What I’ve Been Doing While I Haven’t Been Here (Because I Know You Were All Dying to Know)

November 27, 2011

Maybe you’ve noticed it’s been a few weeks since my last blog post.

Or, maybe, you haven’t. Because, you know, it’s entirely possible you have things to do that don’t involve holding a candlelight vigil by your laptop waiting for my next blog post to show up on your computer screen. Although I can’t really imagine what those things might be.

Rest assured, my recent little blogging hiatus has not been the result of my not having anything to say. (I mean, come on, this is me we’re talking about here. Having nothing to say? I haven’t had that problem in like ever.)

I’ve had lots of things I’ve wanted to say.

I just haven’t had much time to say it.

You see, it takes me an embarrassingly long time to write each post. I’m a terribly slow, tedious writer. I write, and I rewrite. I hem, and I haw. I edit, and I reedit. And then I get distracted by Top Model All Stars.

Rather than getting easier for me, this blogging thing has only really gotten harder for me the longer I do it. Now that I know people are actually reading my blog, I’ve gotten even slower and more tedious. (Yes, it’s totally your fault I’m the least prolific blogger on the face of the Earth. Thanks a lot, you.)

I pretty much need to have an entire weekend free if I want to get a post done. Which would kind of be a problem if I had a family or a social life or, say, a desire to leave my apartment on a regular basis. Luckily for you, I can’t really say I have any of those things. (Yep, I bet you thought I acted like a shut-in all this time because I like living my life this way. Nope, I do this because of you. Again, thanks a lot, you.)

Lately, I have actually been busy — really busy. Like leaving-my-apartment-a-lot busy. And not just watching-reality-TV-on-Hulu-busy which is usually what I mean when I say I’ve been busy.

And, sure, I know there are people who can be busy and blog at the same time. These are the kind of people who are good at time management and self discipline. These are also the same kind of people who find it possible to have chocolate in their house and not eat it.

These are not my people.

So what have I been up to this month that’s been keeping me so busy?

I thought you’d never ask.

I found out I’m not going to die (yet). I also found out I’m not an alcoholic (yet). These two things are related.
So you know how I’m always blathering on about how China is trying to kill me because ever since I moved to China I’ve been suffering from some Eighteenth Century disease like Black Lung that makes me cough a lot and will eventually make me wither away into nothing and die? (Okay, so I’m still totally waiting for the withering stage of my disease, but I’ve gotten the coughing part down real good.)

Well, I finally relented and got some antibiotics.

And now I’m feeling much better.

So, yeah, I’m not going to die. (But I still wouldn’t mind if I withered a bit – especially if withering means I’d finally be able to buy pants in China.)

I am also relieved to tell you that I’m totally not an alcoholic.

Not that I thought I was an alcoholic, really. But, I do like my after-work glass of wine (or three). Plus, I really enjoy having a drink while I’m cooking dinner as it gives me a handy excuse for all the times I set myself on fire. (Which totally happens while I’m sober, mind you. Because, I really shouldn’t go anywhere near an open flame or, heck, even a crock pot, no matter how clear-headed I might be.)

So, okay, maybe the thought that I might have a little problem passed through my head a few times. But, usually, I just figure I missed my true calling — as an Italian.

What? Me? Alcohol problem?

Since I was on antibiotics, I had to lay off the wine for like a whole week for fear that my liver might explode.

And, I’m happy to report, I totally survived.

Then a doctor friend informed me that I probably wouldn’t die if I drank a glass of wine or two. This made me feel very virtuous and healthy for laying off the booze for no good reason.

This also made me feel like I had some catching up to do.

I graded a lot of research papers. And avoided grading a lot of research papers.
As I mentioned in my last couple posts, I’ve been teaching a research writing class this semester, which means I’ve been spending a lot of my weekends grading research papers. I’ve also been spending a lot of my weekends avoiding grading research papers and telling myself I’ll just wake up really early during the week to do that. You can imagine how well that’s been working for me.

