Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Tomorrow is my last day of work before becoming a full time stay at home mom. This is one of the things that makes me most anxious about this whole adventure. That, and dying of food poisoning. The good news is that the guys who killed all the babies in China by putting melamine in the baby formula wil most likely be put to death for their sin. Hopefully this will discourage other greedy idiots from poisoning food to make money.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Scott is scheduled to begin work in Shanghai in January 12th. Between now and then we have decided to put our house on the market (sorry Candi & Ashley). So if anyone is looking for or knows people that are looking for a really cute starter home in Lombard, please let us know. We are praying that we get a quick sale, but the average time on the market is around 200 days!!! eeek!!! Anyway, we are excited and overwhelmed at our decision to make this move, but it will be an adventure and we love those!
Consider this your personal invitation to come and visit us in China, we would love to have you and show you all the fun and ridiculous things that we love and will come to love about Shanghai.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
If you haven't seen our pictures from week three of this adventure, click here (it is a public link, you do not have to have a facebook account to view them): http://www.new.facebook.com/album.php?aid=7632&l=dfcb5&id=1145683473
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
This picture is of our apartment building's "dumpster". Keep in mind that we live in an 11 story building, with at least two apartments per floor. So that makes at least 22 people sharing this garbage can. On the bright side, I think they empty the darn thing at least ten times a day.
The last picture is of Timmy's latest skill - hailing a cab. Every time we go outside near any road he sticks his hand up to get a taxi. Its so awesome.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Last night Chun Le, one of Scott's co-workers, took us out to TGI Fridays. We were greeted with "Hellos" instead of "Ni Haos". Most of the staff at the restaurant spoke pretty decent English, at least compared to everywhere else we've been so far. It was kind of refreshing.
So I order the Jack Daniels Steak and cheesy mashed potatoes. Mmmmmm. It was so good to eat meat without bones in it! As the meal was finishing up I asked a waiter to bring a half portion of Oreo Madness (the best dessert that Friday's ever made). About a minute later he comes back with a small dish full of mayonnaise! Apparently I had found the one person on staff that didn't speak great English & he thought I asked for a small mayonnaise not a small Oreo Madness. Oh well. When we did get the Oreo Madness, it was awesome.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Last night I asked the president of Scott's company, Shu, if he can show me how to use the oven for future reference. He smiles and says, "What oven?". Hmmmmm. Turns out, what I thought was the oven is really a sterilizer for dishes. I start laughing really hard, almost to tears. Shu asks why. I manage to get the words out, "I sterilized my potato!" Everyone got a good laugh out of that one. I guess it tasted clean?
Monday, September 8, 2008
Timmy and I spent yesterday exploring the walking paths in the area we live in. Its a really beautiful neighborhood. After a real estate agent took us to see some apartments that are not in this same neighborhood we realized that this really is a nice, safe and quiet neighborhood. Great for Timmy. These pictures are all from the walking paths right around the apartment we're staying in.
Last night (Monday), the president of Scott's company took us to get foot massages after dinner. While Timmy slept happily in his stoller, Scott, Shu & I relaxed. I could get used to this!
The rest of our pictures from last week are posted at: http://www.new.facebook.com/album.php?aid=7006&l=345af&id=1145683473
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Today we took the subway to Yu's Garden. This was the first place that we've actually seen old Chinese architecture. It was pretty amazing. Surrounding Yu's Garden are a million little shops full of all kinds of tourist goodies. This afternoon I decided to hike to the grocery store by myself and navigate through it. If you ignore the scary things (meat goobers with bone, jellyfish, chicken feet, etc), its actually a fabulous place.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Last night we ate at a Hot Pot restaurant which translates to Fondue. They definately don't have the same rules about raw food as we do in the US. But regardless of that it was delicious. Check out the picture of the raw beef rolls and mushrooms.
Also, here is the view from each side of our apartment and my favorite of the baked goodies...
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Last night we ate a quick dinner & bought some necessities at the grocery store: diapers & coke (among other things) :o) Timmy was a rock star at the grocery store, every woman and child in there wanted to poke him & talk to him. He thought it was great.
The plans for today include checking out the huge playground that is part of the apartment complex and wandering through the neighborhood until Scott comes back from his half day of work. So far so good.
We'll have pictures to share soon.