May 22, 2005

Crunchy cookie, good omen

Fortune Cookie

A few nights ago Jonathan and I ventured to try a small hole in the wall Chinese take out place (I am usually vehemently against such take out places, as I have been both raised as a Chinese food snob and also due to hearing the stories my father told about such mom and pop places working as a chef). Alas, I was tired, had a throbbing headache and it was close by. The meal was pretty mediocre, but the fortune I got from the fortune cookie (pictured above) more than made up for it.

I really do feel like I am being given the chance to participate in a grand adventure. The one year round the world trip is an opportunity most people I know would love to take. Left to my own devices, I doubt I would do it. Actually, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t!

The people I’ve told about my trip so far have fallen into two camps – those that are ecstatic and excited for me, and those that just don’t get it. At all. I am somewhere in the middle – I’m excited to be sharing this trip with my husband, and seeing new things, though at the same time I’m a little apprehensive – though for the life of me I can’t say these fears are at all rational. The chances of my contracting some bizzare and rare disease is still probably pretty low, even if traveling in less developed areas. I’m sad to be leaving my work – I’ve really enjoyed my postdoc, and I feel like I am leaving some good opportunities and great colleagues behind.

At my wise and advanced age of 30, I’m beginning to see life as a collection of experiences. And I’m looking forward to this next year – I can’t wait to see how I’ll learn from my experiences.

May 4, 2005

Feeling super geeky

Just entered some destinations using the very cool Wiki tool on our travel planning site. This allows us to have all the notes and info for a trip perfectly organized and accessible to us both at all times…very handy.

Have to give it to my wonderful husband. (and no, he is not reading this over my shoulder) :)