Walking around the new digs: two butterflies were dancing around my head, banana trees along a (polluted) stream, an old man catching crayfish and minnows in another (polluted) stream, cool cafe I want to visit sometime, and moi listening to some theme music on the walk!
Although I started the day with worry about finding movers--having been unsuccessful the day before--I decided to be unstressed about it. I would do what I could do and refrain from worry, which is useless. By the time noon came, I had movers set and my day planned. I headed over to my new HOME, which is spectacular! I have a divine, large bathtub, an wide and open patio, a solarium alcove in the bedroom, and a foyer beyond the front door. I will miss my city view and the living room/dining room furniture is undesirable, but I can adjust to both.
I am so grateful for this new apartment and the fact that moving will be easy. You see, one rule in China (for foreigners) is: Nothing is easy. And dang if that ain't the truth! Every single aspect of life feels like a struggle most of the time. So to find a moving service that will come and pack, move, and unpack all my belongings is a real treat. They'll do everything except tuck me in to bed that night, as a matter of fact! My Ayi (affectionate term for housekeeper) will spiffy up the place tomorrow and the movers will get me moved in Monday or Tuesday night, leaving Wednesday night open for my first Birthday Dinner. Yes, I said "first".
After inspecting the new apartment, I walked around searching for a restaurant my friend had recommended. I discovered so many cool places around my new digs!!! Lots of great places to visit in the future! And beautiful. I decided the restaurant would be perfect for my second Birthday celebration (the dangerous one) and also found a cake shop. It's not Tous Les Jours, but this one led me to a second --local-- boulangerie where I will order my Birthday cakes! Yes, cakes is meant to be plural: one for Wednesday and the second for Saturday!
Wednesday, a few of us will have dinner at Kathmandu, owned by one of my Kham friends. Saturday, the craziness will begin at Commune--who knows where it will end. Those of you who are my close friends know all about my famous/infamous birthday celebrations! Alas, no parades to crash, and I doubt we will be asked to leave this restaurant bar heeheehee, but hey, that's to be seen, right?
Beside being grateful for my new place, movers, and my upcoming Birthday Festivus, I am very, very, very grateful that I was able to resolve some conflict at work that has been going on since day 2. With that solved for the most part, my apartment contract signed, movers found, Festivus locale settled, and a dulce de leche cake being prepped for the big day, my greatest concern is what I will select at Ikea tomorrow. I love that kind of stress!