Blogs from Evanston, Illinois, United States, North America


North America » United States » Illinois » Evanston January 4th 2009

I knew I'd be emotional and not quite ready to go back for more adventure, and sure enough that's just how I feel. But we're going back for more. We had such fun being home and seeing as many of our friends and family members as we could (though sadly we weren't able to see everyone we wanted to see). We ended our Asian free food strike and had Sushi in Santa Barbara and Thai tonight. While home we had a lot of really good home cooked meals--and by home cooked I mean cooked in other people's homes and eaten by us. I did not do much cooking while home. Did a little baking. We spent a lot of money on our gotta buy it here and take it back with us stuff and our bags ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Evanston December 17th 2008

The kids and I went to bed at midnight and after a good solid 5 hours of sleep we were all pretty much up and about. The kids went to bed in their rooms and we all ooohed and ahhhed over the softness of our beds. Really, it was amazing. We have firm mattresses but they felt like heaven. So soft in comparison to the Chinese beds. By the morning, however, there were 4 of us in our not so large queen bed. Sleepy time was quickly over and discussions turned to the first meal. I have to go get a blood test at 10am. Which means I am fasting until then. Which means no first meal for me until later. I thought I was so clever booking these needed appointments from China (and I was ... read more
so much stuff
the hats made everyone smile
boys row

North America » United States » Illinois » Evanston July 28th 2008

Tuesday 7/29/08 So I wrote a bunch of stuff throughout the day on Monday--while running around like a madwoman I still wanted to record some key highlights (for the record). It's now Tuesday. The day before we leave. It came just like we knew it would and we are going to leave in the morning. I'm mostly publishing this one for me, but if you enjoy reading it, all the better. Fasten your seatbelts.... Monday 7/28/08 I have been adding to this post all day. It's been the only break I've allowed myself as I've been running around packing, picking up, dropping off, and just doing stuff all day long. My head hurts, my eyes ache. Mark has been busy too. He's had to go to the office but comes home and works with me every ... read more
the boys
preparing the corn
Emily, Bella, Nathan and Lily

North America » United States » Illinois » Evanston July 22nd 2008

I will open by saying we did get all 4 visas and we are set to leave for Shanghai on Wed, July 30th...that's next Wed. 1 week from tomorrow. Real soon. Anyway, until we went to the Chinese Consulate and applied, we really didn't know if this would go smoothly or not. We've never applied for visas for working/living in another there's the matter of the Olympics and all they restrictions associated with visitors during that time frame so we were concerned there might be delays, but it all worked out. We have tickets, we have visas, we have an apartment, we have a school. Things are getting more and more organized at home (not quite there yet, but we will be). Since the kids are in Ohio, we are using our evenings to get ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Evanston July 20th 2008

Still busy...had a week with the kids and no camp which was nice but less productive for me in terms of projects and packing. We spent a fun few hours at the beach one day. I feel a little guilty when I'm not doing stuff for the move, but sometimes you just gotta take a break. Mark is home! He came back Friday night in time to see my dad who just left this afternoon. Mark was understandably exhausted, but we did manage to go out to dinner Friday night. It was great that he saw my dad, and sad that he just missed seeing the kids who left for a week in Ohio on Thursday. The kids are visiting Mark's parents all week. On Thursday, Mark and I drive to Ohio to get the kids ... read more
Papa and the kids
Grandpa, Grandma, and the kids
welcome back, Mark!

North America » United States » Illinois » Evanston July 19th 2008

For those of you who have not yet heard, I recently accepted a job with Bottlenotes, an Internet wine company, based in Palo Alto. I will be moving back to San Francisco at the beginning of August. As soon as I received the offer, I immediately looked into places that American miles would take me. Luckily tickets to Lima were available. My best friend from Kellogg, Raquel, is also coming along for the two week trip. Since it is last minute, it was challenging to find some of the domestic flights at reasonable prices so we ended up with three stops on the itinerary: Lima, Arequipa and Cusco, the jumpoff point to visit Machu Picchu. I'll probably only shoot out a few new entries over the next couple weeks, so keep an eye out.... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Evanston July 16th 2008

Wow. I can see the stories from China are much preferred due to the spike in readership between last night and today! Mark's debut was quite a hit. I knew it would be which is why I urged (begged) him to put some of his stories on virtual paper. I am hoping for more from Mark soon. He's been so busy it's really unbelievable. He's very modest, but I know he's working very hard and is missing his kids (and fabulous wife). It's hard for all of us...anyhoo. I just wanted to let everyone know we got our official acceptance letter to the school. Yay. Another checklist item. Of course, the kids cannot attend without the visas which are still in the works. I think we picked the best school. It had a great vibe, and ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Evanston July 12th 2008

It's Mark's birthday! He's still in China...but we talked a couple times and the kids and I sent him a movie I made with Windows Movie Maker...came with my Dell. He was very impressed, since he's the one that does things like make movies. I took videos on my camera of the kids and just put them together with that software and added an opening title and credits. It was fun. Hardly a professional job, but the best part was watching Mark watch the movie via Skype this morning. I woke up at 4am...partly due to the fact that Mark joked about how that would be the most convenient time for him to talk, since it's when he's done with work but hasn't gone to dinner yet. 4 am here is 5pm there. I woke up ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Evanston July 10th 2008

First, the important news...Mark signed our lease. Yay. That was a major checklist item. I found out a couple days ago, but for some reason wanted to wait and make sure nothing changed before posting the news. So far, so good. I am posting a few pics, so you get a visual. It's not that big, but it's very clean, modern, nice and has great views. It's that same building we decided on after our search. In fact, we ended up getting the very apartment we liked best after some negotiating and Slaven charm (go Mark!). In other news, I am experimenting with stovetop/steamer cooking more and more. I know Mark says we'll eat out tons, but I'm not so sure. If I'm home alone during the day--I am going to do what I do here ... read more
the kitchen
master bedroom
master bath

North America » United States » Illinois » Evanston July 9th 2008

When you decide to move to China, you have to figure out to do with your pets. We are not pet people (well, Mark and I aren't). Nathan is a pet person. He has a lot of Aunt Laura in him. We have 3 water frogs and 1 beta fish. Lily and Bella are going to take Buddy, the beta fish. The frogs are a little more complicated. We talked about giving them away, but Nathan seemed uncomfortable with that plan. We've had them for over a year...grew them from tadpoles we ordered online. They grew bigger and bigger, and we decided they would be happier free with more space and possibly some new frog friends. Coincidentally, we recently watched the movie "Free Willy" about a boy who befriends a whale at the aquatic park and ... read more
after the release
a moment

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