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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Yuan Dan Kuai Le (Happy New Year!)

Ah... another new year and time to make some resolutions. I can’t say that 2007 was all bad despite the dismal year in review CNN provided us on New Year’s Eve and what, .... is CNN the latest network to sell out to edutainment? Anderson Cooper hosted CNN's countdown to 2008 from Times Square? Can't we just stick to Dick Clark's ole standby "New Years Rockin' Eve?" - although now we have to deal with Ryan Seacrest. Trust me, it is all better than the Chinese TV version.

ANYWAY ..... In the last year, I have had the opportunity to work in a foreign country and although it has not been always enjoyable, it definitely was entertaining. And after a year and a half of my darling husband saying I didn’t have to work, I have finally decided to take him up on most of that statement. Monday, I will be going in to meet with my new manager and tell her that I would like to focus on the prenatal class and nurse training only and work only 10-12 hours/week.

That doesn’t seem too difficult does it? Well at least I can type it out and I’ve repeated it to my husband and all of the parents to make it a little more real – but geesh, how can quitting 75% of your job be that difficult? I’m so friggin’ spoiled – I know this – but I didn’t want to look back in 50 years at my time in China and tell everyone all I did was work and that was about it. I actually would like to come back to Austin saying a few more things than – “please fold my underwear and can you by me some bananas and strawberries.” I want to go back to writing more blogs and taking more pictures and have we forgotten the Tai Tai lunches? I need to start meeting some more Tai Tais. And cooler yet, my husband gets to travel more and so who wants to get stuck in Shanghai when I could be going to Singapore, Japan and Korea – and maybe India. Oh yeah and there is still that baby thing. I know you ALL are thinking she just needs to be patient…oh yeah and relax. So yes, I’m taking your advice and working on my patience, tolerance and relaxation techniques. It shouldn’t be too long since thanks to our friends Jerry and Patty - we are stocked up on good luck phallic looking statues they have found on this side of the world. My favorite being the little man pictured above that is made of lava rock and is known as "Tolharubang" (a fertility god) in Korea.

And last but not least, I resolve to find my witty sense of humor again - man these blogs are boring!


Anonymous Chris said...

Trying to figure out if it is witty or just ill-advised to make a comment about you folding your underwear with bananas and strawberries.

Naah. Ill-advised.

With respect to working less, I think you'll find that nature abhors a vacuum and you'll be working on other kinds of things no matter what. (Possibly less stress, though.)

12:17 AM  
Blogger willandtracy said...

Oh yes, you are right, I can not avoid work. I'll still work, but as a "consultant" :) That sounds fancier anyway and potentially pays more and I can take as much vacation as I can afford. It is nice working from home and also working on a long list of books I've been wanting to read.

5:45 PM  

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