While waiting for Article 5 for the adoption (should come by Feb. 8) I'm learning Chinese.
I bought one year worth of Rosetta Stone. I completed 21% of it and realized it was pointless for me to try to learn the Chinese characters, so I axed that part of the curriculum and am now 37% of the way through.
Here's more or less what I can say in Chinese:
- This boy is running.
- I am American.
- What is this?
- That's true.
- I drink/eat milk/water/rice.
So, when I run into Chinese speaking-only people in the park in Nanjing, here is how our conversation might go - in Chinese:
Them: Where are you from?
Them: Where are you from? (louder)
Me: (smile...) (and nod)
Them: (confused look) Are these your children?
Me: uhh, this boy is running.
Me: uhhh, I am American.
Them: (big smile) Yeah, you are. (turns to friend, laughing and says - she's an American idiot)
Me: That's true. (smile) (I turn to Steve) See, she understood me, I told you I knew some Chinese. (Steve beams with pride for his wife, then back at the hotel blogs to the world about how great she is.)
Them: You don't speak Chinese.
Me: No. I drink rice. (smile) I am American.
Them: (laugh) Good-bye.
Me: Good-bye. (I turn to Steve) Why were they laughing?
January 28, 2012
January 18, 2012
Our visa packet was taken to the Consulate last night (Jan. 18th, China day time).
One step closer. I'm sensing my anxiety and excitement increasing. We're trying to get everything done/accomplished/cleaned/ready as quickly as we can.
According to our adoption timeline here's what's left:
- Article 5 to be issued (14 days from Jan. 18 - Chinese New Year may slow this down)
- Article 5 to CCWAA in Beijing via CAWLI (2-3 days)
- Travel Approval (TA) (8-30 days)
- Leave for China (about 2 wks later)
So absolute earliest would be Feb. 24th to leave, but that's like really unlikely. More realistic is early to mid-March or even late March. I hope we make it by her 3rd b-day (March 30th).
January 09, 2012
We received our I800 approval from NBC on Thursday and it was in our hands by Saturday. The next step is the cable.
January 02, 2012
I wonder what my shirts with Asian writing say.
Wait! I found a picture....with a golden A.