Every year I make a list for my birthday whether it be a to do list or inspirational list. It is something I started on my 30th birthday and I want to continue it for as long as I can, even if the themes end up being repetitive. So here is my list of 34 things I hope to accomplish this year:
Visit my family and spend quality time with them
Visit a new place in Tibet
Make a beautiful momo and take a photo of it
Take our first family photo together
Take a family photo together (all siblings and kids if possible)
Swim in the ocean
Go for a boat ride
Spend time with my grandparents
Take a family photo – Extended family
Eat good pizza – pepperoni? pineapple and buffalo chicken?
Have cha at Tenzin’s family’s house
Visit Boston to see friends
Visit NYC to see friends
Visit hometown friends
Plan a welcome back/thank you party
Take our first international trip as a family
Plan a wedding in Tibet
Complete 50% of my 2020 Resolutions
Document cultural practices around child rearing
Learn lullabies in English and Tibetan
Payback my parents slowly
Make a Roth IRA & Contribute to it monthly
Build a sizeable savings in China
Create our own holiday traditions for Christmas & Losar
Eat Indian Buffet in Queens
Drink a spiced chai latte at Ashlawn Farm Coffee in OS
Spend quality time with my niece, Gabrielle! Something artsy? crafty? fun? I need an idea!
Have a holiday dinner during summer 2020
Take mom & pops out for a meal
Roast marshmallows & eat s’mores
Learn to ride a horse
Improve my Tibetan – from high -beginner to intermediate
Choose the baby’s citizenship! (Still undecided for now)
Back in August, I was sitting in a white tent on the Dzorge Grasslands where Dondrup’s parents camp for the summer and I began writing a poem in English for our future child. At the time, I only had the first two verses written and couldn’t figure out what I wanted to write after that. Should I make it longer? All I knew was that once it was completed I wanted to try and write it in Tibetan as well.
This year once again I have set a resolution to read 4 books throughout the year. I know that sounds like a terribly small number, but I am not a reader by any means. So I figured 4 was a safe number that I could easily achieve and take pride in the fact that I was learning something new. I do read many online articles and news stories, but I don’t always read many books which is something I would like to change slowly which is why this resolution is so important to complete.
When I first told my mom I was pregnant I called her around 6 in the morning her time and so she started crying at the news. It wasn’t a response I was expecting, but it was super sweet. She was very excited. I told her that originally I had no intentions of telling her until she arrived in Chengdu which at that point I would be 14 weeks pregnant. I told her I realized if I waited to inform her until then she would have been pretty upset by the fact she couldn’t bring anything for the grand baby on the way, so I decided against waiting and told her when I was about 10 weeks along. She told me I made a good choice and she would have been very upset, haha.
Note: I started this post in September and finished it recently.
There is nothing like starting the school year and finding out that you won’t be teaching at the same school you have taught at for the last two years. In fact, I was quite sad about the news as I was told the school would no longer be working with Haida, my company, and they would have to find me a new school. While this means I will have a relaxing month of September, except for traveling to Leshan to teach at a kindergarten which luckily I only had to go once during the whole month.
On October 20th, D and I decided to attend the T. Lhamo fashion show in Chengdu as one of our friends would be modeling in it. T. Lhamo is a Tibetan fashion designer who is originally from Khyungchu (Hongyuan) County. I actually forgot that I follow the brand on instagram, because I think helping Tibetan brands get more followers and exposure is important. So when I realized I already knew the brand I was excited to actually attend the fashion show in person.
The second adventure for the week was to a Baihuatan Park to see Sanhualou pagoda which was also close by as well. I had no clue so many parks were only a few bus stops from my house. I must be a bad explorer, or maybe just a lazy one.
Every year China has a Golden Week 7 day vacation that the entire country is mostly entitled to take. It was a holiday from work as well and although it would have been a great time to go out exploring here or abroad, my passport was once again at immigration getting renewed. Which is literally the story of my life for many of my vacations here in China, haha.
My parents came to visit me here in Chengdu for two weeks and it was awesome to have them! Originally, I was supposed to come home first to visit, but I told my parents I’m not really in the financial position to do so. Therefore it may be another year before I get home to visit. My mom was like ugh, fuck that I’m coming to see my baby! And that is how my parents came to visit, so thank you for flying the 15 hours over here mom and pops!