Wow, time seems to be flying by! I can't believe today is FRIDAY! What a difference 30 days makes. I was talking to my co-worker last night on the way home. When I arrived here 4 weeks ago, customs took Kody, I stayed at my filthy apartment which had almost NO furnishings except for beds and couches, had no shower curtain, no toilet paper, and no AC. I remember that Saturday morning, waking up and walking to a bakery, buying bread, and then to a local convenience store to get some juice, going back to my apartment and eating on the couch, thinking to myself, "this is the biggest mistake I've ever made." Fortunately, I don't feel that way so much anymore.
Well, since my last update, a lots gone on but mostly in the positive direction.
house has been dried, damaged carpet/sheetrock etc has been removed.
The contractor and the adjuster were within a few hundred dollars of
eachother, so that was good, and my Mom and Stepdad and my friend Dayna,
and next door neighbors have been checking it all out and keeping
things on track. Again, thanks to everyone for continually offering to
help. I'm very blessed to have so many people willing to step up! The
plumbing has been repaired, and we're waiting on the insurance to work
the system for now.
Last weekend, Bob decided to hang out at the hotel, and another
co-worker who was just in for a few days attended church with me on
Sunday, and we had some street food (steamed meat buns and dumplings)
The photo of the food you see attached was 14RMB, less than 3 dollars.
And we had food we couldn't finish!
This week at work was hectic, with Management meetings and
presentations and deadlines. I have been driving back and forth between
the conference center, R&D office and the factory all week, and
running on a little more than 3-5 hours of sleep per night. Needless to
say, I am ready for an 8pm bed time tonght! The cool part about the
conference center, is that its right on the water, and the sea breeze
Kody is doing good, this weekend he'll get a bath. He loves going
for our walks 3 times a day, because he can check out the stray cats
that hang around our compound. This is his usual sleeping position,
which allows him to be in the same room as me, and hear whats going on
in the rest of the house. Since I've been here 30 days, Customs called
and asked me to bring Kody to the airport for an inspection, which
involved me borrowing a minivan from work, going home, taking kody in
his crate to the airport, waiting 45 minutes for the guy, having him
take 3 photos and petting Kody, and sending us on our way.
Last night, I had dinner and drinks with co-workers in for the
Management Meetings. We hung out at the pub in front of my complex, and
I ordered fettuccine alfredo with pancetta. It was wonderfully good.
weekend, I broke down and bought some cheese from my grocery store. It
was 9 US dollars for a small 5 inch round of brie, so I've been
carefully savoring a little at a time. I am moving forward with
equipping the apartment and I've started to make a list. I still need
to bite the bullet and buy a microwave and a coffee maker. I keep
hearing about a used furniture store in Chengyang but nobody knows where
it is. I may go into town and try to locate one. Rugs are also on the
list so Kody has some traction when he walks around.
Bob, my co-worker is leaving tomorrow. Its both good and bad, I
think because I'll miss having a western colleague, but on the other
hand, it will allow me to build my personal 'infrastructure' and get me
to meet more people. Sunday evening, I will take out my neighbors
upstairs for rescuing me after my lockout incident.
The weather has been warm here, upper 80s, low 90s, but only falls
to 80 at night. We have rain every day, which makes the car look nasty.
The difference between here and Houston, is that the humidity burns off
in the day time in Houston, and the heat is 'dry' . Here, it ls like a
This weekend, I'll try to find a used furniture place, come up here
to work and wash my car, and Saturday night is an Expat Pub Crawl.
Sunday will be church and meeting people at church.
Thats all I have to report.
Peace and love!