Unfortunately, I still have about five kabillion more papers to grade even though the class ended a couple weeks ago. I totally meant to work on them this weekend, but, instead, I’ve been working on this blog post for you.

So, yeah, you’re the reason why my students won’t be getting their papers back this week. (Again, thanks a lot, you.)

I signed up for Nanowrimo. And I totally rocked it. For like an entire week.
Last year, my friend, MaryAnne, tried to get me to sign up for Nanowrimo, which is this online writing project which challenges participants to write a 50,000-word novel in a month. I didn’t sign up last year as I was super busy being unemployed and living in Thailand and lounging around my apartment and stuff.

But, this year, now that I actually have a job, I was all like, “Okay, sure, I’ll sign up to write a novel in one month. Even though it takes me like two weeks to write a freaking blog post. And I have about five kabillion research papers to grade. And I’m very slowly withering to my death. But a novel? In a month? Sure, why not?”

Surprisingly, I was doing pretty well there at first. I managed to stick to my daily word requirement for a whole ten days. Mostly because I learned that I can write really quickly if I don’t have to worry about anyone reading what I’m writing… and when I get to make stuff up and not have to worry about anyone accusing me of lying.

I also learned that procrastinating while being productive makes me feel a lot better about myself than procrastinating while watching Hulu. (Even if it’s not nearly as much fun.)

I will not be leaving China. At least not soon. And probably not while alive.
I love China. I really do.

I mean, there are the dumplings:

And it’s socially acceptable to wear pajamas in public here:

Plus, there’s my couch:

But I’m really starting to suspect that China and I are in some kind of abusive relationship together.

You see, my contract was up for renewal this month and I decided to stick around another semester. Which means I’ll be staying another six months in this country – yep, the same country that is trying to kill me.

Sure, the antibiotics have put my hacking cough on temporary hiatus, but that doesn’t mean I’m safe.

Yesterday I almost got mowed down by a motorbike. Mind you, this was while I was on the sidewalk. Not like that was anything new – that pretty much happens to me everyday… well, everyday that I take my life into my hands by leaving my apartment.

See? China is totally trying to kill me. Even the toddlers are gunning for me.

But, yet, I’m still like, “Okay, sure, I’m not dead yet. It’s obvious China still wants me around. Why don’t I just hang out here a little longer?”

When the motorbikes start mowing me down in my apartment, then I’ll know it’s time to leave.

Or, at least time to see other countries.

I learned a Chinese drinking game. Subsequently, I found out I’m really bad at Chinese drinking games.
This is a picture of some friends trying to teach me a Chinese drinking game.

This is also a picture of me failing miserably at the aforementioned Chinese drinking game.

I don’t know if this is true for all Chinese drinking games, but this one involved math and motor skills.

Like right.

I wouldn’t even be capable of playing this game while sober.

This is obviously just another case of China trying to kill me – this time with math and beer… lots and lots of beer.

I got to be the hostess with the mostest.
Two weekends ago, Jeannie, the lovely lady behind the travel blog, Nomadic Chick, came to stay with me in Wuxi for a week while she was traveling through China.

Seriously, this happened.

She didn’t say this, but I suspect the real reason she came to Wuxi was because she really wanted a chance to hang out on my awesome couch. I mean, who can blame the girl?

Being the considerate hostess that I am, I made sure to make her lots of delicious meals. And pour her lots of cocktails. And then I washed all the breakfast dishes that she would so rudely leave in the kitchen sink every morning.

Wait a second.

I totally didn’t do any of that.

In fact, she did all of that stuff for me.

Jeannie making me wontons. Which were awesome, by the way.

But, she did get to sleep on my awesome couch.

So I figure we’re even.

Right, Jeannie?

Umm, right?

