Sorry I haven’t written in a few weeks. Few reasons… the main being my ability to post. I can’t access blogs here and I have a special program to do so, and when I use it our internet gets shut down. Our TV is also through this system, so for a few minutes of posting we lose the internet and TV, sometimes for hours. I thought if I held off for a while I may be able to use it again without issue. We’ll see today is the test.
Work has been busy and not much going on, so another reason I haven’t posted. Not too much to write about. Lastly I have been avoiding some family drama.
Talking to a friend about the holidays and how much she missed her dad, as he died only a year ago made me realise how important time together is. The family drama and silly arguments are a waste of time. One day someone won’t be there and the empty chair at the table will cause heartache and sadness in a time that should be happy and about being together. John and I tried hard to make Christmas special and spent a lot of money to come home only to have to witness silly arguments and issues that left us feeling angry, upset or betrayed. We are trying hard to focus on the good that happened and spending time with family, catching up with people, the excitement of Jesse and Joey on Christmas morning and a fantastic meal that chef John :0) cooked for us again.
My last post was written at the airport in Toronto and I wondered how we would celebrate the New Year in the air. Sparkling wine at midnight? Numerous times as we crossed many time zones? Well that was a disappointment as NO mention of the New Year on any time zone or at any time. OK midnight in Canada was like 4AM local time as we were somewhere over Russia or Northern Europe, but I thought at least at breakfast, or when we landed. NOPE, nada. What a disappointment… no acknowledgement at all. Just an ordianry day. A few people and I have laughed about it and they said “What airline was it?” “Oh there is your answer right there!”. Another said she would have gotten out of her seat and started yelling “Happy New Year” anyway! I believe it! She is full of excitement and energy!
To make up for the loss of New Year we celebrated Chinese New Year. We had hoped to go away somewhere warm, but flights were super expensive and when we found a cheaper flight it was cancelled. No reason, just cancelled. This is China after all… just accept it, no explanation needed other than … this is China. I wonder if it was a ploy as they had another available flight for double the price. The cheaper flight was still available on-line, but when you went to pay (we called to make arrangements since we do not hold a local credit card, so we need to pay on the phone) it was sold out. The low price got your attention, and some may pay it since they had hotels etc. all booked. We looked for hours and finally gave up. Our first Chinese New Year in China!
So stay tuned for more… Next up Chinese New Year Celebrations….