We Leave for China Next Week and I Can Barely Use Chopsticks
in exactly one week from today, my husband and i leave for china! it’s crazy…i can’t believe it’s already here. i’ve been sort of quiet about it because i haven’t had time to process the fact we are traveling another 20+ hours after we just returned from fish sucking on our toes in malaysia and getting on long boats to get to our hotel in thailand less than two months ago but i suppose i better process it now. oh anxiety, you trickster.
we are venturing to beijing, qingdao, shanghai, zhuhai and hong kong for a total of 17 days (if you could see my eyes right now after just counting those days out on my calendar, you would be impressed with how big they are). we do get to do some sight-seeing like the great wall (!) but are mainly there for business.
it’s sort of blowing my mind that my husband and i are traveling to china for business – it sounds like we should be traveling in fancy suits and doing some sort of stock exchange something. instead, since i know nothing about stocks, we shall be doing workshops and trainings instead.
my hubs is a motivational speaker and trainer and he will be keynoting two conferences as well various corporate events and trainings. i will also be doing a workshop talking about finding the harmony between your personal life and career. i am terrified and excited at excited by this opportunity but my word of the year is BOLD so let’s do this!
i found this quote on the side of a building when i went running on saturday and i’m channeling it:
the main reason i’m telling you all this is because i need to reveal something sort of embarrassing: i cannot use chopsticks.
there, i said it. now everyone knows that any time i try to use chopsticks i basically just spear the food and that is culturally not appropriate when we go over there (thanks etiquette book).
since i do not want to appear like a ridiculous american, i have spent the weekend attempting to learn how to use chopsticks appropriately. you’re welcome, america.
thankfully my husband can use them like a pro so he was very patient with me and i didn’t have to resort to watching youtube videos on the matter.
great news that last night i succeeded in eating all of my pad thai with chopsticks! yes, i realize pad thai is not chinese food but we miss thailand’s pad thai and yes, i add broccoli to the dish because it’s really the only vegetable i sort of like to eat so might as well get that fiber in!
point being…i succeeded in picking up both candies with my new utensils!
in addition to accomplishing great feats yesterday, my husband and i spent the entire day under the umbrella of celebrating ‘love day’ but more on that later because for now i need to figure out how to eat my cereal with chopsticks so i don’t get hangry.