It’s so nice to hear from you. I called up mom during the weekend and she was asking if we’ve gotten in touch already – I told her that we write each other emails regularly. She said that she’s got a letter for you but she hasn’t been able to mail it because the mailman she normally sends her letters to, quit. Since her 81 year old body can’t go out and visit the post office anymore, the letter’s still with her but she promised to send it soon.
We’ve moved during the weekend. We’re now staying in a great one room apartment with a big bedroom and bathroom, high ceiling and a very homey feeling that Jet and I really like. We have a small elevated patio where it would probably be nice to barbeque. We will celebrate the move with a picnic there pretty soon. We started last Saturday by moving twelve boxes and twelve bags from our friend’s house to the apartment. It took two trips, ten pounds shed off my weight and a lot of blood and sweat. It’s a good thing our friends Tom and Ceci came out to help. Otherwise I would probably have a hernia by now and sound like Michael Jackson (mom’s term would probably be “naging boses kiki”).
We’ve setup electricity and water, phone service, cable and internet connection so we’re in business even if the apartment is bare. Trust a techie to think of setting up his electronic equipment before getting a refrigerator or a washer/dryer. It was funny when a friend walked in yesterday and saw the router, cable box and phone: He knew right away that a nerd lives in that place because the living room didn’t have anything else.
But it’s going to change pretty soon. Yesterday, Jet and I went out to shop for furniture. We went to IKEA and got 3 shelves, a TV cabinet, a dining table and some chairs, a computer table, some lamps, a lot of house fixtures and 21 Swedish meatballs. The problem is that I have to assemble everything so I will probably be busy scratching my head this week trying to find out if I can follow the directions. I will start with a chair. I know “a chair is still a chair even though there’s no one sitting there” but some furniture are hard to assemble, especially if the directions were done by somebody who doesn’t know a word in English. Believe me, I’ve gotten into a lot of trouble with manuals I can’t understand (e.g. “When paddenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him with vigor“). But it’s a good thing IKEA has really good stuff that are easy to build.
I hope you had a great weekend, hopefully, not as hectic as ours. My right hand is still sore as I write this and my back is killing me. But, that’s ok. At least now we’re moving along and experiencing life in the United States. It’s been great so far. Take care and give my regards to Randy.
With so much love,