I acted like I knew a thing or two about Wuxi… and boys. Let’s just say, I won’t be winning an Oscar for either of those performances.
While Jeannie was here, I had to pretend I was one of those people who actually leaves her apartment on a regular basis… and not just for work or because I’ve run out of food and have had to start gnawing on ice cubes for sustenance.

After all, I didn’t want her to post horrible things about me on her blog about how I’m totally lame and all I do is hang out on my couch all day and watch Top Model All Stars. You know, because that’s kind of my job.

So I made sure to take her around and show her all the sights of Wuxi. Seeing as I didn’t really know any of the sights of Wuxi (or even that Wuxi had sights), this basically, amounted to us stumbling upon some fancy temple or a cool café, and then me being all like, “Yep, I totally meant to bring you here.”

Nanchang Temple in downtown Wuxi. See? Wuxi has sights! Who knew?

We even went out to a bar on a Saturday night. And I was all like, “Oh yeah, going out to a bar on a Saturday. I totally do that. Like, all the time.”

I’m pretty sure Jeannie was buying my little act, until I got a bit carried away and tried to show off by talking to boys.

Unfortunately, I don’t really know how to talk to boys so this amounted to me telling some Swiss guy that he was really cute. About five hundred times. At the top of my lungs. And then using my scarf like a lasso on the dance floor. Because I hear this kind of approach totally works with men.

I became the Chinese karaoke machine master.

This is a picture of me drinking, singing karaoke and working the Chinese karaoke machine all at the very same time:

It's like I'm a wizard or something.

Let’s just say, this worked out a lot better for me than drinking and doing math at the same time. Probably because there was the promise of Abba songs to be sung.

I should mention the karaoke machine was mostly in Chinese. And the parts that were in English read something like this:

I should also mention that I can’t actually read Chinese. Or, at least, I didn’t think I could read Chinese. But, clearly, in the past ten months I have picked up a lot of essential Chinese phrases — like “Search by artist” and “Next song” and “Abba.” I just didn’t know it.

I acted like I knew a thing or two about Shanghai.
After a fun-filled first weekend together in Wuxi, Jeannie and I spent last weekend in Shanghai, where we met up with some Dutch friends whom I had met in Laos last year.

Seeing as I was the only resident of China in the group and I’ve been to Shanghai a few times before, I was designated the group’s tour guide.  I think we can all agree that this was a really bad idea and just shows what bad judges of character my friends are.

My friends. Obviously, crazy.

Luckily, I didn’t get us too lost and even managed to show my friends a few famous sights of Shanghai, like the Bund:

And Nanjing Road:

And dumplings:

And People’s Park:

We also happened across the Marriage Market in People’s Park, where parents set up advertisements in the hopes of being able to marry off their single sons and daughters.

Of course, every time we’d come across something cool, I’d be like, “See? Isn’t this cool? And I bet you thought we were just wandering aimlessly. I totally meant to bring you here.”

My friends, being the poor judges of character that they are, totally believed me.

Right, guys?

Umm, right?

I learned a lot.
As you can probably see, it’s been a busy month of learning for me. And, really, who can keep up with this kind of learning and maintain a blog at the same time? Certainly, not me. (Okay, yeah, those people who are able to have social lives and a blog at the same time probably can, but I believe I’ve already established I’m not those people.)

So what did I learn?

I thought you’d never ask.

I learned that I am capable of self-discipline. For exactly one week or ten days — whichever one comes first. (Mind you, this whole self discipline thing only applies to drinking and writing. It does not apply to chocolate. Or to resisting the siren calls of Hulu. Because, you know, those episodes of Top Model All Stars are really not going to watch themselves.)

I learned that I really should never, ever, ever volunteer to teach a research writing class ever, ever again. (I also learned that students will totally notice when you don’t hand back their papers for like a month. What’s the deal with that?)

I learned that what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger. (Or will just kill me eventually. In the case of China.)

