Friday, January 31, 2014

Shop first, then eat if you have any money left over

Someone today asked me about shopping for jewelry in China. Seriously. If you know me, then you know that this is a topic at which I excel. The challenge isn't knowing what to tell him, it's knowing when to stop bombarding him with information because he is a man and does not posses the jewelry/gift gene. Some men do. I think my brother has it because he always brought back the most awesome presents from his travels. I have the rug he brought back from Turkey right here by my bed and the Greek vase is in the kitchen in a place of honor. But if I unleash all my shopping knowledge among the unprepared, their heads might explode.

It helps to understand if you know that the pearl market is an entire floor of a mall with individual vendors that looks like this.

I'm getting homesick just thinking about it. Imagine living for three years down the street from this place! OK. Now breathe. And yes, it is just as incredible as you imagined. It was the single best thing about living in China and I miss it. Somebody send me TDY again, quick!

And speaking of China, Happy Lunar New Year everyone! It's the year of the Wooden Horse, which I hear is very bad luck. Too bad because I like horses, especially ones named Child 3.

I may just go out and eat some Kung Pao Chicken, which if done right is almost as good as a brownie. But also has wheat in it, so I'll be sick but at least I won't have hives.

1 comment:

  1. We must make a trip. My pearls need more company and so do I...