"Why lady, WHY THIS GODDAMN HAT? Why you gotta do me like this?"
"Why lady, WHY THIS GODDAMN HAT? Why you gotta do me like this?"
We made it here and he was slightly okay until we got in the room and then it started again and I was sobbing and telling Jeff that maybe this wasn't such a good idea after all and maybe we should have just gotten another dog and then we put him in the carrier and I paced the room and suddenly he stopped.
Now, before you roll the credits and say "what a heartwarming story! That's Oscar material for sure" know that this did not last long. We got him to eat and take an hour nap,which was interrupted by Daddy dropping a wooden hanger on the floor and then we found out he LOVES water so we played in the sink but that again only lasted so long. I hope there is a sink on the plane because I am dreading this flight home and nothing I say will convey the overwhelming sense of fear I have. For reals. I am scared shitless. So we played and he finally tired himself out and fell asleep around 11:30pm and slept until 3:30am, which is why I'm up now. We fed him and he was back out. Le sigh. Seoul is truly a kick ass place and I've grown to really love it but I'm really glad to be going home. We went to the big ass crazy market again yesterday on the way to get him and between seeing a woman selling roasted silkworm larvae on the corner and the permanent smell of fermented cabbage and garlic that is EVERYWHERE, I knew I was done.
We leave in about 9 hours for the airport and then 20 hour flight home. Wish us luck. If you hear of a woman jumping from a 777 somewhere over Siberia, you'll know who it was.
After the palace we made our way to Insadong, which is a big shopping district. I swear, all these people do is shop! I love them very much. Hells bells, I love this whole place. It's freaky deaky but it's just mind-blowingly cool as well. Jeff took 8 million pictures so I'll post a full photo spread when we get home.
We had to leave our group early to take a taxi back to the Holt office for our meeting with Max. My stomach was in knots he whole way. When we got there, we met with our Korean social worker and she informed us that we had a surprise, we were going to get Max a day early! HOLY CRAP. Instead of on the way to the airport, we get him tomorrow afternoon and will have a night with him in the hotel. I'm so nervous I'm about to throw up, but I think it's better that he be a little more comfortable with us. They took us to a room where we waited about 20 min and then we heard a knock and my heart lept out of my body and then he came in and all I can say is I was in total shock. Seriously. This is just an experience that I can't describe.
I just can't believe this. Here is me and the little bugger:
Sorry but the second one is kinda Blair Witchy. Man, this is so amazing. We got to ask a bunch of questions and the foster mother gave us a bag of gifts. We got a necklace with his name and birth date in Hangul, a traditional hanbok that children wear here for their first birthday, a photo album from the last 6 months which is priceless and professional photo of him and his foster mom. It was so sweet and I am so blown away that she did all that. She was so sweet and seemed to really love him a lot. After we left, we walked out to the street and I burst into tears and cried all the way through the subway. Nice. Crazy crying lady. We pick him up at 4pm tomorrow and then we're heading back home on Thursday. Tonight we are meeting Connie and Jack for dinner and then we're going to a Buddhist temple and then who knows what. This has been such an amazing experience and I am SO GLAD we decided to come here to get him. The travel is long and expensive but it was worth every cent.
I was like "holy bajoley," are you kidding me?! It's absolutely gorgeous and I cried and he cried and I just love him so dang much. The center stone is aquamarine, which is my birthstone, and it's surrounded by diamonds, which are both Jeff and Max's birthstone. We had a great night and dinner was delicious, thanks for asking. After all this, Sunday was pretty uneventful. The dog got a haircut, and as you can see, we got her a new sweater since all her hair is gone. She is thrilled with us and I'm sure she would be calling PETA if she could dial a phone.
Yeah, I said QUICKIE photoshop job. Anyway, a while back I decided to photoshop one of his pictures and make funny images from them showing him on his way to St. Louis, which ultimately turned into buttons that Liz made and gave to the party guests. I made four scenarios, none of which make much sense, but we thought they were hilarious. We are not right. Anyway, here they are:Here is surfing Kimchi. This is for when we move to Hawaii and he becomes a pro surfer. It could happen. Here's the next one, a more conventional fare, of Kimchi hopping a ride over on a big ol' jet plane:
This one REALLY makes no sense because he will not be coming here via Mexico but whatever.
Lastly, spaceman Kimchi. He has gone to great heights to get here. GET IT?
Poor kid. I'm gonna whip these out when he's about 16. He shall never forgive me.
Of course, I didn't bother to bring my camera so I have no pictures of the actual shower so you'll have to trust it was a lovely affair. We got some really cool stuff from our friends, including these awesome bibs and a boombox onesie from LM, a highchair from my sister and a playpen from Liz, which I am SO EXCITED to use and possibly try to get in myself. I cannot thank them enough for all they did but THANK YOU LADIES anyway. My friend Ken was there and it was also his partner's birthday so I made a special birthday cake for him in addition to the shower cakes I made for us. You can go to http://www.theatomiccakeco.blogspot.com/ to see all the cakes. I'm too lazy to double post the pics. As our party was winding down, a huge ass bus load of students from Wash U invaded the bar for some young lawyers affair. They were all dressed fancy, or dressed as what you think is fancy when you're about 21 which meant that for the ladies, everything was short and tight and they teetered on heels so high it was laughable. They were trying SO hard and I remember being that age and wanting to be so grown up and not realizing how weird it all looks. Eh, hindsight. Anyway, they were loud and all over the place like ants and at one point broke into song for some reason but overall it was pretty funny. I did have to endure one drunken ass who chastised me for adopting my baby because he was under the impression that it was like a brothel and they lined the kids up and you got to pick out the cutest one and that he felt that wasn't fair to the ugly babies. WTF?! Liz and I schooled him very quickly on the error of his ways and I hope he felt like as big of an ass as he was behaving. This person will be a lawyer someday so that's great for us all. LOOK OUT JUSTICE SYSTEM.
So here we are. Showers are done. Room is ready except for sheets for the bed. All equipment is put together and waiting. It's almost time. For real. We can start to expect a call as early as, I SAID AS EARLY AS, this week. Holy shit. It's probably going to be a few more weeks, maybe 2-3 because there seems to be a lull in the travel calls right now, but it seriously can be any time. ANY TIME NOW. We are scared but we are ready. As ready as we can be.