Random thoughts


Sorry, today’s blog will just be a bunch of random thoughts. My sea shipment arrives tomorrow and Friday which means that today the apartment staff will be clearing out the furniture. Should be a bit chaotic because there are some things we’ll be keeping.  This comes on the heels of spending the morning with Nervous K. So I thought that since my brain is fried (I’ve been awake since 3:15 AM) and have no chance of a nap it would be best if I didn’t have to think for too long on any one subject.

RT #1 – Today the temperature was 77° at 6:30 AM. That is the first time since moving here that I have seen a reading below 80!  The high yesterday was 89° and it felt heavenly! How quickly one’s perspective changes. Let’s just hope that this is the beginning of the “cool” season.

RT #2 – I have to have D make signs for me so that tomorrow when the men are unloading my things I can communicate with them where to put things. I will literally be using sign language.  Andrew – that’s the proper use of literally isn’t it?! Hopefully by the end of Friday I will know the Mandarin words for the rooms of a house. Perhaps that’s what Ben and I should talk about in the car this morning.

RT #3 – I already feel settled here and I don’t even have our apartment filled with the things that make it feel like home. That is a testament to how friendly people are in China.

RT #4 – I bought Ben Desitin for his daughter. I finally got him to  tell  me something that I could pick up for him in NYC and I knew that if I asked specifically if there was anything for his daughter he would cave. Now the random thought is that as soon as I opened the jar in the drugstore I was taken back more than 40 years. I remember using that on my youngest brother. I then jumped forward about another 20+ years to when I was using it on Kiersten and Andrew. Smell supposedly is the most powerful of the 5 senses in recalling memories.  I believe it.  If you used Desitin for your kids, go to the nearest CVS, Wal-Mart, Target, Duane Reade, or Walgreen and pop open the jar. Yes it comes in 1 pound jars now and take a whiff. It’s not as pleasant a scent as a freshly bathed baby but it’ll take you back.

RT #5 – I should probably not have had the 4th cup of coffee when I will be meeting up with Nervous K in 2 hours. I fear I may compound his nervousness or I’ll have heart palpitations, pass out and they’ll revoke my application based on poor health.

RT #6 – So this morning I take the final step in getting my residence permit and have the staff removing furniture. Not stressful but busy.  Anders said on his way out this morning, “If you need anything call D.” Before he had his work wife, he would have said to call him. To his credit though he recognizes that wives are the ones that really know what’s going on, work or home.  

RT #7 – After they clear out the apartment the only items that will be left  besides our clothes and kitty stuff  will be a bed, TV, coffee pot, and coffee mugs. They are not listed in order of importance!

RT #8 – Anders will be here tomorrow for the initial stage of unpacking. This is a first. I told him he didn’t need to as I’ve always managed (even when I had to speak French) but he said that it has been described as chaotic. There are usually about 15 movers! Now that may actually cause a bit of stress for me. I sure hope I get a good night’s sleep.

RT #9 – Lily’s gonna freak!

2PM – 95°


About vikarenously

I am an ex-pat living in Guangzhou, China. I am married to the man of my dreams who has indulged my love of travel by working hard enough to snag two international assignments. Oh yes, I also have two amazing children who accompanied us on our first one to Switzerland and are now mature and responsible adults which makes it so easy for us to experience this adventure as empty-nesters. Experience it vicariously with Karen.

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  1. Ooooo! I just had an agent -orange flashback of 6 men running in and out of our apartment in Geneva unloading boxes and moving in furniture. Unfortunately it was in that order!

    Boxes were stacked in the appropriate room ( I made signs in French), THEN they brought in the furniture. Not a sound strategy. Ultimately, they had to move ALL the boxes out of, say the bedroom, to then get in the bed and dresser. This went on for each room!

    When I finally made it back to supervise the movers in the kitchen, I was surprised to see that they had already unpacked 5 of the 40 kitchen boxes. I let out a little gasp as i scanned the room to see every inch of the counters, sink, oven, and half of the floor, covered with the contents of those 5 boxes ( and we still had 35 to go!). That’s when the 4 guys walked in with the kitchen table and chairs. I think STOP! Is understood in any language, at least it was in French.

    I imagine that the Chinese will have it down to an exact science…they are the masters at organizing things efficiently into small spaces!

    Good luck and take pictures! Thinking of you sistah!

    Ps I’d recommend putting Lilly in her cage and covering it up.

    • Lily will be in the guest bathroom where I’m fairly certain she will be hiding in the cabinet under the sink. I feel sorry for her but she ought to be used to it.

      It will be very interesting to see how things go down tomorrow. 3 men emptied the apartment this afternoon in about 1 hour! And you’re right, they certainly do know how to organzie small spaces. I remember you telling your Suisse moving in story. Nightmare!

      I took the before photos, during wil be tomorrow, and the after will probably have to wait until after we’re back from Bali.

      I can’t wait! It’s been 3 months since I last saw these things.

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