There is a pallet in my father's van. There is a lake in southwest Arkansas. What more does anyone need to know?
I've been sharing with some friends: coins I brought and munchie treats, but the real trick comes at my reunion. I've brought back a bottle of gaoliang to share with my classmates. If you know what gaoliang is, that's all you need to know. If not... c'mere, let me show you! It's so delicious! Really, you won't cry at all, I promise! Um, how much enamel do you need for the rest of your life?
I've been eating like a queen. Today we baked potatoes and took the leftover porterhouse and sliced up inside with blue cheese on top. Even our leftovers are magical.
I forgot to bring a swimsuit. What? Like I haven't been looking forward to Lake Ouachita since I left? Dad's loaning me some swimming shorts and I guess I'll wear a tank or something. Can't be bothered to spend the money I just brought over from Taiwan and deposited in my account for student loans. Felt really good to deposit that.
I've been sleeping a lot too. Lost a whole day when I got here. I wonder how much of it is due to what. Mental illness? Jet lag which I've never had a problem with before? The simple fact that I've returned to my childhood home, a place that has always represented healing and nurturing for me?
My perfect sweet baby doggie! Man his coat had not been touched since I left. First I tried to trim it down but it came out really patchy because it was so thick and even a little matted in some places in the under coat. As we trimmed him down we could see all the dandruff. Dad was helping me and I think he saw how much the coat really does need attention every few months. Brought Loki in and took him in to the bath where I scrubbed away with some gentle Aloe skin shampoo that we still had and he's a completely different dog today. His haircut is less than beautiful, but I'll touch him up before I go.
Well, it's time to pack and get in the van; I've got a haircut scheduled pretty soon I need to get to with my old hairdresser who understands curly frizzy Western hair!