Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fourth Of July


When I was little, I LOVED the 4th of July! When I was a pre-teen/teenager, HATED the 4th Of July. I just wanted to put that out there. Done.

The Fourth of July is a very special holiday where we celebrate men and women who have fought, or are fighting, for our country, and when we show our gratitude for their families. I won't go on and on (and on) about my appreciation for those who serve to keep our nation free...I kind of already did that in my Memorial Day post.

So, I will move right alone.

The Fourth Of July is a kind of marking place for me. It started when I was a child as a marking point that only eleven days remailed until my birthday. It later meant it was one month since my best friend, John's, birthday (I don't know why it was important to remember this, but I just always did...it was one of those funny things). This year, it means something else! Any guesses? Any??

It means TEN DAYS until we leave for China!

Are we ALL sick of hearing about China yet?


Oh well. I will be gone soon and won't be able to blog anymore so you won't have to read about it anymore. :) (You know you'll miss it. ;) )

So, ten days. What have I been doing today to prepare for departure?

Well, I have been digging through boxes trying to find the things I packed that I actually need to have to go to China!! I certainly have NOT completed my financial aid application (due before we leave), registered for classes (must be done before we leave), made dentist appointments, doctor appointments or optometrist appointments (all of whom I need to see before I leave). I have not bought the last minute items I still need (tylonal, children's tylonal, binkis, chapstick, sunglasses, and a million other things I cannot even remember). Nope. I have not done ANY of that. I DID watch "Paint Your Wagon" with Taiger, AND I took a shower. (Accomplishing GREAT things here, people).

Will I have everything done on time at the rate I am going?

Good question.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Fourteen Days!


Taiger and I catch a plane out of here in 14 days. Can you believe it? I can't.

I have so little time to accomplish all I need to before I leave, and I still am not sure if it will all be done in time...I mean, without using my time-slow-down-er-machine, which IS always a fall-back plan.

Another reminder, I WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO BLOGS OR FACEBOOK WHILE IN CHINA!!!!! If you want to be in touch for the next year (or so...), PLEASE send me your email address. :) THANKS!

I am getting really, really nervous about going to China. Worried about the house? Nah. Worried about a 15 hour flight with a four year old...a little, but we'll survive. Worried about culture shock, baby sitter for Taiger, lack of communication with the outside world? Not at all. So, what else is there? SCHOOL!!!!! I am so, so worried I am going to fail all of my classes! Remember, every single one will be taught IN CHINESE! The last time I checked, I could speak Chinese, not ramble on and one at a collage level. And I certainly cannot write every character known to man, or read long works of literature without a dictionary. I'm getting really, really nervous about this. When I Google search images of Hainan University (the school I will be attending), this picture pops up:

These people all look very studious...and smart...and I am getting nervous about keeping up with this girl in the ponytail. If I run in to her, I'm smashing her glasses and yelling at her for making me so nervous for so long by looking so smart on her Google search image picture.

Hate this girl.