Happy New Year! A little belatedly, I suppose. So I just thought I’d post a short note of what I’ve been doing. I didn’t take as many photos as I wanted over my holiday and I appear to have misplaced the ones I did take, so this will just my some random rambling words. And note to self: clean out computer files.
I’m still recovering from the jet lag that accompanies flying halfway across the world and back in a two week period and I have to say it’s brutal. I wake up at random times, like midnight or 3 am, and then I’m up for the day. It’s impossible for me to go back to sleep. Which results in me falling asleep at weird times, such as during dinner. Seriously. Passed out on the couch with a bowl of soup in front of me. Or I’ll be watching Netflix and suddenly wake up three episodes later and wonder what the heck happened. It’s been disorienting to say the least.
But I enjoyed getting to spend a couple weeks at home with my whole family and catching up with old friends and being drooled on by my dogs. I got to celebrate my dad’s retirement which was great. I even got a dusting of snow before leaving K.C. Then straight back to work this week. Beijing was exceptionally clean this week, albeit freezing, so I got to have fun playing outside with my kids. They were really pretty well behaved for being gone two weeks.
Then Jess and I had a fun relaxing weekend. It’s been a while since we had time to just hang out and have fun. We grabbed lunch yesterday at this little Irish pub then entertained ourselves playing darts very badly in the back room. We were so bad that at one point I decided I might do better with my eyes closed, so I tried it and I did. Fortunately it was slow and there were no other people to get in the line of fire…Then we got pedicures and milkshakes. Because what else do you really need to be happy? Then we came home and accidentally-on-purpose dropped some oranges out our twelfth story kitchen window. (The first one was kind of an accident, the rest was just because we liked the sound they made. No humans were harmed and for the record they were turning rotten so it wasn’t a waste.) Because we’re us. I could explain in more details but really it wouldn’t make sense to anyone else and it would take a while.
Today I did some homework and got caught up on some little to-do-list tasks, then did some planning for Spain (Countdown to Barcelona-12 more days!!!) And I’m very proud of myself for booking train tickets on Renfe.com, completely in Spanish. There is an English version but it kept giving me errors, so I decided to test my language skills. I’m surprised at what I remember when I put my mind to it but I still wish I was more disciplined at studying. Still, I’m glad that’s out of the way. I booked a few days in Barcelona, near Sagrada Familia, and a few days at another place in the Gothic Quarter. Then I’ll take the train to Granada. After that I’ll still have a week that I’m leaving open-ended for now. I’m thinking about Bilbao or Madrid but I’m not totally sure, so I think I’ll just book the rest when I get there. And if anyone has suggestions on what to see, let me know!