Thanks for all the comments; I am publishing them, but apparently they're not uploading to the blog. I so appreciate hearing from you all!
Here's some photos; views from my room and what a hairdryer looks like in this 5 Star hotel?! Anyone having flashbacks to he early 70's? Haven't tried it yet, but it makes me laugh when I go into the bathroom.
Also, I bought this all-natural motion sickness oil for the plane ride; you dab it behind your ears. I have to tell you it works great even for nauseau and headaches.
I had the wonderful pleasure of getting a Skype call from Kelly this morning! Kelly's daughter Katie was in Yangdong when we went w/ Eliza and I took a few pictures of Katie for them. That Skype call was so special and made me feel closer to home. Thank you so much Kelly. I've enjoyed being able to Skype home to Derek, Eliza and Allie too. I miss you all so much. And Judy, thank you for walking Hogan or should I say, letting Hogan walk you. Derek told me you came by on Sunday to do that. Awww...I know Hogan loved it.
Luggage was still in NY at JFK. It's supposed to be on the flight to Beijing today (last night for you back home). We'll see. They said it could be tomorrow still or later than that before I get it.
Okay, so I've got 2 hours 'til Ava time and I really need to shower. I am staying at the Majestic (kind of a dump for a 5 star) and have met 3 other American fam's here for adoptions. (I can't remember if I already posted this and since I can't look at my blog, I don't have the editing ability.) One of them is adopting a 2 year old boy from Ava's orphanage and they will ride the 5 hour train trip together. They've put all of us on the same floor, which is nice.
One of the families has a 3 and 5 yo boys and are adopting a toddler girl. They are here with both sets of their parents and I'm jealous (that their parents are here witnessing this). They are having a blast. They're all from Oregon (south, I think, Julie). Anyway, they're cracking me up and have taken me under their wings. We just got back from a very long, hot walk all over Nanning just to find the Walmart. Keep in mind, I'm in jeans and it is hot and so steamy from humidity. I'm craving my skirts that I packed. Can't stand when I'm this sticky...you know what I mean about that ladies!
So, apparently, I wear an XL or 2XL in a Chinese Walmart! LOL...seriously. I'm not itty-bitty, but I'm not an XL. I bought a cute pear of capris at a little shop for about $7 and the size was US 8. Got back and couldn't even pull them up on my leg. So, that's when we decided to head out looking for the Walmart. Not a Walmart like ours at home. They had hardly any clothes and everything was winter wear. So, I bought some sweats that will be cut off and a long sleeve shirt that will be cut off (the sleeves that is). It was so nice to have this family to join up with today. They made me feel like I was part of their family and took away some of my nerves.
They will be bringing the children to the hotel; no more Civil Affairs Office I guess. It's now done here in the hotel. We're all anxious. Me, from NC; a family from Rochester, NY; a family from Ohio; and the Oregon clan. OH...AND I BOUGHT A CAMERA cord at a little shop so we're all good to go in getting you the latest in pictures!! Okay,gotta get ready for Ava!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Luggage update and shopping
Posted by The Ordinary Horse at 1:45 AM