Saturday, May 03, 2008

53 Only 53 days left till I go home for the summer!!! I can't wait!! It's been TWO full years since I've seen my family. That's just too long in my opinion!! My brother has gone from little boy to young man. My sister has gone from newlywed to new mom. My parents have/are both changed/changing jobs, and they totally redecorated the living areas of their home. Of course, skype video helps them feel not quite so far away . . . but it is not the same at all!! And, I am very thankful for things like email and flickr so that I can very easily share my life and be a part of theirs as well. Oh, so much better than waiting months for handwritten letters to cross the ocean. BUT . . . still . . . despite my thankfulness in technology helping us keep in touch easily . . . I am SO READY to see my family. To hug them and touch them and sit with them and play with them and just enjoy being with them! And . . . another way that I can tell that I am SO READY to go home is that every time I think about what I wanna eat I can only think of American foods and restaurants. Nothing Chinese sounds good anymore. For the past two years I've not had this "problem," but every time I know it's getting close to the time to go home I start having this "problem." I think it is funny how we "know" things on several levels. How subconsciously I am allowing myself to start to miss/desire American foods for the first time in two years. Oh sure, I've had random cravings for specific foods occasionally, but not the same as every single meal time only being able to think about American foods. (Speaking of American foods, Mom, do you think you can make chicken and dumplings even though it will be the middle of the summer? I've not had that in . . .what? . . . six years now??? Pretty please!!)
simply taiwan--a new series Something new for following an unknown path is about to start . . .and I need your help. Recently, I've been uploading my older photos onto my flickr account. Photos I took before I had a blog, and so have gone largely unseen by others besides myself. Also, life here is getting a little more busy--it always is a little more hectic at the end of the semester than at the beginning. In other words I have no time to compose thoughtful, relevant posts. So, I'm going to try something new. For the next 46 days at least (that is till I get to go home, Lord willing), I'm going to be doing a series of simple posts featuring photos I've taken while living in Taiwan for the past five years. (I may or may not post other kinds of posts during this time . . . I've yet to decide.) But, I'd like your help. What are some things you'd like to see photos of? So, you wanna see food? bathrooms? public phones? mail boxes? people? temples? flowers? landscapes? You name it or ask about it, and I'll search my photo archives, and if I don't have a photo of it already--I'll see if I can take one just for you. :) Be as specific or as general as you'd like. The other thing I'd like to do is answer questions you might have about life here in Taiwan. Awhile back, Deborah, from Cup of Joy, interviewed me for her March missions month, and I really enjoyed answering her questions. It allowed me to talk about things that are close to my heart but that I don't think about mentioning anymore because they seem so common place now. So . . . what would you like to know about life in Taiwan? Ask away, and I'll try to answer.

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