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.

3 Comments

  1. You mean there’s not a third camp that says “Can I join you?” :)

    Comment by Ken L. — May 31, 2005 @ 9:15 pm

  2. wow!!!! so exciting…..i want details….

    Comment by stam — June 10, 2005 @ 12:18 pm

  3. wow you have a web site? good name. as for your fears and apprehensions, they are to be expected and relished even. I guess for a scientist to have some many undefined variables must be hard. But from what i’ve been told, you guys make it up as you go anyways. lol

    Comment by chi — August 2, 2005 @ 9:53 pm

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