Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Care Package

I have not forgot about the pictures I've promised to put on the blog. I've had some problems loading the pictures onto the blog, and I sent my super-reliable-built-in IT support home to America. On top of that, the weather has been yucky here, and when there is a pretty day, I'm stuck in a classroom.

I received a care package from home yesterday. Most of the teachers have mail/packages sent the school for ease of delivery/pickup. Needless to say, I was giddy to see the package waiting for me in the high school mail/copy room. I felt like I was 5 years-old and got a letter in the mail from my Grandma & Grandpa Aschenbeck. Only instead of my name being written in my grandma's pretty cursive, it was someone else's penmanship on the USPS package : my husband's all caps writing.

So what does a girl who only have 2 months left in China want and need?

1) Socks. The few pairs of dress socks I brought with me in June and September are officially thread-bare. With some pairs, I was offering regular prayers of petition that they would not have a hole in the toes by the end of the day, followed in the evening with a prayer of thanksgiving.

2) Magazines. There are only so many times you can re-read a magazine, and all of the advertisements therein. When my mom visited in January she brought two, and I have fully exhausted those as well. Which magazines did I receive? Runners' World, Better Homes & Garden and Fitness. (Ranked in order of preference.)

3) My FHI flat-iron. Silly? Yes. Necessary? Absolutely. I bought a simple, cheap one back in the fall, and my hair suffered. It made my hair (especially the ends) dry and brittle - basically damaged. Not something a girl who is trying to get ponytail length hair back wants. I have to use the power converter with it every time, apparently plugging it directly into a socket with 220V could cause a problem.

That's all. A day later, I'm still just as giddy about the delivery.

Thank you Jim. I hope you know how much I appreciate it. ;)