I huge apology to those that have been devastated by my virtual absence! The first week of January, I pledged to myself that I would post at least weekly with an update on my gold for the year. I’ve failed miserably. Here I am, finding myself looking at a calendar to accurately find out what week of the year it is. Its week 17. That’s 11 weeks of tardiness. I didn’t think it was that bad. I do have an excuse though!
I’ve been on vacation….for 3 weeks. It was a much needed WONDERFUL vacation!! Multi-destination and 2/3 child free! Let me briefly walk you through our timeline: March 29th, 11am: our flight takes off from JFK destined for Seattle, WA. A quick traditional meal at Red Robin in South-center with my parents takes place. We then make the 45 minute trek to Chateau Le’ Broun. A quaint bed and breakfast type home that I grew up in. (Although it was hardly quaint when I lived there…more like woods and animals.) We arrive around 8:00pm. Erin’s bed time, but she remembers the tradition: Scream “Kitty” at the top of her lungs upon entering the door when seeing the cat waiting for the calm quiet adults to come home. Then chase so-called “kitty” through the house and discover the large stuffed animals and HUGE amount of space to play. All the while her parents are trying to calm her down and get her to bed.
March 30th, 4:30am:
I sneak into Erin’s room and place a kiss on her soft cheek, whisper words of love in her ear and tiptoe back out. Ping and I head to the airport to catch an early morning flight to China. 13 hours later, we arrive in Suzhou, China. Home of my in-laws. We enjoy Easter dinner in Shanghai with family friends and settle in for the night at Palace Lee. (It’s not really a palace, but it was a nice apartment! Best shower ever!)
April 6th, afternoon:
My mother-in-law, Ping and I arrive in Taipei, Taiwan. I am stunned at how old the city looks, but how clean it smells and feels compared to mainland China. I will forever be impressed by Taiwan and will daily miss and crave the food! I lost weight in China. The food was good, but I didn’t eat much. I began craving American food in Beijing. When I got to Taiwan, all I wanted was a large cheeseburger. But instead, we met my mother-in-law’s family for dinner and my cravings of ground beef sandwiched in between two slices of bread were forever taken away by the sweet, delicate, rich, flavorful taste of Taiwanese cuisine! The food was so good, I gained the weight I lost the week prior back….and then some. Ping’s cousin opened my senses to the beauty of Tamsui, sour plum juice, seafood that never tasted so good, noodles that were the best of the best (and cost the least of the least). I dream nightly of this food….it was that good.
Ping’s parents, Ping and I board another high speed train to the center of Taiwan to T’aichung. Just an hour away in the mountains, resides a lake….Sun Moon Lake. A place of quietness, beauty and rich in Taiwanese tribal culture. I wish we had more time to spend here. Just one night did not give me enough time to really soak up this experience. I will be back though.
April 12th 6:30am:
Ping and I find ourselves in a car on the way to the airport. We are headed back to the states. Was I ready? No. Was my heart ready to see Erin? THAT was overdue! It was so good to see my baby when we arrived! I truly missed her!
We then spent the week in Seattle before returning home. It’s always nice to have time with family and friends. We celebrated Erin’s 2nd birthday while there and enjoyed witnessing the marriage of two close friends.
Some of you are thinking, well Tricia, that was only 3 weeks. What about the other 8 weeks you’ve been absent…hmmmm???? I’ll share that tomorrow.