I learned that I should really leave the apartment more as there are some really lovely places in Wuxi. And cute Swiss boys who hang out in bars. (Well, they’re probably not hanging out there anymore as I’ve clearly done my best to scare them off.)

I learned math and motor skills and beer don’t mix. (But I’m pretty sure I knew that beforehand.)

I learned I can live with someone and not go crazy. (Although it really helps if that someone makes me wontons… and does my dishes.)

I learned I have secret skills I never knew about. (At least when cheesy seventies pop music is involved.)

I learned that all who wander are not lost. (They’re just trying to pretend like they know where they’re going so they can impress their friends.)

I also learned that in China I don’t have to be able to talk to boys to find myself a husband. All I need is for my mom to go to the local park and advertise for me! (I think that’s going to work out a lot better for me than my current scarf-used-as-a-lasso technique for attracting men. Don’t you?)

 

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I've blathered on long enough! Now it's your turn!

  1. On November 27, 2011 at 6:21 am Jackie said:

    Well I certainly missed your posts! So there. I said it. Can’t take it back. Also: who would invent a drinking game that involves coordination and math? That sounds like a way that police officers would punish you/entertain themselves if they caught you drunk driving. Lastly: I want all of the food items pictured in this post. You might have just convinced me to come to China.
    Jackie recently posted..books & travel

    • On November 27, 2011 at 7:36 am Sally said:

      Aww, Jackie, nice to know I was missed. And, yeah, the drinking game was crazy ridiculous. I was like, “Really, you want me to count? That’s stupid.”
      And you should definitely come to China! You’re welcome to stay on my couch… but you may have to wash my breakfast dishes. 🙂

  2. On November 27, 2011 at 6:53 am Valerie Hamer said:

    Hehehe awesome post. Now I can stop hovering anxiously for news that you are still alive and go write something for my own site. 🙂

    • On November 27, 2011 at 7:35 am Sally said:

      Well, you can’t have hovered too anxiously as I’ve noticed you’ve been super productive with Nanowrimo. Good for you! I might have to try again next year. Maybe by then I’ll have a whole month’s worth of self discipline in me… but I doubt it.

  3. On November 27, 2011 at 7:24 am Odysseus Drifts said:

    Woo-who! I haven’t read or written a blog post in several months, but finally read yours to find you’re still going to be in China by the time I finally get there! And I’m sure you’re equally excited about the possibility of meeting me — because while I may not have Jeannie’s cooking skills, but I can toast a mean Pop Tart. I almost never burn my Pop Tarts, and only rarely set off the kitchen fire alarm. Also, if we’re both single at the time I come to China, I propose (har har) that we do a little shopping at the Marriage Market. See how delightful my jokes are? You have some good times to be a-lookin’ forward to.
    Odysseus Drifts recently posted..Hadong and the Case for Divine Intervention

    • On November 27, 2011 at 7:33 am Sally said:

      Yay! You’re back. (Or at least commenting on my blog… that’s almost as good as writing a blog post.) And I totally did notice that you haven’t blogged recently. Not that I’m stalking you or anything… ahem.
      When are you going to be in China? Definitely come visit! I have no idea if I’ll be able to find any Pop Tarts in Wuxi but I do have a pretty nice toaster oven. (Even if it does regularly set me on fire.)

  4. On November 27, 2011 at 8:08 am Carl said:

    Lambton: You’ll never leave. Good to hear you are sticking around and that China hasn’t killed you yet. I can attest to the love/hate relationship with China. It is an enigma that am I yet to fathom myself…

  5. On November 27, 2011 at 8:41 am Roy Marvelous said:

    Phew, now I can end the candlelight vigil! I was worried that I’d had to go out and buy new candles soon… Totally understand where you’re coming from with taking longer to write. When no one was reading my posts, I would happy right anything but now I have to do quality control, you know just in case HR sees them!
    Roy Marvelous recently posted..Turkey Day In Turkey & Pilgrims On The Beach

    • On November 27, 2011 at 11:14 am Sally said:

