I finally dug my bike out of the shed, pumped up the tires, adjusted the brakes, and went on a tour of my new little town. Actually, I went well outside the town limits and explored the area for a bit over an hour.
The apple blossoms are out (Apple Blossom Festival starts this week!), I met a cow, and everything was just too lovely for words.
I had my first snow day of the year today! While visiting my Mom in the Annapolis Valley, Scotty and I stayed in while 20 cm of snow came down around us. He made me a delicious lunch. We watched movies and baked with Mom. I updated my blog. What more could you ask for?
In March, Beijing’s winter started warming up. We went pretty quickly from freeze-your-face-off icy winds to the smell of damp earth and melting ice. All of a sudden, I didn’t need three pairs of long johns and ten scarves! It was a miracle!
Last Sunday, we were invited over to visit a friend from one of the many schools where Scotty tutors English. The invitation was to come for the afternoon to watch a movie and make dumplings. Little did we know that making dumplings is a HUGE event that traditionally involves several families getting together and prepping enough food to feed everyone. It was tons of fun and great to be a part of it!
Since Scotty’s return to Halifax, we’ve been consistently on the go making time to see family and friends, sell or pack our things and sort out all kinds of details and paperwork.
ONE of those bits of paperwork was our “proof of marital status” for our Chinese work visas.
So we’ve eloped. Mid-June, in the Public Gardens, with no one but the JP and our two witnesses, we officially tied the knot. If you’re feeling left out, don’t. Sometime in the coming years, we’ll have a proper party with family, friends, and a year’s worth of homemade wine… And you will ALL be invited.
In the meanwhile, we’ll use July 31 as our anniversary date, in celebration of the impromptu ceremony and cake fight that was sprung on us by Scotty’s family this week in Bathurst.
Quote of the week: “That’ll teach you to elope without inviting us!”