The Chinese Hospital Adventure

Got up very early this morning, before my alarm, sadly.  And got ready to go.  I wore my red underwear and red socks because those are lucky in China.   It was easy to get a taxi at 8 am, but it was pouring rain.  Got to the hospital, walked into the VIP section, and they…

Imagine my confusion…

I’ve heard two things recently that I want to address.  The first was when I was chatting on-line with an old friend I haven’t talked to in years.  She says she loves keeping up with me on facebook and stuff, and at one point she said something like, “It’s so great to see you following…

Timing

This blog won’t have pictures, just a few stories I wanted to share. We went to see Beauty and Beast on Monday.  I personally thought it was really great right up to the point when Hermione was kissing Matthew Crowley.  Could not wrap my head around it.  But, here’s the funny thing.  Rumi is on…

Some days…

I know it’s been a while and I am not sure where to start.  Health issues have kept me away from sitting at a computer.  But also, it seems like it’s been a busier time than usual.  Everyday seems to just be so tiring. I don’t want to get into my health issues until I…

In the scheme of things

Life in Shanghai is always interesting; mostly good, sometimes disappointing, but always interesting.  One, thing that may sound weird is that though this is a big city, the pace of my life is so much slower than it was in America. In America, I woke up before 6am every morning to get the girls ready,…

Chinese New Year

I think I’m going to backtrack today and talk about Chinese New Years.  There are some things that are common here at this time.  Chinese employees at all companies get what’s called a “13th month check.”  Everyone gets paid once a month, but around New Years, they get paid double.  I don’t get this bonus….

The Year of the Rooster.

I’m so far behind in blogging.  I think my last one was around Christmas.  There are a million things on my mind, but very few I want to share.  I’m on day three of my 10 days off for Chinese New Years.  Project 24 hour pajamas is under-way.   The first two days were fun…

Better than the alternative

2016, and everyone can’t wait for it to be over.  Yeah, I’ve had a bit of depression over a few things, but that forced me to look at the over-whelming number of things that far out-weigh the few, very bad things that I wish didn’t happen. My worst year ever was 2010, and I survived…

And so this is Christmas…

It’s 2:30 am on December 26, and I’m more awake than I have been for two or three days.  I think I’ve gotten about two hours of sleep and they weren’t consecutive.  I had to work on Christmas Eve AND Christmas Day.  The girls did not want to stay home those days with the nanny,…

8 days to Christmas

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve written, and to be honest, I don’t really want to explain why.  I’m just going to look forward and talk about now. Christmas is coming way too fast, and I am not ready.  My nine year-old daughter asked me for a camera to make movies and…

Old business and new business.

I know I talked about the business of being here a few weeks ago, but that was the beginning of both the time and money spent just to keep paperwork in order to be able to live and work here.  Yesterday, I had to get up early and get down to the consulate to get…

The Happiest Place On Earth

Here’s the story of a very happy day, filled with snags, panics, and wonderful surprises.  It was one of the best, scariest, and proudest days of my life.  When you think that 6 years ago, I couldn’t afford to feed my girls.  5 years ago, I was close to dying on several occasions.  Since then,…