      I know, I thought this blogging thing was supposed to get easier the more you did it! Sheez. Back in the good old days (all of 2 years ago), I’d write 2 paragraphs of total nonsense about my lunch and be done with it. Now I’m all worried that I should have some kind of point. Having a point is stupid. 🙁

  6. On November 27, 2011 at 9:35 am Erik said:

    My wife & I were at a family wedding tonight. When I saw this post pop up on the Google Reader app on my phone, I went right over to my wife and said “Get your stuff, we’re leaving now. There’s a new post on Unbrave Girl, and I have to read it now, and I’m not reading it on my phone.”

    Ok, well, I didn’t really do that (you might have felt a little bad if one of your readers was murdered by their wife on account of your blog.) Anyway, glad you are back. Your posts are always worth the wait.

    Congrats on the writing and glad you are feeling better!
    Erik recently posted..Photo of the Day- The Lion of Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland

    • On November 27, 2011 at 11:12 am Sally said:

      Erik,
      You mean you had plans on a weekend? Don’t you know that I usually post on weekends? You should really clear your entire schedule for the full weekend in the off chance that I might actually get around to posting a post. Really, man, I’ll expect better planning out of you next time. 🙂

  7. On November 27, 2011 at 9:40 am Gerard ~ GQ trippin said:

    Dumplings + dim sum = better time in China. Glad to see you back!
    Gerard ~ GQ trippin recently posted..6 Free Attractions to See in Buenos Aires

  8. On November 27, 2011 at 11:20 am dani said:

    I love you. You make me laugh hysterically.

    Also, did you learn to make said wontons? or dumplings. Or anything. Cause im having a serious I WANT CHINESE FOOD IN MY BELLY issue right now…
    mostly thanks to you…
    actually TOTALLY thank to you….
    and im in south america. not so much real asian food here.

    If i just give you an address to you think you could ship me some wontons and dumplings? I think they’d totally be fine from China to Colombia.

    Thanks.
    -nowiwantasianfooddamnyou Dani
    dani recently posted..EURO RENTAL–Renting A Car in Quito, Ecuador

    • On November 27, 2011 at 11:36 am Sally said:

      Ummmm, I know how to make the dumplings that come premade & frozen. Does that count? Jeannie did attempt to show me how to make wontons but I don’t tend to pay attention when someone is telling me how to do something I know there is no chance in heck I’ll ever do. Make wontons? I can barely make toast!

  9. On November 27, 2011 at 11:26 am Neha said:

    If you take out the bits about China, this could be a post about me (including rocking NaNoWriMo for a whole week)! Absolutely freaked me out till I got to Black Lung and realized oh, this is not me. Super fun post, as always.
    Neha recently posted..Dwarfed by History

  10. On November 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm Tom said:

    This post made me feel really guilty. And also I laughed a lot.

    I’m a whole two episodes (I think?) behind on Top Model All Stars. Also, Allison is totally going to win. Also, why is Dominique still there? (don’t say anything if she isn’t!) I mean, she is (was?) good but…yeah, I’m surprised.

    And you got to hang out with Jeannie! I vaguely remember some kind of Tweet Pact a while ago that involved you, me, Jeannie, and I think Steph from 20sTravel regarding lots of margaritas. I’m glad to hear that even in my absence you kept to this and consumed – hopefully – copious amounts of cocktails,
    Tom recently posted..Korea On A Budget

    • On November 27, 2011 at 11:48 pm Sally said:

      I actually just started watching Top Model All Stars this weekend (that’s why it was kind of on my mind because I watched a LOT since I was catching up and all). I’m a little embarrassed to say I didn’t even know there was a new season of Top Model until I saw it advertised on Hulu the other week. It’s moments like that — when I find out I’m missing out on a new series of one of my favorite reality shows — that I realize the true cost of living abroad. Seriously.
      And what’s this margarita pact? I don’t remember making it but I’m totally in! Just tell me when & where…

  11. On November 27, 2011 at 11:31 pm Sarahsomewhere said:

    Yay, this is like Jerry (Seinfeld) and George’s show about nothing! A blog post about nothing! And I mean that in the nicest possible way because I loved it. Look forward to further black lung and swiss boy updates….

