Monthly Archives: December 2013

A Birthday Extravaganza!!!

December 19th was my 24th birthday!!! ¬†I’m getting old! ūüėõ ¬†To celebrate, Nick took me to Kaohsiung, the second biggest city in Taiwan and boy did we party!!! By party, I mean we went to bed by 11pm each night. ¬†We’re crazy, I know!!!! (Like I said, I’m getting old).

Despite our old people sleeping habits, we had a great time!!! ¬†We kicked off our weekend adventure with a small night market near our hotel. ¬†They had some really interesting food choices. ¬†Huge octopus tentacles and oysters were just a few (and they say everything’s bigger in Texas). ¬†In addition to all the food, we also saw lots of dog clothing shops. ¬†The people here love their dogs, and, in my humble opinion, ¬†love dressing them up even more! ¬†I think there’s something in the water, because Nick and I stopped at every shop to look for something for Bai. ¬†What’s happening to us?!!!! ¬†Fortunately, they were all too small for him.

The next day, we went to the Pier 2 outdoor art gallery. ¬†As we were leaving the MRT station, we started seeing people dressed oddly and with weird looking hair, and thought, “hmm, that’s odd.” ¬†As we got closer, we started seeing more and more of these odd looking people, then it hit us, we had walked right into the middle of an Anime Festival! ¬†There were people EVERYWHERE dressed up as Japanese comic characters complete with blue hair, huge swords, and crazy outfits. ¬†We spent the afternoon walking around and trying not to gawk too much at the costumed people. ¬†It was…interesting.

The last big hooray of our trip was spending Sunday at Eda Amusement Park. ¬†Amusement parks in¬†Taiwan are very small, so there were only about 5 big rides, but the lines were short, and the rides were fun, so we’re not complaining. ¬†It was comical to watch a group of teenage boys in line in front of us (all with the same haircut mind you) feel each other’s racing hearts right before boarding one of the roller coasters.

We had lots of fun and managed to squeeze in the second Taiwanese county to fulfill our New Year’s resolution we made in January!!!

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Merry Christmas y’all!

Christmas is my favorite time of year! ¬†Everything about it puts me in a good mood. ¬†The songs, the decorations, the cookies, the hot cocoa, the movies, but most importantly, the birth of our Savior! ¬†It’s the most wonderful time of year!

Christmas in Taiwan isn’t the same as it is back home in Texas, but maybe that’s for the better. ¬†Sometimes we can get a little caught up in the hustle and bustle of shopping and decorating and entertaining and lose sight of what’s really important. ¬†Love, joy, peace, family, Christ. ¬†Those are the important things! ¬†Being in Taiwan has reminded us of those things, and while we’re a long way from our family and friends, Christ’s love it with us every where we go! ¬†He will never leave us, or forsake us. ¬†His love is forever and can reach forever as well. ¬†This Christmas, let’s all take the time to remember the important things, and thank God for everything He has given us.

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Squatty Potty Whoopsie

If you’ve ever been to Asia, you know the squatty potty is a popular thing here. ¬†Most public places use these instead of western toilets. ¬†Parks, train stations, stores, and public schools. ¬†When Nick and I first arrived in Taiwan, I was scared of the squatty potty. ¬†I mean, there’s nothing worse than the fear that you will pee on yourself in the middle of a work day and go through the rest of the day smelling like pee. ¬†For a long time I would hold it all day and withstand the weird looks from people as I did what we fondly call “The Potty Dance,” or walk all the way to the other side of the school to use the handicapped toilet ¬†just so I didn’t have to face my fears. (I fondly refer to this cross-school walk as the walk of shame: I just feel like everyone knows what I’m about to do). ¬†Well, ladies and gents, I finally faced my fears, and I have to say I’m mastering this squatty potty, but it’s not without it’s occasional fiascoes, like what happened last week.

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The famed Squatty Potty…

After class, I decided to use the restroom (squatty potties btw, give you no rest). ¬†And, just fyi, I still have to psych myself up in order to work up the courage to use the feared potties. ¬†So anyways, I go to the bathroom and do my business, and the thought crosses across my mind, “man, it would be awful if my flash drive falls into the toilet.” ¬†And, as they say, those were my famous last words. ¬†As I get up from my squat (cuz that’s what you have to do with a squatty potty), ¬†my flash drive slips out of my pocket and falls into the toilet. ¬†Yep. ¬†It happened. ¬†It seemed to be in slow motion and if my mind had just processed it fast enough, I would have been able to catch it, but no such luck.

So then my next dilemma: do I flush it and walk away, or do I get it out? ¬†I finally decided that I really need it because all my lessons for the week were on there (I now back them up on my computer weekly). ¬†I worked up the courage to fish it out. ¬†It was gross. ¬†I vigorously washed it and my hands multiple times, scrubbed it down with hand sanitizer, (cuz that stuff works, right?) and dried out all the nooks and crannies. ¬†ANNNNDDD it still worked!!! ¬†Yep, that’s right folks, my poor little flash drive fell into the toilet, and lived to tell the tale!

Moral of the story, don’t take your flash drive to the potty. ¬†Moral #2, back up your flash drive. ¬†Moral #3- flash drives are more hardy then we may think (this particular flash drive also took a turn in the washing machine earlier in the year).

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Captain America saves the day again!

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