Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Howdy, Y'all!

I need to get back into blogging regularly...we spent several days in Hawaii and are now back in Texas. I've already been to Target, Wal-Mart, and Sonic multiple times :) and we had dinner at my favorite Italian restaurant the first night we were here, and Panera Bread last night. Which is probably bad considering I think I gained ten pounds in Hawaii...we do have lots of Hawaii pictures, but alas, Lee has the camera and he's at his parents' house working on his last paper for his masters, while I'm at my house with my canine entourage. My parents are at work today so it's just me, my two monsters, and my parents' dog Ginger...every time I move, they all follow me (and, of course, get in the way).

Anyway, considering it's almost 11 a.m., I should probably get dressed and do something productive like sort out and put away all my belongings since I'll be living here for a few months. I do have all my clothes folded and stacked neatly on the floor of my room, but there's lots of other stuff to sort out...I need to find my card kits and start on Halloween cards. Can't believe October is right around the corner :) Ta-ta for now, peeps!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sayonara, Okinawa

It's been a busy couple of weeks with us getting ready to leave Okinawa...I have pictures from the last couple weeks, but I haven't gotten to upload them to the laptop yet so I'm just yakkin' tonight. We've run around like crazy trying to get everything ready for our move; we've hit all our favorite restaurants in the last few days, spent a lot of time with friends, and mailed a bunch of stuff to ourselves in the States :) Even so, it's going to be a tight squeeze to get everything in our suitcases tomorrow morning. Can't believe this is our very last night in Okinawa! Seems like we just got here a few weeks ago rather than over two and a half years ago. I'm really going to miss it here--mostly I'll miss the friends we've made, but I'll also miss the island itself. Even so, I'm pretty excited about what's coming up next for us.

We couldn't have gotten everything done prior to our move without the help of lots of friends--Bennet and Missy (they helped us clean our house! and they're mailing some stuff for us after we get to England), Amber and Billy (they took the dogs for us when we left our house so we didn't have to worry about putting them in a kennel), Sarah and Scott (who lent us their vacuum cleaner which Lee then accidentally threw down the stairs...at midnight), Ernest and Marietta (they lent us a bunch of stuff when we were cleaning up the house; we would not have passed our housing inspection without their broom and shovel and I don't know what all else).

I kinda feel like I'm giving my acceptance speech at the Moving Academy Awards or something. It's late and we're waiting for one more load of laundry to get out of the dryer so we can pack up and go to bed for a few hours. Tomorrow we're off to the airport...then it's aloha, Hawaii!

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Last of the China Pictures

You read that right, this is my last post of China pictures! So after we did the whirlwind tour of the Forbidden City, we went to lunch at this restaurant inside a hotel and had Peking Duck (not bad) and kind of crashed a wedding reception that was going on in the restaurant at the same time (kind of weird). Then the group was supposed to go tour a silk factory, but since we'd already done that (remember, it was one of the first things I posted about like three months ago) we decided to peel off and get a cab back to our hotel. By this time I had the cold that Bennet started out with and then shared with the rest of us, so I pretty much crashed in the hotel room while the other three did their own tour of the Summer Palace. So since I didn't get to go with them, your guess is as good as mine as to what's going on in some of these pictures.

**Edit** See how much I missed out on since I didn't go on this excursion...this is the Temple of Heaven, not the Summer Palace. None of us got to go to the Summer Palace. Oops!












Lee did say that after all their goofing off for the cameras, all the Chinese people standing around thought they were totally awesome and wanted to have their pictures taken with them. Unfortunately, we didn't get any pictures on our camera with the Chinese people who thought that Lee and Bennet were so funny, so all I have to go on is their word that that's what happened.

While we were in Beijing, we also hit up the Hard Rock Cafe:

Twice. You Don't Know Jack could not understand why on earth we'd want to go to the Hard Rock Cafe so we had to ask someone else to write down the name of it in Chinese so we could hand it to a cab driver to get there. (The only reason we tipped Jack at all at the end of our trip was so he wouldn't screw us over on our transportation back to the airport...otherwise, he woulda gotten nothing. We did write to the tour organizers after the fact and tell them exactly what we thought of YDKJ.)

The first time we went to the Hard Rock, Lee didn't come because he wasn't feeling well, so that's why we went back a second time. That, and after more than 10 days in China, a good ol' fashioned hamburger was pretty much heaven.


They had a live band called the Hurricanes both nights we went; they were pretty good. I do have to say that we were all totally riveted by the music videos they played until the band went onstage; there's a lot of those that I haven't seen since they quit playing music videos on MTV and VH1 like back in the '90s ;)

So there's me and my honey, and that's it for China! 'Cause I don't think we took pictures in the airport on the way back.

Oh, and by the way, *I* won the All-China Uno Tournament! Then Lee totally hammered us when we played Uno on our Fuji trip. :)