We are having a snow day here in Maryland. Everything shuts down in the east with even the thought of snow. Not being originally from here I find it odd, but kind of nice.
On to my main subject for today. Here are some ideas of things to do while waiting for re-accreditation and/or a referral.
1- Plan a short trip (besides the Russia trip, not too elaborate, but somewhere fun).
2- Enjoy more dark chocolate (My favorite is Godiva Chocolate: Dark Chocolate Truffle Hot Cocoa, $10 from Amazon
3- Purchase an electric toothbrush (My favorite is Philips Sonicare
4- Get outside (take a walk, make a snow fort, ride a bike, take pictures, hike).
5- Start your child's Life Book (Click here
6- Create a list of the adoption books you want to read
. Check out what is available from your local library, put the rest on your Amazon wish list and purchase them as you can.
7- Take more hot baths- with bubbles
, candles and music.
8- Purchase your favorite magazine.
9- Play video games.
10- Eat more whole grains.
11- Study about Russian culture
, history and learn some phrases
or (Click here
12- Study from a spiritual book daily.
13- Watch more comedy.
14- Don't let email and the internet distract you from your life.
15- Start an exercise program mixing aerobics with strength training
16- Pray and meditate. Yoga is optional.
17- Take an online international adoption course (Click here
18- Sing in the car.
19- Purchase some Russian Toys (Click Here
20- Add your phone numbers to the national do not call registry to end telemarketer calls (Click here
21- Contribute to charities after you have researched them here (Click here
22- Look through my favorite links and find some of your favorites.
23- Learn how to pay all of your bills online.
24- Cancel your credit cards that are not good deals. Research cards here
25- Get Skype and make calls for free. (Click here
26- Give your spouse or significant other a massage. Go all out with music, oils, etc.
27- Keep all of your important documents in a large firebox.
28- Purchase a DVR
if you are one of the last people in the nation who don't have one.
29- Forget housecleaning. Purchase a Roomba and a Scooba
30- Commit to being more truthful.
31- Research your family tree
and learn about your ancestors.
32- Spend some time at the library or bookstore and find something that speaks to your heart.
33- Set some goals and think about what you want your life to be about.
34- Don't eat anything that has transfats (like margarine).
35- Plant some flowers in the spring. Bring some indoors.
36- Make sure you have a living will and trust.
37- Collect more of your favorite music.
38- Join a support group (such as your local FRUA
39- Get your visa paperwork filled out as much as possible.
40- Start to pack your luggage for Russia.
41- Subscribe to Google Alerts (Russian Adoption), Yahoo international adoption groups (Russia, orphanage region, your state), A-PARENT-RUSS Digest
42- Start an adoption blog at www.blogger.com
. Read others.
43- List your priorities and stick to them.
44- Start to write a book.
45- Participate in your favorite sport.
46- Make something for somebody- be creative.
47- Decorate your new child's room.
48- Plan out the steps you will take once you receive your referral
49- Do the laundry.
50- Spend time with family and friends who love and support you.
Just some ideas!
Labels: fun family activities, waiting for referral