- it's been about 11 days since i posted and i automatically signed in to my old blog from when i lived in south korea
- i got an ipod for christmas. i love it. it holds all my music and a lot more. i got some music from friends in dripping springs (they convinced me it was legal, but i wanted to be convinced) and i just deleted it in trying to get an updated playlist on there. i am truly not-with-it. it made me mad, but i didn't scream. (j and c, i really wish i could prove to you that i am not ipod inept, but i guess i can't. too bad i can't see you again so you could give me cool music again! this is my punishment.)
- i spent last week with my fellowship in dripping springs and seeing friends in the austin area, plus a wedding. it was all life-giving and great.
- my parents are becoming more "liberal" which they claim means tolerant. i am trying to argue with them.
- it's warm here
- i am eating a lot of good food and trying to work out to counteract the effect, but i don't think it's working
- i had a great weekend with my two (still single) cousins. lots of good sit outside and talk time.
- i am still trying to get over this massive music loss. i can't believe i am this silly.
- my mom has enough books to last years, even if you were trapped inside the house and couldn't go out. i am reading some of them: winter in kandahar, the mermaid chair, balzac and the little chinese seamstress, waiting
- i am tired of shopping. that is good.
- i will try to post something more thought provoking later, but don't hold your breath
Tuesday, January 31
Friday, January 20
The weather in Texas is so warm! When I showed the pictures of cold Yanji, where ice cream is sold on the street with no freezer needed in the winter, I thought of my friends who are toughing it out there this winter. I was lucky enough to get to spend the coldest month of the year in a place where I don't have to even wear a coat, let alone long johns, snow boots, hat, scarf, and gloves!
Tuesday, January 17
The transition in coming back home wasn't hard for me this time. Well, I don't think I've ever had a hard transition back to the States, but I feel like I have had less "wow, America is strange" moments than in previous trips back here from abroad. This lack of strange moments has prompted me to think about why I don't feel strange on this visit. Maybe I'm more used to visiting and I just don't compare cultures anymore. Maybe there's a more profound reason that I'm missing.
I bought my first Starbucks coffee today in more than a year. Cinnamon dolce latte. It was super tasty, but not worth the more than 4 bucks I paid for it. Why do Americans and growing parts of the rest of the world pay that much for coffee? Why did I today? I was at the airport, didn't have another coffee source nearby, wanted one, and had the money. I don't exactly feel guilty about it, but I don't think I'll buy many more of those. I thought about what that same amount of money would buy in Yanji. About 32 yuan would buy dinner for one at an upscale restaurant, a filling dinner for three at a cheap restaurant, 10 trips to the school cafeteria if you're a student, or eight trips if you're a teacher, 32 roasted squid sticks on the street, 32 bus rides, a month of electricity in my school apartment, three trips to the nice gym in the middle of town, or three trips to a nice sauna/bathhouse. It was really good coffee, though.
Sunday, January 8
A collection of random photos: an amazingly long kite near Tianamen square in Beijing, eating dog in Yanji, cute girls playing on the street in Beijing, a yummy street omelet wrap thing in Beijing, and my friend Hilary and me in front of a building at the summer palace in Beijing.
Tuesday, January 3
Today, my Dad and I are off to visit relatives in West Texas while my Mom stays home to finish some projects. I'm gonna post some pictures of Beijing and some other random stuff when I get back in a few days. Until then...