    • On November 27, 2011 at 11:46 pm Sally said:

      That’s what I aim for: a whole lot of nothing. Which you would think would take me a lot less time & words to write. But, apparently, even when I have nothing to say, I still have a lot to write. Weird.

  12. On November 27, 2011 at 11:37 pm Audrey said:

    Hahaha, you always make me laugh! That’s so great that you and Jeannie got to meet up, it sounds like you guys had a great week. I mean, when else are you going to lasso cute boys and visit a marriage market 😉
    Audrey recently posted..Tiles Galore: Lisbon’s Azulejos

    • On November 27, 2011 at 11:45 pm Sally said:

      Well, I do have to say lassoing boys is not exactly a one-time occurrence for me (unfortunately for me, the boys and my scarf), but, yeah, the marriage market was a totally new thing for me. I had read about it on other blogs & was really keen to check it out… so I was really happy when we stumbled across it…. err, I mean, when I fit it into our tour ON PURPOSE. 🙂

  13. On November 28, 2011 at 12:22 am Anne McKinnell said:

    I thoroughly enjoyed that! And I’m so glad China didn’t kill you (yet). You’re the only person who can write such long posts and I actually read the whole thing!
    Anne McKinnell recently posted..Launching My First eBook

  14. On November 28, 2011 at 4:23 am Jeannie Mark said:

    I do the dishes, cook food, massage feet. The truth is out folks, I am an Asian wife-for-hire. Will work for nothing and have you come home drunk at 3 am and yell at me.

    I love China! I especially loved hanging with you, girl. Miss you already. 🙁

    I know, no gushing in public, but you’re so kind and don’t yell at me everyday, and you at least rinse your feet before forcing me to rub them.

    How will I find another one like you?
    Jeannie Mark recently posted..The Baffling Delights of China

    • On November 28, 2011 at 11:48 am Sally said:

      What? I don’t remember any foot rubs! I think you must have been cheating on me with another couch-provider. Hussy!
      Welcome back anytime! I’m almost running out of wonton soup. 🙂

  15. On November 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm Matthew Karsten said:

    How many dumplings would you require to sit in the street and advertise me on the marriage market?

    Who regulates this market? Is it possible to buy options? What is the current market trend?
    Matthew Karsten recently posted..Jungle Fishing with a Machete [PHOTO]

  16. On November 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm Joseph said:

    I can sooooooooo relate to being lazy, ahem, busy to write blog post. But I promise to mend things. After all, I’m heading to Hungary tomorrow where I will stuff myself with Chinese food and Starbucks for 4 glorious days. And maybe (a definite maybe) write something. On my blog that is. And by the way, I have the so called “unbrave gilr watch” as in I check my Google Reader for updates on your blog. There…I’ve said it…stalker material right here. Did I mention that I love to cook? and sometimes wash dishes? and sleep on couches? but enough of the subtle hints.
    Always a pleasure to laugh out loud while reading your adventures, and if I’ll be in China, I know someone who can show me the sights in Wuxi 😉 (another subtle hint)!
    Joseph recently posted..The Italian adventure – part 2

  17. On November 28, 2011 at 5:26 pm Ayngelina said:

    I don’t hold a candlelight vigil but I do wait with my finger on the mouse for Google Reader to tell me you have a new post so I can read it.
    Ayngelina recently posted..Amman in photos

    • On November 29, 2011 at 9:29 am Sally said:

      Well, glad to know you’re devoted. Besides candle wax on your keyboard could get messy. 🙂 Been loving your photos from Jordan, by the way! (But I’m a super lazy commenter.)

