assorted whathaveyous pertaining to our trip to China, adoption in general, and (mostly) watching my niece grow up. Since the web is a very public place, I will attempt to maintain my family's privacy while telling the story... but I invite you to follow the blog and come along for the adventure!

Friday, October 21, 2011

A Change of Seasons

Okay, maybe this is cheating... but I'm still composing a couple of new posts so here's a little something to help pass the time. (I'm not trying to drag things out -- it's just really hard to write cogent, grammatically correct, worth-the-time-to-read text when you're this deep into unplanned sleep deprivation!)

When I used some of my sick days a couple of weeks back (you'll read more about it in a future post, I'll just say it was quite likely compliments of the Pipsqueak), as I began to feel better I was encouraged to get outside into the fresh air & sunshine... and I took along my camera "just in case" on my first slow, just-for-the-sake-of-walking stroll through my neighborhood in over a year.

I'm certainly no pro, but presented here for your enjoyment are a few of the nicer snapshots from my walk...

Okay, hopefully y'all liked those... but right now I am waaay overdue for a few hours of sleep so I'm heading to bed. Wan an!

Friday, October 14, 2011

I know, I know...

...it's been an unusually long time since my last posting. The problem is that first the Pipsqueak came down with a bad cold, and that messed up a lot of timing; then I came down with a cold (probably because the Pipsqueak sneezed in yours truly's face a few times too many), and that messed up my planning; and all along the craziness at the job has maintained an (un)comfortably high level.

All I can do is throw myself upon the mercy of the jury and promise there will be more new postings in the very new future... there are already a couple of unpublished drafts in progress, really there are!

However, right now I'm going to take my sniffly nose back to bed and try to sneak in a couple of hours' worth more of sleep. Hasta luego...