Mweh Yeddum V Aeroport Eta Ootra
You probably guessed what that means: We are going to the aiport this morning. It's probably not grammatically correct, but I ain't got no time for linguistic correctitude. :)
Unlike last time when the cat kept waking me up, this time I was able to get a good night's sleep. I was up at 5:30, but I got a good seven hours. It helped that I had locked the cat up for the night.
We spent all day yesterday slowly, methodically, dreadingly packing for the trip. Dreadingly? My spell-checker questions the validity of that word, but Webster's says it's okay. I feel like we've been sentenced to the gulag in Siberia (although technically we'll be a little southwest from there), complete with a day in Court at the beginning of it all. But then I think about our daughter (nasha doach) Elizabeth, and none of that really matters. We'll be rescuing our little damsel in distress. The way I look at it, she's already our daughter, we're just fighting for custody. At least in our case, we're not fighting with an angry ex-spouse.
Our first concern is the court appearance. It's never any fun standing up in front of a judge explaining yourself. Not that I ever have, but it doesn't sound fun. I've seen it on t.v., and they never look happy. :) I'm worried that she (we already know the judge is a woman) won't like my attitude, or she'll be a bitter, screaming lunatic. If she is the latter, I'll probably just laugh at her (inwardly, of course) while outwardly smiling pleasantly. Maybe I shouldn't smile. We've actually read and been told that Russians, at least previous generations, think you're an idiot if you smile too much.
Tara's probably afraid I'll say something stupid, though she hasn't said so out loud. Just because I'm always saying something stupid privately in front her (and in this blog), it doesn't normally happen out in public, at least not when it matters. What she has said is that she's afraid the judge won't like her new red dress. I told her she looks pretty hot in that dress, but somehow that didn't assuage her fears. You think maybe she should wear a mini-skirt and fishnet stockings? That's not really her style, but if that's how it's done over here... :)
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Here is the complete blog of the adoption experience in paperback form, Russian Adoption: From Nashville to Astrakhan and Back (PDF). And here is the fictionalized, future "homeland tour" (action adventure) version in various forms: on Kindle, various electronic formats, and in paperback.
This Time Next Week -- Preparation for Our First Trip to Russia -- Travel Day -- The Day Before -- Tuesday (10/2/2007) -- In the Air -- We're in Moscow -- Adoption Videos -- -- First Time in Moscow -- It's Only Monday? -- Check-Out Time -- We're in Astrakhan -- What a Day -- It's a Girl It's a Girl -- Great Visit -- Sights of Astrakhan -- Wednesday in Astrakhan -- Last Visit for a While -- Thursday in Astrakhan -- Another Great Visit -- We're Home -- Back in Atlanta -- Round Two -- Skora Mweh Tam Boojum -- Elizabeth's Room -- Internet Access -- Back in Moscow (11/26/2007) -- Tuesday (11/27/2007) -- Mweh Yeddum V Aeroport Eta Ootra -- In the Air Again -- Back in Astrakhan -- Comments Welcome -- Russian Adoption Consultant -- Russian Bureaucracy -- It's Showtime -- And the Judge Says -- Success -- Went for a Walk -- Much Better Visit Today -- The Day After -- Beet Salad -- Saturday Morning -- It's Going to Be a Good Week -- She's Warming Up to Us -- Light at the End of the Tunnel -- Picture of Us Before Court -- She's Ours -- The First Hours of Parenthood -- More Pictures (12-09-2007) -- Bowel Movement -- Nothing Much to Update About -- Sleep, What a Concept -- Here's Your Update -- 51-1/2 Hours -- Back in Moscow (12/18/2007) -- Pictures of Our Life in Astrakhan -- Just Another Week to Go -- Riding the Metro, Part Deux -- Update to the Update's Update -- Moscow Update Continued -- Can't Leave Early -- To the Embassy -- Still in Moscow -- Riding the Metro -- We're Home! (For Good, this Time) -- A Few Pictures -- Stay Tuned -- Summary of Our Russian Adoption Experience -- Baby Shower -- Doctors Say She's Normal -- Recent Photos of Elizabeth -- Holmes Russian Adoption Videos -- Elizabeth's First Video -- A Few More Videos -- Adoption Videos Updated -- Our Russian Adoption Story -- Our Adoption Story -- Gotcha Day and Merry Christmas