The day began with a Chinese medical check. Back in the States I also had a medical check, some chit-chat about family history, looking in my eyes, ears, and mouth, checking out my toes and heart beat. Here is China they take it a little more seriously and it is more an assembly line of nurses and doctors than a private room. I had the basics: blood pressure, blood drawn and weight checked. Then it got a little more intense. In one room you are given an ultra sound to check your gall bladder, kidneys and I don't know what else. In another room you are given an EKG (Someone should ask Clif about putting his hands down...). I got to skip the chest X-ray due to baby on board. I ended my check-up in the vision screen room. Pretty sure I failed the colored blindness test and it was pretty iffy on the vision check, but the doctor gave me my stamp anyway while she and the other patients had a good giggle.
This next segment is called "What you ask for, What you get"
What you ask for: toaster oven
What you get:
|I was actually expecting a microwave after the conversation I had with the realtor. I would point to a toaster oven and say, "toaster oven" and she would respond with, "Yes, microwave." I suppose this is a compromise.|
What you ask for: a dresser
What you get:
|Looks like I will be keeping my undies in a vanity.|
I have not yet gotten brave with my food choices. This is about as adventurous as I have gotten:
|100% Peach Juice. I am taking baby steps at trying new things.|
The Chinese love their beds firm and by firm I mean like blocks of cement. This has lead me to be spending the past few nights on the only slightly softer couch. I met many expats today and one wonderful women loaned me a small comforter until our mattress pad arrives in a few weeks. I think I folded the blanket about a half dozen times to make myself a more cushy island on my side of the bed. Sorry Clif, your pregnant wife gets all the luxuries! He is going to have to make his own friends with extra blankets.
Really, I kept very busy on my first day. I met lots of wives at a Starbucks gathering, the lovely women mentioned above went with me to the grocery and later in the afternoon went back out with me to show me around some other parts within walking distance. She will also be going with me to a new store tomorrow called Metro, I am told it is like a Sam's club. All of the expat wives seem super friendly, want to get you included in all kinds of activities and seem to be willing to loan you anything you may need to get by. I have already been invited to multiple events this week and collected many business cards, which evidently is a must and I need to get some made quickly! We will see how many names I can remember next time I see them all!
Finally, as I am sure many of you have been eagerly awaiting my review of the Japanese toilet, I am quite fond of the heated seat. I used our second bathroom once and nearly jumped back up when I sat down on the cold seat. So, I say "Yes, please" to the heated seat. Clif also convinced me to try the bidet and the jury is still out. There are other buttons on the toilet I have not yet braved. Don't worry, I will keep you posted.