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3 Family Reunions!

I’m going to be away for a little while visiting family and friends in the United States. We get to attend 1 wedding and 3 family reunions! It’ll be great to see our extended families especially since we don’t get to see them often.

We also get to visit the World Expo in Shanghai. Since we are flying through Shanghai anyway, we decided to make it an extended (24 hour) layover so that we could see the Expo. A “World Expo” is the same thing that used to be called a “World’s Fair” and I’ve wanted to attend one ever since I learned about the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.

I still plan to update this blog while I’m away, but it will be less often since I won’t be able to cook as much while I’m traveling.

I’m back!

“I keep checking your blog, but every time, you’re still searching for your grandma’s rolls. You haven’t posted since November! Did you run out of new ideas?” exclaimed many of my friends and relatives.

I know, I know, I haven’t posted in half a year. There’s a good reason though. I ran out of space on my computer and simply could not fit one more picture on there. It got to the point where my computer was barely working because it was so full. And what good is a blog post without a picture?

James and Sarah around Christmas time

But now the problem is solved because we got a tiny little backup storage device to hold all of my pictures and now I can blog again! I have no more excuses and will be blogging more often. Tomorrow there will be a post about amaranth leaves.

By the way, if you have the problem of constantly checking on your friends’ blogs only to find they still haven’t updated, Google Reader is a solution to that problem. If you have a Gmail account already, it’s really easy. You sign into Gmail and click on “Reader” at the top. Then you enter all of the blogs you want to follow and Google Reader tells you when anyone has a new post. I know this is old news for some of you, but it might be helpful for others.

A lot has happened since November – I got canning jars for Christmas, taught twin boys how to read, and went to New York City for a good friend’s wedding. I’m also thinking of starting a cake baking service since most Lao people don’t have ovens, but do like cake. I think you’ll be hearing more about canning and cakes in the future.

Mango Rains

Okay, it seems I jumped the gun yesterday . . .  it isn’t the rainy season yet.  James told me this soon after I posted yesterday, and it was confirmed when I asked a friend of ours who has been living in SE asia for 30 years. He said in Thailand, they call this “the mango rains” – something about the mango trees needing a little rain at this time of year. So during February and March, it might rain occaisionally, but it’s not really the rainy season.  How silly of me! I guess I’m still learning since I’ve only been here for the start of 1 rainy season!

Taking a Class

This week I attended a training for English teachers.  That’s why I haven’t posted in a long time!  It was a good class and fun too.  I was the only non-Lao student, so that was a new (and good) experience!  It was one week intensive course, so I’m done now and should be back to cooking and posting soon!