This was supposed to be…

September 22, 2006 at 9:49 pm | Posted in AdoptThis! | 24 Comments

…a gentle, soothing post wishing all my friends in the computer a sweet, happy, and peaceful new year.

Unfortunately, our pre-holiday meditations were disrupted by the arrival of the notarized copy of the homestudy in the mail today. (Has anyone else noticed that Vaseline Teeth ALWAYS mails things so that they arrive on Friday?) And she always mails them, despite the fact that I’ve told her numerous times that I work a block away from her office and I’d be happy to go and pick them up.

At first I was so excited. What perfect timing for the holiday. I would go to services tonight feeling almost certain that it was the last time I would be there without a bambino on the horizon.

Then I looked at the notary page. And my fellow Guatemala adopters will cringe when they hear this. The notary’s commission for the homestudy? Expires March 2007.

This would be less atrocious if:

a) International adoption was not this woman’s bread and butter, and
b) She had not lectured US on the importance of not having notary seals expire any time before the end of the next millenium.

So now she has to find a new notary. She has to mail us a new copy of the damn thing for Pili to sign. Then she has to get it notarized and mail it back to us. We’re talking at least a week longer.

This is the last document we need. After this, it’s certify, authenticate, and send off the dossier. We even have the cashier’s check cut already.

Thanks, Mrs. VT. Happy frickin New Year to you too, beyotch.

Now that that’s out of my system, I do wish all of you – friends in the computer and in real life – Jews and non-Jews – a happy healthy and sweet New Year. May it bring peace to all of us, and to our troubled world.

I’m so grateful for the friendship, support, and love you bring to my life.

P.S. Check out my wife’s comment on the previous post!


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  1. Happy New Year!!

  2. Sorry to hear of the delay…

    Oh, and Pili’s comment on the previous post–

    Gave me goosebumps.

    Guatebaby is gonna be one lucky kid.

  3. I want to thank you, art-sweet, for all that you have brought ot my life. Your honesty, your humor and your self reflection. I totally dig you.

    And my wife is also my home. We actaully say that to eachother.

  4. Happy New Year. May it be one full of hope and happiness.

    Best wishes to you both.

  5. L’shana Tova to you and Pili–gorgeous posts from both of you!

  6. Happy New Year … and oh no!

  7. shana tova!

  8. Argh. Unhelpful SWs are the pits. I remember those days well. It does get better once the dossier’s turned in.

    Happy New Year anyway!

  9. Ugghh…the delay sucks! Sorry – but happy new year.

  10. Wow- VT just doesn’t listen, does she? That just makes my head hurt.

    Happy New Year to you and Pili. I agree with Sandra- guatebaby is very lucky!

  11. UGH! I am so sorry to hear that VT is just so….unprofessional.

    On another note, Happy New Year to you both. I am so grateful that you have chosen this town that I live in to make a home, because it makes living in this godforsaken place just that much more bearable.

  12. Bummer about the delay. But the new year – no place to go but up. You two will be awesome moms.

    Happy New Year.

  13. Beautiful thoughts, sweetie, and L’Shana Tovah to you too. I hope you had a good day.

  14. Isn’t the only thing that matters is whether the notary was commissioned at the time of the notarization? Strange…

  15. Anonymous,

    Guatemala has different rules that the U.S. Guatemalan adoptions require notary seals that are good for at least a year in the future.

    ArtSweet — big bummer, so sorry. The SW for our second Guatemalan adoption sounds like VT’s twin sister. Good luck!

  16. L’shanah tovah to you and Pili: may your year be sweet, and here’s hoping full of fewer paperwork screw-ups.

  17. Shana Tov!

  18. Great save! I would have missed the expired commision and been notified by the agency when it finally got to a courtroom 10 months later.

    L’Shanah Tovah. I hope you can enjoy your LAST HH without a kid to monitor, when you would really like five minutes to meditate. (Much as I whine, I wouldn’t go back to being able to meditate for nuffin.)

  19. happy new year to you both!

  20. Happy New Year to you as well.

    And sorry about the glitch. Blah.

  21. Happy New Year!

    Bummer about the notary, they should really know better. What a shame.

  22. I again offer my left foot for her correction.
    Loved Pili’s last post. Perfect.

  23. Happy new year! I hope you had a good one despite Ms. VT and that these Days of Awe provide some of what might have been missing on the first day of the new year. Oh, and I just left a comment on the red shoes post too.

  24. thanks mate, you saved me a trip to my computer shop

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