Jan 29, 2009

Atheism hits Toronto

I am not a fan of dicussing religion, but this is quite interesting.
The picture is of the recent advertising on buses here in Toronto. I guess it's provoking quite a bit of discussion locally.
I do beleive everyone should have a voice, even if its not what we want to hear.
Everyday I get up and make my coffee and check the blogs and forum. Its a slight obsession but one that keeps me smiling and learning. Its amazing to me that I can put a silly post up about the weather and people from the furthest points on the map read and comment. I really hope that all of our blogs turn from IP's to expecting P's to waiting rooms P's and then finally just Parents blogs. The whole surrogacy thing consumes us going through it and without all these people going through it with us we would be lost and lonely. My friends here are happy for us but I am sure they don't want to talk about it as much as we do so having our e-friends is wonderful. I am very inspired by my Aussie friends who have come together to form an advocacy group, here is the link to their very newly created website http://www.australiaindiasurrogacyadvocates.org/Welcome.html
Prompting this website is that the Australian government is looking at changing laws on commercial surrogacy making it illegal.

Jan 28, 2009

Too much snow!

For my international friends dealing with the heat, have a look at what today brought us here in Canada...'

Jan 26, 2009

It's Official!

We can now submit our enrollment papers to India!!!! We had a wonderful visit with the new RE today and he is on board and willing to work with India. What a relief (almost like a good pee when you have been waiting for a long time, but better). Mark and I are kinda in shock that its REAL now. I guess we are still waiting for something to go wrong....
Funny thing is that the doctor looks exactly like my girlfriends brother, and Mark and I were both pre-occupied with this. Weird how nervous situations make you act or think strangely. So, we will call the doctor Horcaio now (this is the name on my g/f's brother). Horacio's office feels very spa like and is very calming. That has nothing to do with anything, I just wanted to write Horacio. Anywho, we have quite a few surrogacy friends leaving in days for India. We wish them all the best of luck and hope that every egg sticks and everyone gets a positive pregnancy! We just need to figure out how to ease Mandy's nerves! Mandy, I am counting on you being my leaning post when I get close to my time. You'll be an ole pro by then! A quick Happity B-day to Frankie! 13 years and looking beautiful.
Ciao for now.

Jan 25, 2009

Looking forward to Monday???

Yes, surprisingly I am. We are really anxious to see the new Dr. Fingers toes eyes crossed that all goes well with him and we are one step closer. I have all the paperwork for India ready, just need the docs sign off on it and away it will go. I hope Mark and I can move tomorrow - we are both so sore and stiff from a marathon of hours in the basement this weekend. Just 2 more sheets of drywall to hang and some duct work then we start to sand. The day we start sanding really is the beginning of the end. Mark is off to the airport driving two strange senior citizen Chinese people as a favour to our neighbor. I cant wait for him to get home and tell me about this trip.

Jan 21, 2009

Dum de dum de dum...

Boy does time not fly. The days are long, and all the east coast people can attest to how cold the days are lately ..see:

Double click on the picture to see just how cold it is here!

Jan 19, 2009

One more week

Til we see the new doctor. These waits are so long and the time goes so slow. Stupid minus 20 celcius weather is not helping either. My friends in Australia and Arizona have the best weather..I am so jealous. Speaking of Arizona, huge congrats to one of the forum founders who finally have their dreams come true with a positive pregnancy in India. Three positives at SI in 2009 so far! We hope to be in the number very soon. Our American friends are struggling with DNA testing issues and it really makes me wonder what is in store for us. Once I get all my paperwork into Dr Sudhir and Dr Yash I can then bombard them with questions. Well, back to work I go...sadly the lottery did not choose us to win.

Jan 12, 2009

Our 2WW

Well, its 2 weeks until we see the new Dr. Not the same 2WW as many are going through, but its just as important to us. Fingers crossed the new doctor is on our side and helps us get rolling. The old doc was on our side, just does not want to communicate with India so we had to move on considering we are ummm...going to India! As I sit here eating my homemade curry I feel anxious and excited to get this rolling. There is a cricket game in Mumbai Feb 21 which features people like Mark and I versus the India doctors. Too bad we won't be there to witness this mess :)

Jan 9, 2009


On January 26, 2009, we enter the year of the busybody dictator Ox. Curious to a fault, nosy and meddlesome, Earth Oxen think they know best, and they often do. In general, these folks consider themselves superior to other people. They not only think they are better; they believe they were born to lead others, to teach the poor things how to live, and sometimes even to push them around like pawns on the chessboard of life. What we have here is a very nature-oriented, earth-bound, power-mad megalomaniac whose nose for locating flies in life's various ointments is practically infallible.

This is not to say we didn't need such a stringent ruler to come along in 2009. We did. All of us are suffering. Some of us have too much and are stumbling over excess and wading through our own glut. Many more of us have nothing. The world financial market, such as we knew it, is over. Change and upheaval are in the very air we breathe. Religious fanaticism seems to have more power among certain young people than either rock music or computer games could ever have inspired. People are slaughtering other people in the name of a god figure. Other people are dropping bombs on peoples' houses and churches and hospitals and weddings in the name of an increasing energy need to fuel more pollution. Our food sources are being poisoned in the name of efficacy.

Let's face it. Things were getting out of hand.

Now, along comes the Earth Ox to get us back in line, to make order out of all the chaos we have ourselves wreaked on the world. But what kind of Ox is an Earth Ox?

Well, a more self-possessed type of Ox doesn't exist. The Earth Ox is autonomous and ruthless. The Earth Ox may occasionally appear to cower in the face of something overwhelming. And, deep down, he may really be afraid. But he won't display fear. He will display audacity instead. Many sense his fear. As a result, they do not always feel obliged to take the Ox's haughty posturing very seriously. It is tempting (but unwise) to thumb one's nose at a bossy Earth Ox. These people mean business! Most times, it's "their way or the highway". The Earth Ox's shrewd punitive measures for shirkers are legendary - even shocking!

Earth born Oxen believe that their true goal is to achieve perfection. They never quail at the idea of intense hard work, are terminally organized and cannot so much as a glimmer of spontaneity. The life and soul of the party, this creature is not. The Earth Ox leads. He or she is in charge. Hence they are never really part of any group.

During Earth Ox years, the accent is on obedience and hard work. That gigantic stone which hurtled crazily back down the mountain last year must be replaced up there atop the mountain by the end of 2009. And who gets to roll up his or her sleeves and push and shove and sweat and slave till that rock is back on top? We do of course.

Jan 5, 2009

Happy New Year!!!

I can't say enough...hello 09! Christmas and New Years were ok except the stomach flu. The basement looks like its about 4 weeks away from priming and painting and the new Dr is just 21 days away. Lots going on this month. Good news in the surrogacy india world...one is 10 weeks, twins were just born, the boys in Boston only have 15 more week until the babies are due, Rhonda and Gerry are in the two week wait and the list goes on and on! Its so exciting to know that we will be in the above list very soon.