  18. On November 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm The Travel Chica said:

    You are the only writer that can keep me entertained enough to read a post this long 🙂
    The Travel Chica recently posted..Steak Extravaganza: Restaurant Review – La Cabrera

  19. On November 28, 2011 at 10:11 pm Priya said:

    Busy, busy, busy! I loved reading this! Great post, Sally 🙂

    • On November 29, 2011 at 9:27 am Sally said:

      Thanks, Priya! Glad you enjoyed it. I have been busy. I had to take all weekend off to recover (and catch up on Top Model… a girl has got to have her priorities!)

  20. On November 28, 2011 at 11:30 pm Scott - Quirky Travel Guy said:

    Wow, that Chinese karaoke machine rocks. I want to do that so bad. Assuming I have someone to translate.
    Scott – Quirky Travel Guy recently posted..66 more things I love about Pittsburgh

    • On November 29, 2011 at 9:27 am Sally said:

      Well, you might just be in luck. I’m thinking of renting out my services as Chinese karaoke machine DJ master. Probably would be a lot more lucrative than teaching… and I’d get to drink (and not get fired for doing it).

  21. On November 29, 2011 at 1:40 am Ken C. said:

    Alas, I did not hold a candle light vigil, either, but I did look up the Chinese digits for 9-1-1 [Ba-Yi-Yi, right?] so I could notify the Authorities in case those pesky bandits got you (again)…

    Seriously, it’s wonderful that you got out, and saw the sights with Jeannie and your other wacky, drinking-games-playing, karaoke-singing buddies. Just more adventures to blog about (and, you had to pick-up those antibiotics anyway). I have never heard, or imagined, that the Chinese had a “marriage market;” incredible! [and outrageous & logical at the same time].

    This was another great post, and some really neat pictures, too. It’s good to be busy…grading papers or lassoing them Swiss cowboys. Keep writing; you’re on a roll!

    • On November 29, 2011 at 9:26 am Sally said:

      Well, I’d definitely like to be lassoing more Swiss cowboys than grading papers… makes for much more interesting blog fodder… and photos! (Okay, so I didn’t share those photos on the blog. But I do have some dignity… okay, maybe not much, but SOME).

  22. On November 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm Juno said:

    so fun…. those dumplings look so great! Seems like you and China have a great chemistry together. 🙂
    Juno recently posted..Louis and Travelers at the Airport

  23. On November 29, 2011 at 4:10 pm Jack said:

    Hey, this is your dad talking….what is that UNGODLY color in your room?!
    And is that dreadlocks I am seeing in the photo?! I thought you grew out of that Rastafarian phase!

  24. On November 29, 2011 at 4:39 pm Heather said:

    Thank goodness…I needed some Sally in my life! Your tweets and FB posts were good, but I wanted a proper post.

    I get the desire to lay on the couch and watch ANTM All Stars (I usually pretend I’m not watching as I stand in the kitchen preparing a meal while my sisters actually sit to watch), but I’m so glad you had a visitor and got out and about. And sang, talked to boys, and played tour guide, ALL while learning that your mom (or anyone I suppose) can find your partner at a market!
    Heather recently posted..Heather the International Career (breaking) Panelist

    • On December 4, 2011 at 10:06 am Sally said:

      Actually I’ve found ANTM All Stars to be really helpful for my blogging. (Bear with me here). They talk a lot about branding and creating a recognizable personality. I think a lot of what they talk about is applicable to blogging. So it’s practically like doing research. Just think of it that way!

  25. On December 5, 2011 at 7:19 am choi kum fook said:

    It seems you get more enjoying in China now! I am very happy to see you, hoping you have some good luck at Marriage Market In People Park!

  26. On February 21, 2012 at 12:12 am Ceri said:

    Three months late to this but am finally catching up with your posts!

    Love this, hun! 😀
    Ceri recently posted..Return to Blogging (with a Vlog)

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