Thursday, June 25, 2009

Aaaand I'm back.

We have had no internet for a few days. Got it all sorted this morning and in good time, too, what with the needing to escape the media circus taking place on TV in relation to Whacko Jacko's death (oh and Farrah Fawcett, just in case nobody noticed).

So what have I been up to?

Mr C's mum, dad and grandmother stayed with us for a few weeks. I got to play tour guide and we saw some sites - 798 Art district, Lama Temple, flower, pearl, antiques markets, Peking Acrobats, all sorts of stuff. It was fun, though tiring. They have gone back to Oz now and the place is very quiet...

  • Got me some new specs. They're red (nothing new, really).
  • Went to a baking class and learned to make decent lemon meringue pie. My first attempt had the lemon filling unsettled and runny, but all the flavours were there. Guess I just have to perfect it now. Poor Mr C...
  • Organised a walking group to start up next week. There are some cards you can buy with walks around Beijing on them. I figured it would be a good way to see the place, meet some people and maybe get some exercise...
  • Organised a craft day. I think the aim is to make stuff we can donate to charity, so like scarves and blankets. Should be fun...
  • Booked Jie-Jie and myself into Yoga classes starting next Friday. Not sure if Pers will co-operate, but she might surprise me.
  • Met one of the mums from Pers' kindy and we'll be setting up playdates and stuff for the girls.
  • Went on the expatmamma night out last night. First night off in a very long time. Had loads of laughs, met some lovely women and I think I've found a niche to replace the SCA gap in my life.

    Looking ahead:
  • My Di-di (little brother) is visiting next month, with his chicky, for a couple of weeks.
  • I am about to book in for some cooking classes. I am a crap cook and it's about time that changed. I'm going to learn how to cook some of the regional cuisine, just for kicks.
  • We are coming home to Oz for a couple of months at the beginning of October. Will be spending a couple of weeks in Sydney before heading out to Orange and then to Adelaide. I'll teach y'all how to make hand-pulled noodles, k? As was the case last time, I won't have wheels. Come on out to Orange, get some fresh air into those lungs!

    1. Good to see you back on the webz! I was missing you!
      Can't wait to see you again! Let me know if you need anything Sydney-side and I'll see what I can do. I'm guessing it's four this time, not just 2, huh? Otherwise I'd offer the bed again.
      Teach me how to make stuff! i'm a sponge, just waiting to soak up your cooking awesomenesses!

    2. Thanks, Baggy. Looking forward to catching up with you again too. Mr C will be joining us for the two weeks in Sydney, but apart from that, it's just me & the girls. I suspect there will be a visit to Sydney at some point, in which instance, would it be ok if we came to stay?

    3. Mi casa es tu casa!
      You're not a crap cook, by the way. You're pretty good actually. So there.

    4. Thanks chicka-babe. How you doin'?