Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Here it is boys and girls and readers of all ages... Our Beijing Blog! I decided to make our summer in China a separate blog to keep track of my posts and make it a little easier to organize once I decided to turn it into a book using Blurb. :)

Don't forget to follow it!! And here's hoping that I'll be able to post in Beijing.

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All My Bags Are Packed, I'm Ready to Go...

Well friends, only a little over 24 hours before I board that plan to Beijing. I can't get over how excited, scared, anxious and downright FREAKED OUT I am at the fact that I am going to be living in China for the summer.

I have been moved out of my apartment for the past week and 1/2 but I still feel like I have a lot to do before I go... Mainly working a few hours tomorrow morning, getting my bags all completely packed, as well as mentally preparing myself for the adventure of a lifetime. Oh, and I have to deal with a little car trouble that happened on the school parking lot where I work... I'm not going to get too into it, but it involved my bumper, the parking lot security gate and a few tears on my part. Luckily, I wasn't in the car and no one was hurt, but to say the least, this was DEFINITELY NOT something I wanted to have to deal with 2 days before I leave for CHINA!

If you have any last minute advice, I would LOVE to hear it. Even some travel tips on how to try and get a good amount of sleep on a coach seat while flying across the International dateline. :)

One thing I regret? I was hoping to get there and have a few words in Mandarin memorized but that didn't happen... Maybe on the 13 hour plane ride over? Hmmm...

Thursday, June 16, 2011


By the way... Have you seen how many days I have left until China?


I can't believe it!!! I also can't wait to see my hubby!


I LOVE my navy blue Toms. It takes all I can to not wear them everyday because I don't want them to wear out too quickly (which is what I've heard can be a big problem with them.) They are so comfortable and I love them so much that I decided to buy another pair so that I could have two AWESOME pairs of shoes to wear this whole summer in China. Well, I had my heart set on these little cuties but unfortunately they sold out on Toms.com after only 3 days!!
I had a pair in my "basket" but waited 4 hours too long and they were snatched out by the time I got home and was ready to buy them! This definitely did not make me happy and neither did driving around to 6 different stores in L.A. trying to find them! My happy ending to the story came when I decided to go ahead and try KITSON on Robertson (frequented by the likes of Lauren Conrad, Lindsey Lohan and Paris Hilton). Guess what?!?! My light pink linen Toms were right at the front door! Score!!! I was so excited and I can't wait to wear them in Beijing. I deserved these little puppies and I already LOVE them as much as my navy blue ones. Just thought I would share my little story of triumph and glee. :) (By the way, if anyone is interested most styles are sold in Nordstrom, and even Whole Foods. Just don't expect to find every style.)

I just wish they still made these adorable kicks!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

How sweet are my students?!

This past school year has been pretty difficult with surgery back in March that completely threw a wrench into my lesson plans. It was wonderful to know that I had some REALLY sweet students who were cute enough to make this adorable little sign before I took 2 1/2 weeks off for surgery and recovery. :) It's been hanging in my apartment to help remind me about how great I have it when it comes to my job. Yes, there are many things that stress me out and it is NOT EASY teaching English and History to 7th Graders, but there are some days that I just feel so blessed. The day they gave me this was one of them.