I had dinner last night at my favorite restaurant, Altruda's, with some of my favorite gal pals. We range in age from 38 to 88 and have a wonderful time together! Last night was no exception. I'll miss Altruda's while in China but I won't miss good Italian food as there are several excellent Italian eateries in Beijing.
I have my Chinese visa now and I'm officially ready to leave the country. Physically and mentally, I'm still struggling with getting everything in order and experiencing a high stress level. Today, my department took me to a wonderful Chinese restaurant, P.F. Chang's, and we all had a wonderful time. I probably won't post again until I'm settled either into my new apartment or into a hotel as I look for an apartment. Check in mid-week next week! Ziajian! (Bye for now) Teresa
I work with lots of great folks at the University of Tennessee. I've had two wonderful luncheons and lots of well wishes. There's a great lunch coming up this Thursday at P.F. Chang's. Great fun! I especially like the fact that I'm responsible for my department getting a two hour lunch. I wonder how slow I can eat.....
The daily packing parties held at my house are going well and things are getting done. Am I stressed? You betcha. People have asked if I'm nervous about the whole move and such. There's no time for nervousness when I'm just trying to find time to pack. I don't think I'd be nervous anyway. Excited? Thrilled? Anticipating the experience of a lifetime? Certainly. When I finally get there and get settled.....I'll be able to breathe. Yes, even in Beijing's less-than-desirable air, I feel I will finally be able to relax breathe deeply. Now....if I can just live there for a year and not acquire any additional possessions to be packed out of the country later. That, my friends, will be the challenge! Last night I threw out clothes I wore in undergrad (all except my favorite bohemian wrap-around long skirt! ha). I call that progress!