I have been neglecting the blog. I know. Here are some excuses: a) I find it difficult to blog on a day to day basis, because our lives are really boring for the most part. Truly. China can be boring, too. I promise. b) My computer is a piece of crap. It's processor can hardly handle a web browser, so it makes doing anything a chore. I'm actually using Ian's computer right now. c) I'm enrolled in prereq classes now, so I feel guilty when I spend free time doing something else even though I spend free time watching t.v. and stuff (I never pretended I wasn't lazy! Plus, Parenthood is really interesting this season.).
So, I have pink eye. The viral kind, I'm pretty sure. It came with a sinus infection (which I've had chronically since moving here). It's pretty great. I'm exhausted because I can't sleep (because I can't breathe (pink causes swelling in your lymph nodes and when I lie down, it makes my airway a bit smaller). I've managed to take no medicine the entire time I've been here, but I threw in the towel today. I went to the pharmacy and had Billy, our principle, talk to them on the phone for me. I spent a little under $10 and came home with medicated eye drops, and two boxes with packets of granules that are apparently Chinese medicines for fighting infections and viruses. They likely chose to gave me Chinese medicines because I told them that ephedrine makes me throw up (and that eliminates 95% of cold/flu medications, even in the West).
Al and Judy came to visit us week before last! It was great to have folks to show around. And it was also nice to have an excuse to consume an unabashed amount of Starbucks. They brought an entire suit case of junk food for us with them, too. We were nervous for them, initially, mostly because they have pretty simple, classic food preferences. The food in China isn't really suited to that. But, they adapted quickly and tried things even if they weren't stoked about it. It sounds like the rest of their China journey is going splendidly, as well. We didn't take too many photos (Ian and his family aren't the paparazzi that me and mine are), but here are a couple from our time together.