Monday, July 30, 2007


Take a long look at the black bag Gene is resting his left hand on. It may be the last time we ever saw that bag, photographic proof that it once existed. Somehow, either from Little Rock to Houston, it didn't arrive in LAX with us. Continental called to say they found it and would put it on the plane to Guangzhou, China with us. We may never know if they found it, if they did indeed put it on our plane, or some other plane, or if it vanished into thin air. What we do know is we never saw it, Continental says talk to China Southern, and China Southern says talk to Continental. All I know is all of Lydia's darling clothes are missing, all our meds (over the counter and Cipro), my SUNSCREEN for goodness sake, diapers, bottles, Ergo baby carrier, and diaper backpack are LOST. So much for being prepared...

On a happier note, Premium Economy is THE way to go to China. I can not imagine flying economy. I had a miserable time trying to get comfortable enough to sleep even though I was exhausted by the time we took off for China, but at least I had some room to attempt finding a comfortable position. If you are one of those brave souls who have done economy and think I'm a wimp, all I can say is I salute you. I may have delivered my son without an epidural, but I don't think I'm tough enough to fly economy 14 plus hours. I think it'd be worse than labor.

We were given slippers, a bag to store our smelly shoes and socks, warm wet wash cloths to freshen up, eye masks, ear plugs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and all sorts of goodies to make our ride more pleasant. These seats are much wider and recline further than economy seats. They also have private video screens to watch movies or check out our GPS with data about how long we'll be before landing, the outside temps, etc.

We're in Beijing now. It's pretty hot and humid - just like I like it! And Katie, I was sooooo right about what my hair would look like. That photo at the airport is likely the last one you'll see of me without a ball cap. The food is incredible here. I'm including pictures. You're probably all wishing you were on this great big adventure, now aren't you?

Part of a market we visited in Beijing - ALL BY OURSELVES. Amazing how many people in China speak some English! Lily says they MUST pass an English exam to graduate from the university. I wish Americans valued speaking Chinese almost as much (allowing a little wiggle room because I'd still want to get my degree...)

Saturday, July 28, 2007

China or Bust!

Ok, so the curtains aren't finished, but praise God, I think all my paperwork is! Drew is going to be taking a few things to Katie who will be seeing my home health patients, but it is done. Most of the week Drew hasn't been scheduled to work, but he went in at 7 AM this morning -wouldn't you know it. He set 2 alarms this morning and must have gotten up for the first one. The second helped get me up. My brother is taking us to the airport. We have the super marathon of travel ahead of us, but the finish line is in China and the reward is pretty special. Let's hope there are lots of photo opportunities to share with you as I travel & something faster than the dial up here at home to upload them. Keep us in your prayers, please!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Traveling in one week

We're leaving a week from tomorrow. Lydia's room is nearly completed - I need to make her curtains, and Gene & I need to reach an agreement on where to hang certain pictures.
I have 5 more days of work, and then I'm off for 12 weeks. Can you even remember having 12 weeks off? It sounds like a fantasy, doesn't it! I just feel so blessed. I hope to have pictures of the new curtains and the baby room up next time I post...

Monday, July 16, 2007

If I'd only known...

that scheduling the carpet cleaners to come would hurry my Consulate Appointment (CA), I'd have done it last month! We're going to China!!! And we meet Lydia in 21 days!!! I think I've met the quota for exclamation points used in a post, and I haven't even completed the post. WoooHooooooo!!!!